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M.S. in Education

Dr. Maria Dantas-Whitney

Professor, Teacher Education, ESOL

(503) 838-8636 | dantasm@mail.wou.edu | Education Building, Room 203

Dr. Maria Dantas-Whitney is Professor of ESOL and Bilingual Education at Western Oregon University, where she also serves as the Chair of the Division of Teacher Education.  Originally from Brazil, Dr. Dantas-Whitney has taught ESL and teacher education for over 25 years in Colorado, North Carolina and Oregon. She has also been a Senior Fulbright Scholar at the Universidad Autónoma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca in Mexico At present she serves as Director for Project SPELL (Sustainable Practices for English Language Learners), a federally-sponsored partnership between Western Oregon University and two large school districts in Oregon that offers professional development activities for teachers such as coursework, coaching, and guidance on classroom-based research.

Dr. Dantas-Whitney is the recipient of the AERA Outstanding Dissertation Award in Second Language Research and the TESOL/College Board Award for Teacher as Classroom Researcher. She has served as president of Oregon TESOL and ORATE (Oregon Association for Teacher Educators). Her publications and presentations focus on linguistically and culturally responsive pedagogy in teacher education, critical reflective practice, and classroom ethnography.


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