Castañeda’s work also focuses on best practices in language acquisition and instructional design, and she’s become a nationally and internationally recognized leader in her field.
Recently, her scholarship was recognized through the new Preparing English Learner Educational Allies program, which was awarded $2.5 million by the U.S. Department of Education to improve English language instruction across southwest Ohio K-12 schools.
As the principal investigator, Castañeda designed the PELEA grant to extend Miami’s role in leading Ohio’s efforts to strengthen and diversify the teacher education pipeline, and to help fill a critical shortage of teachers able to work with the growing number of students for whom English is not their first language, said Miami officials.
As an educator and as an advisor, Castañeda also “sets the standard for exceptional rapport with her students,” said Brian Schultz, EHS chair and professor of Teacher Education.
Shultz noted Castañeda was also a 2019 recipient of Miami’s John E. Dolibois Faculty Award for Innovation in Global Programming, for her work in designing popular study abroad experiences that both accentuate and build upon her classroom material in unique and engaging ways.