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Nakisha Whittington Named June Holmes Scholar of the Month

Nakisha WhittingtonCongratulations to Nakisha Whittington, Holmes Scholar of the Month for June 2021. Whittington is a scholar at Pennsylvania State University and recently defended her dissertation, “Exploring the Digital Literacy Practices of Black Elementary Students in a New Orleans Charter School.”

As an educator, Whittington has experience in K-12 classrooms and instructing undergraduate students in the Elementary Education program at Penn State.  

 Whittington’s research interests are centered around digital literacy practices of urban youth. She has published several articles on effective instructional practices to meet the needs of diverse learners, including Scaffolding inclusivity through making: A preliminary analysis of diverse learners’ meaning making through complex systems. Whittington also serves as a reading specialist and editorial assistant for an educational research journal.

She credits her academic and professional success partly to her involvement in the Holmes Program where she benefited from a plethora of professional development opportunities and best practices in educator preparation while creating a supportive platform to extend her research objectives. Whittington served as the historian on the AACTE Holmes Council 2020-21.

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