2007 CREATE Conference

Academic Language and Content:
A Focus on English Language Learners in the Middle School

Speaker Biography

snowCATHERINE SNOW (Ph.D. McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, 1971) is the Henry Lee Shattuck Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She studies determinants of literacy development and academic achievement among students in urban schools, with special attention to struggling readers and to English language learners. Dr. Snow leads the Boston Field Site of the Strategic Education Research Partnership, a practice-research partnership which is focused on improving literacy in middle schools. Dr. Snow’s most recent book, coauthored with Michelle Porche, Patton Tabors, and Stephanie Ross Harris, is called Is Literacy Enough? Pathways to academic success for adolescents. It identifies the determinants of literacy success for children from low-income families, but also defines the additional motivational resources and the school and family supports those students need as they enter adolescence, if they are to be academically successful. She has worked on analyzing and/or promoting literacy development in Mexico and Costa Rica, and also leads the Harvard Consultative Group that is working with researchers in Chile to launch and evaluate model preschool programs.

Dr. Snow presented Word Generation at the 2007 CREATE Conference.


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