Curriculum and Instruction Associate Professor Allison Skerrett was recently appointed to Scotland’s International Council of Education Advisers by the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon. The council includes 10 scholars from the United States, Canada, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Malaysia, Singapore, and the UK. On August 31, Skerrett traveled to Scotland to participate in the council’s first set of meetings, which was held in Edinburgh.
The council is meant to play a key role in advising the First Minister and Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, on improvements to the education system in Scotland. A priority is addressing the equity gap between students of different social backgrounds.
Dr. Skerrett is an associate professor in the Language and Literacy Studies program area and an affiliate faculty member in the Cultural Studies in Education program area. Her teaching and research interests include secondary English education, adolescent literacy and sociocultural influences on teaching and learning.
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