Prize-winning publication calls for new paradigm of language education policy

Sofía Chaparro, assistant professor in University of Colorado Denver’s Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education program, was awarded the 2019 TIRF James E. Alatis Prize for Research on Language Planning and Policy in Educational Contexts from The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF) during the 2019 TESOL International Convention in March. Chaparro and co-author Nelson Flores received this recognition for publishing the prize-winning journal article in Language Policy titled: “What counts as language education policy? Developing a materialist anti-racist approach to language activism.” In the article, Chaparro and Nelson call for a new paradigm of language education policy that connects language activism with other movements that seek to address societal inequities caused by a myriad of factors including poverty, racism and xenophobia.