Literacy, Culture, and International Education Division
Immigrant identities in the contexts of schooling; K-8 literacies; practitioner research; school-university partnerships; urban education
Gerald Campano studies immigrant identities and education, as well as university partnerships with either schools or faith-based organizations. An Associate Professor and Chair of the Reading/Writing/Literacy Division at University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, Campano has previously worked as a full-time classroom teacher in Texas, Puerto Rico, and California, and with adult English Language Learners in Philadelphia. Campano has earned numerous teaching awards at the elementary and university level and has over 50 academic publications. He is a Carnegie Scholar and the recipient of the David H. Russell Award for Distinguished Research from the National Council for the Teachers of English for his book Immigrant Students and Literacy: Reading, Writing, and Remembering.
Ebony Elizabeth Thomas discussed the casting of a black woman as Ariel in the upcoming “Little Mermaid” remake. “Whether it’s seeing people of color traveling faster than the speed of light, or as superheroes, dragons, or even mermaids, when we see ourselves in these roles, even as kids we believe we can do anything,” she said. “These images shape our minds on a subconscious level.”