Dr. Limarys Caraballo and Youth Accepted into AERA RTP Program

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Dr. Limarys Caraballo (IUME Faculty Fellow) and Youth Accepted into AERA RTP Program

Congratulations to IUME Faculty Fellow, Dr. Limarys Caraballo, as her youth research group has been accepted to the inaugural AERA Education Research-to-Performance (RTP) Youth Apprenticeship Program! This exciting new program allows youth researchers, at both the secondary and undergraduate levels, to present their research at the 2015 AERA Conference in Chicago, and work with professors and scholars across the country. The research team, which includes youth representing Cyphers for Justice and YPAR classes, was selected from national and international applicants -- this is a wonderful opportunity for both her students and for AERA and other scholars to learn about the great research being done at IUME, in partnership with CUNY-Queens College.

In December 2014, the team made up of a professor, a pre-service teacher, and two high school students represented the IUME-QC research collaboration at a workshop in Chicago supported and hosted by AERA. In April 2015, the team will join 9 other research teams in Chicago in presenting at the first AERA Research-to-Performance Festival. See below for pictures from the event and biographies of the participating team members:

Team members with AERA RTP Co-Chairs, December 2014, Chicago, Illinois

Yeila, Wintres, and Trace presenting their research at AERA RTP, December 2014, Chicago, Illinois



Dr. Limarys Caraballo
Queens College, CUNY 
IUME Faculty Fellow 

Limarys is assistant professor of English education in the Department of Secondary Education and Youth Services at Queens College - CUNY and a Faculty Fellow at the Institute of Urban and Minority Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. As a former English teacher, administrator, and consultant in public and private secondary schools, she is especially interested in culturally sustaining and socially just literacy curricula and pedagogies. The key purposes of her work include reframing conversations about students of color and curriculum, challenging deficit conceptions of lower-income students of color, and advancing the theory and development of curricula that supports the academic success and multiple identities and literacies of minoritized students.   

Trace DePass 
Senior, Thomas A. Edison CTE High School 
Trace says “The ability to pen something into fruition is only part of a poet's job description. Great poets live poetry. They do as much good as they can and then some.” Through workshops at Urban Word NYC, he came across the concept of Applied Poetics in professions pertaining to health and mental wellness. Over the summer of 2014 the youth at Urban Word read, as well as created, poetry with Alzheimer's patients and other senior citizens.   

Wintress Johnson 
Junior, Columbia Secondary School for Math, Science, and Engineering 
Wintress is the youngest of three siblings and lives in Harlem, NYC. She has studied issues of body image for women in society and conducted a preliminary qualitative study, in collaboration with a project participant, to gather students’ perceptions about the existence of an ideal body image for women in society, and the degree to which they feel it has had an impact on them.   

Yeila Weisner 

Student Teacher, Queens College, CUNY 
Yeila is a double major in mathematics and Spanish and secondary education. She is a member of the Disabled Students' Club and the CUNY Service Corps Program, which fosters collaboration and engagement between students, community-based organizations and universities. She is from Panama and has two young children.   

For information about the project, please contact Dr. Limarys Caraballo, lc2382@tc.columbia.edu, or lcaraballo@qc.cuny.edu   

Read more about the project in English Leadership Quarterly by clicking here.

To read more about the project, the research, and all the team members, as well as additional details about AERA RTP, please click here.

About the AERA Research-to-Performance (RTP) Youth Apprenticeship
Participants in the AERA Education Research-to-Performance Youth Apprentice Program will exhibit their developing and ongoing work during a Research Festival at the Annual Meeting. Under the guidance of senior education researchers, high school and undergraduate students will participate in a series of activities—performances, exhibits, and paper and poster presentations—designed to enhance their appreciation of education research, deepen their engagement in it, and inspire them to recognize just how powerful and persuasive knowledge production can be. All participants will travel to Chicago for two events:

Three-day Research Apprenticeship Workshop, Chicago: A three-day interdisciplinary residential workshop for with Project participants and their mentors/advisors, guest presenters, and the workshop faculty will be held in December 5th -7th, 2014. The workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss the research ideas of apprentices and further their development. It will also serve as a setting for apprentices with invited scholars from different areas and genres of research (e.g., the learning sciences, digital media /literacies, research methods, teacher education, human development, policy research, and curriculum and pedagogy) as well as artists; community organizers; business, labor, the non-profit sector, and foundation leaders to discuss issues of substance and help youth craft unique research opportunities in diverse work and societal sectors. Prior to the Workshop, teams will complete required reading and assignments. Some teams will be asked to share their research.

2015 AERA Annual Meeting, Chicago (April 19th): A youth research-to-performance “Research Festival” will be held at the AERA Annual Meeting. The youth will participate in a series of activities which will include performances, exhibits, as well as paper and poster presentations throughout the day. Working Groups of researchers will also be constituted from volunteers to examine relevant research/epistemological issues during the Annual Meeting and assess the youth participants learning and other benefits or limitations.