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Jessica Zacher Pandya

Jessica Zacher Pandya is Chair of the Liberal Studies Department and Professor in the Departments of Teacher Education and Liberal Studies at California State University, Long Beach. She teaches courses for undergraduates enrolled in the Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP) on literacy and cultural diversity. In 2015-16, she was a President's and Provost's Leadership Fellow, working on Reimainging the First Year Experience at CSULB. Pandya is the Vice Chair of the CSULB Academic Senate (2016-17, 2017-18).

Pandya, a former San Francisco kindergarten teacher, was trained as a researcher of language, literacy, and culture at UC Berkeley.  Her early work focused on children's identity work in diverse urban classrooms. More recently she has investigated the ways English learners make meaning in multiple modes as they create digital videos on iPads.  

Pandya was named a Foundation for Child Development New American Children Young Scholar in 2012 (2012-15) to examine the ways English learners compose on iPads. Findings from the longitudinal study have been published in Teachers College Record and the Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, and elsewhere. Her contracted book, Exploring Critical Digital Literacy Practices: Everyday Video in a Dual Language Context (Routledge), stems from this project.  

Pandya has published in journals such as Research in the Teaching of English, Language Arts, Teachers College Record, and Review of Research in Education.  Her first book, Overtested: How High-Stakes Accountability Fails English Language Learners (Teachers College Press) was published in August 2011. In a book that represents her turn towards digital literacies, she and co-editor JuliAnna Ávila published Critical Digital Literacies as Social Praxis: Intersections and challenges in Peter Lang’s New Literacies and Digital Epistemologies Series in November 2012. The book won the Literacy Research Association Edward Fry Book Award in 2014. Pandya & Ávila then coedited Moving Critical Literacies Forward (Routledge, 2014). 

Pandya is the Past Chair of the American Educational Research Association Writing and Literacies Special interest Group. She and the other Executive Board members of the Writing & Literacies SIG have recently edited the Handbook of Writing, Literacies, and Education in Digital Cultures (Routldege, 2017).

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Degrees

Ph.D., UC Berkeley, 2005 M.A., UC Berkeley, 2000 CLAD Credential, New College of California, 1996 BA, The University of Chicago, 1994

Research Interests

Ethnography; Literacy in schools and communities; English language learners; urban schools; cultural and linguistic diversity; critical and digital literacies. 

Please see this Teachers College Record video about one of my recent articles, coauthored with three CSULB students: https://vialogues.com/vialogues/play/30351/

Representative Publications

BOOKS

Pandya, J.Z. (forthcoming, 2018/19). Exploring Critical DigitaLiteracy Practices: Everyday Video in a Dual Languge Context (working title). Routledge Expaning Literacies in Education Series.

Mills, K. A., Stornaiuolo, A., Smith, A. & Pandya, J.Z.  (Eds.). (2018). Handbook of Writing, Literacies and Education in Digital Cultures. New York, NY: Routledge.

Wyse, D., Hayward, L. & Pandya, J.Z. (Eds.) (2016). The SAGE Handbook of Curriculum, Pedagogy, and Assessment. London, UK: Sage.

Pandya, J. Z. & Ávila, J. (Eds.) (2014). Moving Critical Literacies Forward: A New Look at Praxis Across Contexts. New York, NY: Routledge.

Ávila, J. & Pandya, J.Z. (Eds.) (2012). Critical Digital Literacies as Social Praxis: Intersections and Challenges. New York, NY: Peter Lang. In the New Literacies and Digital Epistemologies Series (M. Knobel & C. Lankshear, Eds.). Winner, 2014Edward Fry Book Award, Literacy Research Association.

Pandya, J.Z. (2011). Overtested: How High-Stakes Accountability Fails English Language Learners. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

JOURNAL ARTICLES

Pandya, J.Z. & Ávila, J. (2016). Inequitable Variations: A Review of Research in Technology, Literacy Studies, and Special Education.  Literacy. 10.1111/lit.12099

Pandya, J.Z., Hansuvadha, N., & Pagdilao, K. (2016). Multimodal, Digital Composition for Children with Autism: Lessons on process, product, and assessment. Language Arts, 93, 415-428.

Pandya, J.Z., Pagdilao, K., Kim, A.E., & Marquez, E. (2015). Transnational Children Orchestrating Competing Voices in Multimodal, Digital Autobiographies. Teachers College Record, 117(7). http://www.tcrecord.org/Content.asp?ContentId=17946. See the related video here: https://vialogues.com/vialogues/play/30351/ 

Pandya, J.Z. & Pagdilao, K. (2015). “It’s complicated”: Children learning about other peoples’ lives through a critical digital literacies project. Australian Journal of Language & Literacy, 38(1), 38-45. 

