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Wayne E. Wright

Professor and Barbara I. Cook Chair of Literacy and Language
Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Research

Language, education, and assessment policies and programs for language minority students. Bilingual Education, mother-tongue-based multilingual education, English as a second/foreign language, second language teaching and learning, heritage languages, high-stakes testing, language assessment, Asian American Education, Southeast Asian American Education, Cambodian Americans, Education policy and practice in Cambodia.



Education

Ph.D. Arizona State University, 2004, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
M.A. California State University Long Beach, 1998, Language, Literacy, & Learning
B.A.

California State University Long Beach, 1992, Liberal Studies (Concentration in Asian American Studies)



Selected Publications

Books

Wright, W. E. (2015). Foundations for Teaching English Language Learners: Research, Theory, Policy, and Practice (2nd ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Caslon Publishing.

Wright, W. E. (2010). Foundations for Teaching English Language Learners: Research, Theory, Policy, and Practice. Philadelphia: Caslon Publishing.  (Second Edition in press)

Wright, W. E., Boun, S., & Garcia, O. (Eds.). (2015). Handbook of Bilingual and Multilingual Education. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

Ramirez, D., Wiley, T. G., de Klerk, G., Lee, E., Wright, W. E. (Eds.). (2005). Ebonics in the Urban Education Debate. Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters

Journal Articles

Lee, S. J., & Wright, W. E. (2014). The rediscovery of heritage and community language education in the United States. Review of Research in Education, 38, 137-165. doi: 10.3102/0091732X13507546

Wright, W. E., Boun, S. (2011). Southeast Asian American Education 35 Years After Initial Resettlement: Research Report and Policy Recommendations. Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement, 6, 1-120. jsaaea.coehd.utsa.edu/index.php/JSAAEA/article/view/114/89

Wright, W. E. (2010). Khmer as a Heritage Language in the United States: Historical Sketch, Current Realities, and Future Prospects. Heritage Language Journal, 7(1), 117-147.

Book Chapters

Wright, W. E., Boun, S. & García, O. (2015). Introduction – Key concepts and issues in bilingual and multilingual education. In W. E. Wright, S. Boun, and O. Garcia (Eds.), Handbook of Bilingual and Multilingual Education (pp.1-16). Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

Wright, W. E., & Boun, S. (2015). Striving for Education for All through bilingual education in Cambodia. In W. E. Wright, S. Boun, and O. Garcia (Eds.), Handbook of Bilingual and Multilingual Education (pp. 515-528). Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

Wright, W. E. (2014). Be wary of “value added measures” of teacher effectiveness. In K. Nemeth (Eds.), Young English language learners at school: A guide of early childhood and elementary administrators. Philadelphia, PA: Caslon.

Wright, W. E. (2014). How are placement decisions made? In K. Nemeth (Ed.), Young English language learners at school: A guide of early childhood and elementary administrators. Philadelphia, PA: Caslon.

Wright, W. E. (in press). Cambodian Americans and Mormonism. In Lee, Jonathan H. X. (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Asian American Religious Cultures. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO. (In Press)

Wright, W. E. (2014). Teaching English language learners in Post-Proposition 203 Arizona: Structured English immersion or sink-or-swim submersion? In G. P. McField (Ed.), The Miseducation of English learners: A Tale of three states and lessons to be learned (pp. 151-182). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Wright, W. E. (2014). Khmer. In T. G. Wiley, J. K. Young, D. Christian, S. C. K. Moore, & N. Liu (Eds.), Handbook of Heritage and Community Languages in the United States: Research, Educational Practice, and Policy (pp. 284-296). Washington, DC & New York, NY: Center for Applied Linguistics & Routledge.

Wright, W. E. (2014). Section Introduction - Heritage Language Maintenance and Development. In T. G. Wiley, J. K. Young, D. Christian, S. C. K. Moore, & N. Liu (Eds.), Handbook of Heritage and Community Languages in the United States: Research, Educational Practice, and Policy (pp. 311-314). Washington, DC & New York, NY: Center for Applied Linguistics & Routledge.

Wright, W. E. (2014). Proposition 203 and Arizona's early school reform efforts: The nullification of accommodations. In S. K. C. Moore (Ed.), Language policy processes and consequence: Arizona case studies (pp. 45-72). Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters.

Boun, S., Wright, W. E. (2013). K-12 Schooling Experiences of Southeast Asian American Students. In R. Endo & X. L. Rong (Eds.), Educating Asian Americans: Achievement, Schooling, and Identities (pp. 75-101). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Wright, W. E. (2012). Bilingual Education. In Ritchie, W. C., & Bhatia, T (Eds.), Handbook of bilingualism and multilingualism. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

Wright, W. E. (2012). Has progress been made in raising achievement of English language learners since NCLB?. In R. Freeman & E. Hamayan (Eds.), English language learners at school: A guide for administrators (2nd ed., pp. 72-73). Philadelphia: Caslon Publishing.

