DJ Kaiser, PhD

DJ Kaiser, PhD, MATESL, MA
Associate Dean, School of Education
470 E. Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119

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  • Doctor of Philosophy, Comparative Literature, emphasis in Drama, Graduate Certificate in Translation Studies, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
  • Master of Arts, Drama, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
  • Master of Arts, Teaching English as a Second Language, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
  • Bachelor of Arts, Linguistics, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
  • Bachelor of Arts, Spanish, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL

  • Project Director and primary writer for a $2.7 million federal National Professional Development grant from the U.S. Department of Education (2017-2022) - Project title: Increasing Teacher Capacity through Communities of Practice to Serve English Learners (the application received a perfect score with no cited weaknesses)
  • Recipient of a Fulbright U.S. Scholars Grant to Uruguay (March-June 2016) - Project title: Case Studies of the Acquisition of English and Language Pedagogy Skills for Classroom Teachers in Ceibal en Inglés
  • Recipient of two Faculty Research Grants supplied by Webster University - Project titles: Using Teleconference in the Teaching of English in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (June-July 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and Language Planning and Policy at the National Level in Uruguay: Ceibal en Inglés (July-August 2015 in Montevideo, Uruguay)
  • Selected as a member of the 2014 Global Leadership Academy cohort at Webster University (including training sessions in St. Louis, MO; Kansas City, MO; and Leiden, Netherlands)
  • Grant work in partnership with K-12 School Districts:  On the partnership team for The Culturally Responsive Instruction for English Learners Project (Webster University in Kansas City and Kansas City Public Schools; 2012-2017; $1.9 million National Professional Development grant from the Department of Education) and on the partnership team for Math Success for ELLs (St. Louis Public Schools, Webster University, Pearson Education, the Center for Applied Linguistics, the International Institute, and the Magic House; 2011-2013; Missouri state grant)
  • International experience presenting at conferences, giving seminars, conducting research, and consulting in more than a dozen countries including Canada, Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Spain, Greece, the Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates, China, Thailand, and Vietnam.

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