Pandya, J.Z. & Aukerman, M. (2014).  Research and Policy: A Four Resources Analysis of Technology in the CCSS. Language Arts, 91(6), 429-435.

Aukerman, M. & Pandya, J.Z. (2013).  Research and Policy: Rethinking Common Answers to Critical Questions about Classroom Discourse. Language Arts, 91(1), 41-47.

Pandya, J.Z. (2012). A Scale Analysis of the Effects of US Federal Policy. Pedagogies: An International Journal, 7(2), 115-131.

Wyse, D., Pandya, J.Z. & Doecke, B. (2012). Editorial: English teachers’ work in an era of standardisation. English Teaching: Practice and Critique, 11(3), 1-13.  http://edlinked.soe.waikato.ac.nz/research/journal/view.php?view=true&id=67&p=1

Pandya, J.Z. (2012). Unpacking Pandora’s Box: Issues in the assessment of English language learners’ literacy skill development in multimodal classrooms. Invited Commentary. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 56(3), 181-85. 

Pandya, J.Z. (2012). Mandating and standardizing the teaching of critical literacy skills: A cautionary tale. Theory Into Practice, 51(1), 20-26.

Ávila, J. & Pandya, J.Z. (2012). This Issue (The Future of Critical Literacies in US Schools: An Introduction). Theory Into Practice, 51(1), 1-3.

Ávila, J., Pandya, J.Z., Benson, V.B. & Pearson, P.D.  (2011). Conducting instructional intervention research in the midst of a state takeover. Pedagogies: An International Journal, 6(1), 30-45. DOI: 10.1080/1554480X.2011.532085.

Zacher, J. (2009). Christina’s Worlds: Negotiating childhood in the city. Educational Studies, 45, 1-18.

Hull, G., Zacher, J. & Hibbert, L. (2009). Youth, Risk, and Equity in a Global World. Review of Research in Education, 33(1), 117-159.

Zacher, J. (2009). The over-testing of English language learners and their teachers. Teachers College Record, Date Published: April 02, 2009. http://www.tcrecord.org/content.asp?contentid=15605.

Zacher, J. (2008). Analyzing Children’s Social Positioning and Struggles for Recognition in a Classroom Literacy Event. Research in the Teaching of English, 43(1), 12-41.

Zacher, J.  (2007). Talking About Difference and Defining Social Relations With Labels. Language Arts, 85(2), 115-124.  

Hull, G. & Zacher, J. (2007).  Enacting Identities: An ethnography of a job training program.  Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research, 7(1), 71-102.

Zacher, J. (2006). White girls constructing abstract and embodied racial identities in an urban elementary school. Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research Journal, 2, 19-30.

Zacher, J. (2006). “I know about the holocaust!”: Reading and identity work in a diverse urban classroom. The California Reader, 40(1), 26-32.

Hull, G., & Zacher, J. (2004). What is After-School Worth? Developing literacies and identities out-of-school. Voices in Urban Education, 3 (Winter/Spring), 36-44. 

Zacher, J. (2003).  “So is it a noun or a verb?”: Examining discourses of classroom language teaching and development.  Educational Practice and Theory, 25(2), 35-52.

BOOK CHAPTERS

Pandya, J.Z. & Golden, N. (2018). Fostering impossible possibles through critical media literacies. In Mills, K. A., Stornaiuolo, A., Smith, A. & Pandya, J.Z. (Eds.). Handbook of Writing, Literacies and Education in Digital Cultures. New York, NY: Routledge.

Wyse, D., Hayward, L. & Pandya, J.Z. (2016). Introduction. In Wyse, D., Hayward, L. & Pandya, J.Z. (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Curriculum, Pedagogy, and Assessment, pp. 1-26. London, UK: Sage. 

Pandya, J.Z. (2014). Towards Critical Participatory Literacies Through Digital Video Composition in an Elementary Teacher Education Literacy Course. In Brass, J. & Webb, A. (Eds.) Reclaiming English Language Arts Methods Courses: Critical Issues and Challenges for Teacher Educators in Top-Down Times (pp. 40-53). New York, NY: Routledge.

Pandya, J.Z. (2014). Standardizing, and Erasing, Critical Literacy in High-Stakes Settings.  In Zacher Pandya, J. & Ávila, J. (Eds.) Moving Critical Literacies Forward: A New Look at Praxis Across Contexts. New York, NY: Routledge.

