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Cathrene Connery

Senior Lecturer, Central Washington University
Cathrene Connery

M. Cathrene Connery, Ph.D., is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Language, Literacy, and Special Education at Central Washington University. A bilingual educator, researcher and advocate, she has drawn on her visual arts education as a painter to inform her research and professional activities in language, literacy, and sociocultural studies. Connery has presented on theoretical, pedagogic, and programmatic concerns surrounding the education of culturally and linguistically diverse children in the United States for the more than 25 years. Her current research interests include the education of refugee children, multicultural teacher education, biliteracy and the development of first and second languages, semiotics, sociopolitical issues in development, learning, and education. She has used Vygotskian theory to articulate several books, chapters, and articles. Connery currently chairs the Refugee Concerns Interest Section for the International Association of Teachers of English to Students of Other Languages. She founded the Karen Burmese American Advocates group in Ithaca, New York, was actively engaged with the local Karen community, and researched bilingual literacy among Karen.