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Dr. Cheryl McElvain

Senior Lecturer, Education, Department of

Cheryl works as a lecturer and faculty lead for the MA-IDE International Education for Social Responsibility emphasis at Santa Clara University. In 2005 she earned an Ed.D. in International and Multicultural Education with an emphasis in Second Language Acquisition from the University of San Francisco. Understanding the obstacles facing underserved first and second-generation immigrant students in California, she has focused her research efforts on ELL literacy instruction, bilingual cognition, and developing transactional learning communities around the world. Her philosophy of education is community oriented and involves dynamic, equitable transactions between the student, the teacher, knowledge, and the world. She believes that the true value of education lies in its power to transform the individual to effect sustainable and positive change in creating a more peaceful, just, and humane world. Cheryl sees herself as a voice for the voiceless, a conscience for justice, and a visionary for what might be in the world. Recent Publications McElvain, C. (In Press). El proyecto de los libros abecedarios: Learning from the inside out. Forum On Public Policy. McElvain, C. (2015). The bridge project: Connecting home, school, and community for Mexican immigrant children. Journal of Latinos and Education, 14 (3), 153-170. McElvain, C. (2014, July). The Glen Project: A study of resilience and hope. Abstract contributed to the proceedings of the 28th International Congress of Applied Psychology, Paris, France, DIV05-OC06005. McElvain, C. and Heidi Smith (2012, August). The effect of inquiry learning on the cognitive academic language proficiency skills of 5th grade bilingual students. Paper contributed to the Hawaii University International Conference on Education, Honolulu, Hawaii. McElvain, C. (2010). Transactional literature circles and the reading comprehension of at-risk English learners in the mainstream classroom. Journal of Research In Reading, 33 (2), 178-205.
Office
  • Education, Department of
  • 1(408) 554-5487
  • 1(408) 551-7197 (fax)
  • Alternate contact information:
    Cell: 408 828-1671
  • Guadalupe Hall, 2nd Floor, 246
Mailing address
  • Santa Clara University
    500 El Camino Real
    455 El Camino Real
    Santa Clara, CA 95053

    Guadalupe Hall

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