Pandya, J.Z. & J. Ávila. (2014). Introduction: Making the Road by Talking: Moving Critical Literacies Forward. In Pandya, J.Z. & Ávila, J. (Eds.) Moving Critical Literacies Forward: A New Look at Praxis Across Contexts. New York, NY: Routledge.

Ávila, J. & Pandya, J.Z. (2012). Traveling, Textual Authority, and Transformation: An introduction to critical digital literacies. In J. Ávila & J.Z. Pandya, (Eds.). Critical Digital Literacies as Social Praxis: Intersections and Challenges (pp. 1-12). New York, NY: Peter Lang.

Zacher, J. (2008).  Social Hierarchies and Identity Politics: What a Bourdieuian analysis adds to our understanding of literacy practices and multicultural curricula.  In A. Luke & J. Albright (Eds.), Pierre Bourdieu and Literacy Education, (pp. 477-528).  Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Leander, K. & Zacher, J.  (2007). Literacy, identity, and the changing social spaces of learning.  In A. Berger, L. Rush, & J. Eakle (Eds.) Secondary School Reading and Writing: What Research Reveals for Classroom Practices (pp. 138-164).  Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English. 

Hull, G., & Zacher, J.  (2007). Identity formation and literacy development within vocational education and work. In L. Farrell & T. Fenwick (Eds.), Educating the global workforce:  Knowledge, knowledge work, and knowledge workers. World Yearbook of Education 2007 (pp. 212-222). London: Kogan Page.

Hull, G., Jury, M. & Zacher, J. (2007).  Possible Selves: Literacy, identity, and development in work, school, and community.  In A. Belzer (Ed.), Toward Defining and Improving Quality in Adult Basic Education (pp. 299-318).  Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Zacher, J. (2005).  Effects of a Multicultural Curriculum in a Racially and Socioeconomically Diverse 5th-Grade Classroom.  In D. McInerney & S. Van Etten (Eds.), Council on Anthropology & Education’s Research on Sociocultural Influences on Motivation and Learning: Focus on Curriculum (Vol. 5). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing. 

BOOK REVIEWS

Pandya, J.Z. (2012). Review of Preparing Every Teacher to Reach English Learners: A practical guide for teacher educators, Joyce W. Nutta, Kouider Mokhtari, & Carine Strebel, Eds. Teachers College Record http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 16833.

Pandya, J.Z. & J. Ávila. (2012). Review of Literacy With an Attitude: Educating Working-Class Children in Their Own Self-Interest. Second Edition. By Patrick Finn. In Urban Education, 47(6), 1209-1213. DOI: 10.1177/0042085912463859

Zacher, J. (2008).  From Theory to Practice: Vygotsky, sociocultural research, and classroom assessment. Language Arts, 86(1), 66-69.

Zacher, J. (2007). Professional Resources for Expanding Spaces of Learning. Language Arts, 85(1), 78-83.

Zacher, J. (2006).  Review of Travel Notes from the New Literacy Studies, K. Pahl & J. Rowsell, Eds. Teachers College Record, 2006, Date Published: June 07, 2006. http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12534. 

Recent Conference Presentations

Pandya, J.Z., & Low, D. (2017). Children’s perceptions of writing, choice, and audience in digital media production. Paper proposed as part of a symposium on “Pedagogies of Digital Literacy: Teaching and Learning after the ‘Digital Turn’” at the Literacy Research Association. Tampa, FL.

Pandya, J.Z., Cardenas, N., Lopez, P., Merlos, O. & Santos, A. (2017). Activism and Audience in School Video Projects. Paper accepted for presentation at the 47th Annual meeting of the Jean Piaget Society. San Francisco, CA.

Pandya, J.Z. (2017). Tracing the functions of the blooper reel in children’s digital videos. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. San Antonio, TX.

Pandya, J.Z. (2017). “Save Our School”: Children’s critical digital literacy work in an embattled school. Paper presented as part of a symposium on “Digital Literacy” at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. San Antonio, TX.

Low, D. & Pandya, J.Z. (2016). Seeking More Productive Approaches to Multimodal Analysis. Paper presented at the Literacy Research Association Conference. Nashville, TN.

Pandya, J.Z., Carlos, L., Salguero, Y., & Castellanos, M. (2016). The Transformative Power of Choice in Multimodal, Digital Composition. Paper presented at the Literacy Research Association Conference. Nashville, TN.

Golden, N. A. & Pandya, J.Z. (2016). A Framework for Understanding the Roles of Literacy in the Identity Enactments of Marginalized Youth. Paper presented in the symposium “Revisiting Literacies and Identities: Mobilities of Positioning, Embodiment, and Agency” at the Literacy Research Association Conference. Nashville, TN.

