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Mayra C. Daniel, Ed.D.
Professor, Literacy Education

Department:

Curriculum and Instruction

Education:

  • Ed.D., Curriculum and Instruction, Illinois State University
  • M.S. Ed., Interdisciplinary Studies, Focus on Bilingual Education & ESL, Western Illinois University
  • M.A., Spanish Languages and Literatures, State University of Iowa
  • B. A., Spanish and French, State University of Iowa

Research Interests:

Dr. Daniel’s research centers on the educational needs of English language learners and of the teachers who work with these learners and on the state of education in Guatemala.  Her collaboration with bilingual teachers who are part of the Project REAL Partnership in Rockford, IL, has resulted in a series of workshops for bilingual parents at Nelson School and presentations at state and national conferences.  Her work with Guatemalan teachers is an evolving ongoing investigation that seeks to improve the educational system of Guatemala in a manner that considers and begins with the needs and ways of being of its multilingual citizens.

Selected Publications:

  • Daniel, M., & Mokhtari, K. (Eds.). (2015). Research and instruction that makes a difference in English learners’ success. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc. 
  • Daniel, M. & Zamborová, K. (2015). Exploring English instruction in themathematics classroom: A view of current pedagogy in the United States and Slovakia. JAZYKOVEDNÉ, LITERÁRNOVEDNÉ A DIDAKTICKÉ  KOLOKVIUM XXVIII/Linguistic, Literary and Didactic Colloquium XXVIII:non-conference reviewed collection of papers, 133-147.
  • Daniel, M.C, & Shin, D-s. (2015). Exploring New Paths to Academic Literacy for English Learners. The Tapestry Journal (6)1, 1-10.
  • Daniel, M. C. (2015). My Polka Dotted World. In T. Oberg De La Garza and  A. L. Lavigne (Eds.), Salsa dancing in gym shoes: Exploring cultural missteps of Latinos in the classroom, (pp. 66-86). Chicago, IL: Advanced Classroom Strategies, Inc. 
  • Daniel, M. (2015). A Middle School Mathematics Workshop for Multilingual Classrooms. In M. Daniel & Kouider Mokhtari (Eds.), Research and instruction that makes a difference in English learners’ success(pp. 35-   49). Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc. 
  • Mokhtari, K. & Daniel, M. (2015).  Research, Policy, and Practice Insights to Support the Teaching of English Learners in Mainstream Classrooms. In M. Daniel & Kouider Mokhtari (Eds.), Research Based instruction that makes a difference in English learners’ success(pp. IX-       XVI). Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc. 
  • Daniel, M. (2015). My Polka Dotted World. In Tammy Oberg De La Garza and Alyson L. Lavigne (Eds.), Salsa dancing in gym shoes: Exploring cultural missteps with Latinos in the classroom (pp. 66-86).  Chicago, IL: Advanced Classroom Strategies Inc.
  • Daniel, M., & Huizenga-Mc Coy, Mary (2014). Art as a medium for bilingualism and biliteracy: Suggestions from the research literature. GIST Education and Learning Journal (8), 171-188.
  • Daniel, M., Mondschein, M., & de Palomo, L. (2014). The Guatemalan literacy project: Collaboration among literacy educators. In Cynthia B. Leung, Janet C. Richards, and Cynthia A. Lassonde (Eds.). International Collaborations in Literacy Research and Practice (pp. 89-116). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Daniel, M. & Ball, A. (2014). Understanding the cultural capital of learners of Muslim descent. In Farideh Salili & Rumjahn Hoosain (Eds.). Growing Up Between Two Cultures: Problems and Issues of Muslim Children (pp. 89-116). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Daniel, M., Shin, D. S., Harrison, C., & Aoki, E. (2014). Examining paths to digital literacy for English Language Learners. Illinois Reading Council Journal, 42(4), 35-42.
  • Cowan, J., & Daniel, M. C. (2013). How People, Tools, and Rules Enhance or Inhibit Technology Use in K-12 Classrooms: A Design-Based Activity Systems Analysis. Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education: Association for the Advancement of Teacher Education 2013.
