Dr. Sharon Chappell

Dr. Sharon Chappell

Sharon Chappell is an associate professor in the department of Elementary and Bilingual Education, interested in building communities of learners in online instruction. She specializes in social justice in curriculum, youth-centered schooling, and arts education. She is a leader in advocacy for building safe, welcoming and inclusive schools for LGBTQ children, youth and families–trained as a Welcoming Schools facilitator with the Human Rights Campaign. Sharon conducts professional development workshops for teachers and other school professionals throughout Orange County and Los Angeles: http://news.fullerton.edu/2016sp/welcoming-schools.aspx

Dr. Chappell earned her Ph.D. in curriculum studies from Arizona State University, teaching credential from UC San Diego, and BA in Women Studies and English at UC Berkeley. Her research interests include arts-based, youth-centered, social justice education in school and community contexts, critical analysis of curricular texts, and arts-based research methods. She is developing a graduate course in critical arts practices for schools, and always learning Spanish as her second language.

Sharon’s recent co-authored book is The Arts and Emergent Bilingual Youth: Building Culturally Responsive, Critical, Creative Education in School and Community Contexts. She is working on a new book: Gender Diversity and LGBTQ Advocacy and Inclusion in Schools, featuring stories of powerful practices by educators, community activists and families.

Her work appears in scholarly journals and professional publications, including Qualitative Inquiry, Narrative Works, Teaching Tolerance, International Journal of Social Inclusion, Community Works Journal, Review of Research in Education, Arts Education Policy Review, Community Arts Network, Democracy and Education, Handbook of Public Pedagogy, International Journal of Education and the Arts, Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, Teaching Artist Journal, the UNESCO Observatory, and Youth Theatre Journal. Her art work appears on the cover of Children under Construction: Critical Essays on Play as Curriculum; on the web for the Conference of Narrative, Arts-based, and (Post) Social Research at Arizona State University; and in the Artist Book Special Collection at the John Flaxman Library at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

For more on just, equitable and inclusive education in Elementary and Bilingual Education at CSUF, see our webpage developed by Sharon: http://ed.fullerton.edu/edel/about-our-department/just-equitable-and-inclusive-education/

Courses include:
EDEL 315 Foundations in Teaching
EDEL 325 Cultural Pluralism in Elementary Schools
EDEL 434 Inquiry and Methods in English Language Learning
EDEL 450 Visual and Performing Arts Methods
EDEL 492 Supervision of Student Teachers
EDEL 529 Learning Theory for the Classroom
EDEL 530 Graduate Seminar in Second Languages
EDEL 534 Graduate Seminar in Social Studies
EDEL 548 Early Childhood
EDEL 541 Culture and Education of Latino Students
EDEL 542 Graduate Seminar in Current Issues in Bilingual Education
EDEL 594 Masters Thesis Project


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