Dr. Margaret Freedson

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Early Childhood, Elementary and Literacy Education

Dr. Margaret Freedson

Office: University Hall 3220
Phone: (973) 655-5411
Email: freedsonm@mail.montclair.edu

    
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Dr. Freedson’s scholarly interests focus on bilingualism and literacy development, and instructional practices that improve school outcomes for Spanish-speaking dual language learners, as well as the preparation of teachers to serve bilingual students. A former bilingual teacher with the Lost Angeles Unified School District, she has conducted research on educational policy and the classroom experiences of low-income language minority children in Mexico, Central America and the United States. She teaches graduate and undergraduate classes on early literacy development and instruction, and has provided professional development for teachers and administrators throughout New Jersey. She is the lead author of the Classroom Assessment of Supports for Emergent Bilingual Acquisition (CASEBA) - an observational rating scale that assesses preschool classroom quality for dual language learners.  A native of Reading, Pennsylvania, she received her doctorate in Language and Literacy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

 

Degrees

  • EdD Harvard University
  • MEd Harvard University
  • BA University of California, Berkeley

 

Career Appointments 

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Publications

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Published:

Books 

Freedson-González, M. & Pérez Pérez, E. (1999). Evaluación de la educación bilingüe-bicultural en los Altos de Chiapas. Mexico City: Secretaria de Educación Publica. 

Journal Articles and Book Chapters 

Freedson, M., Figueras-Daniel, A., Frede, E., Jung, K. & Sideris, J. (2011). The Classroom Assessment of Supports for Emergent Bilingual Acquisition (CASEBA): Psychometric properties and key initial findings from New Jersey’s Abbott Preschool Program.  In C. Howes & R.C. Pianta (Eds.) Investigating the classroom experiences of young dual language learners. Baltimore, MD: Brookes. 

Freedson, M. (2010). Educating preschool teachers to support English language learners. In E. Garcia & E. Frede (eds.), Young English-language learners: Current research and emerging directions for practice and policy. New York: Teacher's College Press.

Freedson, M., Figueras-Daniel, A., & Frede, E. (2009). Classroom Assessment of Supports for Emergent Bilingual Acquisition. New Brunswick, NJ: National Institute for Early Education Research. 

Freedson, M. (2008). Supports for dual language vocabulary development in bilingual and English immersion prekindergarten classrooms. Journal of School Connections, 1(1), 25-63. 

Lucas, T., Villegas, A.M., & Freedson-Gonzalez, M. (2008).  Linguistically responsive teacher education: Preparing classroom teachers to teach English language learners. Journal of Teacher Education. 59(4) 

Snow, C. E. &  Freedson-González, M. (2003). Bilingualism, second language learning, and English as a second language. Chapter in Guthrie, J.W. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Education, 2nd Edition. New York: Macmillan.

Freedson-González, M. & Pérez Pérez, E. (1997). Indigenous language rights and schooling in Highland Chiapas. Cultural Survival Quarterly, 22 (1), 41-43  

Freedson, M. &  Pérez Pérez, E. (1995). Educación bilingue-bicultural y modernización en los Altos de Chiapas. América Indígena, 51(1-2), 385-424.  

Freedson, M. &  Pérez Pérez, E. (1995). Modernización educativa y educación bilingue-bicultural: Reforma nacional en los Altos de Chiapas. 1994 Research Yearbook. Tuxtla-Gutiérrez, Mexico: Universidad de Ciencias y Artes de Chiapas, Gobierno del Estado de Chiapas.  

Professional Development Publications 

Freedson-González, M. & Ross, M. (2000). Implementing the Texas prekindergarten curriculum guidelines for language and early literacy.  Part 1: Language development. Austin, TX: University of Texas/Texas Education Agency. 

Freedson-González, M. & Ross, M. (2000).  Implementing the Texas prekindergarten curriculum guidelines for language and early literacy. Part II: Literacy development. Austin, TX: University of Texas/Texas Education Agency. 

Smith, M., Freedson-González, M., & Morris, P.B. (1999). Kindergarten Teacher Reading Academy.  Austin, TX: University of Texas/Texas Education Agency.

 

Presentations

Freedson, M & Figueras-Daniel, A. (2013). Classroom Assessment of Supports for Emergent BilinguL Acquisition: Pyschometric properties and professional development applications. Invited paper presented at the Inaugural Bilingual Research Conference of the University of Texas Health Science Center, Children’s Learning Institute, Houston, TX, May 16, 2013. 

