Nicole  Mirra Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Nicole Mirra

Assistant Professor of English Education
The University of Texas at El Paso

My teaching and research focuses on the intersections of critical literacy and civic engagement in classroom, community, and digital learning spaces.

Subjects: Education


Prior to earning my Ph.D. in Urban Schooling from the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, I taught English Language Arts at a public high school in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. This experience sparked my passion for English Education, which continued to grow as I taught at another public high school in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles and coordinated the UCLA Council of Youth Research, a university/school partnership that engages young people in research in their schools and communities in pursuit of educational and social justice. I am excited to share the story of the Council in Doing Youth Participatory Action Research: Transforming Inquiry with Researchers, Educators, and Youth.

My teaching and research focuses on the intersections between critical literacy and civic engagement across multiple contexts, including urban secondary English classrooms, grassroots youth organizations, and digital learning communities. My work has appeared in such publications as Reading & Writing Quarterly, Democracy & Education, and Journal of Teacher Education. I also advocate for teacher leadership and critical digital literacy as a Connected Learning Ambassador for the National Writing Project.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Critical Literacy
    Civic Engagement
    Digital Literacy
    Youth Participatory Action Research
    Teacher Education


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