Nancy Cloud receives Bucci Family Award

Nancy Cloud, RIC professor of educational studies, is the recipient of the 2010-11 Bucci Family Award for Scholarship and Service.

Nancy Cloud receives the Bucci Family Award from John Bucci,
RIC professor emeritus and former dean of the Feinstein School
of Education.
Cloud, coordinator of RIC’s MEd program in Teaching English as a Second Language, has served as the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development’s coordinator for the diversity objective of Rhode Island Teacher Education Renewal (RITER) and on the Cross-institutional Committee made up of all teacher educator institutions across Rhode Island.

She is president and coordinating council member of the Rhode Island Teachers of English Language Learners. The group, which she worked to establish, has a mission of developing, maintaining and promoting professional expertise in English language teaching for speakers of other languages.

Cloud assisted in the development of a Cultural Competency Assessment Tool, now being used across the state to promote the cultural competence of teachers.

She has also offered dozens of training programs across the state and region to educators, and given presentations at regional, national and international conferences in her area of expertise.

Among her most recent publications is a chapter in press on “Preparing Adolescents for the Academic Demands of Secondary School Classrooms,” written with local classroom teachers. She is also a co-author, with classroom teachers, of the book “Teaching adolescent English Language Learners: Essential Strategies for Middle and High School,” and co-authored, with other noted experts in the field, the book “Literacy instruction for English Language Learners: From Research to Practice.”

The Bucci Family Fund was established in 2004 on the occasion of John A. Bucci’s retirement as dean of the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development at RIC. Its purpose is to encourage and promote faculty academic excellence in the Feinstein School of Education. An award is made annually on a rotating basis for teaching, scholarship/service, and to a faculty member of the Henry Barnard School.