Entering PhD student Sharin Jacob has received the 2017 David E. Eskey Memorial Award from CATESOL, a professional organization serving teachers of English to speakers of other languages in California and Nevada.
In advising Ms. Jacob of her award, CATESOL wrote, The Selection Committee was unanimous in their support of your proposal for the 2017 David E. Eskey Memorial Award. Your background as an ESL high school teacher, graduate student researcher and now doctoral student has provided you with first-hand knowledge of the reading/literacy needs of language learners in California Schools. Most exciting is your focus on computational thinking in the language classroom to develop multiple literacies for English Language learners. Your experience in STEM, which is a burgeoning field, will pay big dividends for the students involved.
Ms. Jacob's proposal, titled "Exploring Effective Practices for Developing Computational Literacy in English Learners", detailed how, as a teacher, she provided students with multiple opportunities to communicate cross-cutting concepts in STEM by
Ms. Jacob will receive her award this October at the annual CATESOL conference. At the 2018 CATESOL Conference she will deliver a 45-minutes presentation on her research.