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Arthi Rao, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor

Curriculum & Instruction


Building & Room:

1420 ETMSW


1040 W. Harrison St. (MC 147), Chicago, IL 60607

Office Phone:

(312) 355-2473



Arthi Rao's current teaching responsibilities focus on issues of multiculturalism and effective pedagogy in the urban elementary classroom.

She also helps her teacher candidates bridge the theory-practice gap in a seminar coupled with field observations during the student-teaching semesters.  Her instruction across classes emphasizes the importance of culturally sustaining pedagogy in all aspects of teaching:  community building/learning environment, planning, instruction and assessment.  Dr. Rao's research interests include language program models and their impact on emergent bilingual students' academic performance and perceptions of schooling, pre-service teacher education and induction support in the beginning years of urban teaching.


PhD DePaul University
MSEd University of Pennsylvania
BA University of Michigan

Licensures and Certifications

Illinois Professional Educator License Grades K-9