Academic English Language Researcher
Rita MacDonald is an Academic English Language Researcher at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. She has worked in the field of educational linguistics since 2001. As an applied linguist at WIDA, Ms. MacDonald works on issues of language policy, academic English language instruction, formative language assessment processes, issues of language education and cultural identity for Native American students, and standards-aligned equitable inclusion of English Learners in multilingual, multicultural classrooms. Her NSF-funded research to develop and pilot EL-inclusive STEM discourse support resources can be found at the project website: http://stem4els.wceruw.org. She works as part of a research team supporting native language preservation for a northern Wisconsin tribe, and serves as the applied linguist on a collaborative NAM grant, assisting the Central Yup’ik community of Alaska to develop an assessment of proficiency in their Yugtun language. Ms. MacDonald is a frequent presenter at national conferences, disseminating research-based approaches to strengthen emergent bilingual or multilingual students’ academic achievement.
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