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Sarah Alvarado

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Assistant Research Professional
Academic Professional, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5411
Student Information:
Graduate Student
Learning, Literacies and Technologies
MaryLouFulton Teachers College

Biography: 

Sarah L. Alvarado Diaz completed her doctoral degree through Mary Lou Fulton Teachers’ College, Learning, Literacies and Technologies Ph.D. program at Arizona State University. As a student, Sarah was awarded a fellowship from the Office of Special Education Programs titled, Evidence-Based interventions in High-Need Schools: An Interdisciplinary Program to Prepare Special Education Faculty, where she worked alongside Dr. Alfredo J. Artiles, with a focus on the intersections of disability, language, and second-language learning. Sarah is currently working with an ASU research team investigating the impact of a curriculum which integrates theater arts into learning for young dual language learners within inclusive settings and all dis/ability types. 

Sarah is an Arizona native and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Bilingual Elementary Education from Arizona State University in 1998, and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Northern Arizona University in 2004. She worked as an elementary school teacher in a public elementary school in Phoenix for 16 years prior to returning to Arizona State University to pursue a doctoral degree.

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Research Interests: 
  • Precursors (i.e., teacher referrals) to special education identification (high-incidence disabilities) of culturally and linguistically diverse learners (CLDs)
  • Improvement of educational opportunities for CLDs with or at-risk for learning disabilities
  • Dynamic conceptualizations of the role of culture (as situated within cultural, historical, and social contexts) and its application to learning and research 
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SPE 317Spec Educ for Cultura/Linguist