CDLC Mentoring Profiles

CDLC Mentoring Profiles

Melody Zoch (Teacher Education and Higher Education): Being a part of CDLC has been a wonderful way for me to connect with peers and community members. I have received funding from CDLC’s grant in order to provide professional development on writing for a local school district along with other faculty members. I have also helped other faculty members provide support for the Real-World English Program for parents learning English at Allen Middle School. Additionally, I have worked with faculty to write a scholarly article based on community-engaged work.

Jeannette Alarcón (Teacher Education and Higher Education): As a new faculty member in the School of Education, participating with the CDLC provided a supportive space for learning about interdisciplinary projects throughout the School of Education and UNCG. Over the last three years, the relationships facilitated by CDLC membership have resulted in conference presentations, two submissions for publication and funding for international work in Romania centering a Hungarian heritage school in Romania. Existing projects such as the Community Voices project have resulted in collaborative projects with Drs. Silvia Bettez, Belinda Hardin and Melody Zoch. In addition to preparing a manuscript about the Tapestry project, Dr. Alarcón has also had the opportunity co-teach the CDLC joint course, Community Engaged Research and Practice. Co-teaching provided an important professional development opportunity. The CDLC also provided funding during the 2014-15 academic year in support of an on-going research study that Dr. Alarcón has been involved with since 2011 on Heritage Schools and hybrid notions of citizenship.