  • Cohen, J., & Daniel, M. C. (2013). What is a teacher to do with a newcomer? Illinois Reading Council Journal, 41(4), 25-34.
  • Daniel, M. C. (2013). Reaching English Language Learners in Mainstream Classrooms. (ed.). Reading Today Online.
  • Cohen, J., & Daniel, M. C. (2013). Strategies are not enough: Perceptions matter too!. Bilingual Basics The Newsletter of the Bilingual Intersection and Teachers of English to Deaf Students: TESOL International Organization.
  • Daniel, M. C. (2013). Promoting intercultural competence: Preparing future TESOLers to change lives. In Amy Alice Chastain (Ed.), (pp. 1-4). The Newsletter of the Intercultural Communications Intersection: TESOL International Organization.
  • Daniel, M. C., & Cohen, J. (2012). Chapter 13 Evaluation: An Eye Opening Experience. In Evan Ortlieb and Earl H. Cheek Jr. (Eds.). In Using informative assessments towards effective literacy practices, (vol. 1, pp. 379-405). Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
  • Daniel, M. C., & Cowan, J. (2012). Exploring Teachers’ Use of Technology in Classrooms of Bilingual Students.GIST Education and Learning Research Journal, 6.
  • Daniel, M. C. (2011). Challenges to Literacy for Guatemalan Learners at Home or in the United States. Thresholds in Education Foundation, XXXVII (Nos. 3 & 4), 19-30.
  • Daniel, M. C., & Ball, A. (2011). Mediating the Educational Experience for English Language Learners of Moroccan Descent. Thresholds in Education Foundation, XXXVII (Nos. 3 & 4), 31-42.
  • Daniel, M. C., & Ball, A. (2011). Schooling Struggles of Hispanic Youth: Lourdes Ferrer's Plan of Action. Thresholds in Education Foundation, XXXVII (Nos. 3 & 4), 65-70.
  • Daniel, M. C. (2011). West Chicago’s District's Partnership for Wellness, Safety, and Student Achievement.Thresholds in Education Foundation, XXXVII (Nos. 2 & 3), 61-64.
  • Daniel, M. C. (2011). The Immigrant Experience at Home and Abroad: Teaching and Learning in Different Tongues. (ed., vol. XXXVII, pp. 126 ). De Kalb, IL: Thresholds in Education Foundation.
  • Daniel, M. C. (2010). La Preparación del Maestro: Una Examinación de las Voces de los Capacitadores que Enseñan en las Escuelas Normales de Guatemala. GIST Education and Learning Research Journal.
  • Johns, J., & Daniel, M. (2010). Reading Inventory for Spanish Speakers. Dubuque, IL:   Kendall Hunt.
  • Daniel, M., & Ball, A. (2010).  The Moroccan educational context: Evolving multilingualism. International Journal of Educational Development. XX. 130-135.
  • Daniel, M. & Rentsch, V. (2009). Collaboration and Discovery: A Pilot Study of Leveling Criteria for Books Written in Spanish for K-3rd Grade.  In M. Foote, F. Falk-Ross, S. Szabo, &M. B. Sampson (Eds.), 2006 College Reading Association     YearbookVol. 30. Commerce, TX: Texas A & M University-Commerce.
  • Daniel, M. (2009, June).  Every Teacher a Teacher of English Language Learners:     Preparing Illinois Teachers for a Diverse New World.  Keynote Address at the Illinois Association of Deans of Public Colleges of Education Annual Meeting. Bloomington, IL.
  • Daniel, M., & Ball, A. (2009). Contextualizing multiliteracies in Morocco. Columbian Journal of Bilingual Education. Bogotá: Columbia: GIST.
  • Daniel, M. (2008). Helping English Language Learners: Preparing teachers to promote critical thinking and language acquisition.  In M. Foote, F. Falk-Ross, S. Szabo, & M. B. Sampson (Eds.), 2006 College Reading Association YearbookVol. 29. Navigating the Literacy Waters: Research, Praxis, and Advocacy (pp. 123-132). Commerce, TX: Texas A & M University-Commerce.
  • Daniel, M. (2008). Critical literacy for monolinguals and bilinguals in-the-making. Columbian Journal of Bilingual Education. Bogotá: Columbia: GIST.
  • Daniel. M., & Hoelting, B. (2008). Promoting high levels of literacy for English language learners.  Illinois Reading Council Journal, 36(4), 3-12.
  • Daniel, M. (2007). Authentic Literacy Practices for English Language Learners: A Balanced Curriculum Approach. Journal of Reading Education, 32(2), 18-25.
  • Daniel, M. (2007).  Evaluation of English Language Learners: 195 Teachers in the United States Examine Their Challenges. International Journal of Learning,14(1).

