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.
Ph.D. Education, Specialization in Foreign, Second, and Multilingual Language Education, The Ohio State University, M.A. in Teaching and Learning, The Ohio State University, M.A. in Religious Studies, Trinity International University, B.S. Ed in Elementary and Kindergarten Education, Minor in Spanish, and Certification in TESOL, Pennsylvania State University
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