s a teacher educator and educational researcher, it is my mission to link research and practice through field-based research, self-study in classroom teaching, and various service activities. My overall focus is on professional development that transforms teaching for understanding and learning in diverse classrooms. Such a mission encourages me to continuously advance tools, strategies and activities that will best address our College's theme: Excellence and Equity.

The diagram to the right reflects an effort to promote teaching transform by integrating teaching and learning tools offered by three sets of standards, dispositions and theoretical frameworks: (1) Five Standards for Effective Pedagogy oriented within a neo-Vygotskian perspective proposed by the National Center for Research on Education, Diversity, and Excellence (CREDE) (It is now moved to University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.), (2) using Howard Gardner's  theory of multiple intelligences (MI) as tools to enhance teaching for understanding, and (3) the sets of necessary habits of mind as intelligent behaviors and dispositions, provided by Arthur Costa and associates. Together we may strengthen the circle of supporters for all English learners, teachers and families of English learners to productively solve problems in quest to transform teaching practices in K-12 classrooms.



The JPA, LLD, CTX, CA and IC are the acronyms of CREDE's five standards. For more information, samples and videos about these standards, please visit: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/coe/crede/sample-page/
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