Jackie Ridley, Ph.D.
I am an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood and Literacy Education in the School of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies. I research the language and literacy practices of young refugee and immigrant-background youth, an interest born from my experience as an elementary English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher in Northeast Ohio and overseas in Thai-Burmese refugee camps. As a teacher educator and a classroom researcher, I am committed to preparing all educators to be effective in today’s increasingly multilingual classrooms. Outside of my work at KSU, I am involved in local and national advocacy efforts to support English learners and I present at professional development workshops, teacher in-service trainings, and academic conferences on best practices for supporting multilingual students.
- Libnoch, H., & Ridley, J. (In Press). Teaching young children about refugees through picture books. Young Children.
- Ridley, J., Kim, S., & Yoon, E. (2019) Working with refugee English language learners: Moving beyond the challenges. Kappa Delta Pi Record 55(4), 164-168. https://doi.org/10.1080/00228958.2019.1659062
- King, N. & Ridley, J. (2019) A Bakhtinian take on languaging in a dual language immersion classroom. System 80, 14-26. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.system.2018.10.008