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Sharon Cronin, PhD

Sharon Cronin has over thirty years of experience in bilingual and culturally relevant early childhood and elementary education. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Bilingual Education with an emphasis in African American Studies from the University of Washington; her Master of Arts Degree in Human Development with a specialization in Bicultural Development from Pacific Oaks College Northwest; and her Doctoral Degree in Curriculum Instruction majoring in Bilingual Education, Multicultural Education, and Literacy, with cognates in Special Education and Caribbean Studies from the University of Washington. She is a founding member of the King County Latino Child Care Taskforce (which developed a needs assessment and action agenda for Latino children, families, and educators in the greater Seattle area). As Executive Director of the Center for Linguistic and Cultural Democracy, Dr. Cronin supports early childhood educators in obtaining their CDA, AA, BA, and MA degrees; promotes cultural expression in education and community development; and co-led the Teaching Umoja Participatory Action Research 15-Year Commitment, examining the ethnic identity, bicultural, cross-cultural, and tri-literacy development of children of color, along with Theressa Lenear and a team of 40 co-researchers from across the United States and Port Royal. Golden Grove, and Moore Town, Jamaica. She is co-author of Soy Bilingüe: Language, Culture, and Young Latino Children and edited the anthology Soy Bilingüe Adult Dual Language Model for Early Childhood and Elementary Teacher Education. Dr. Cronin is currently a member of the Indigenous Languages and Trilingual Preschools Participatory Action Research (PAR) five-year commitment. In addition to serving as faculty with the University of Phoenix, she is also the Seattle Academic Site Coordinator and Faculty Member with Goddard College’s Education Program.

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School of Advanced Studies