Speaker to talk impact of standardized testing on Engligh language learners at Nov. 17 lecture

Jessica Zacher Pandya
Jessica Zacher Pandya

NIU’s Center for the Study of Interdisciplinary Study of Language and Literacy will welcome Jessica Zacher Pandya for a lecture from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in Room 405 of the Holmes Student Center.

She will speak on “Overtested: How High-Stakes Accountability Fails English Language Learners.”

Zacher Pandya is an associate professor at California State University, Long Beach, in Teacher Education and Liberal Studies. At CSULB, she teaches courses on literacy and urban education to undergraduate pre-service teachers.

She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Education in 2005.

Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, Zacher Pandya was a kindergarten teacher in a northern California public school. She is an ethnographer of elementary children’s language and literacy experiences. She has published articles in journals such as Research in the Teaching of English, Language Arts, Pedagogies: An International Journal, and Educational Studies.

Her research interests include ethnography, literacy, urban education, language learning, social justice and issues of identity, place and space in educational contexts.

The lecture, co-sponsored by the NIU Department of Educational Technology, Research and Assessment, is free and open to the public.

Call (815) (815) 753-5793 or email cisll@niu.edu for more information.

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