Dr. Blaire Willson Toso

Dr. Blaire Willson Toso Blaire Toso

Bachelor of Arts, Spanish Literature, University of California, San Diego (1987)
Master of Arts, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Monterey Institute of International Studies (1989)
Ph.D., Adult Education, The Pennsylvania State University (2010)

Blaire conducts research on a variety of topics, such as parent engagement and leadership and the benefits and outcomes of literacy for adults. She is also involved in professional development projects that focus on career pathways for adult basic education students, teaching reading to adults, and English as a second language (ESL). Her work continues to build on her studies and her past experiences as an ESL teacher, curriculum designer, and ESL and bilingual methods instructor. She has lived and worked extensively outside of the U.S. and brings this perspective to her work. She continues to present and publish on a variety of topics pertaining to adult education, family literacy, and English language acquisition. Her particular interests within these arenas are student leadership, immigrant experiences with education, mothering and literacy, and agency.

Email:  bwt121@psu.edu
Phone: 814-867-0268