Melisa “Misha” Cahnmann-Taylor, PhD, is Professor of Language and Literacy Education at the University of Georgia. She served as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar to Oaxaca, Mexico 2013-2014 investigating American adult Spanish language acquisition. Since the beginning of her career as a bilingual elementary educator in South Central, Los Angeles, Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor’s professional and personal pursuits have been to understand the complexities of U.S. bilingual, TESOL, and world language education and the intersections between language, culture, identity, class, and power. Her scholarship, what she refers to as “scholARTistry,” lies along a continua between languages, cultures, and disciplinary boundaries. She seeks a complex, creative, and humanistic approach to teacher training and research in teacher education; one which honors lived experience and cultivates the potential for cross-cultural dialogue and deep listening in the classroom, workroom, staff development center, and university.
Prior to working with bilingual youth and their families in Georgia, she was a researcher and teacher among Latino communities in Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston, and Mexico City. She is the author of two books, numerous articles, and poetry about language learning and teacher education. She trains pre-service TESOL, Foreign Language, and K-12 English Language Arts Teachers and offers courses on Spanish Children’s Literature, Bilingualism and Bilingual Education, Theatre for Reflective Language Teachers, Poetry for Creative Educators, and Translingual Memoir.
The participants featured in the video demonstrations of each theatre game (Inspired by Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed work) are students who have taken Dr. Cahnmann-Taylor’s courses and workshops. See the “Workshops” tab if you would like to attend a professional development workshop and the Amazon link to purchase books. To order her chapbook of poetry or to schedule a workshop, lecture, or poetry reading at your site, contact Misha directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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