Theresa Deussen

Theresa collaborates closely with a dynamic group of professional researchers and evaluators that provides specific, actionable data and research to support educational policymakers and practitioners. Her own research interests focus on programs and projects to support immigrant students and English learners, as well as struggling readers of any linguistic background. She is currently wrapping up an IES-funded randomized controlled trial of Project GLAD, an approach to combining content area and academic language instruction in the mainstream classroom. Recently, she testified to the Washington and Oregon state legislatures about the benefits of bilingualism and in support of dual-language programs and effective instruction for English learners. As much as she loves the Northwest, one of her favorite recent experiences was serving on the international accreditation team for Innova Schools in Lima, Peru. On the literacy side of her work, she was the principal investigator for Washington Striving Readers and oversaw the evaluation of Reading First in multiple western states. She also served on the Alaska state literacy panel. Prior to joining Education Northwest in 2001, Theresa taught sociology—including methods—for several years and conducted evaluations for several agencies in the Northwest. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations and later received her master’s and doctoral degrees in sociology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on twitter @TLDeussen.

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Blog Posts

Six Things Principals Can Do To Support Their English Language Learners


June 9th, 2015

While schools in states such as Texas, Arizona, and California have been teaching English language learners (ELLs) for generations, the presence of ELLs is a comparatively new phenomenon in the Northwest. If systems are not already in place for students to develop their English proficiency while...

Treating Language as a Strength: The Benefits of Bilingualism


December 18th, 2014

So much of the discussion on English language learners in U.S. schools focuses on what they don’t have (for example, academic English) or what they haven’t been able to do (such as graduate in rates comparable to proficient English speakers). These are real problems that deserve our attention. But...