Director, Learning Sciences Programs
Team Takes on Malayna:
Powerful in her empowerment of others
Seeks to understand, before seeking to be understood
Offers language to help the Team add meaning to what we are doing
Daring connector of ideas and people
Moves from awareness to action
These children were told, and encouraged…to be creative, to think for themselves, and to make sense. It is indeed because of such encouragement to the young that the increasingly ideological notions of freedom and democracy can be turned back upon the economically and politically powerful and made into truly transformative demands
—Jean Anyon, 1981
Contributions to the team:
Malayna enthusiastically joined the ADVANCE team in 2017. She collaboratively designs and facilitates the Change Agent course for faculty and staff. She contributes to ADVANCE's unit facilitations, qualitative designs for research, and writing projects.
More about Malayna
Malayna works in the Department of Learning Sciences & Human Development where she serves as the director of learning sciences programs. Her instruction includes teacher education courses in learning theories, research courses in qualitative methods, and professional learning courses for faculty focused on institutional change. Her research examines the cognitive and cultural dimensions of learning in diverse settings, with special emphases on educator learning and identity, and language and literacy. She serves as a qualitative methodological consultant on a wide range of empirical projects, including teacher identity development during the WV strikes, about fire fighters' health, women battling the opioid epidemic, and student athlete's experiences with racism.