Sarah Surrain, Ed.M., is a Ph.D. student in Education at Harvard University.  She studies the early language and literacy development of children from diverse linguistic backgrounds.  She is particularly interested in how language environments at home and at school influence oral language development during early childhood.  Current projects include a study looking at parents’ perceptions of bilingualism and an investigation of how bilingual language environments influence language development during the transition from home to center-based care in early childhood.  Previously, she was a curriculum developer and literacy coach in Spanish-English bilingual classrooms in Chicago and taught Spanish as a foreign language in PK-12 settings.

 

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Recent Presentations

Who chooses dual-language education? The role of perceptions of bilingualism and caregiver background in a rural school district., at the Society for Research in Child Development, Baltimore, MD, Friday, March 22, 2019

Close to one third of school-aged children in the U.S. hear a non-English language at home, and Spanish is the primary language in approximately two thirds of these households (Child Trends, 2014). These demographic characteristics are particularly visible in newer immigrant destinations in the Southeast that have seen their English-learner population grow by as much as 200% in recent decades (U.S. Department of Education, 2011), posing a challenge to school districts...

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