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Sharon Cronin

Residency Sites: Plainfield, VT , Residency Sites: Seattle, WA

Sharon Cronin has over twenty-five years of experience in bilingual and culturally relevant early childhood and elementary education. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Bilingual Education with an emphasis in African American Studies from the University of Washington; her Master of Arts Degree in Human Development with a specialization in Bicultural Development from Pacific Oaks College Northwest; and her Doctoral Degree in Curriculum Instruction majoring in Bilingual Education, Multicultural Education, and Literacy, with cognates in Special Education, Caribbean Studies, Anthropology, and Sociology from the University of Washington. At the Center for Linguistic and Cultural Democracy, Dr. Cronin co-leads the Teaching Umoja Participatory Action Research 15-Year Commitment, examining the ethnic identity, bicultural, cross-cultural, and tri-literacy development of children of color, along with a team of 40 co-researchers from across the United States and Port Royal and Moore Town, Jamaica.

She is co-author of Soy Biling_e: Language, Culture, and Young Latino Children. Through the Soy Biling_e Network, Dr. Cronin further develops and promotes the Soy Biling_e Adult Dual Language Model for early childhood and elementary teacher education. She is currently lead faculty for the San Francisco State University CAD (Child and Adolescent Development) Head Start Dual Language Program and faculty with the Praxis Institute for Early Childhood Education and Praxis at Goddard College. Sharon is a founding member of Seattle-based Grupo Bayano (African Caribbean Music and Dance).

Educational Background:

PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Literacy and Bilingual, Multicultural, and Special Education, University of Washington; MA in Human Development with the Bicultural Specialization, Pacific Oaks College; BA in Bilingual Education with a minor in African American Studies, University of Washington.