Naomi Flynn

All Disciplines Scholar Award, University of Indiana - Bilingual & Multilingual Education

Naomi is Associate Professor of teacher education at the University of Reading’s Institute of Education, and her practice-based research is driven by her desire to make classroom teaching better for pupils who have home languages other than English. She is delighted to be joining forces with Dr Annela Teemant at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis who is a highly respected leader in this field of pedagogy. Naomi’s Fulbright project will evaluate Dr Teemant’s successful model of teacher professional development for multilingual classrooms and determine how it might transfer to the UK school system. She is currently trialling this model in England but needs to understand more about how and why it works. She will also co-create materials to support schools on both sides of the Atlantic in becoming self-sustaining agents of change. As a frequent visitor to America’s East coast, she is looking forward to finding out about life in the Midwest and exploring the state of Indiana. She loves choral singing and running and hopes to make new friends in Indianapolis through both activities during her three-month stay.