Holly Hansen-Thomas, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Research and Scholarship

Professor and Program Coordinator

Teacher Education

Holly Hansen-Thomas, Ph.D.

Contact

hhansenthomas@twu.edu
940-898-2265
SH 202E

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Biography

Holly Hansen-Thomas is Associate Dean of Research and Scholarship, Professor and Program Coordinator of ESL and Bilingual Education Texas Woman's University in Denton, TX. A two-time Fulbright Scholar and successful grant writer/manager of approximately 7 million dollars in federal funding, Dr. Hansen-Thomas has engaged in teacher training and research for content area teachers of ELLs In the U.S., Europe, and Central America for nearly two decades. Her research interests include ESL training for mainstream secondary level teachers; ELLs' development of academic ESL training for mainstream secondary level teachers; ELLs' development of academic language in mathematics and science; language awareness; and teacher identity

Education

Ph.D., Culture, Literacy, and Language, University of Texas System: San Antonio, 2005
M.A., Bicultural\Bilingual Education, University of Texas: San Antonio, 1999
B.A., Art History, University of Texas: Austin, 1991
Other, Art History, Southern Methodist University, 1989

Research Interests

English Language Learners(ELLs) in Math and Science; Bilingual Education; Bilingualism and Biliteracy; Rural Education for ELLs; Secondary Education; Language Awareness; Culturally Responsive Teaching; Adolescent ELLs

Latest Articles

The Role of Language Objectives: Building Math and Science Teachers' Language Awareness with Emergent Bilinguals in Secondary Classrooms.
Latin American Content & Language Integrated Instruction Journal (2019)
Holly Hansen-Thomas, Juliet Langman, Tiffany Farias Sokoloski

Culture clash in the diverse classroom: A case study from a newcomer school
English Language Teaching (2018)
Holly Hansen-Thomas, SriPadmini Chennapragada

Deictics and the construction of mathematics and science knowledge in the secondary school classroom
Classroom Discourse (2017)
Holly Hansen-Thomas, Juliet Langman

Translanguaging in the secondary class though poetry: The case of a transnational youth
Research in the Teaching of English (2016)
Mary Amanda Stewart, Holly Hansen-Thomas

Family Science Night / Earth Day Celebration: A Project for the International Newcomer Academy using insights from the graduate course 'Teaching in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Environments'
The Science Teacher (2016)
Holly Hansen-Thomas, H Alderman

Experiential learning activities to promote higher education for At-Risk K-12 students
The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences - print (2015)
Holly Hansen-Thomas, S McMahan, R.R Fredrickson

High stakes plumbing in the 21st century. Fixing the cracks in the academic pipeline (in press)
The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences - print (2015)
Holly Hansen-Thomas, Sourdot L

Is Mathematics a universal language or a foreign language for English language learners?
TESOL Research Briefs (2014)
Holly Hansen-Thomas

Key considerations for mainstream teachers of newcomer ELLs
TESOL Research Briefs (2014)
Holly Hansen-Thomas

'I do not feel I am properly trained to help them!' Rural teachers' challenges and needs with English Language Learners
Professional Development in Education (2014)
Holly Hansen-Thomas, K Kakkar, C Okeyo

Professional development and peer interaction: The creation of de facto teacher leaders as ELL experts and advocates
International Journal of Learning, Teaching and Educational Research (2014)
Holly Hansen-Thomas, K Starrett, T. M Dunlap, P Casey

Books

Engaging Research series: Transforming practices for the high school classroom.
TESOL Press (2019)
Mandy Stewart, Holly Hansen-Thomas

Engaging Research Series Transforming Practices for the Elementary School (Series Editor)
TESOL Press (2018)
J Sharkey (Editor)

Engaging Research Series: Transforming Practices for the High School (Series Editor and Editor)
TESOL Press (2018)
Holly Hansen-Thomas, Mandy Stewart

Engaging Research Series Transforming Practices for the Middle School Classroom (Series Editor and Editor)
TESOL Press (2018)
Kristen Lindhahl, Holly Hansen-Thomas

Discourse Analytic Perspectives on STEM Education
Springer (2017)
J. Langman, H. (Eds.) Hansen-Thomas

The Core State Standards in Mathematics for English Language Learners: High School
TESOL Press & NCTM (2015)
A Bright, H Hansen-Thomas, L Oliveira

ELLs learning math: Latina/os in reform-oriented mathematics communities of practice
Information Age Publishing (2009)
Holly Hansen-Thomas

Chapters

Picture this: Using illustrated books to support comprehension in social studies complex texts
in Transforming practices for the high school classroom | TESOL (2018)
Tamra Dollar, Patricia Flint, Holly Hansen-Thomas

Language Standards in the Classroom
in The TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching | Wiley Publishers (2018)
Holly Hansen-Thomas

Mini-novelas to incorporate culturally responsive literature with academic writing
in Transforming practices for the elementary classroom | TESOL Press (2018)
Holly Hansen-Thomas

