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Michaela Colombo

Michaela Colombo is the Faculty Chair, Professor, Leadership in Schooling in the School of Education at UMass Lowell
Michaela ColomboProfessor Emeritus of Leadership in Schooling

Research Interests

Culturally responsive schools and pedagogy, preparing mainstream teachers to teach students who differ from them in culture and language, family and community involvement

Selected Publications

  • Colombo, M., Tigert, J., Leider, C.M. (2019). Positioning teachers, positioning learners: Why we should stop using the term English learners. TESOL Journal, 10(2) e00432.
  • Colombo, M., Zhao, Q., Perez, H. (2014). Tapping the Potential of EL Paraprofessionals through Professional Development . TESOL
  • Colombo, M., McMakin, D., Jacobs, C., Shestok, C. (2013). Hopefulness for Teachers of ELLs in the Era of NCLB. Multicultural Perspectives, 15(2) 81–87.
  • Colombo, M. (2013). Leading with Moral Purpose-Changing Our Schools to Improve Educational Opportunities for ELLs. Currents, 36(1) 14-18.
  • Colombo, M., Zhao, Q., Perez, H. (2013). Tapping the Potential of EL Paraprofessionals through Professional Development. The Tapestry Journal: An International Multidisciplinary Journal on English Language Learner Education, 5(2) 30–46.
  • Colombo, M., Colombo, P. (2007). Blogging to Improve Instruction in Differentiated Science Classrooms (89:1 pp. 60-63). Phi Delta Kappan
  • Colombo, M. (2007). Developing cultural competence: Mainstream teachers and professional development. (9:2 pp. 10-17). Multicultural Perspectives
  • Colombo, M. (2006). Bridging the gap through family and school partnerships (88:4 pp. 314-318). Phi Delta Kappan
  • Colombo, M. (2005). Empathy and cultural competence: Reflections from teachers of culturally diverse students. Young Children: Beyond the Journal.
  • Colombo, M. (2004). Family literacy nights and other home-school connections. Educational Leadership
  • Colombo, M. (2004). Literacy for all students: Professional development for cultural continuity. . New England Reading Association Journal
  • Colombo, M., Rodriguez, J. (2002). Opening doors and minds with educational technology and integration. NABE News

Selected Presentations

  • Understanding of positionality and improved dispositions for teachers of emergent bilingual students - TESOL, 2018
  • Converting a large, urban high school to small schools:  Leadership challenges and opportunities - American Educational Research Association, March 2008 - New York
  • Preparing Mainstream teachers to work with English language learners - National Association of Bilingual Education, February 2008
  • Professional development for mainstream Teachers to Work Effectively with Culturally, Linguistically, and Economically Diverse Learners - University of Connecticut, May 2007
  • The Lawrence Public Schools Transformation Project: Cultivating University and School District Partnerships - Committee on Industrial Theory and Assessment (CITA), April 2007 - Lowell, MA
  • Development and Validation of the Cultural, Linguistic, and Economic Diversity Teaching Effectiveness Indicator (CLEDTEI) - New England Educational Research Organization, April 2007
  • Teacher Preparedness for Working with Diverse Student Populations - New England Educational Research Organization, April 2007 - Portsmouth, NH
  • The Urban School Transformation Project Study - Association of Latino Administrators [ALAS]), 2006 - Austin, TX
  • Preparing Mainstream Teachers to Work Effectively with English Language Learners - New England Educational Research Organization (NEERO), 2006 - Portsmouth, NH
  • Mainstream Teachers of ELLs: How Much Preparation is Enough? Massachusetts Association for Teachers of Other Languages - Massachusetts Association for Bilingual Education- (MATSOL- MABE), March 2006 - Leominster, MA
  • English Language Learners: Building Best Practices. - Massachusetts Association for Bilingual Education-Massachusetts Association for Teachers of Speakers of Other Languages (MABE-MATSOL), March 2006 - Leominster, MA
  • Involving linguistically and culturally diverse parents and communities - National Association of Bilingual Education (NABE)., January 2006 - Phoenix, AZ
  • Professional development: Increasing teachers’ awareness of the culture, strengths, and needs of second language students - NABE, February 2004 - Albuquerque, NM
  • Effective instructional practices In bilingual education and second language acquisition, Community centered PBTIL - Massachusetts Association for Bilingual Education (MABE), March 2000

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) - After-School and Out-of-School Programs, Methuen Public Schools, Author, Administrator (2004), - United States Department of Education
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  • Parent Partnership for Achieving Literacy (PAL) Methuen Public Schools (2000), - United States Department of Education
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