In this episode of E4E, Dr. VanGronigen discusses his research on the history of school labeling and how state education agencies (SEAs) respond to improving schools labeled underperforming. He also discusses the factors that lead to principal's approaches to managing pandemic-related crises across states, offering some suggestions for how findings can be taken up in policy and practice.
Check out the policy brief Dr. VanGronigen coauthored with Maya Kaul and Dr. Nicole Simon
Link to Episode One
Literacy, Equity, and Social Justice in the ELA classroom: Developing adolescent and equity literacy using the quad text set approach with Dr. Jill Flynn and Dr. William Lewis, Taria Pritchett, and Casey Montigney
In this episode, Dr. Jill Flynn, Dr. William Lewis, and teachers Taria Pritchett and Casey Montigney discuss using the quad text set (QTS) approach to teach for equity and social justice in ELA classrooms. They also share a publicly available tool they co-created to support other educators seeking to develop equity literacy and adolescent literacy through the QTS approach.
Link to Episode Two
To check out the Using the Quad Text Sets to Teach for Social Justice and Equity in the ELA classrooms please visit
Jill has just finished up a self-study that explores how teacher candidates respond to the inclusion of mindfulness in a course and how they understand connections between mindfulness and equity. She also is working with a team of colleagues in UD’s Elementary Teacher Education program on a project to foster greater attention to racial literacy throughout coursework and in faculty professional development. For more information about Dr. Jill Flynn, please visit: https://www.english.udel.edu/people/jeflynn
In 2021 Bill published a new book on disciplinary literacy--focused on Quad Text Sets--with his writing partner, Dr. John Strong from the University at Buffalo. They are currently engaged in a multi-year professional learning project with Troup County Public Schools in western Georgia to build Quad Text oriented unit plans that will improve student literacy outcomes. For more information about Dr. William Lewis, please visit: http://www.cehd.udel.edu/faculty-bio/william-lewis/
Casey is currently working in her coaching role with two main partnerships: Inclusion Focused Coaching and Schools that Lead. With Inclusion Focused Coaching, she is guiding teachers in reflective practice regarding special education students and best teaching practices for all students. With Schools that Lead, she is guiding teachers in improvement science work, particularly using an equity lens, to constantly “get better at getting better” when it comes to social justice in the classroom. She serves many different roles as “coach,” but they all circle back to educational policy and creating equitable classrooms for students in Delaware.
Taria is serving as the Equity Liaison for her building and will be joining the district wide equity team to help with curriculum, recruitment, and policy. She is continuing to use Quad Text Sets in her classroom with an emphasis on social Justice, national movements, global issues, and cultural, generational, and gender related issues that student’s care about most. Taria is also working on a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with the hope to infuse social and emotional principles with literacy and equity for students at the high school level.
In this episode, Dr. Anamarie Whitaker discusses the child care crisis and the implications of President Biden’s Build Back Better plan on children, families, and child care educators and providers.
Link to Episode Three.
For more information about Dr. Anamarie Whitaker’s work, please visit here.
For more information about the Build Back Better Act, please visit the Hunt Insitute's "Build Back Better Guide for Policymakers".
In this episode, Dr. Roberta Golinkoff and Alexus Ramirez discuss the developmental importance of using baby talk during early childhood and their work studying infant directed speech and language development.
Link to Episode Four.
For more information about Dr. Roberta Golinkoff, please visit:
Roberta Golinkoff (official website link)
Roberta Golinkoff - Child's Play Learning & Development Lab
Roberta Michnick Golinkoff - College of Education & Human Development
Additional informational resources:
More information about Playful Learning Landscapes
More information about the lab's current online studies
In this episode of the E4E podcast, Dr. Martha Buell discusses the impact of exclusionary discipline on young children and offers policy and practice considerations for early childhood education stakeholders.
Link to Episode Five.
More information about Dr. Martha Buell.
More information about Dr. Buell’s work on disciplinary suspension and expulsion.
In this episode, Dr. Rachel Karchmer-Klein, Lauren Boulden, and Dr. Maureen McDonald discuss the criticality of preparing K-12 students to be digitally literate. They share lessons from their new book, Next-Level Digital Tools and Teaching, including evidence-informed strategies in an effort to create instructional coherent technology-integrated instruction in the classroom, within a team, and across a district.Link to Episode