Christina Cavallaro

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Christina Cavallaro
Office 
Gerber Building 140
Phone 
605-626-3159

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL (2020)
M.Ed. in Special Education with Reading and TESOL specializations, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (2014)
B.A. in Elementary Education, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (2013)
 
Christina J. Cavallaro, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of elementary education in the teacher education department who joined NSU’s faculty in 2021. She specializes in preparing teacher candidates to use equitable and explicit reading and literacy pedagogical approaches that support students in developing and using academic language in purposeful ways. Her research agenda comprises three interconnected objectives: (1) To investigate and support inclusive literacy practices across classroom contexts; (2) To document teachers’ understanding of language and promote explicit teaching of schooling literacies as a vehicle for student academic achievement and access; (3) To blend culturally responsive approaches with language-focused teaching to inform Culturally Sustaining Systemic Functional Linguistics (CSSFL).
 
At Northern, Dr. Cavallaro serves as the faculty advisor for the student organization Association for the Education of Young Children (AEYC).
 
Courses Taught
EDFN 455/555 Research-Based Literacy Instruction & Assessment
ELED 440 K-8 Language Arts Methods
EDFN 445/545 Methods of Teaching English & Academic Content to English Learners
EDFN 446/546 Curriculum & Instruction for New Language Acquisition
EDFN 468/568 Literacy in the Content Area for English Learners
 
Ways to Connect
Twitter: @CJ_Cavallaro
 
 
Selected Publications
Sembiante, S. F., Cavallaro, C. J., & Troyan, F. J. (2021). Language teacher candidates’ SFL development: A sociocultural perspective. Language & Education, 35(3), 479-499. https://doi.org/10.1080/09500782.2020.1833909
 
Sembiante, S. F., & Cavallaro, C. J. (2021). Linguistic and grammatical knowledge development through text. In L. C. de Oliveira, A. M. Menda & C. Vicentini (Eds.), Multiliteracies in English as an additional language Classrooms: Methods, approaches, and lessons (pp. 73-92). Information Age Publishing.
 
Cavallaro, C. J., & Sembiante, S. F. (2020). Facilitating culturally sustaining, functional literacy practices in a middle school ESOL reading program: A design-based research study. Language & Education, 1-36. https://doi.org/10.1080/09500782.2020.1775244
 
Cavallaro, C. J., Kervin, C., Sembiante, S. F., & Baxley, T. (2019). Relieving tension and empowering students: Addressing societal racism in U.S. classrooms through critical discourse analysis. In S. P. Jones & E. C. Sheffield (Eds.), Making Sense of Race in Education: Practices for Change in Difficult Times, (pp. 35-58). Myers Education Press.
 
Vaughan, M., Cavallaro, C., Baker, J., Celesti, C., Clevenger, C., Darling, H., Kasten, R., Laing, M., Marbach, R., Timar, A., & Wilder, K. (2019). Positioning teachers as researchers: Lessons in empowerment, change, and growth. Florida Educational Research Association Journal, 57(2), 133-139.
 
Cavallaro, C. J., Sembiante, S. F., Kervin, C., & Baxley, T. (2018). Combating racial inequity through local historical analysis: A community-informed social studies unit. The Social Studies Journal, 110(1), 17-32. https://doi.org/10.1080/00377996.2018.1524361
 
Sembiante, S. F., Baxley, T., & Cavallaro, C. J. (2017). What’s in a name?: A critical literacy and functional linguistic analysis of immigrant acculturation in contemporary picture books. Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education, 12(1), 28-41. https://doi.org/10.1080/15595692.2017.1350640
 
Selected Conference Presentations
Cavallaro, C. J. (2021, March). Developing agency as writers and metalinguistic awareness through practices of Culturally Sustaining Systemic Functional Linguistics. Paper presented at the annual American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) conference, virtual meeting
 
Cavallaro, C. J. (2020, April). Engaging students in equitable and explicit literacy instruction through Culturally Sustaining Systemic Functional Linguistics. Paper presented at the annual American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference, virtual meeting.
 
Cavallaro, C. J. (2020, March). Equitable literacy practices that embody Culturally Sustaining Systemic Functional Linguistics within intensive reading classrooms. Paper presented at the annual American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) conference, Denver, CO.
 
Minor, I., & Cavallaro, C. (2018, November). Re-imagining computer science as social justice oriented in a multicultural educational setting. Paper presented at the annual National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) conference, Memphis, TN.
 
Vaughan, M., Cavallaro, C., Baker, J., Celesti, C., Clevenger, C., Darling, H., Kasten, R., Laing, M., Marbach, R., Timar, A., & Wilder, K. (2018, November). Positioning teachers as researchers: Lessons in empowerment, change, and growth. Paper presented at the Florida Educational Research Association (FERA) Annual Meeting, St. Petersburg, FL.
 
Cavallaro, C., & Kervin, C. (2018, July). Challenging societal norms?: A critical analysis exploring gender roles in picture books through Systemic Functional Linguistics. Paper presented at the 45th International Systemic Functional Congress, Boston, MA.
 
Troyan, F., Sembiante, S. F., Cavallaro, C., & Safriani, A. (2017, February). Dialogue mediation of L2 teacher candidates’ learning of Systemic Functional Linguistics. Paper presented at the 10th International Conference on Language Teacher Education, Los Angeles, CA.
 
Sembiante, S. F., & Cavallaro, C. (2017, February). Bilingual teacher candidates’ development of the functions of critical academic reflection. Paper presented at the 10th International Conference on Language Teacher Education, Los Angeles, CA.
 
Sembiante, S. F., Cavallaro, C., & Baxley, T. (2016, November). Names as a cultural entry point: A critical analysis of immigrant acculturation in contemporary picture books. Paper presented at the annual National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) conference, Cleveland, OH.
 
Cavallaro, C. (2016, June). Creating inclusive classrooms through students’ linguistic varieties. Research presented at the 3rd annual Trinity College Graduate Student Conference, Dublin, Ireland.