Esther Bettney, WIDA Project Assistant, receives Mitacs Globalink Research Award

Esther Bettney, project assistant for WIDA International Programs, was recently awarded a Mitacs Globalink Research Award to engage in research about Critical Multilingual Language Awareness in mainstream and bilingual elementary classrooms with Gail Prasad at York University (Canada).

Esther Bettney, also a doctoral candidate at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, recently received a Globalink Research Award from Mitacs – a Canadian research organization – to engage in a research project at York University (Canada). This summer, Esther will collaborate with Gail Prasad, assistant professor at York University to analyze data collected over a 4-year period as part of a funded research-practice partnership between the UW-Madison and a local public school district. Gail led the partnership during her time at UW-Madison and focused on examining the teaching of critical multilingual language awareness in mainstream and bilingual elementary classrooms.

Gail, Esther and Jungwon Hyun, another doctoral candidate at UW-Madison, recently presented initial findings from the project at The Canadian Centre for Studies and Research on Bilingualism and Language Planning (CCERBAL) annual conference.

Gail was one of the original UW-Madison faculty members highlighted in the International Newsletter monthly Spotlight feature. This research project connects with Esther’s dissertation in which she is exploring the implementation of equitable language policies and practices within international schools.

Mitacs’ Globalink Research Award is available to graduate students from a number of countries are interested in collaborating with a professor at a Canadian university. Interested applicants can find more information on the Mitacs website or follow Esther Bettney on Twitter @BettneyEsther to learn more about her experience.

Congratulations, Esther, and thank you for all the work you do to support WIDA and international educators! We look forward to you sharing your research.