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Adams, Susan

Assistant Professor - Middle/Secondary Education
College of Education

sradams@butler.edu
317/940-8985

Jordan Hall - 182B
TBA-I am out in schools regularly, so please make an appointment.



Academic/Professional/Personal Focus

Areas of Expertise
English Language Learners/ESL/ENL and Second Language Acquisition; Equity, Diversity and Multicultural Education; Critical Friends Group Coach and National Facilitator; Teacher Consultant for the National Writing Project; Critical Race Theory/Whiteness; Teacher Professional Development;

Contributions: (published works or studies, conference presentations)

  • Book chapter, “Critical Friendship” and Sustainable Change: Creating Liminal Spaces to Experience Discomfort Together”, with Dr. Ross Peterson-Veatch, in Disrupting Pedagogies and Teaching the Knowledge Society: Countering Conservative Norms with Creative Approaches, edited by Dr. Julie Faulkner, to be published in 2010 by IGI Global, in press;
  • “Shared Leadership, Shared Responsibility, and Shared Success: What Can Happen When Teachers, Principals, and University Faculty Work Together,” for future publication in Reading in the Middle, Fall or Spring 2010, in press;
  • “Sarangarel’s Story” in The Pressures of Teaching, edited by Maureen Robins, Kaplan, May 2010;
  • “Writing in the ESL Classroom: Confessions of a Guilty Teacher,” English Journal, January 2009;
  • “Creating Inclusive Learning Communities for ELL students: Transforming School Principals' Perspectives,” Theory into Practice, Spring 2010; Peer editor, English Journal;
  • Peer editor, TESOL Journal;
  • Editorial Board Member and Assistant Editor, Working Papers in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education, Indiana University, Bloomington;
  • AILACTE Journal Special Topics Reviewer 2010 Professional Presentations; International: <br>• 6th International Globalization, Diversity & Education Conference, Washington State University, Spokane Washington: Troubling the Waters: Alterity in the Experienced Curriculum of English Language Learners and Special Education Students, February 2010;
  • International Teacher Education and Social Justice Conference, University of Illinois at Chicago, Navigating Similarity and Difference: A Lens of Whiteness in Preparing White, Middle Class Preservice Teachers for Diverse Classrooms, December 2009; National Conferences June 2010 22nd Annual Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference: Preparing White, Middle Class Preservice Teachers for Diverse Classrooms: A Case Study for Navigating Similarity and Difference through a Lens of Whiteness;
  • 10th Annual Graduate Student Conference on Leadership, Culture, and Pedagogy, Miami University: Navigating Similarity and Difference: A Lens of Whiteness in Preparing White, Middle Class Preservice Teachers for Diverse Classrooms, February 2010;
  • 2009 Diversity Research Symposium at Ball State University, Navigating Similarity and Difference: A Lens of Whiteness in Preparing White, Middle Class Preservice Teachers for Diverse Classrooms;
  • 30th Annual Conference on Curriculum Theory and Classroom Practice at the Bergamo Center: Troubling the Waters: Alterity in the Experienced Curriculum of English Language Learners and Special Education Students, October 2009;
  • National Association of Bilingual Educators, February 2009, Austin, TX Learning from Each Other: Critical Conversations to Promote Equity for Bilingual Students;
  • National Writing Project Conference, November 2008, San Antonio, TX: Presenting Results of ESL Teachers Writing Workshop;
  • National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention November 2006, presented a panel workshop for English teachers on increasing achievement of English language learners in conjunction with Indiana University; Regional/State Conferences
  • The 21st Annual Joseph Taylor Symposium Voices in the City: Language, Literacy, and Urban Life, IUPUI, Panel Moderator: Holla! We Hear Ya! Language and Literacy, and poster presentation: Literacy as Praxis: The Recursive Cycle of 21st Century Literacy Teaching, February 2010;
  • Indiana Teachers of Writing: Reading Panel Moderator and Workshop Presenter: We Read to Know We Are Not Alone, and We Don’t Want to Go Around Unwritten: Understanding Our Students through Meaningful and Culturally Welcoming Writing Assignments, October 2009;
  • Ohio State University, Title III Grant Closing Program Facilitator, July 2009;
  • Indiana Department of Education, Center for Student Learning, Title I, English Language Learner, and Exceptional Learner, Panel participant and workshop presenter, Appreciating and Accelerating English Language Learners June 2009;
  • National Writing Project Urban Sites Network Conference, April 2009, Louisville, KY We Don’t Want to Go around Unwritten: Understanding Our Students through Meaningful and Culturally Welcoming Writing Assignments;
  • INTESOL 2008 workshop, November 2008, First, YOU Write!;
  • Indiana Department of Education 2006 ESL K-12 Conference, Tears, Fears, and the Dreaded 5-Paragraph Essay: Encouraging Your Students to Write in English;
  • Indiana Teachers of Writing Conference October 2007, Fostering Writing Development of Secondary English Language Learners: Overcoming Fears, Tears, and the Dreaded 5-Paragraph Essay; <br>• Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana TESOL Regional Conference May 2008, Tears, Fears, and the Dreaded Five-Paragraph Essay: Encouraging Your Students to Write in English;
  • Indiana Teachers of Writing Conference October 2006, selected as cohort representative to present personal writing to the assembly; Local Conferences
  • Reggio Collaborative Conference, workshop presenter: Critical Literacy with English Language Learners, Indianapolis, August 2009;
  • Warsaw Community Schools Corporation, Warsaw, Indiana: Week-long ESL professional development for mainstream K-12 teachers, August 2009;
  • Center Grove Community Schools, Center Grove Middle School Teacher Development February 2009 Basic Strategies to Raise Achievement for English Language Learners; <br>• MSD Pike Township Best Practices Institute, October 2008, Increasing English Language Learner Academic Engagement in Secondary Content Area Classrooms;
  • Wayne Township Language Assistance Program (ESL) Teachers Writing Workshops, six sessions from November 2008 through January 2009;
  • ITEACH 2008, November 2008, University of Indianapolis, Supporting English Language Learner Literacy Development;
  • Pike Township Best Practices Institute, October 2008, Increasing English Language Learner Academic Engagement in Secondary Content Area Classrooms;

Butler Assignment (classes or work duties)
Project Alianza Director 2007-2011: ED 503 Creating Inclusive Schools for English Language Learners and ESL Methods for Content Area Teachers, Butler University ED112 ED398 ED498 ED423, 425, and 426 Student Teaching Supervision (World Languages and ENL)


Education/Experience

Education/Degrees
Education History • Indiana State University 1981-1985 Bachelor of Arts in Spanish/Secondary Teaching; • Indiana University (IUPUI and Bloomington) 2003-2006 School of Education Master of Science in Language Education with an emphasis on ESL instruction and second language acquisition, completed August 2006; •PhD in Language, Culture and Literacy with a minor in writing, Indiana University, 2013.

Certifications
Spanish Teaching Grades 9-12; English as a Second/New Language K-12

Professional Credentials
National Facilitator, School Reform Initiative Teacher Consultant, National Writing Project

Awards/Honors
$4000 minigrant from the National Writing Project English Language Learners Network for teacher workshop Summer 2008

Association Memberships (professional/educational)
Hoosier Writing Project and the National Writing Project; School Reform Initiative; Indiana Council of Teachers of English; National Council of Teachers of English; American Educational Research Association; National Association of Bilingual Educators; Indiana Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (INTESOL); Institute for Language and Education Policy;

Professional Experience
Indianapolis Public Schools, high school ESL Teacher and Instructional Coach; Spanish teacher (various grade levels, school districts); Professional Developer;