In my doctoral dissertation titled, The Effects of Cultural Capital, Social Capital, and Economic Capital on Reading Achievement, Reading Motivation, and Reading Activity, I focused on the lived experiences of third grade students as they progressed through primary school. I want to explore concepts that developed in my work more in-depth across cultures in Colombia. I believe the results from this work will influence education policy on a global scale.


Much evidence exists to suggest that students with access to higher amounts of economic capital have an increased advantage upon entering the school system (Balfanz, Spiridakis, & Neild, 2002; Coladarci & Hancock, 2002; Luke, 2018; Hogrebe, Marc, & Tate, 2010). This advantage is not only related to school work but also culturally and socially (Coleman, 1988; Ho, 2000; Paxton, 1999; Sampson, Morenoff, & Earls, 1999; Woolcock & Narayan, 2000). I want to take this knowledge and explore what this looks like in countries with a GDP under $500B USD and more specifically within communities where unemeployment rates are considered high. My hope is to find solutions to raise literacy rates, motivation, and academic achiemevent regardless of access to economic capital. In turn, raising motivational and academic achievement rates across many discplines including mathematics, science, technology, and engineering. In turn giving all students equal access to tertiary education and employment opportunities.

I am currently in the planning and funding stages of this project. I intend for the entire project to last between 10 and 20 years with numerous publications, national conference presentations, and other forms of dissemination efforts throughout the process. Each quarter I will post financial statements, publications, conference summaries, progress measurements, and other pertinent information as the project develops and expands. Program evaluation methods will be conducted annually to understand state of the project. As the project expands I would expect to build relationships with local universities, schools, and nonprofits interested in collaborating on subprojects.

Yearly financial statements will provide tables to elaborate the financials of these areas such as other, if any.

I’m hopeful to begin this work by the third quarter of 2022.

Financial Statement

Selected Articles

Evaluation of the primary years programme.

VACTERAL association: A glimpse into a child’s development.

The contexts of adolescence: A film review.

Examination and critique of the MIND research institute’s spatial-temporal math (ST math) program in california.

A glimpse into the way we learn.

Increasing your intelligence: Fact or fiction.

Marital relationships and religion: A phenomenal observation.

An overview of expectancy-value theory of achievement motivation.

Psychological factors: Learnings and reflections.

Race and culture: Confronting the achievement gap.

Redefining education for hispanics in the united states.

Re-envisioning paulo freire’s “banking concept of education”: A review.

Richard C. anderson: An influential educator.

A sad state of affairs: Depression and suicide.

Summary of frank smith’s ‘Understanding reading: A psycholinguistic analysis of reading and learning to read.

Teachers’ influence during peer collaboration: A review.

Very few roads lead to snake creek: When france, england, and germany collide.

Becoming culturally responsive with hispanic and latino/a students: An implementation guide for teachers and educators.

Dena simmons and culturally relevant pedagogy.

Disciplinary and integrated literacy.

Dyslexia: Foundational notes.

Effects of note-taking training on reading comprehension and recall: A review.

Fifty years of remedial and clinical reading in the united states: A historical overview.

The impact of istation reading program on reading achievement of third grade students: A mixed methods inquiry.

Motivating students in an elementary physical education classroom with music: A review.

Preservice teachers engaged in professional learning community to explore critical literacy: A dissertation review.

Reading comprehension intervention: Metacognitive strategy instruction with sixth grade students: A dissertation review.

Critical literacy in an elementary classroom: A student’s engagement with the critical.

Dissecting the methodology of: “Rereading ‘A pedagogy of multiliteracies’: Bodies, texts, and emergence”.

Experiencing reading from a sociological perspective: An interview.

A qualitative research article from bogdan and biklen: Critical reflections.

Race and culture: Confronting the achievement gap.

Critical theory: Towards a foundational understanding.

Social development: A multi-case study.

Habitus, capital, and field in a language arts classroom: A collective case study.

Advocacy, care, and transformation: A review of community-engaged scholarship in literacy research. Paper presented at the Literacy Research Association, Indian Wells, CA.