Educating Multilingual Students in Rural Schools

Illuminating Diversity in Rural Communities in the United States


Illuminating issues of diversity at the intersection of rural education and multilingual learners (ML) in the United States, this edited volume brings forth new research that captures the importance of place and rurality in the work of educators who serve multilingual learners and their families. The six chapters in this book demonstrate that education for teachers, leaders and staff, professional development programs, and government-funded projects aimed to improve rural education need to begin with three interrelated, multifaceted principles. The first principle is the need to center place and rurality as essential factors that affect education for all educators, students, and families who live, work, and attend schools in rural communities. Second, educators must humanize multilingual students, their families, and their cultures in ways that go beyond merely acknowledging their presence – they must deeply see and understand the lives and (hi)stories of the multilingual students and families that they serve in their rural schools. Finally, the third principle involves identifying multilingual resources for ML students and their families. Given the persistent inequities in access to resources and opportunities that rural ML students and families face, this last principle requires careful planning, networking, and advocating in ways that can truly effectuate change.

Contributors are: Jioanna Carjuzaa, Maria R. Coady, Paula Golombek, Shuzhan Li, Kristin Kline Liu, Nidza V. Marichal, Charity Funfe Tatah Mentan, Kym O’Donnell, Stephanie Oudghiri, Darrell Peterson, Sonja Phillips, Jenelle Reeves and Yi-Chen Wu.

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Maria R. Coady is the Goodnight Distinguished Professor in Educational Equity and Professor of Multilingual Education at North Carolina State University. Her research examines multilingualism, bilingual education, rural teacher education, multilingual family engagement and language policies.

Paula Golombek is Clinical Professor of Linguistics at the University of Florida where she teaches in the Undergraduate Certificate for Teaching English as a Second Language Program. Her research examines sociocultural theory and narratives in teacher professional development.

Nidza V. Marichal is a research associate at the University of Florida. Her research topics include multilingual/bilingual education, English learners (ELs), teacher education, teacher knowledge, secondary and rural EL education, and the U.S. Puerto Rican experience.
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1 Introduction
Maria R. Coady, Paula Golombek and Nidza V. Marichal

2 Teacher Knowledge and Secondary English Learners in Rural Florida: Reimagining Place-Based Education through Relationship Building
Nidza V. Marichal

3 A Teacher’s Emotional Journey in Rural Florida: From Insider to Outsider
Shuzhan Li

4 Bilingual Paraeducators’ Navigation of Narrow Identity Spaces in a Rural Elementary School
Jenelle Reeves

5 Centering the Voices of Rural Immigrant Paraeducators
Stephanie Oudghiri

6 Preparing Regular Classroom Teachers to Work with Frequently Invisible, Woefully Misunderstood American Indian English Language Learners
Jioanna Carjuzaa

7 Where Do I Go? What do I do? Training Educators of Rural English Learners to Provide Accessible Instruction and Assessment
Kristin Kline Liu, Sonja Phillips, Yi-Chen Wu, Darrell Peterson, Charity Funfe Tatah Mentan, and Kym O’Donnell

8 Conclusion
Maria R. Coady, Paula Golombek and Nidza V. Marichal

Readers of this book include institutes of higher learning, academic libraries, particularly Colleges and Schools of Education, English as a Second Language (ESL) specialists, scholars and researchers, teacher-educators. This group would be interested in rural education and linguistic diversity, multilingualism or bilingualism; and teacher education and professional learning; and demography. Graduate students will benefit from the empirical research in this book and its application to educational contexts.
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