Freedson, M., Frede, E., Figueras-Daniel, A., & Jung, K (2010).   The Classroom Assessment of Supports for Emergent Bilingual Acquisition (CASEBA): Validating an observational rating scale of preschool classroom quality for dual language learners.” Poster presented at Head Start’s 10th National Research Conference, June 21, 2010, Washington, DC. 

Freedson, M (2009). An investigation of classroom practices to support dual language acquisition. Invited paper presented at the 4th Annual Leadership Symposium of the University of Virginia’s National Center for Research on Early Childhood Education (NCRECE): Investigating the Classroom Experiences of Young Dual Language Learners, Arlington, VA, November 3rd, 2009.  

Freedson-Gonzalez, M. (2008).  Workforce preparation: Educating preschool teachers to support English language learners. Paper presented at the symposium,  “Enhancing the Knowledge Base for Serving Young English Language Learners. Sponsored by the National Institute for Early Education Research, Rutgers University and the Pew Charitable Trust. Princeton, NJ.  

Freedson-Gonzalez, M. (2006).  Does language of instruction matter in preschool?: The impact of teacher language choice and literacy talk on the early literacy development of Spanish-speaking prekindergarten children. Paper presented at the National Reading Conference, Los Angeles, CA.  

Freedson-Gonzalez, M. (2005). Language of instruction and literacy talk in bilingual and ESL preschool classrooms: Contributions to the literacy development of Spanish-speaking children, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Montreal Canada.  

Freedson-Gonzalez, M. (2005). Contributions of adult talk to the literacy development of young bilingual learners,  Symposium presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. [Panel Organizer and Chair] 

Freedson-Gonzalez, M. (1997). Sitting in the Shadows: Gender discrimination in Mexico’s rural bilingual classrooms. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington, DC.  

Freedson, M. (1996). Language ideologies, literacy beliefs, and education reform: Indigenous language textbook use in Highland Chiapas.  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, San Francisco.  

Freedson, M. (1996). Language use and cultural transmission in the bilingual classrooms of Chiapas, Mexico. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Association for Bilingual Education, Orlando, FL.

Invited keynote addresses and panels 

Supporting English language learners in preschool: What does research tell us?  Keynote at the Annual Fall Institute of the New Jersey Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages/ New Jersey Bilingual Educators Association (NJTESOL/NJBE), Jamesberg, NJ, October, 2007 

Breaking Down Barriers (Part of Caucus New Jersey with Steve Adubato’s “Families in Focus: Grow Up Great” series). Invited guest/panelist. July 2007. (Program aired in New Jersey and New York during the Fall of 2007). 

Children’s Literacy Initiative, Invited panelist at meeting on infusing supports for English Language Learners into CLI curricula and programs, Philadelphia, PA, July, 2006 

Early childhood education and bilingual learners in New Jersey. Keynote at the Annual Meeting of the New Jersey Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators, Wayne, NJ, November, 2005 

The gift of bilingualism.  Keynote at the Latino Institute’s Conference on Early Childhood Education and Latino Children, Princeton, NJ, April, 2005 

Professional development workshops and presentations 

Supporting the School Success of Preschool Dual Language Learners, Elizabeth Public Schools, Elizabeth, NJ, August 29, 2012 

ELLs and the Common Core: Scaffolding Academic Language and Content Learning. Paterson Public Schools, Paterson, NJ. August 8 -10, 2012. 

Supporting the School Success of English Language Learners in P-3 Settings. Invited Presentation to the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association, Monroe Township, NJ, April 19, 2012 

Teaching English Learners Using the SIOP Model of Sheltered Instruction (K-8). Paterson Public Schools, Paterson, NJ, April 15, 2011 

Supporting Dual Language Learners in Preschool: Building Language for School Success. Kent ISD, Grand Rapids, Michigan, January 7, 2011. 

Implementing the CASEBA: Supporting Emergent Literacy in Young Dual Language Learners (various topics). Monthly day-long PD sessions presented to Passaic, NJ Preschool Teachers, October 2010-January 2011. 

Enhancing Instructed Learning in a Second Language (K-12). Pennsgrove-Carneys Point Regional School District, NJ, October 29, 2010.

Enhancing Vocabulary for School Success (preschool), Freehold Board of Education, August 24, 2010

Best practices in reading and writing instruction:  Professional development for Grade 3-5 teachers. South Mountain Elementary School, South Orange-Maplewood School District, NJ. October 2010-April 2011. (Focus on shared and guided reading, writing conferences, comprehension of informational text, and content-area writing)

Addressing the needs of Young English Language Learners. New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association Training Institute, Rowan, University, Mullica Hill, NJ, March 11-12, 2010.

