Faculty & Staff

Karen Sakash

Clinical Professor Emerita

Education

1990 - Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, Public Policy Analysis (Education)
1978 - M.Ed, Indiana University, Education
1972 - B.A., St. Mary's College, Notre Dame IN, Elementary Education

Research & Teaching Interests

Dr. Sakash's research and teaching interests are: professional development and certification of bilingual teachers, collaboration of teachers across programs to serve English Language Learners, evaluation of bilingual teacher education programs, and English language proficiency assessment and instruction of ELL children in K-12 schools.

Selected Publications

Sakash, K., & Rodriguez-Brown, F.V. (2010). Fostering Collaboration Between Mainstream and Bilingual Teachers and Teacher Candidates. In T. Lucas (Ed.), Teacher Preparation for Linguistically Diverse Classrooms: A Resource for Teacher Educators. New York, NY: Routledge.

Sakash, K., & Chou, V. (2007). Increasing the Supply of Latino Bilingual Teachers to the Chicago Public Schools. Teacher Education Quarterly, 34, Fall, 41-52.

Chou, V., & Sakash, K. (2007). Troubling diversity (Commentary). In M. Cochran-Smith, S. Feiman-Nemser, J. McIntyre, & K. Demers (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Teacher Education: Enduring Issues in Changing Contexts (3rd Edition). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Sakash, K. (2006). What should an evaluation of a program for English Language Learners include? In E. Hamayan & R. Freeman (Eds.), English Language Learners at School: A Guide for Administrators (pp.131-133). Philadelphia, PA: Caslon Publishing.

Rodriguez, O., Sakash, K., & Beeman, K. (2006, January) Linking Action-Research to Lesson Planning: An Innovative Approach to Student Teaching with Bilingual Teachers. Presentation at the 35th annual conference of the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE), Phoenix, AZ.

Sakash, K. (2004). Bilingual Education. In J. Grossman, A. Durkin Keating, & J. Reiff (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Chicago (pp. 78-79). Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. (Hard copy and Electronic Version) http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/137.html

Smolin, L. & Sakash, K. (2004, February) Meeting Professional Teaching Standards Through Electronic Course Portfolios. Paper presented at the 56th annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), Chicago.

Sakash, K. (2001, February). Project 29: A pathways to teaching careers program for provisionally certified bilingual teachers. Presentation at the 30th annual conference of the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE), Phoenix, AZ.

Sakash, K. (1999, November). The Bank Street Approach: Examples of Four Replicable Program Models. Presentation at a pre-conference workshop of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Sakash, K., & Rodriguez-Brown, F. V. (1995). TeamWorks: Mainstream and Bilingual/ESL teacher collaboration. National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education. Program Information Guide. Volume 24, Fall, 1995.

Rodriguez-Brown, F. & Sakash, K. (1994, April). Project Teamworks: Teachers working toward school reform and improvement in multilingual-multicultural settings. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans.

Owen, V., Sakash, K., Li, R., & Rodriguez-Brown, F. (1994, April). Creating collaborative learning environments for Hispanic LEP students: Connecting ESL/bilingual teachers and LEP families with the general education program. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans

Sakash, K. (1991, April). The influence of social responsibility on the achievement of Mexican-American students. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago.

Sakash, K. (1991, April). The relationship between gender perceptions and achievement among Mexican-American students. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago.

Sakash, K., & Basch, C. (1989, May). Beyond training trainers: Strategies for providing follow-up to training workshops. Presentation at the 18th annual conference of the National Association for Bilingual Education, Miami, FL.

Sakash, K., & Hung, S. (1985, April). Perceptions of bilingual children towards Spanish and English language and people. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago.

Sakash, K., & Rodriguez-Brown, F.V. (1984, April). Training trainers: Organizing and presenting workshops. Presentation at the 13th annual conference of the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE), San Antonio, TX.

Sakash, K. (1981, April). Understanding the Vietnamese culture and language. Presentation at the 10th annual conference of the National Association for Bilingual Education, Boston, MA.

Honors & Awards

2003 - Teaching Recognition Program Award from the UIC Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL).

1983 - Leadership in Special Education Fellowship, University of Illinois at Chicago

1976 - Title VII Fellowship in Bilingual Education, Indiana University

1974 - Illinois State Fellowship, Special Education Studies, Universidad Veracruzana in Jalapa, Mexico/Southern Illinois University

Professional Affiliations & Activities

Sakash, K. (2012-2017). Project MASTEL (Math & Science Teachers of English Learners): A National Professional Development Grant. Funding Source: USDE/Office of English Language Acquisition. Awarded $1,685,654. for 5 years. 

Sakash, K. (2007-2012). Project STELL (Secondary Teachers of English Language Learners): A National Professional Development Grant. Funding Source: USDE/Office of English Language Acquisition. Awarded $1,500,000 for 5 years.

Chou, V., Sakash, K., Bridge, C. (2004). Improving instruction in highest need schools: A new model of mentoring: Teacher Quality State Grant Program $400,000.

Chou, V. & Sakash, K. (2003 - 2008). Getting and keeping the best teachers in the toughest schools: A new approach to teacher support: A Teacher Quality Partnership Grant. USDE, Title II, $5,700,291 for 5 years.

Rodriguez-Brown, F. V., & Sakash, K. (2001 - 2006). Training All Teachers About Transition: A Training All Teachers Grant. Funding Source: USDE/Bilingual Education - Professional Development, PL 103-382 Improving America=s Schools Act of 1994. Awarded $1,200,000 for 5 years.

Rodriguez-Brown, F. V., & Sakash, K. (2001 - 2006). Training All Teachers About Transition: A Training All Teachers Grant. Funding Source: USDE/Bilingual Education - Professional Development, PL 103-382 Improving America's Schools Act of 1994. Awarded $1,200,000 for 5 years.

Sakash, K., & Rodriguez-Brown, F. V. (2001 - 2004). Project 29: A Teachers and Personnel Grant. Funding Source: USDE/Bilingual Education - Professonal Development, PL 103-382 Improving America=s Schools Act of 1994. Awarded $750,000 for 3 years.