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Urban Education Faculty -Maria Bhattacharjee

Maria Bhattacharjee

Associate Professor

Office: C - 430H
713-221-8096
bhattacharjeem@uhd.edu

Curriculum Vitae

As an Associate Professor in Urban Education at the University of Houston-Downtown, I teach courses such as Bilingual/ESL Curriculum, Language Arts and Reading in Spanish, Children’s Literature in Spanish, and Current Issues in Urban Classrooms. Prior to my employment at UHD, I was a bilingual teacher in Houston ISD.  Currently, I have a partnership between my methodology class and a microbiology professor with her students at UHD. Our students are helping elementary school children to learn scientific investigation skills. This partnership has proven to be very beneficial for all stakeholders. Children in the school are learning about STEM field careers.  My students are learning methodologies to teach integrated science, math, and technology to school children. The science students are using their knowledge to assist future teachers (my students) to do a more effective job in the classroom.

 I am also involved in a project to create an electronic bilingual library to support the reading quest of young children and their families. I am very interested to help UHD becomes the leading institution for service learning in the greater Houston area. I also dedicate part of my time helping my students develop leadership skills. I have sponsored student associations at UHD and am also mentoring former students to become leaders in our community.  I know that working together we can create a better future for our children, their families, and our community.

My research agenda includes curriculum development, early literacy, and parental involvement. I am interested in using my research and my courses to benefit underserved populations in my community. My interest in creating inner-city school/UHD partnerships would allow UHD to play an important role in transforming our community. I am particularly interested in working with elementary children and their parents. I have worked with Crockett Elementary for several years already.

​Ed. D Curriculum and Instruction focus on Bilingual Early Childhood Education, 1995, University of Houston, in Houston Texas.    Dissertation title: Emergent Literacy in Hispanic Bilingual Kindergartners: A Study of Print Awareness, Reading, Writing, and Home Experiences with Literacy. Dr. Sylvia C. Peña, Dissertation Adviser.          

M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction, focus on Instructional Design, 1977 University of Houston, in Houston Texas.

B.A.   Geography and Social Studies, 1974 Pedagogic Institute of Caracas, Venezuela

BED 3307 Academic Proficiencies for Bilingual Teacher

BED 4301 Teaching Language Arts and Reading in Spanish.

BED 4311 Integrating Curriculum in a Bilingual / ESL Classroom,

READ 3303 Teaching Reading in Elementary School.

SOSE 4303 Current Issues in Urban Teaching

PED 4311 Early Childhood Curriculum

EED 4301 Student Teaching in the Elementary Classroom

EED 4303 Student Teaching in the Bilingual/ESL Classroom

Gulati, P. & Bhattacharjee, M. (2013) Educational Partnerships to Encourage STEM. Proceedings of Peer-Led Team Learning International Society Second Annual Conference, University of Houston-Downtown, Houston, Texas.

Bhattacharjee, M., Chen, L. I. & Paige, S. (2009). Creating an Archive of Web-Based Children's Video Books for Young Bilingual Readers and Writers. In C. Montgomery & J. Seale (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications, Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

Bhattacharjee, M., Chen, L. I. & Paige, S. (2009). Pre-service Teachers as Designers and Creators of Educational Computer Games to Develop Vocabulary in Content Areas. In C. Montgomery & J. Seale (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2009. Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

Bhattacharjee, M., Chen, L. I. & Paige, S. (2009) Creating an Archive of Web-Based Children's Video Books for Young Bilingual Readers and Writers. In C. Montgomery & J. Seale (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications, Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

Chen, I., Bhattacharjee, M. & Paige, S. (2007). Designing Web-based Digital Video Books for Bilingual Teachers and Students. In C. Crawford et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference 2007 (pp. 1830-1833). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

Bhattacharjee, M. and Chen, I. (2006) Developed a Web-Based Digital Video Support System for Bilingual Teachers and Students http://gator.dt.uh.edu/~bhattacharjeem/bilingualed/


​President's Community Engagement Award,  UHD 2014
BESO Advisor Award Given by the Bilingual Education Student Organization (BESO) for Outstanding Advisor to BESO, May, 2014
Houston Area Association of Bilingual Education Award 2014
BESO Advisor Award Given by the Bilingual Education Student Organization (BESO) for Outstanding Advisor to BESO, May, 2013
Diana Garcia Marion Award, in recognition of the service to and support of Bilingual/ESL Education in the SHABE community, Suburban Houston Association for Bilingual Education (SHABE) 2011- 2012
Advisor Recognition Award, BESO 2011
Teaching Excellence Award Finalist, UHD 2010    
Advisor Recognition Award, BESO 2010
Teaching Excellence Award Finalist, UHD 2009    
Outstanding Leadership Award, BESO 2009

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