Presentations:

  • Daniel, M, Schumacher, G. & Stelter, N. (2015, December). Effectiveness of Online Courses in ESL/Bilingual Education. Paper presented at the Illinois Association of Multilingual Multicultural Educators. Oakbrook, IL.
  • Truscott, A., Daniel, M., & Rasmussen, M. & (2015, March 28). TESOL and Indigenous Education in the US, Guatemala, and Australia. Paper presented at the TESOL International Convention and English Language Expo. Toronto, Canada.
  • Daniel, M., Goodman, Y., Mokhtari, K., Carger, C., Sargent, S., Fitzgerald, R. Riley, C., Cate, J., Owles, C., Ehlers-Zavala, F., Flippo, R., Crane, K., Boyd-Batstone, P., Lea-Lee, G., Price, D., & Riley, C. (2015, July). Transforming Access to Literacy: Empowering ELs in K-12 Classrooms. Organizer Pre-Conference Institute of the International Literacy Education      Association Conference. St. Louis, MO.
  • Daniel, M. & Schwarzer, D. (2015, July). Culture, Language, and Curricular Choices. Presentation at the Pre-Conference Institute of the International Literacy Association Conference. St Louis, MO.
  • Daniel, M. (2015, March 26).  The Middle School Mathematics Workshop: Instruction that works for ELs.  Paper presented at the TESOL International Convention and English Language Expo. Toronto, Canada.
  • Daniel, M. (2015, March 25). Crossing Borders at the ISLC Leaders Workshop. TESOL International Convention and English Language Expo. Toronto, Canada.
  • Daniel, M. (2015, March 27). Building Bridges at the ISLC Leaders Assembly. TESOL International Convention and English Language Expo. Toronto, Canada.
  • Koss, M., Zamborova, K., & Daniel, M. (2015, March). Promoting Equal Opportunity,       Diversity, and Affirmative Action Through Relationships Between Faculty, Staff, and International Students. Presentation at the AADR Spring Conference at Northern Illinois University, De Kalb, Il.
  • Daniel, M. (2015, February). Maestros que se Unen Llegan Más Lejos. Presentation at the 10th International Literacy Conference. Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.
  • Daniel, M. & Zamborova, K. (2014, December). Contrasting Slovakian and US English Learner Education. Paper presented at the Illinois Association of Multilingual Multicultural Educators. Oakbrook, IL.
  • Shin, D. S., Daniel, M., Harrison, C., & Aoki, E. (2014, December).  Digital Literacy for ELLs. Paper presented at the Illinois Association of Multilingual Multicultural Educators. Oakbrook, IL. 
  • Shin, D. S. & Daniel, M. (2014, November). Multimodal ELA Classrooms: Using Social Media to Support Academic Literacy Development of ELLsPaper presented at the National Council of Teachers of English. Washington, D.C.
  • Daniel, M. & Shin, D. S.  (2014, November). Learning Within a Digital World at the University: Exploring Virtual Conversations and Collaboration in Online Courses, Paper presented at the Association of Literacy Educators in Reading Annual Conference. Delray Beach, Florida.
  • Cohen, J., & Daniel, M. C. (2013, April). What to do with Newcomers?. Paper presented at IRA Pre-Conference Institute, San Antonio, Texas.
  • Daniel, M. C., Mokhtari, K., Boyd-Batstone, P., Mohr, K., Carger, C., Strid, J. E., Nutta, J., & Wilkinson, L. (2013, April). Research Into Practice: Meeting the Challenges of the Changing Demographics: Assessment and Instruction that Makes a Positive Difference in ELs' Success. Research Into Practice: 58th Annual International Reading Association Conference, San Antonio, Texas.
  • Daniel, M. C., Mokhtari, K., Goodman, Y., Boyd-Batsone, P., Schwarzer, D., Liska-Carger, C., Strid, J. E., Cohen, J., Porto, M., & Latham, M. (2013, April). Institute: Empowering All Teachers to Reach English Language Learners in Mainstream Classrooms. Paper presented at Pre-Conference Institute: 58th International Reading Association Conference, San Antonio, Texas.
  • Daniel, M. C. (2013, April). Concrete Paths to Culturally Responsive Teaching. Paper presented at IRA Pre-Conference Keynote Address, San Antonio, Texas.
