Christina Passos DeNicolo

Christina Passos DeNicolo
Assistant Professor of BIlingual and Bicultural Education
291 Education

Office Hours: Monday: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., Wednesday 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. or by appointment

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  • Ph.D, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO; Social, Multicultural and Bilingual Foundations of Education
  • M.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; Elementary Education
  • B.A., Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI; Communication, Spanish


Christina DeNicolo is an assistant professor in the Bilingual and Bicultural Education Program in the DIvision of Teacher Education. She teaches the courses required for endorsements in bilingual education, English as a second language, and world languages, as well as multicultural education.

Area Of Expertise

Bilingual education, Two-way Immersion, Language Arts, Multicultural Children's Literature

Research Interests

A primary aim of her research is to examine ways that students’ cultural and linguistic knowledge is accessed as a resource for learning through instructional methods and pedagogical tools such as children’s literature. A secondary aim is to understand how sociopolitical contexts shape the implementation of bilingual education programs, and, in turn, how the programs impact the academic performance of emergent bilingual students who are developing proficiency in two or more languages.

Courses Taught

  • BBE 5000 Multicultural Education in Urban America
  • LED 6555 Integration of Language and Content in Language Teaching
  • LED 6565 Assessment in Language Teaching


Embracing the complexity of language: Bringing all forms of knowledge into the language arts through Latino Children’s literature
DeNicolo, C.P.   2016 Multicultural Literature for Latino Bilingual Children: Their words, their worlds pp. 123-144
Exploring instructional practices in a Spanish/English bilingual classroom through sitios y lenguas and testimonio
Romero, G., DeNicolo, C.P., Fradkin, C   2016 The Urban Review 48 440-462
“School within a school”: Examining implementation barriers in a Spanish/English transitional bilingual education program
DeNicolo, C.P.   2016 Bilingual Research Journal 39 91-106
Critical encounters: Negotiating textual connections and cross-cultural understandings in literature discussion
DeNicolo, C.P. & Brochin, C.   2016 Association of Mexican American Educators Journal 10 159-178
Teaching through Testimonio: Bringing linguistic and cultural wealth into a bilingual classroom
DeNicolo, C.P., González, M., Morales, S., & Romaní, L.   2015 Journal of Latinos and Education 14 228-243
Testimoniando in Nepantla: Using Testimonio as a Pedagogical Tool for Exploring Embodied Literacies and Bilingualism
DeNicolo, C.P. & González, M.   2015 Journal of Language and Literacy Education 11 109-126
“¡Fantástico!’ Valuing student knowledge through the morning message
DeNicolo, C.P.   2014 The Reading Teacher 68 135-144
Examining policies and practices: Two districts' responses to federal reforms and their use of language arts assessments with emergent bilinguals (K-3)
DeNicolo, C.P., & García, G.E.   2014 63rd Yearbook of the Literacy Research Association 63 229-242

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