Associate Professor Language and Literacy Department
School of Education, Child Life and Family Studies
Office: Brookline Campus 109
B.A. 1971, Antioch College
M.Ed. 1981, Rhode Island College
Ed.D. 2003, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Jane Yedlin teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on the language, literacy, and academic development of children who are learning English in multicultural and multilingual settings. She has led Wheelock's development of course offerings in this area, including a graduate certificate program in Teaching English to Speakers of other languages (ESL), and Massachusetts state-mandated licensure courses on sheltered instruction of ELLs.
Passionately convinced of the value of firsthand experience in diverse linguistic and cultural contexts, Dr. Yedlin developed "Puerto Rico: Cross-Cultural Inquiry, and Service Learning," an academic course which culminates in a ten day trip to Puerto Rico for cultural immersion, research, and service learning in schools and social / environmental agencies. She and colleague, Dr. Tina Durand are analyzing student journal data they been collecting since Wheelock's first Puerto Rico Inquiry trip in 2010, to learn how course participants show awareness of the social, political, and cognitive dimensions of language, and how participants reflect upon language acquisition processes.
Before coming to Wheelock, Dr. Yedlin taught in the TESOL program at Rhode Island College, and worked at Brown University's Education Alliance where she was the Assistant Director of the New England Resource Center for Language and Culture in Education, and a Program Specialist with the Regional Educational Laboratory. As ELL consultant at Ready-to-Learn Providence (R2LP) she wrote the English Language Development Plans for two of R2LP's successful Early Reading First proposals.
A fluent Spanish-speaker, Yedlin has taught ESL, English as a Foreign Language (EFL), and teacher education courses in the United States and in Latin America. She developed and directed the Teacher Diploma Program at the Instituto Anglo Americano de Idiomas in Mexico City.
Her yearlong study of teacher discourse and children's writing development in an urban first grade classroom was the basis of a 2004 article, "Teacher Talk: Enabling ELLs to 'Grab On' and Climb High," published in in the MASCD journal, Perspectives, and a chapter, "Pedagogical Thinking and Teacher Talk in a First Grade ELL Classroom" appears in Inclusive Pedagogy: Research informed practices for linguistically diverse students, (2007) Verplaetse & Migliacci (Eds.) Erlbaum. A second (co-authored) article, "Successful Schooling for ELLs: Principles for Building Responsive Learning Environments", appears in the same volume.
Dr. Yedlin has also authored several ESL texts and teaching materials including New Arrival English, Literacy and School Orientation, Passport to English, The Double Action Picture Cards, and Families and Schools.
Yedlin's research and professional interests include: the use of children's picture books to scaffold language and literacy development, dual language development in preschool, classroom discourse, immigrant memoirs and cross-cultural fiction, and supporting the linguistic, cross-cultural, and pedagogical learning of pre-service and in-service teachers.