Heritage Language Development of Pre-Service Bilingual Teachers: How a Practice Situated Intervention Promoted Multiliteracy
in Multiliteracies Pedagogy and Language Learning.Teaching Spanish to Heritage Speakers | Palgrave (2017)
Liliana Grosso Richins, Holly Hansen-Thomas

The triumvirate of academia
in Coping with gender equities: Critical conversation of women faculty | Rowan & Littlefield (2017)
R. R. Fredrickson, S. K. McMahan, Holly Hansen-Thomas

What types of resources can mathematics teachers who have ELLs/emergent bilinguals in their classes use to meaningfully engage these learners with the language demands of the CCSS?
in Common Core and ELLs/Emergent Bilinguals: A Guide for All Educators | Caslon (2015)
Holly Hansen-Thomas

Developing academic and social mathematical discourse through modeling and interaction: Creating a geometrical town.
in The Common Core State Standards in Mathematics for English Language Learners: High School | TESOL Press & NCTM (2015)
Holly Hansen-Thomas, J Gordon

ESL
in The Encyclopedia of Diversity and Social Justice. | Rowan & Littlefield (2015)
Holly Hansen-Thomas

ELLs
in The Encyclopedia of Diversity and Social Justice | Rowan & Littlefield (2015)
Holly Hansen-Thomas

The precarious space of an undocumented English Language Learner
in Teaching and Leading in Diverse Schools: Critical issues in the education of English Language Learners | Arlington, VA: Canh Nam Publishers (2013)
Holly Hansen-Thomas, L Sourdot

The unrealistic expectations of English Language Learners in Texas
in English Language Learners in 21st Century Classrooms: Challenges and Expectations | Canh Nam Publishers (2012)
P Barrera, H Hansen-Thomas, G Anderson

Connected math plus connected language learners: An algorithm for participation (Reprint)
in Linguistic and Cultural Considerations for English Language Learners | Canh Nam Publishers (2011)
Holly Hansen-Thomas

Connected math plus connected language learners: An algorithm for participation
in Teaching English Language Learners- An International Perspective | Canh Nam Publishers (2010)
Holly Hansen-Thomas

National Professional Development Project for Secondary Content Teachers of English Language Learners
in Professional Development in Action: Improving Teaching for English Learners | National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition (2010)
Holly Hansen-Thomas, P. Casey

Successfully completing a dissertation in just over 2 years
in A Handbook on Writing for Publication: Thoughts and advice for graduate students and new faculty members | Information Age Publishing (2009)
Holly Hansen-Thomas

Applying pragmatics to the ESL classroom
in Understanding the English Language Learner | Cahn Nam Publishers (2009)
Holly Hansen-Thomas, J. Langman

Communities of practice
in Encyclopedia of Bilingual Education | Sage Publications (2008)
Holly Hansen-Thomas

The 'math initiative' in a 7th grade science class: How a daily routine results in academic participation by ELLs
in Talking Science, Writing Science: The Work of Language in Multicultural Classrooms | Lawrence Erlbaum (2008)
Holly Hansen-Thomas

Standards
in The Praeger Handbook of Latino Education in the U.S. | Greenwood Press (2006)
Holly Hansen-Thomas

Current Projects

PIONERAS: Professional Improvement through Optimization of Native-language Education and the Realization of Academic/familial Symbiosis
GOV-Department of Education (DE) | $2,100,000.00 | 2016-2021
Role: Principal Investigator

ELLevate!
English Language Learner Educators Vested in the Advancement of Teaching Excellence
GOV-Department of Education (DE) | $2,100,000.00 | 2016-2021
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

SMARTTTEL: Science and Mathematics for ALL: Rural Teacher Training through Technology for English Learner
GOV-Department of Education (DE) | $1,800,000.00 | 2012-2017
Role: Principal Investigator

Externally Funded Projects

AVANCE-IME Becas Scholarship Program
The Consulate General of Mexico in Dallas | $10,000.00 | 2018
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

AVANCE-IME Becas Scholarship Program
The Consulate General of Mexico in Dallas | $10,000.00 | 2017
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

ELLevate!: National Professional Development grant
Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) | $2,100,000.00 | 2016
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

NPD T365Z120026
Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) | $2,200,000.00 | 2016
Role: Principal Investigator

AVANCE-IME Becas Scholarship Program
The Consulate General of Mexico in Dallas | $20,000.00 | 2016
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

AVANCE-IME Becas Scholarship Program
The Consulate General of Mexico in Dallas | $14,000.00 | 2015
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Professional Affiliations

  • AERA (American Educational Research Association)
  • ALA (Association for Language Awareness)
  • BEAM (Bilingual ESL Association of the Metroplex)
  • CCRI (College and Career Readiness Initiative)
  • KDP (Kappa Delta Pi) Educational Honor Society
  • NABE (National Association of Bilingual Educators)
  • TAA (Text and Academic Authors Association)
  • TABE (Texas Association of Bilingual Educators)
  • TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages)