1 BRIANA RONAN Assistant Professor School of Education California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, CA (805) EDUCATION 2014 Doctor of Education in International Educational Development Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY Specialization: Language, Literacy and Technology Dissertation Title: Moving across languages and other modes: Emergent bilinguals and their meaning-making in and around an online space 2010 Master of Arts in International Educational Development Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY Masters Project: Discourses of hope and fear: Tourism and English as a Foreign Language education in an Afro-Colombian community 2008 Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Foreign Language The University of Alcalá, Alcalá de Henares, Spain Action Research Project: Implementing a writers workshop in a third year primary school classroom 2005 Bachelor of Arts in English and Spanish with High Honors The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION Bilingual education, TESL/TEFL, literacy, technology and language learning, language policy, writing instruction, multimodal research methods UNIVERSITY TEACHING Assistant Professor California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo School of Education, Multiple Subject Program & Bilingual Authorization 2014-present Theories, Methods and Assessment of First and Second Language Acquisition in Schools Undergraduate/Post-baccalaureate level Foundation course in language acquisition and English Language Development for education majors Social, Historical, and Cultural Influences on Latino/a Students in Education Undergraduate/Post-baccalaureate level Socio-cultural and historical background of Latino/a education, intended for bilingual teacher candidates
2 Adjunct Instructor City College, City University of New York Department of Bilingual Education/TESOL Teaching Language Arts in Spanish Graduate level, 1 semester taught, 2 sections, 20 students per section Methodology course for teaching Spanish language arts in bilingual and dual language programs Course conducted in Spanish Language Minority Students in the US Graduate level, 2 semesters taught, 25 students per class Introductory course on foundations of bilingual and ESL education Course included a component on ethnographic research methods for analyzing community language practices Co-Instructor Teachers College, Columbia University Department of International & Transcultural Studies 2013 Introduction to Computers, Language & Literacy Graduate level, online course, 1 semester taught, 15 students Co-taught course using Blackboard and Adobe Connect web conferencing tools RESEARCH EXPERIENCE Present Research Assistant / Doctoral Research Fellow STEPS to Literacy Research Project, IES funded research The Center for Multiple Languages and Literacies, Teachers College Aid in development and implementation of multimodal digital writing space and lesson plans aimed to improve academic literacy of adolescent emergent bilinguals in New York City public schools Design and lead instruction of bilingual (English/Spanish) social studies and science modules for 8 th grade participants Engage in data collection and analysis of student interaction with digital interface Fall Spring 2010 Summer 2009 Curriculum Development for Reading & Writing Project in Haiti The Center for Multiple Languages and Literacies, Teachers College Aided in development of teacher training workshops for secondary school teachers in Haiti Created lesson plans for use in teacher training workshops to improve literacy instruction across the curriculum Summer Research Fellowship, Cartagena, Colombia Columbia University Partnership in Development Evaluated English language initiative for Afro-Colombian costal community! Developed assessment tool and teacher workshops for improving instruction and curriculum design in local schools! Authored report highlighting findings for partner NGO and school officials
3 TESOL & BILINGUAL TEACHING EXPERIENCE January 2010 Field Consultant & English as a Foreign Language Teacher Trainer WorldTeach, Bogotá, Colombia Led training sessions for first-time English teaching volunteers serving students in high-need rural and urban schools in Colombia Developed lessons on effective EFL instructional practices and curriculum development Observed and assessed volunteers during classroom practicum English Language Teaching Assistant, Bilingual Primary Public School Fulbright Commission / Community of Madrid, Spain Co-taught English, science, and social studies classes to K-4 th grade students Developed CLIL lesson plans to improve students English proficiency and content area knowledge Taught basic English and Spanish literacy classes to new immigrant students to facilitate transition into bilingual classes Implemented and led writers workshop program to develop students English language reading and presentation skills 2005 English as a Second Language Instructor Language Direct, Houston, TX Taught English classes to international business professionals and children in order to reduce language difficulties while working/studying in the United States Designed curricula for one-on-one classes to address learners individual language needs and abilities Aided learners in developing English written and oral communication skills required for passing school and employer mandated assessment PUBLICATIONS Ronan, B. (forthcoming). Multimodality and social interaction: English learners online writing practices. In A. Archer & E. Breuer (Eds.), Multimodality in Writing: The state of the art in theory, methodology and pedagogy. Leiden: Brill. Ronan, B. (2014). Moving across languages and other modes: Emergent bilinguals and their meaning-making in and around an online space. (Doctoral Dissertation). Teachers College, Columbia University. Kleifgen, J., Kinzer, C., Hoffman, D., Gorski, K., Kim, J., Lira, A., Ronan, B. (2014). An argument for a multimodal, online system to support ELL students' writing development. In B. Anderson & C. Mims (Eds.), Digital tools for writing instruction in K-12 settings: student perception and experience. Hershey, PA: IGI Global. Ronan, B. (May, 2012).[Review of the book Constructing Inequality in Multilingual Classrooms, by L. Martin Rojo]. International Journal of Sociology of Language, 215,
