Kristen L. Pratt

(she/her)

Assistant Professor, Education & Leadership

503-838-9221 | prattk@wou.edu
RWEC 133

Why I chose WOU

Western Oregon University is an incredible place. The College of Education is a dynamic, thriving space engaged in transformative transgressive practice, of which I am proud to be a part.

At WOU since

09/16/2018

Hobbies

Baking, hiking, reading, and gardening.

Course schedule

Fall 2022
CRNCourseTitleTimesLocation
10509 ED404 CLINICAL EXP SEM I FP S 1100-1150 RWEC 107
10509 ED404 CLINICAL EXP SEM I FP - HYBRD* CRS

Education

Ph.D. Washington State University Pullman, WA
Language, Literacy and Culture: 2017
Department of Teaching and Learning
 
Ed.M. Washington State University Vancouver, WA
Language and Literacy: 2008
Department of Teaching and Learning
 
B.A. Pacific Lutheran University, Parkland WA
Education, English as a Second Language, Spanish: 2000
Department of Teaching and Learning

Teaching focus

ESOL and Bilingual Courses; the Flexible Pathway Saturday Cohorts

  • University Supervisor Bilingual Teacher Scholars- K-12, DL, Spanish, Math
  • University Liaison with Collaborative District and NWRESD Partner
  • Clinical Experience Team Leader- Flexible Pathways
  • Equity, Justice and Agency: Environments for Diverse Learners (ED 618/446)
  • Language Acquisition and Ed. Linguistics in ESOL/Bilingual Ed. (ED 684)
  • Curriculum Models and Instructional Materials for ELLs (ED 691)
  • Assessment of English Language Learners (ED 694)
  • Theoretical Foundations of Emergent Bilingual Education (ED 682/482)
  • Instructional Strategies for ESOL/Bilingual Students (ED 692/492)
  • Introduction to ESOL/Bilingual Education (ED 681/481)
  • Classroom Management (ED 450)

Research areas

My work explores the intersections of language, race, education, and equity. I aim to unpack the intertextuality of raciolinguistic ideologies within macro language education policies and micro enactments in local contexts with a particular focus on addressing issues of educational equity, access, and opportunity within raciolinguistically diverse communities.

Grants and funding

2021 Oregon Open Educational Resources: Supporting Students Who Are Emergent Bilingual, Oregon Department of Education

2021 Meyer Memorial Trust Foundation: Project RISE (Rural Investments for Success in Education)

2021 Oregon Grow Your Own Grant: Rural Educators Pathway Program (RP3), Oregon Department of Education, Educator Advancement Council

2021 Oregon’s Educator Equity Plans: Educator Voices- Student Advisory Panel

Professional experience

2018-Present Assistant Professor ESOL and Bilingual Education
University Supervisor Bilingual Teacher Scholars- K-12, DL, Spanish, Math
University Liaison with Collaborative District and NWRESD Partner
Clinical Experience Team Leader- Flexible Pathways
Equity, Justice and Agency: Environments for Diverse Learners (ED 618/446)
Language Acquisition and Ed. Linguistics in ESOL/Bilingual Ed. (ED 684)
Curriculum Models and Instructional Materials for ELLs (ED 691)
Assessment of English Language Learners (ED 694)
Theoretical Foundations of Emergent Bilingual Education (ED 682/482)
Instructional Strategies for ESOL/Bilingual Students (ED 692/492)
Introduction to ESOL/Bilingual Education (ED 681/481)
Classroom Management (ED 450)
Western Oregon University
Monmouth, OR
 
2015-2018 Clinical Faculty
Federal EL Impact Grant
Classroom Management (T&L 310)
Introduction to English as a Second Language (T&L 333)
Early and Middle Level Reading Methods (T&L 321, 322)
Elementary Reading Methods (T&L 320)
Practicum in Bilingual/ESL Education (T&L 401)
ESL Methods for General Educators K-8 (T&L 505)
University Field Supervisor
Washington State University Vancouver
Vancouver, WA
 
2015 Graduate Research Assistant         
Project: Curriculum Map English Language Endorsement Program
Task: Mapped all Bilingual Courses with the endorsement competencies for the BA program at WSUV generating a scope and sequence for program.
Collaborators: Dr. Gisela Ernst-Slavit and Kristen L. Pratt
Washington State University Vancouver
Vancouver, WA
 
2012-2015 Teaching Assistant- Instructor of Record
Elementary Reading Methods (T&L 320)
Introduction to English as a Second Language (T&L 333)
Practicum in Bilingual/ESL Education (T&L 401)
Instructional Practicum (T&L 402)
Methods and Materials for Bilingual/ESL Education (T&L 414)
Washington State University Vancouver
Vancouver, WA
 
2014 Guest Lecturer
Ph.D. Research Seminar Math and Science Research Methods (T&L 589)
Washington State University Vancouver
Vancouver, WA
 
2013  Graduate Research Assistant
Project: Academic Language in the Science Classroom
Task: Worked to analyze video data qualitatively exploring common themes and practices of effective content instruction for emergent bilingual students.
Principal Investigators: Dr. Gisela Ernst-Slavit and Kristen L. Pratt
Washington State University Vancouver
Vancouver, WA
 
2006-2011 9-12th Grade Instructor: Spanish I, II, and III     
Camas High School                           
Camas, WA
 
2001-2005 4th-5th Grade Instructor: Sheltered English
Prince Elementary
Tucson, AZ
                       
2000-2001 4th-5th Grade Instructor: Transitional ESL/BD
Beverly Park Elementary
Seattle, WA
 
2000 1st Grade Student Teacher: General Education
Soos Creek Elementary
Kent, WA

Awards and honors

2019-2020 Outstanding Leadership- American Education Research Association Bilingual Education Research SIG (given to chairs of working groups)
 
2018 Outstanding Dissertation of the Year- Second Language Research, Special Interest Group, American Education Research Association.
 
