“Give the pupils something to do, not something to learn; and the doing is of such a nature as to demand thinking; learning naturally results.” —John Dewey

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English Education

Jacquelyn has taught first-year writing at the high school, junior college, and university levels over the past seven years. Her approach focuses on craft with readings designed to spur debate on current issues. Building on the foundations of personal writing, she uses literary analysis as an entry point to rhetorical analysis and research.

Jacquelyn also facilitates teacher workshops on literacy and supervises teacher candidates in Hawaii’s schools. Her approach to English Education focuses on new literacies, including students’ multimodal, out-of-school, digital, and multilingual literacies.

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Diversity & Social Justice

Jacquelyn has taught coursework on Multicultural Education at the University of Hawaii. Her research and teaching are particularly concerned with issues of representation in literature and curriculum, broadening curriculum to include multicultural and global literatures, decolonizing curriculum, and overcoming deficit mentalities in education.

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Family Engagement

Jacquelyn has facilitated teacher workshops on family engagement, an important part of working with multicultural and multilingual learners. Over the past three years, she has worked with a variety of private, public, and charter schools to improve their family-school partnerships. She serves as a Secretary/Treasurer for the American Educational Research Association’s Family-School-Community Partnership Special Interest Group.