Enhancing Vocabulary for School Success: Supporting DLLs in Preschool. 2-day session for Bilingual Coordinators, Master Teachers and Early Childhood Coordinators for the New Jersey Department of Education, March & April 2010.

Key Issues in the Education of Young English Language Learners. Presented at Ladders of Success: Covering Early Childhood Learning, a conference of the University of Maryland’s Journalism Center on Children and Families, September 15, 2009 

Supporting ELLs in Preschool: What Research Tells up About Best Practice. Presented at the National Head Start Dual Language Institute, October 29, 2008, Washington, DC. 

Supporting language and learning in emerging bilingual children. Monmouth County Head Start/Acelero Learning. July 24-25, 2008 

Supporting English learners’ home language in preschool: What does the research tell us, Irvington Public Schools, April 29, 2008 

Addressing the needs of young bilingual learners.  Hoboken Public Schools, November 20, 2006 

Addressing the needs of young bilingual learners. Orange Public Schools, October 20, 2006 

Language and literacy supports for English language learners, AY2006-2007, Center for Family Resources/Clifton Head Start, AY2006-2007 

Building vocabulary and language skills for reading success (Grades K-3 and 4-9), Montana State Reading Institute, Bozeman, Montana, August 9-10, 2006 

Addressing the needs of young bilingual learners. Hoboken Public Schools, January 12,  2006 

Building a successful two-way immersion preschool program. Elizabeth Public Schools, May 7, 2005 

Addressing the needs of young bilingual learners. New Brunswick Public Schools, January 20  & March 24, 2005 

Using the Supports for English Language Learners Classroom Assessment (SELLCA). Master Teacher training workshop, New Jersey Department of Education Office of Early Childhood, Trenton, NJ, March 10 & April 19, 2005 

Addressing the needs of young bilingual learners.  State-level meeting of early childhood supervisors, New Jersey Department of Education Office of Early Childhood, Trenton, NJ, January 18, 2005 

Addressing the needs of young bilingual learners. Harrison Public Schools, November 2, 2004 

Implementing a two-way bilingual preschool program. Elizabeth Public Schools, August 30, 2004 

Effective literacy supports for young bilingual learners, Breakout session presented at the ECELE Spring Conference, Department of Early Childhood, Elementary and Literacy Education, MSU, April 2004 

Addressing the needs of young bilingual learners. Professional development workshop for early childhood mentor teachers. New Jersey Department of Education, Office of Early Childhood, March  16, 19, 25, 2004. 

Addressing the needs of young bilingual learners. Professional development workshop for early childhood program directors and curriculum specialists. Hispanic Directors Association of New Jersey. January 29, 2004. 

Addressing cultural and linguistic diversity in secondary classrooms. Reading Public Schools, Reading, Pennsylvania, August 14-15, 2003 

Literacy and bilingual learners (Reading First). Professional Development Workshop Hackensack Public Schools, July 17, 2003 

Building reading fluency in Grades 1-3 (Reading First). Professional Development Workshop Hackensack Public Schools, July 16, 2003 

Phonemic awareness and phonics in the early grades.  Hackensack Public Schools,  July 15, 2003 

Research-Based Components of Effective Early Reading Instruction.  Training of district literacy coaches. Hackensack Public Schools, June 23-25, 2003 

First Grade Teacher Reading Academy (Reading First).  Training of district literacy specialists, Montgomery School District, Montgomery Alabama, May 5-8, 2003. 

Memphis City Schools Early Childhood Curriculum Framework.  Memphis City Schools, Memphis, Tennessee, August 8-9, 2002. With Melanie Ross. 

Early writing practices in prekindergarten. McAllen Independent School District, McAllen, Texas, July 25-26, 2002. 

Developing an early childhood curriculum framework. Presentation for Memphis City Schools’ Early Childhood Working Group,  Memphis, Tennessee, June 24, 2002. 

Scaffolding written expression in the early childhood classroom.  McAllen Independent School District, McAllen, Texas, April 14-15, 2001. 

Using the Prekindergarten Curriculum Guidelines to enhance literacy-related skills in the early childhood classroom.  Breakout session at the 2nd Annual Texas Family Literacy Conference, Austin, Texas, November 16, 2000. With Melanie Ross. 

Implementing the Texas Prekindergarten Curriculum Guidelines for Language and Early Literacy. Presentation for school administrators, McAllen Independent School District, McAllen, Texas, November 8, 2000. 

Implementing the Prekindergarten Curriculum Guidelines for Language and Early Literacy.

Professional development workshop for bilingual/ESL prekindergaten teachers and paraprofessionals, McAllen Independent School District, McAllen, Texas, September 8-9, September 22-23, 2000. 

