Dr. Stanton Wortham is a researcher who has specialized in linguistic anthropology for 15 years. He will use this award to learn about the challenges districts, schools, and practicing educators face in serving immigrant Mexican students. He also wants to assist these schools and districts in creating and implementing a plan to increase involvement of Mexican immigrant parents in the education of their children. Dr. Wortham will work with the District ESL Coordinator in the Norristown Area School District, Joseph Leaf, shadowing him in all aspects of his work. This Pennsylvania school district has seen a recent surge of Mexican immigrants, and Dr. Wortham will work with Mr. Leaf, administrators, and ESL teachers to develop and implement a parental involvement strategy. This fellowship will give Dr. Wortham the experience he needs to develop a research agenda that is more useful to educators working with immigrant students.
Wortham will use this award to learn about the challenges districts, schools, and practicing educators face in serving immigrant Mexican students.