Ms. Duggan is a research assistant at CAL, working with the development office, K-12 ELL education, and language policy research. Currently, Ms. Duggan is a member of the Education Connections team and a part of LPReN project staff investigating language policy in International Baccalaureate schools.
Ms. Duggan studied history at the University of Mary Washington, after which she gained project management and editorial experience working at Cambridge Associates in Arlington, VA. She later moved to Europe where she taught English in Spain (Huelva, Castilla-La Mancha, and Alicante) and the Czech Republic (Karlovy Vary). During her time in Europe she also earned an MSc with distinction in applied linguistics from the University of Edinburgh. She has additionally taught ESL in summer programs in the U.S.
Her areas of interest are language and education, English teaching, language policy in school settings, and language education of language minority students, which was the topic of her Master’s thesis.
CAL is partnering with the Multilingual and Multicultural Education Department (MMED) of Los Angeles Unified School District (L.A. Unified) to collaborate on a new English Learner Master Plan for the district.
The project will customize an online platform (Oba) to enhance traditional approaches to professional development (PD) through teacher networks.
CAL is partnering with the Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education, University of Oregon, on this two-year project to provide support for secondary teachers working to implement the Common Core with English learners.
Education Connections is an initiative of the Center for Applied Linguistics funded by three grants to provide free professional development for teachers regarding improved implementation of sheltered instructional methods to better meet the needs of English learner students in standards-based, mainstream education settings.
The Center for Applied Linguistics manages the Language Policy Research Network (LPReN), an international organization of researchers, scholars, and stakeholders in the field of language policy.