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Adeline Becker

Executive Director:
Education Alliance
Phone: +1 401 863 9550

Professor Becker works in the areas of urban school reform, second language acquisition, bilingual education, first and second language literacy, and cross-cultural studies of language acquisition.


Adeline Becker is Executive Director of The Education Alliance for Equity and Excellence and a Clinical Professor of Education. The Education Alliance is a department that addresses issues of equity and diversity in the public schools through research, consultations and technical assistance. Among the many programs housed at the Alliance are the New England Equity Assistance Center, the Superintendents' Leadership Council and the Masters program in ESL/Bilingual Education and Cross Cultural Studies. Dr. Becker has been at Brown University with appointments in the Departments of Education and Portuguese and Brazilian Studies for over thirty years.

Dr. Becker's research interests focus on issues of literacy and educational leadership, especially as they apply to the needs of second language learners. The recipient of two Fulbright awards, Dr. Becker designed graduate programs in education for several universities in Brazil. Her MA degree in Portuguese Bilingual Studies and her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology are from Brown University.


The Role of the University in School Reform


Ph.D., Cultural Anthropology, Brown University


2006 Latin American Studies Course Preparation Award
2003 Northeast Superintendents Leadership Citation
1984, 1998, 2003 Wayland Collegium Study Grants, Brown University
1993 U.S. Embassy Award: International Latin America/USA Conference,
Sao Paulo, Brazil
1992 Fulbright Award, Lecture/Research in Bahia, Brazil
1991 National Assoc. of Bilingual Education Academic Recognition Award
1987 Fulbright Award, Lecture/Research in Recife, Brazil
1985 Scholarship from Ministerio dos Negocios Estrangeiros, Portugal
- for Summer Study in the Azores, Portugal
1982 Portuguese Government Award for Community Service
1981 R. I. Governor's Award: Multicultural Education
1981 National Education Citation: Rhode Island Heritage Commission
1979 R. I. Governor's Citation: International Year of the Child
1979-1982 Brown University Summer Research Awards


2007-present: Editorial Board, Brazil Quartet Editora & Comunicacao Ltda, Rio de
Janeiro, Brazil

2004-2006: NEKIA Board of Directors

2004-present: Convener, Assoc. of Deans, Chairs and Directors in Higher Education

2004-present: Convener, Collaborative Alliance Network

2004-2007: Advisory Board, Consortium for Educational Leadership in Puerto Rico

2003 - 2004: Executive Board, National Education Knowledge Industry Association

2002-present: Board of Advisors, International Institute of Rhode Island

1999 - 2003: Annenberg Institute Advisory Board

1999: Bilingual Education Research Coordinating Council, U. S. D.O.E.

1998 - 2000: Charter School Advisory Board, International Institute

1997: Program Review Team, Texas A & M

1997: Program Planning Committee, AACTE

1996-2006: National Education Knowledge Industry Association, (NEKIA) Board of Directors

1996: NetTech Regional Consortium Advisory Board at CUNY

1996: Northeast Eisenhower Math &Science Collaborative Advisory Board, TERC

1995 - 1997: Rhode Island State Goals 2000 Panel

1995: National Planning Committee - National Migrant Conference

1993 - 1996: The Education Alliance Press Publication Committee

1993-1997: Rhode Island Child Opportunity Zones (COZ) Advisory Committee

1993-1994: Acting Chair, Rhode Island Families First

1993: Advisor, EdD Program UFBA, Bahia, Brazil

1992-1995: Rhode Island Education Outcomes and Assessment Committee

1990-1992: Blue Ribbon Task Force, Special Education/Language Minority Interface,
Rhode Island State Department of Education

1990 - 1999: Conference Program Committee Chair and Reader: National Migrant
Conference, NABE, TESOL

1990 - 1995: Advisory Council National Research Center for Gifted/Talented Students

1990-present: Fellow, Wayland Collegium, Brown University

1989 - 1996: Editorial Advisory Board, Collegiate Press

1980 - 1998: Co-Chair, Rhode Island State Advisory Council for Limited English
Proficient Students

1978-1992: Executive Board, Rhode Island NABE/TESOL Affiliate (RIABE/ESL)

1977-present: American Anthropology Association (AAA)

1977-present: Council on Anthropology and Education (CAE)

1977 - 1992: American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese

Funded Research


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Curriculum Vitae

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