Shondel Nero Receives Fulbright Award for Teaching and Research

Shondel Nero, associate professor and director of Steinhardt’s program in multilingual mullticultural studies, has been selected for a Fulbright award.

Nero, whose research examines the politics, challenges, and strategies of educating second dialect speakers, will be teaching a graduate course titled, “Dialects, Creoles, and Education,” at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica, during the 2011-2012 academic year. In addition, she will be conducting ethnographic research in three Jamaican public schools to better understand how the implementation of language education policy affects academic performance in Jamaican Creole English speakers.

“Creole English speakers typically have been underachieving in language and literacy in schools, and so I want to examine the implementation and effectiveness of theJamaican language education policy, as this population is also very challenged when they come as immigrants into New York City schools,” Nero said. “They are often (mis)placed in ESL classes in New York, which do not adequately address their needs.”

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.”

Shondel Nero is a faculty member in Steinhardt’s Department of Teaching and Learning.