Karen Thompson

Assistant Professor
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Credentials: 
Ph.D. in Educational Linguistics, Stanford University, 2012
M.A. in Education; Bilingual, Crosscultural, Language and Academic Development Teaching Credential, University of California, Berkeley, 2002
B.A. with double major in English and American Literature and in Political Science, Brown University, 1996
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My research addresses how curriculum and instruction, teacher education, and policy interact to shape the classroom experiences of English learners (ELs) in K-12 schools, within the broader political, historical, economic, and sociocultural context. Across the diverse projects I conduct, I seek to further the goals for educational practices for ELs laid out in the Castañeda decision – that such practices be based on sound theory, be well-implemented, and have positive academic outcomes for ELs. In approaching this research, I apply a wide variety of methods, ranging from discourse analysis to multilevel statistical modeling, to illuminate English learners’ experiences in classrooms. While I document the mismatch that frequently exists between the needs of English learners and their schooling experiences, I also identify particular contexts and conditions that appear to facilitate students’ English acquisition and academic achievement.


Selected Publications:

Robinson-Cimpian, J. P., Thompson, K. D., & Umanksy, I. M. (2016). Research and policy considerations for English learner equityPolicy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 3(1), 129-137.

Robinson-Cimpian, J. P. & Thompson, K. D. (2015). The effects of changing test-based policies for reclassifying English learnersJournal of Policy Analysis and Management. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/pam.21882

Thompson, K. D. (2015). Questioning the Long-Term English Learner label: How classification and categorization can blind us to students’ abilitiesTeachers College Record, 117(12), 1-50.

Thompson, K. D. (2015). English learners’ time to reclassification: An analysisEducational Policy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0895904815598394

Thompson, K. D. (2013). Is separate always unequal? A philosophical examination of ideas of equality in key cases regarding racial and linguistic minorities in educationAmerican Educational Research Journal, 50(6), 1249-1278.

Hopkins, M., Thompson, K. D., Linquanti, R., August, D., & Hakuta, K. (2013). Fully accounting for English learner performance: A key issue in ESEA reauthorization. Educational Researcher, 42(2): 101-108.

Thompson, K. D. and Hakuta, K. (2011). Education and bilingualism. In J. P. Gee and M. Handford (Eds.), The Routledge handbook of discourse analysis (pp. 396-411). New York: Routledge.

Wentworth, L., Pellegrin, N., Thompson, K. D., & Hakuta, K.  (2010). Proposition 227 in California: A long-term appraisal of its impact on language minority student achievement. In P. Gándara and M. Hopkins (Eds.), Forbidden language: English learners and restricted language policies (pp. 37-49). New York: Teachers College Press.