Jim Cummins – March 22, 2015 – “Reversing Underachievement”


Dr. Jim Cummins  

University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

“Reversing Underachievement: The Rocky Road from Literacy Research to Policy and Practice” 

March 22, 2015, 3:00 p.m.

EDT/New York/USA


Dr. Jim Cummins, OISE, Toronto, Canada

Dr. Jim Cummins, OISE, Toronto, Canada


James Cummins is a Professor with the department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning at OISE. Dr. Cummins holds a Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) and has been a recipient of the International Reading Association’s Albert J. Harris award (1979). He also received an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from the Bank Street College of Education in New York City (1997). In recent years, he has been a co-investigator on a large-scale SSHRC-funded project entitled “From Literacy to Multiliteracies: Designing Learning Environments for Knowledge Generation within the New Economy.” Dr. Cummins is currently involved in a project to validate the Ontario Ministry of Education’s Steps to English Proficiency assessment tool. He is also conducting a research review on English Language Learners’ academic trajectories.

Dr. Cummins is author of numerous books and articles. His newest book is entitled Big Screen Shot 2015-03-20 at 9.34.42 AMIdeas for Expanding Minds: Teaching English Language Learners across the Curriculum (Pearson Canada). He is also author of Literacy, Technology, and Diversity: Teaching for Success in Changing Times(Allyn & Bacon), Language, Power and Pedagogy: Bilingual Children in the Crossfire(Multilingual Matters), Identity Texts: The Collaborative Creation of Power in Multilingual Schools (Trentham Books).Dr. Cummins has co-authored several books on literacies in education, and has seen his work translated into Japanese and Spanish. Access Dr. Cummins’ profile.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Cummins, J., & Persad, R. (2014). Teaching through a multilingual lens: the evolution of EAL policy and practice in Canada. Education Matters: The Journal of Teaching and Learning, 2(1).

Stille, S., & Cummins, J. (2013). Foundation for Learning: Engaging Plurilingual Students’ Linguistic Repertoires in the Elementary Classroom. TESOL Quarterly, 47(3), 630-638.

Cummins, J. (2009). Pedagogies of choice: Challenging coercive relations of power in classrooms and communities. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 12(3), 261-271.

Cummins, J. (2007). Rethinking monolingual instructional strategies in multilingual classrooms. Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics/Revue canadienne de linguistique appliquée, 10(2), 221-240.

Cummins, J. (2002). Beyond instructional techniques and standardized assessment: Implementing classroom interactions that foster power, identity, imagination and intellect among culturally diverse students. Contact, 28(2), 21-31.

Cummins, J. (2001). Empowering minority students: A framework for intervention. Harvard Educational Review Classic reprint. Harvard Educational Review, 71(4), 656-675. (reprint of 1986 article in Harvard Educational Review).

Cummins, J. (2001). Instructional conditions for trilingual development. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 4(1), 61-75.

Cummins, J. (2001). Close-up: An interview with Jim Cummins. (interview by Carol Jago). The Californian Reader, 34(4), 31-38.

Cummins, J. (2000). Academic language learning, transformative pedagogy and information technology: Towards a critical balance. TESOL Quarterly, 34(3), 537-548.





Cummins, J., Brown, K., & Sayers, D. (2007). Literacy, technology, and diversity: Teaching for success in changing times. Boston, MA: Pearson.



Cummins, J. (2001). Negotiating identities: Education for empowerment in a diverse society. 2nd Edition. Los Angeles: California Association for Bilingual Education.





Cummins, J. (2000). Language, power, and pedagogy: Bilingual children in the crossfire. Clevedon, England: Multilingual Matters.

Chapters in Books

Cummins, J. (2003). Challenging the construction of difference as deficit: Where are identity, intellect, imagination, and power in the new regime of truth? In P. Trifonas (Ed.), Pedagogies of difference: Rethinking education for social change (pp. 41-60). London: Routledge.

Cummins, J. (2003). Bilingual education. In J. Bourne & E. Reid (Eds.), World yearbook of education: Language education (pp. 3-20). London: Kogan Page.

Cummins, J. (2003). Reading and the bilingual student: Fact and friction. In G. Garcia (Ed.), English learners: Reaching the highest level of English literacy (pp. 2-33). Newark, DE: International Reading Association.

Cummins, J. (2003). Bilingual education: Basic principles. In J-M. Daelewe, A. Housen, & L. Wei (Eds.), Bilingualism: Beyond basic principles. Festschrift in honour of Hugo Baetens Beardsmore (pp. 56-66). Clevedon, England: Multilingual Matters.

4 Responses to Jim Cummins – March 22, 2015 – “Reversing Underachievement”

  1. Lina Trigos says:

    I don’t see the date of this seminar but the time and month. Would you update it, please?

    Liked by 1 person

  2. malbers2 says:

    Hi Lina, the exact date has not ben determined yet! We will update the page soon. Thank you!


  3. Sarah Lorenz says:

    I’m sorry to have missed this. Will it be available in the archive soon?


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