María Paula Ghiso, is an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her scholarly interests include early childhood literacy in multilingual and transnational contexts. María Paula is a former New York City dual language teacher and has facilitated professional development on language and literacy learning in a range of contexts. She has published in venues such as Journal of Literacy Research, Equity and Excellence in Education, Research in the Teaching of English, and Teachers College Record.
Donna E. Alvermann teaches courses in popular culture and adolescent literacy at the University of Georgia, where she holds the title of Distinguished Research Professor in Language and Literacy Education. Donna has been a middle/junior high school teacher in Houston, Texas, and Elmira, New York. She has been a fan of “all things pop culture” since the mid-1950s, when she was president of the James Dean Fan Club. Currently, she counts Facebook, YouTube, and Second Life among her favorite pop culture texts.
Series Board: Richard Allington, University of Tennessee • Kathryn Au, School-Rise • Colette Daiute, The City College of New York • Anne Haas Dyson, University of Illinois, College of Education • Carole Edelsky, Arizona State University • Mary Juzwik, Michigan State University • Susan Lytle, University of Pennsylvania • Django Paris, University of Washington • Timothy Shanahan, University of Illinois at Chicago