LTCY Faculty & Staff

Mayra C. Daniel

Mayra C. Daniel

TITLE: Associate Professor
Literacy Education
AREA: Faculty
OFFICE: Gabel Hall 147E
PHONE: (815) 753-8379
FAX: (815) 753-8563
E-MAIL: mcdaniel@niu.edu

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

  • 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     Yearbook: Vol. 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 Yearbook: Vol. 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., & 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

  • 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 CURRENTLY BEING TAUGHT

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