  • Cowan, J., & Daniel, M. C. (2013, March). How people, tools and rules enhance or inhibit technology use in the L-12 classroom: A design-based activity systems analysis. Paper presented at Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education, New Orleans, LA.
  • Cohen, J., & Daniel, M. C. (2013, March). Strategies are not enough: Perceptions Matter too!. Paper presented at TESOL International Convention and English Language Expo, Dallas, Texas.
  • Daniel, M. C. (2013, February). Estrategias para la Lecto-Escritura en Clases de Ciencias y Matematicas. Paper presented at IX Conferencia Internacional de Lecto Escritura, Guatemala City, Guatemala.
  • Daniel, M. C., Aoki, E., Ball, A., Brosius, V., Rentsch, V., & Cowan, J. (2012, December). Teachers Share Tried and True Solutions for Linguistically Diverse earners. Paper presented at Illinois Association of Multilingual Multicultural Educators, Oakbrook, IL.
  • Daniel, M. C., Ortlieb, E., Cheek, E., Johns, J., Perkins, H., Elish-Piper, L., Pearce, D., Verlaan, W., & Mohr, K. (2012, November). Evaluation: An Eye-Opening Experience. Paper presented at 56th Annual Conference of the Association of Literacy Educators in Reading, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
  • Cowan, J., Yamagata-Lynch, L., & Daniel, M. C. (2012, June). Teachers' Perceptions of the Challenges in Innovating with Technology-Rich Content in the Geosciences Classroom: An Activity Systems Analysis. Paper presented at Ed-Media World Conference on Education, Denver, Colorado.
  • Daniel, M. C., Boyd-Batstone, P., Goodman, Y., Cummins, J., Kieffer, M., Li, G., Coleman, R., Coppola, J., Cowan, J., Mokhtari, K., Schwarzer, D., Taylor, S. K., Shin, F., Porto, M., Cohen, J., Almburg, A., Brosius, V., Ball, A., Fox, R., Daniel, A., & Trost-Shahata, E. (2012, April). Quality Literacy Instruction for Second Language Learners' Language Development and Content Area Literacy Institute Sponsored by the IRA Literacy and Language Learners Committee. Paper presented at Celebrating Teachers: 57th International Reading Association Convention, Chicago, IL.
  • Daniel, M. C., Schwarzer, D., & Taylor, S. K. (2012, March). Envisioning Possibilities to Create Children's Multiliterate Realities. Paper presented at A Declaration of Excellence: TESOL International Convention and English Language Expo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Daniel, M. C., & Cowan, J. (2011, December). Teachers Make Movies to Help ELs Acquire Academic Language.Paper presented at Illinois Association of MultilingualMulticultural Educators, Oakbrook, IL.
  • Daniel, M. C. (2011, November). ELLs in the Middle School Mathematics Classroom. Paper presented at Association of Literacy Educators in Reading, Richmond, VA.
  • Daniel, M. C., & Cohen, J. (2011, October). Promoting Culturally & Linguistically Responsive Education for English Language Learners. Paper presented at Richland Schools Teacher Institute, Crest Hill, IL.
  • Daniel, M. C., Taylor, S. K., Schwarzer, D., Garcia, O., Despagne, C., Peigne, C., & Cohen, S. (2011, July).Mission Impossible Creating Multilingual Spaces in K-12 Classrooms. Paper presented at BilingLatAm IV: Simposio Internacional sobre Bilinguismo y Educacion Bilingue de Latinoamerica, Oaxaca, Mexico.
  • Daniel, M. C. (2011, May). Understanding Multicultural and Multilingual Populations. Paper presented at Multicultural Transformation Institute, Heritage Room, NIU, Holmes Student Center.
  • Daniel, M. C. (2011, May). Supporting Young Learners: Looking at the Development of Early Language and Literacy Competencies Pre-Conference Institute. Paper presented at International Reading Association Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida.
