Language and Literacy

Sara Kangas Provides Insight into High Percentages of English Learners with Disabilities in Schools

Jun 16 2020 - 4:45pm

Kangas examines through multiple studies how state and federal policies and structural issues in schools can be barriers to learning.

In the middle schools and high schools that she visited for her research and studies, applied linguist Sara Kangas noticed a disturbing trend: high percentages of English learners (ELs) with learning disabilities.  

Early Childhood Literacy Online Resources

Apr 17 2020 - 10:45am

Dear Parents and Teachers of Early Childhood and Elementary School Children-

Like me, I am sure many of you are wondering how to keep your children engaged during these fairly unstructured days.  Although I personally dream of curling up on the couch and losing myself in a book, telling my kids to “get a book” doesn’t seem to lead to very much excitement in my house.  Please tell me you can relate, and there isn’t something terribly wrong with my parenting (gulp).

Dr. Patricia H. Manz

Professor, Associate Chair of Education and Human Services Department
Room A309
Focus Areas
Communities and Families
Cultural Validity in Intervention/Assessment
Data Informed Decision Making
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Equity and Justice
Home Visiting Interventions
Language Development
Poverty and Children
School Psychology and Counseling