Dr. Butvilofsky's research agenda focuses on exploring the potential of biliteracy development in emerging bilingual learners, particularly Spanish-English speaking children in PreK-5 grades, using a holistic bilingual perspective. She is especially interested in children’s biliterate writing development situated within a sociocultural and sociolinguistic framework.
Bilingual/biliteracy education, Biliteracy development for Spanish-English speaking children in the US
EDUC 5435 - Materials and Methods in Bilingual/ Multicultural Education
Provides an in-depth study of the curriculum options available for bilingual and ESL programs. Presents, reviews, and critiques specific methods and strategies for teaching language to minority students. Gives the opportunity to develop and present teaching units in Spanish or in ESL methodology, as appropriate.
EDUC 5535 - Diagnostic Testing in ESL and Bilingual Education
Promotes critical uses of assessment instruments and information. Provides methods for educators to incorporate assessment as a meaningful activity in the classroom intended to support learning among bilingual students. Examines effectiveness, validity, and fairness in the testing of linguistically diverse populations. Provides first-hand experiences developing, selecting, reviewing, and adapting test materials as critical to making informed teaching decisions.
GRTE 5010 - Graduate Humanities for Teachers
Addresses special topics in arts and humanities with an emphasis on building conceptual understanding of content and enhancing teacher's practice in teaching this content.