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Jeannette Mancilla-Martinez

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Graduate Education, Office of the Dean
Associate Professor, Department of Special Education

Jeannette Mancilla-Martinez is an Associate Professor in the Special Education Department, as well as Associate Dean of Graduate Education for Peabody College. She holds an M.Ed. and Ed.D. in language and literacy from Harvard University, as well as a B.A. in liberal studies with a concentration in English and Spanish from Mount Saint Mary's College. She is a 2013 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow, a 2013 Hellman Fellow, and a 2017 English Language Learners Policy Fellow. Jeannette’s program of research is focused on advancing students’ language and reading comprehension outcomes, including those of students from linguistically diverse and low-income homes. The studies she is engaged in build on her earlier research in reading development and focus on the central role of supporting students’ language comprehension to mitigate later reading comprehension difficulties. Her most recent work examines the intersection of language and special education status. Jeannette was appointed to the National Assessment of Education Progress Standing Committee on Reading in 2017 and serves on the Early Literacy Advisory Council for the Tennessee Department of Education.  


The Language and Literacy Development of Culturally, Linguistically, and Economically Diverse Learners (LLD-CLED) Research Group is currently focused on two projects: one investigating connections between Spanish-English dual language learners’ conceptually-scored vocabulary and their reading comprehension development, and the second exploring the quality and quantity of talk in preschool classrooms with large numbers of Spanish-English dual language learners. More information can be found here.