Amy Crosson is an Associate Professor of Education (CI) for the College of Education at Penn State.
Broadly, my research investigates instructional innovations to optimize language and literacy learning for multilingual students in public school settings. My current project, funded by the Spencer Foundation, explores how and why teachers across the US have adapted early literacy instruction for multilingual children. For this project, I am collecting rich, “in-the-moment” snapshots of remote instruction using a smartphone-based research platform (www.spencer.org/news/announcing-our-covid-19-related-research-grants-awardees). My research also focuses on developing classroom-based interventions to support academic vocabulary learning, reading comprehension, and argumentation skills of multilingual learners, with funding from the Institute for Education Sciences. Methodologically, I integrate quantitative and qualitative techniques to understand mechanisms that influence language learning and the effects of instruction. I welcome both prospective graduate students and educators who are interested in collaboration to contact me about their interests!