4 MANUSCRIPTS IN PREPARATION Ronan, B. (in preparation). Negotiating writing advice and information requests: A case from a middle school classroom Ronan, B. (in preparation). Bilingual students developing content knowledge and science literacy in an online writing platform WHITE PAPERS & TECHNICAL REPORTS Ronan, B. (2011). An exploratory report of year 1 data from STEPS to Literacy project. Technical Report Submitted to U.S. Department of Education. Ronan, B., Kleifgen. J., & Kinzer, C. K. (2011). A review of research on school, home and digital literacy practices of emergent bilingual youth, part 1: Research on school literacy and emergent bilinguals (Technical Report ). New York: STEPS to Literacy Project, Teachers College, Columbia University. Ronan, B. (2009). Evaluation of the WorldTeach/Volunteers Colombia English program in Santa Ana, Colombia. Report prepared for Volunteers Colombia. CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS Ronan, B. (2014, April). Multimodality as social interaction: Emergent bilingual adolescents collaborating in and around an online space. Paper presented at the annual conference of American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Ronan, B. & Kim, J. (2013, December 6). Examining the Collaborative and Covert Practices of Adolescent Emergent Bilinguals in an Online Writing Intervention. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Literacy Research Association, Dallas, Texas. Ronan, B. (2013, October 19). Negotiating Advice and Information Requests: A Case from a Middle-School Classroom. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Language and Social Action Working Group, New York City. Ronan, B. (2013, March 17). The Screen as Page: Examining Online Texts as Design in the Content Area Classroom. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Applied Linguistics, Dallas, Texas. Ronan, B. (2013, February 22). Convergencia entre modos y significado: Aprendices de inglés adolescentes y sus contrucciones de textos online. Presented at Desarrollo Humano y Educación seminar series held at the Autonomous University of Madrid. Kinzer, C., Kleifgen, J., Ronan, B., Gorski, K., Hoffman, D., Ekin, I., & Velasquez, K. (2012, April 13). Extending and Evaluating a Theoretically Based, Online Intervention to Improve Latino Middle-Schoolers Writing. Poster session presented at the annual conference of American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, British Columbia. Ronan, B. (2012, March 27). Moving across languages and other modes: Emergent bilinguals and their writing within digital spaces. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Applied Linguistics, Boston, Massachusetts.
5 Kleifgen, J., Kinzer, C.K., Ronan, B., Velasquez, K., Gorski, K., Hoffman, D., & Nagle, C. (2011, March 29). STEPS to Literacy: A Multimodal Digital Writing Environment for Latino Adolescents. Paper presented at the annual conference of American Association for Applied Linguistics, Chicago, Illinois. Hoffman, D., Gorski, K., Nagel, C., Ronan, B. & Velasquez, K. (2010, May 16). STEPS to Literacy (STEPS+G): A Web-based Approach to Academic Writing Improvement for Emergent Bilinguals. Presented at Teachers College Educational Technology Conference, New York City. Ronan, B. (2010, March 2). Aspirations, fears and resistance: Re-imagining education in an Afro-Colombian community. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Chicago, Illinois. Ronan, B. (2009, Oct 9). Tourism and Education in an Afro-Colombian Community. Paper presented at the Northeast regional conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT January 2013 Microanalysis of Online Data (workshop) Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands Summer 2011 Fundamentals of College & University Teaching (workshop) Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Teaching Center, Columbia University Fall 2011 Preparing Future Faculty Seminar Series Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Teaching Center, Columbia University Fall 2011 Qualitative Data Analysis with NVivo (workshop) Digital Humanities Center, Butler Library, Columbia University SERVICE & ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE 2014 Referee, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism Spring 2013 Spring 2012 Referee, Papeles de Trabajo sobre Cultura, Educación y Desarrollo Humano Referee, Revista Mexicana de Investigación Educativa Editorial Staff, Current Issues in Comparative Education Professional Development Workshops for Graduate Students Teachers College, Department of International & Transcultural Studies Led workshops for Teachers College graduate students on submitting papers and presenting at academic conferences Graduate Assistant Teachers College, Columbia University Researched issues related to education, immigration and school achievement in US and the Dominican Republic; aided in Faculty book preparations on bilingual education and linguistics; Organized and managed communication for Comparative and International Education Society s 2009 conference
6 LANGUAGE, RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY SKILLS English and Spanish Qualitative methods (interviews, observation, content/thematic analyses); discourse analysis (conversation analysis, critical discourse and multimodal discourse analysis); mixedmethods; software-based data analysis (NVivo); transcription (ELAN, InqScribe) Online learning tools: Adobe Connect, Moodle, Blackboard, wikis and blogs AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS 2012 Doctoral Dissertation Grant, International Research Foundation for English Language Education Teachers College Doctoral Research Fellowship 2009 Institute of Latin American Studies Travel Grant, Columbia University 2009 Teachers College George W. Perkins Memorial Scholarship 2006 Fulbright Student Scholarship, Spain PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS Member, American Educational Research Association Member, Writing and Literacies SIG, AERA Member, American Association for Applied Linguistics Member, Literacy Research Association