  • Daniel, M. C. (2011, March). Examining the E in TESOL. Paper presented at Teachers to Speakers of Other Languages, New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Daniel, M. C., & Owles, C. (2011, February). Comprometiendo a Aprendices Jovenes a Amar la Lectura y Escritura. Paper presented at VII Conferencia Internacional de Lectura y Escritura, Guatemala City, Guatemala.
  • Yamagata-Lynch, L., Cowan, J., Perry, E., & Daniel, M. C. (2010, October). Tracing Changes in Teacher Design, Development, and Implementation of Virtual Field Trips and Standards-Based Lessons. Paper presented at Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Anaheim, CA.
  • Daniel, M. C. (2010, February). La Lecto-Escritura Crítica Basada en el Periódico.Paper presented at Guatemalan Literacy Conference, Guatemala City, Guatemala.
  • Daniel, M., & Mondschein, M. (2010). Promoting Early Literacy for ELLs at Preschool to Second Grade. Special Interest Group Presentation at the 54th Annual Convention of the International Reading Association. Chicago Illinois.
  • Daniel, M., Taylor, S. K., Smith, P., Schwarzer, D., Carger, C., Cohen, S., Murillo, L. (2010). Fostering Multiliteracy Through Teacher Investigative Research: Some Practical Ideas. Pre-Conference Institute Presentation, 54th Annual   Convention of the International Reading Association. Chicago Illinois.
  • Daniel, M., Cummins, J., De Jong, E., Wink, J., Carger, C., Bashir-Ali, K. (2010, March). Advocacy and Activism: TESOL’s Bilingual Tea Party. Presentation at the 44th Annual TESOL Convention and Exhibit, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Daniel, M., Ramanathan, H., Taylor, S. K., Mohanraj, J., Ostorga, A., & Farruggio, P. (2010, March). International Teacher Development inMultilingual Contexts. Presentation at the 44th Annual TESOL Convention and Exhibit, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Daniel, M., & Johnson, C. (2009, February). Educar y Aprender en Guatemala: Un Arcoiris de Posibilidades.Presentation at the 7th International Literacy Conference. Guatemala City, Guatemala.
  • Daniel, M. (2009, November). A Report of Teacher Preparation Efforts in Guatemala Year 2008. Presentation at the 53rdd Annual Meeting of the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers. Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • Daniel, M. (2009, November). Biliteracy in America’s Classrooms: Helping Teachers Meet the Challenge.Presentation at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the    Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers. Charlotte, North Carolina.  
  • Daniel, M. (2009, May).  Biliteracy for Young ELLs.  Presentation at the Early Literacy Pre-Conference Institute, 54th Annual Convention of the   International Reading Association.  Minneapolis, MN.
  • Taylor, S., Daniel, M., Schwarzer, D., & Smith, P. (2009, March).  From “Nice Words” to Action: TESOL/BEIS Multilingualism, and Language Policy. Presentation at the 42nd Annual TESOL Convention and Exhibit. Denver, CO.
  • Schwarzer, D., Taylor, S., Daniel, M., & Smith, P. (2009, March). Where There’s a Second Language There’s a First! Presentation at the 42nd Annual TESOL Convention and Exhibit. Denver, CO.

Honors:

  • Co-Chair Literacy, Diversity, and Multiculturalism Committee, International Reading Association, 2014
  • Chair, TESOL International Organization, Inter-Section Leadership Council, 2014
  • Exceptional Contribution to Service and Outreach, NIU College of Education, 2009
  • Member Zeta Gamma Chapter Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars
  • Recipient Jerry Johns Promising Researcher Award, Association of Literacy Educators, 2008
  • Recipient Outstanding Article Award in the Teaching Category, Organization of Teacher Educators in Reading, 2008

Classes:

  • LTIC 701: Supervision of Programs for English Language Learners
  • LTIC 547: Assessment of English Language Learners
  • LTIC 515: Bilingualism and Reading

Mayra Daniel

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mcdaniel@niu.edu
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