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Anita Pandey

Anita Pandey is a professor at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD.  She serves on the Board of the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) and is Education Advisor to The Unforgotten (  From 2014-2016, she was one of 10 global Ambassadors for Childhood selected by the Association for Childhood Education International and the Alliance for Childhood.  She currently serves as ACEI’s U.S. Liaison.  Anita picked up Hindi, English, Yoruba, Hausa, and Nigerian Pidgin in her childhood, and learned French and Spanish as a teenager--primarily from children, as documented in her first book, The Child Language Teacher: Intergenerational Language and Literary Enhancement (2010, Mysore: CIIL).  Please contact her for a copy.  Her building-blocks cultural competency model won her the 2016 Diversity and Inclusion award from the Association for Business Communication.  She's been invited to deliver a (luncheon) plenary panel address at the 82nd Annual Conference in Dublin, Ireland (October 19, 2017). 

During her childhood years, Anita's family was constantly on the move, so she was forced to skip grades 5 through 8 because English-medium schools were not as accessible. After being home-schooled for a brief period, she entered high school at age 9 and successfully passed the regional West African Examination Council’s exit exam (like the SAT) at 13. She gained admission into a two-year College of Arts and Sciences the following year, and completed her Bachelor’s by age 19. She earned a B.A. (Hons.) with a 1st Class distinction in linguistics from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and taught at the College of Education, Azare (Nigeria) before pursuing graduate studies.

Her research interests include early childhood education, second language and literacy enhancement, and interculturalcommunication.  Dr. Pandey was the PI for the largest grant awarded to MSU by the Department of Health and Human Services for a linguistically enhanced program for ECE professionals.  She hosted and co-directed a TV show, in Memphis, TN.  The show focused on the intersections of language and culture.  15 episodes were aired on Time Warner Channel 17.  These were accessible in neighboring states, like Arkansas, as well.

She has presented at multiple venues, including the NAEYC, Head Start's National Research Conference, ACEI, TESOL, AAAL, the International Society for Language Studies, International Conference on World Englishes, and NCTE.  All together, she has presented at over 60 conventions.  She is on the Research Committee of ACEI and volunteers for 

She was interviewed on BAM and ACEI Radio in February 2013, in celebration of International Mother Language Day. The archive is available at:

Anita was the focus of an ACEI report on the inspiring work of their ambassadors between 2014 and 2016. The full article can be read here:

Milwaukee Public Radio interviewed her on March 13, 2013. The exchange is archived at:

Over the summer of 2013, Dr. Pandey was interviewed by the National Center on Quality Teaching and Learningfor an upcoming TV series on leadership and cultural competency in education.  This documentary is scheduled for airing in selected locations, including Seattle, WA.

Dr. Pandey was invited to write three sections of an edited volume titled Young English Language Learners at School: A Guide for Early Childhood and Elementary Leaders (2014) from Caslon Publishing.  This book is intended for administrators who have DLLs in their schools and programs.  Other invited contributors include Catherine Snow, and Sonia Nieto.  Her research has appeared in international journals likeTESOL Quarterly, Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, Africa Today, Business Communication Quarterly, and Knowledge Management

She guest-edited the millennium issue of World Englishes (London: Blackwell).  She is associate editor of the Journal of English as an International Language, and guest editor of the 2011 and 2012 issues of the International Journal of Communication.  She is also on the Advisory Board of 4 international journals.   

She is a plenary speaker at the 2014 Region 10 Bilingual and DLL  Conference in Dallas, TX, and at the 2014 NABE  Conference in San Diego. She was a featured speaker at the 22nd Penn State Conference on Translingual Writing and at the 2012 Intercultural Communication Conference ( conference/2012_conference).  

Her current projects include a focus on CONCEPTOLOGY, a term she coined to fill the cross-linguistic gaps in English VOCABULARY  instruction, through what she terms "culturally inclusive" vocabulary instruction strategies for dual language learners; researching and documenting lesser known languages spoken by Guatemalan and other Hispanic families in the U.S. northeast; tracking English langauge and literacy acquisition by newcomer children;  and capturing the stories of children and their families.  

She has two daughters (Sahara/Helper, aged 11 and Sarika/Singing Bird, 13) who have been teaching her about early childhood (education) and much more. They inspire her to become “a better teacher and parent.” She can be reached at  and 443-422-5923 and looks forward to hearing from you!

Here is the link for a video National Louis University uploaded after her June 25 presentation at their Skokie campus:

Thanks for sharing your feedback on any of her projects!

A tribute to Dr. Braj Kachru for the UIUC Memorial Symposium (November 18, 2016)

Cover of First Book: The Child Language Teacher: Intergenerational Language and Literacy
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First Book Table of Contents

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Newspaper Article on Funded Dual Language & Family Literacy Program Initiated by Dr. Pandey

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Invited Issues in Education piece (Nov. 2012), Early Childhood

Editorial for Volume 21: 2011 International Journal of Communication
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Chat-pat: A Taste of Hindi (a bilingual alphabet book)
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"I enjoyed your presentation at the Delaware Department of Education and passion for so much.  I applaud your efforts and will be sure to share your message at our district.  I loved your "sinceridad" about the topic, and your ideas." - Shirley Rodriguez Moux, ESL instructor, Dover, DE

"I have yet to read any other tome, guide, or even a compendium of doctoral theses that is as comprehensive as Dr. Pandey's book about the English language and how to comprehend and grasp both the written and the phonetic aspects. She illustrates the value of other languages for English learners, and the multilingualism of English--eye-opening. If you are an educator, regular or Special Education-Secondary-Elementary-Higher Education-based, you would be remiss to NOT have this book, and utilize it, in your own personal library. Schools should purchase multiple copies and place them in their own student libraries for usage. County, state libraries would be wise to do the same."

- Kenneth Vincent King, Mental Health 
& Special Educator

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