Kindergarten Teacher Reading Academy Revisited. Professional development workshop, Pharr-San Juan Alamo Consilidated School District, Pharr, Texas. July 20, 2000. 

Shared and interactive writing in the first grade classroom. Professional development workshop, Pharr-San Juan Alamo Consolidated School District, Pharr, Texas. July 19, 2000. 

Supporting the early literacy development and English language acquisition of young bilingual learners. Breakout session at the Texas Early Childhood Summer Institute, Dallas, Texas, June 22, 2000. 

Implementing the Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines for Language and Early Literacy. Keynote presentation at the biannual meeting of the Texas Reading Initiative, Houston, Texas, April 5, 2000. 

Smooth transitions to kindergarten: Assessing the vocabulary, extended language skills and print knowledge of linguistically diverse learners. Breakout session at the Annual Conference of the Texas Head Start Consortium, Austin, Texas, January, 2000. 

The Texas Prekindergarten Curriculum Guidelines. Presentation to the National Head Start Panel on Outcomes and Assessment, Washington, DC, January 10, 2000. 

Phonological awareness and young bilingual learners.  Breakout session at the First Annual Texas Family Literacy Conference, Austin, Texas, December 11, 1999. 

Language and early literacy development in the early childhood/family literacy classroom. Breakout session at the First Annual Texas Family Literacy Conference, Austin, Texas, December 10, 1999. 

Transitioning second language learners to the English Language Arts.  Odessa, Texas, October 25, 1999. 

Promoting language and early literacy development in preschool.  McAllen Independent School District, McAllen, TX. August 20-21, 1999. 

Kindergarten Teacher Reading Academy. Texas Reading Initiative Training of Trainers session, Austin Texas, June 7-11, 1999. 

Kindergarten Teacher Reading Academy. Texas Reading Initiative Training of Trainers session, Houston, Texas, May 17-21, 1999. 

Enhancing Spanish reading skills in K-2 classrooms.  El Paso Independent School District, El Paso, Texas, January 14, 1999. 

Building literacy skills in English as a second language. El Paso Independent School District, El Paso, TX. January 14, 1999. 

Participatory research and indigenous students: Towards a culturally relevant language arts curriculum. Professional development workshop sponsored by the Center for Advanced Social Science Research and the Mexican Ministry of Education, Ocosingo, Chiapas, Mexico, August 8-12, 1996. 


 

Service

University:

  • Graduate Council, 2012-present
  • Member of search committee for Pre-awards Officer, Office of Research and Sponsored Projects, 2004 

College:

  • Chair, Portrait of a Teacher Task Force, AY2013-
  • Department representative, Teacher Education Policy Committee, 2010-present
  • Faculty liaison to the Children’s Literacy Initiative-Wachovia grant advisory committee, 2004-2006
  • Department representative, Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, AY2006-2007
  • ECELE department representative to MSU-NER Operations Committee, AY2003-2004, 2005-2006 

Department:

  • Member, Search Committee for new literacy faculty, AY2003-2004 to AY 2006-2007
  • Presenter at ECELE Spring Conferences, 2004, 2005, 2006
  • Prepared poster presentation on department literacy programs for NCATE review 

Service to academic/policy/child advocacy communities at state and national level: 

  • Invited Keynote Address at the Annual Fall Institute of the New Jersey Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages/ New Jersey Bilingual Educators Association (NJTESOL/NJBE), Jamesberg, NJ, October 18, 2007 
  • Invited Guest Panelist on Caucus New Jersey with Steve Adubato: Families in Focus: Grow Up Great”. July, 2007. 
  • Invited keynote speaker at the Annual Meeting of the New Jersey Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators, Wayne, NJ, November 18, 2005 
  • Invited keynote speaker at the Latino Institute’s Conference on Early Childhood Education and Latino Children, Princeton, NJ, April 23, 2005 
  • Met with state-level policy planners and program administrators with the Office of Abbott Implementation, Early Childhood and Urban Literacy at the New Jersey Department of Education in January and May of 2006 to consult on preschool policy and teacher education vis-a-vis English language learners. Helped revise preschool guidelines offered to educators throughout the state. 

Membership in Professional Organizations

  • American Educational Research Association
  • International Reading Association
  • American Anthropological Association
  • National Association of Bilingual Education
  • New Jersey Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages/ New Jersey Bilingual Educators

 

Awards 

  • Harvard Graduate School of Education, Dissertation support fund award, 2002
  • Harvard Graduate School of Education, Dean’s Entering Award, 1995
  • High Honors in the Humanities and Distinction in General Scholarship, UC Berkeley, 1987

 

Projects

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Links

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