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Gumina, Deena Alexandra

co-Chair of Elementary Teacher Education


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research overview

  • Dr. Gumina's research focuses on bilingual education and the preparation of bilingual educators. She explores teachers' advocacy in elementary education classrooms, teachers' responses to educational policy, and the interaction of language and assessment policy. Dr. Gumina's research also examines teacher learning and teachers' collective advocacy efforts in various educational spaces.


  • Educational Policy, Language Policy


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courses taught

  • EDUC 2425 - Foundations of Bilingual/Multicultural Education
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021 / Spring 2023
    Provides the conceptual, linguistic, sociological, historical, political, and legal foundations that have shaped bilingual education policies, program models, and teaching and assessment practices of bilingual and multicultural education in the U.S. Designed for undergraduate elementary teacher education majors, the course presents an overview of the types of bilingual education programs and the principles that anchor equitable and quality bilingual and multicultural education for emergent bilingual students, including those identified as English learners.
  • EDUC 4035 - Family and Community Engagement
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021 / Fall 2022 / Fall 2023
    Supports teachers to develop, improve and maintain positive relationships between families, communities, and schools. Discusses theories of family/community engagement with focus on embracing an assets-orientation. Explores the impacts families and communities can have in education, policies that impact family/community engagement in schools, and other potential bridges and barriers to meaningful partnerships. Challenges students to understand and embrace community-driven systemic education reform.
  • EDUC 4455 - Methods of Biliteracy Instruction
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022 / Spring 2023 / Spring 2024
    Critique and analyze the linguistic, social, political and cultural factors that influence the acquisition of literacy for emerging bilingual (EB) learners. We will examine and apply evidence-based practices that support the development of reading, writing, speaking and listening in all of the students' languages regardless of the program model schools enact to serve them.
  • EDUC 5425 - Introduction to Bilingual/Multicultural Education
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020
    Provides an introduction for currently practicing K-12 teachers and non-specialists to bilingual and multicultural education programs for emergent bilingual students. Includes an overview of the history and legislation related to the education of emergent bilingual students, identification and placement, as well as the various models, theoretical and philosophical underpinnings, and pedagogical practices that constitute sound educational practices for emergent bilingual students. Same as EDUC 4425.
  • EDUC 5625 - Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    Exposes students to strategies used to teach English as a second or foreign language. Covers both theoretical and applied aspects of language learning and teaching. Exposes students to techniques, activities, strategies and resources to plan instruction for students learning English as a second language. Emphasizes oral language development, literacy and content-area instruction for teaching K-12 students. Recommended prerequisite: EDUC 5615.


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