Golden, N. A. & Pandya, J.Z. (2016). A Framework for Understanding the Roles of Literacy in the Identity Enactments of Marginalized Youth. Paper presented in the symposium “Revisiting Literacies and Identities: Agency, Intertextuality and Positioning in Learning Spaces” at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. Washington, D.C.

Low, D. & Pandya, J. Z. (2016). Developing a More Productive Blend: On the Limitations of a Mashup Approach to Multimodal Analysis. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. Washington, D.C.

Zacher Pandya, J. & Ávila, J. (2015). Research and Practice Gaps Between Technology, Literacy, and Special Education: A Review of Research. Literacy Research Association Conference, San Diego, CA.

Golden, N. A. & Pandya, J.Z. (2015). Improvisation and Equity: Roles of Literacy in the Identity Enactments of Marginalized Youth. Literacy Research Association Conference. San Diego, CA.

Bennett, L., Nelson, F., Yun, C. & Pandya, J. Z. (2015). Reform, Reflection, and Transformation: Cross-Campus Collaborations. California Council of Teachers of English. San Diego, CA.

Zacher Pandya, J. (2015). Theory and Policy Clashes in the US Language Arts Classroom since 1980. Paper accepted for presentation in a symposium titled “Curriculum scholarship in the USA and the UK: Definitions, knowledge, and Language Arts/English” at the British Educational Research Association. Belfast, Ireland.

Zacher Pandya, J. & Ávila, J. (2015). Productive Digital Literacies for Students with Special Needs: A Review of Research on Technology, Literacy and Special Education. Paper accepted for presentation at the British Educational Research Association. Belfast, Ireland.

Zacher Pandya, J. (2015). Towards Critical Participatory Literacies through Digital Video Composition in an Elementary Literacy Capstone Course. Presented as part of a symposium titled “Toward Justice in Literacy Teacher Education: Critical Literacies in Elementary and Secondary Methods Courses” at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL. 

Zacher Pandya, J. & Pagdilao, K. (2015). “It’s complicated”: Fourth Grade Students Representing Other Peoples’ Lives in a Critical Digital Literacies Project. American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL. 

Zacher Pandya, J., Hansuvadha, N., Pagdilao, K., & Ortiz, M. (2015). Digital Video Composition with Children with Special Needs as Redistributive Social Justice: Javier’s Case. American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL. 

Zacher Pandya, J., Pagdilao, K., Kim, A.E., & Marquez, E. (2013). Examining the role of elementary students’ writing in the design of multimodal, digital videos.  Paper presented as part of a symposium on the role of writing in multimodal, digital composition at the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA. April.

Zacher Pandya, J., Pagdilao, K., Kim, A.E., & Marquez, E. (2013). The functions of secrets in children’s digital narratives of immigration. American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA. April.

Campus Leadership

Academic Senate, CSU Long Beach, College of Education representative, 8/10-6/19

Academic Senate Vice Chair, CSU Long Beach, 2016-17, 2017-18

Academic Senate Executive Committee, CSU Long Beach, 2014-18

Faculty Advisory Committee on Technology, CSU Long Beach, Member, 2014-17; Chair, 2014-15, 2015-16

Highly Valued Degree Initiative Communications Task Force, CSULB, 1/17 – present, Co-Cchair

Long Beach College Promise, Governor’s Innovation Award, 2015-16, 2016-17

Education pathway member with CSULB, LBCC, and LBUSD faculty & staff

Curriculum and Educational Policies Council, 9/16 – 6/18

Campus Academic Calendar Committee, CSULB, Spring 2017

Accessible Technology Initiative Steering Committee, 8/16 – 6/18

Student Fee Advisory Committee, 8/16 – 6/18

Leadership Fellow, CSULB President’s and Provost’s Leadership Fellows Program, 2014-16

Teacher Preparation Committee, CSU Long Beach, 2009-2015

Faculty Center for Professional Development, Advisory Board Member, CSU Long Beach, 9/09 – present

University Resources Council, Department of Teacher Education Representative, CSU Long Beach, 9/06 – 6/09; alternate, 9/09 – 6/10

Faculty Council, College of Education, Department of Teacher Education, CSU Long Beach, 8/06-6/12

8/10 – 6/11, Chair of the Committee, call & preside over bimonthly meetings

9/06 – 4/08, Chair of the Committee, call & preside over monthly meetings

11/05 – 6/09, 8/14, representative for Teacher Education

Current Projects

Forthcoming with Routledge! A new book based on my 4-year project making videos with children in a Southern California Elementary school: Exploring Critical Digital Literacy Practices: Everyday Video in a Dual Language Context.