Wright, W. E. (2012). How can we use technology to support the academic, language, and learning needs of our English language learners?. In R. Freeman & E. Hamayan (Eds.), English language learners at school: A guide for administrators (2nd ed.). Philadelphia: Caslon Publishing.

Wright, W. E., Sung, K. (2012). Teacher's sheltered English immersion views and practices. In M. B. Arias & C. Faltis (Eds.), Implementing Educational Language Policy in Arizona: Legal, historical and current practices of SEI. Clevedon, UK: Multilingual Matters.

Wright, W. E. (2012). What are some concrete strategies that administrators and teachers can use to guide advocacy for ELLs on the local level. In R. F. Field & E. Hamayan (Eds.), English language learners at school: A guide for administrators (2nd ed., pp. 234-236). Philadelphia: Caslon Publishing.

Wright, W. E. (2012). What are the defining features of effective programs for English language learners?. In R. F. Field & E. Hamayan (Eds.), English language learners at school: A guide for administrators (2nd ed., pp. 100-103). Philadelphia: Caslon Publishing.

Wright, W. E. (2012). What are the essential components of a sheltered English immersion (SEI) program?. In R. F. Field & E. Hamayan (Eds.), English language learners at school: A guide for administrators (2nd ed., pp. 108-110). Philadelphia: Caslon Publishing.

Wright, W. E. (2012). What is the difference between English as a second language (ESL)/English language development (ELD) and sheltered instruction/specially designed academic instruction in English (SDAIE)?. In R. F. Field & E. Hamayan (Eds.), English language learners at school: A guide for administrators (2nd ed., pp. 110-111). Philadelphia: Caslon Publishing.

Baker, C., & Wright, W. E. (2011). Introduction to bilingual education: The United States. In C. Baker (Ed.), Foundations of bilingual education and bilingualism (5th ed., pp. 183-204). Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters.

Wright, W. E. (2011). Cambodian Americans: History, People, Culture. In J. Lee & K. Nadeau (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Asian American Folklore and Folklife (pp. 179-185). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Wright, W. E. (2011). Cambodian Americans: Vernacular language, speech, and manner. In J.  Lee & K. Nadeau (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Asian American Folklore and Folklife (pp. 219-221). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Wright, W. E. (2010). Khmer language use in Cambodian American Communities. In J. H. X. Lee (Ed.), Cambodian American experiences: Histories, communities, cultures, and identities (pp. 162-179). Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.

Ricento, T., Wright, W. E. (2010). Language policy and education in the United States. In S. May  & N. Hornberger (Eds.), Language policy and political issues in education, Encyclopedia of language and education (vol. 1, pp. 285-300). New York: Springer.

Work in Progress

Wright, W. E. & Boun, S. (in-progress). Translanguaging in graduate education in Cambodia.

Wright, W. E., & Boun, S. (in-progress). Translanguaging in the resource development process for indigenous bilingual education programs in Cambodia.

Wright, W. E., & Boun, S. (in-progress). Bilingual teacher education for indigenous ethnic minorities in Cambodia.

Wright, W. E., & Chan, V. (in-progress). Khmer language proficiency of Cambodian American heritage language students. 

Appointments on National/International Organizations

Co-Editor, Journal of Language, Identity, and Education 

Editor, Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement

Co-Editor, Bilingual Education and Bilingualism Book Series (Multilingual Matters)

Editorial Review Board Member:

Technical Advisory Board Member, English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21) 

Executive Board Member, National Association for the Education and Advancement of Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese Americans

Resolutions Committee, American Association for Applied Linguistics

Fulbright Scholar, Royal University of Phnom Penh (Cambodia), 2009

 

Experience

2014 – present

2008 - 2014

Professor and Barbara I. Cook Chair of Literacy and Language, Purdue University

Associate Professor, University of Texas at San Antonio

2009

Fulbright Scholar, Royal University of Phnom Penh

2004 - 2008

Assistant Professor, University of Texas at San Antonio

2003 - 2004

Faculty Associate, Arizona State University East

2001 - 2003

Adjunct Professor, Mesa Community College, Northern Arizona University, and Arizona State University

1994-2000

Bilingual (Khmer) and ESL Teacher, Long Beach Unified School District

1994

Instructor, Institute of Economics and Georgetown University Small Business Training Program (Cambodia)