2015 President’s Award for Leadership- Honoring Leadership, Engagement, and Commitment to the Community, Washington State University
 
2014 Outstanding Research Award- Graduate Student Research Showcase, Washington State University
 
2008 Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year Award- College of Education, Department of Teaching and Learning, Washington State University

 

Publications and Presentations

Selected Publications

Pratt, K. L. & Dantas-Whitney, M. (2021). The power of educational leaders to influence school climates of equity and change. In R. Shankar-Brown (Ed.) Bending the arc towards justice: Equity-focused practices for educational leaders. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Pratt, K. L. & Dantas-Whitney, M. (2020). Educational Leaders’ Agentive Power to Disrupt Racial and Linguistic Hierarchies. The Journal of Language, Identity and Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/15348458.2020.1832495

Pratt, K. L., & Ernst-Slavit, G. (2019). Equity perspectives and restrictionist policies: Tensions in dual language bilingual education. Bilingual Education Research Journal. https://doi.org/10.1080/15235882.2019.1647900

Pratt, K. L., Puzio, K., Lee, Y. H. (2018). “¡Olé!” Locating capital and cultural wealth within multicultural children’s literature. The Journal of Latinos and Education, DOI: 10.1080/15348431.2018.1540350

Puzio, K., Newcomer, S., & Pratt, K. L. (2018). Learning from our stories: Narratives in culturally responsive teaching. In D. Conrad & S. Blackman, Caribbean discourse in inclusive education: Responding to learner diversity and difficulties. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing (IAP), Inc. 

Pratt, K. L. & Ernst-Slavit, G. (2017). Teacher questions: Learning the discourse of science in a linguistically diverse elementary classroom. Linguistics and Education, 40, 1-10.

Puzio, K., Newcomer, S., Pratt, K. L., Burkes, K., Jacobs, M., & Hooker, S. (2017). Creative Failures in Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy. Language Arts, (94)4, 223-233.

Pratt, K. L. & Phambu, R. L. (2017). The Democratic Republic of the Congo: A case for hope. In J. Egbert & G. Ernst-Slavit, Views from the inside: Languages, cultures and schooling for K-12 educators, 385-404. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing (IAP), Inc.

Select Presentations

Dantas-Whitney, M., Pratt, K. L., Dougherty, J., & Gong, X. (2021). Examining a GYO Bilingual Education Program through the Experiences of Novice Latinx Teachers. Presentation at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, Virtual Conference.

Pratt, K. L., David, S., Yoon, B., & Song, K. (2020). Border realities as assets for fostering transliteracies, multiculturalism, and multilingualism [Invited Study Sessions with Allison Skerrett and G. Sue Kasun]. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Literacy Research Association, Virtual Conference.

Yoon, B., & Pratt, K. L. (2020). Multilingualism in the context of English hegemony: Current policy, theory and practice [Symposium with Ryuko Kubota and Rachele Lawton]. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Literacy Research Association, Virtual Conference 

Pratt, K. L. (2019). Sociocultural constructions of identity and ways of knowing in dual language bilingual contexts. Presentation at the inaugural Forum on Ethnographic Investigations with Children and Youth Conference, Monmouth, OR. 

Pratt, K. L., & Dantas-Whitney, M. (2019). A tale of two schools: Individual teacher leaders’ agentive power to disrupt racial and linguistic hierarchies. Presentation at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, Toronto, Canada.

Pratt, K. L. (2018). Gentrification: A threat to equity for diverse learners. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Washington Education Research Association, Seattle, WA.

Pratt, K. L. (2018). Decentering Monoglossic Ideologies: Translanguaging Manifestations in a Dual Language Classroom. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Literacy Research Association, Indian Wells, CA.

Pratt, K. L. (2018). Positioning Emergent Bilingual Students Through a Language as Deficit Lens: An Ethnography of Language Education Policy. Presentation at the annual meeting of the International Symposium Ethnographic Encounters with Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults in Educational Contexts, Resistencia, Argentina.

Student presentations

Student Publications

Dunn, M. & Pratt, K. L. & Van Putten, F. (2020). Quality language education for diversity and inclusion: Challenges and proposals for quality improvement. In J.D. Martínez (Ed.) (2019). Quality TESOL and teacher education: Moving beyond a results culture towards a quality culture. ESL & Applied Linguistics Professional Series: Routledge.

Student Presentations

Tellez Osorno, G. & Pratt, K. L. (2021). The power of a ‘teacher who looks like me’: Findings from an autoethnography of one novice Latina educator and advocate. Presentation at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, Virtual Conference.

Dantas-Whitney, M., Pratt, K. L., Dougherty, J., Olivares, J. R., Cruz, A., Acosta, I., & Lopez, E., G. (2020). Latinx leaders in education: Changing classrooms and changing the world. Presentation at the annual meeting of MENTE: Latinx Male Summit, Leadership, Identity, Education and Economic Advancement, Linfield, OR. 

Professional memberships

Washington Education Research Association (WERA)
American Education Research Association (AERA)
Literacy Research Association (LRA)




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