Warner Student Wins Prestigious National Council of Teachers of English Fellowship

Sandra QuiñonesSandra Quiñones, a Ph.D. student in teaching and curriculum at the Warner School of Education, has been named a 2010-12 Cultivating New Voices among Scholars of Color (CNV) Fellow by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). This prestigious fellowship, awarded to 11 individuals every two years, is a highly selective, nationally competitive program for advanced doctoral students and early career scholars of color who are pursuing education careers in English studies, literacy, and language arts.

CNV is a two-year award that provides close mentoring from senior scholars, modest research support, and fall institutes at the NCTE Annual Convention and spring institutes at a chosen university campus. The program provides socialization into the research community and interaction with established scholars whose own research can be enriched by their engagement with new ideas and perspectives, and supports fellows in drawing from their own cultural/linguistic perspectives as they embark on research.

Valerie Kinloch, director of the CNV program who also was a fellow in the initial cohort, says “CNV prides itself on supporting the professional, intellectual, and activist activities of scholars of color by pairing each fellow with a senior scholar in the field. This way, fellows are afforded an opportunity to work one-on-one with a senior scholar as well as participate in a supportive cohort that brings together fellows, mentors, and invited workshop presenters.”

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Quiñones was a bilingual educator for nearly a decade at the elementary, secondary, community college, and college levels in New York State and Puerto Rico. Most recently, she has turned her attention to teacher education. At Warner, she focuses her research on improving the status of Latino education. Specifically, her research explores the role Puerto Rican literacy and language arts teachers have on supporting collaborative home-school interactions and the success of student learning, particularly among English language learners, in upstate New York. She plans to pursue a tenure-track position at a university following her doctoral study.

Quiñones also is the recipient of the University of Rochester Provost’s Fellowship and a 2009 American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education Graduate Fellowship.

Inaugurated in 2000, CNV is funded through the Research Foundation of the NCTE. NCTE consists of 50,000 individual and institutional members worldwide. Its mission is to improve the teaching and learning of English and language arts at all levels of education. Through its Research Foundation, the council supports research projects related to the teaching of language and literacies. To learn more about the council, visit www.ncte.org.

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