For young African American children growing up in poverty, access to social and educational opportunities can be impeded by the interaction between educational assessments, poverty, and dialectal variation. Dr. Washington's research has demonstrated that the growth of literacy skills, both reading and writing, are impacted in major ways. Washington will discuss how current educational policy combined with the impact of these sociocultural variables has influenced both research and practice.
Following the lecture will be an award presentation of the Jeanne S. Chall Doctoral Student Award to Pierre de Galbert, Ed.M.'07, Ed.M.’17, Ed.D.’19, and a reception to conclude the event.