Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Lucia Cardenas Curiel examines literacy practices that authentically engage culturally and linguistically diverse students in the classroom and support their academic success in schools. Her work explores the relationship between language, literacy, and the use of a variety of texts to understand how young learners build knowledge in different subject areas, in particular Latina/o bilingual children. Her interests include using multicultural literature in the elementary classroom to discuss issues of social justice and identity development. She also studies language practices in community settings to introduce innovative pedagogical practices in the elementary classroom. She engages in preparing preservice and in-service teachers for culturally and linguistically diverse settings.