Chris Chang-Bacon Awarded for Research on Interrupted Education


Assistant Professor Chris Chang-Bacon received an award for his article on rethinking students with interrupted formal education in the wake of a pandemic.

Chris Chang-Bacon, assistant professor at the University of Virginia School of Education and Human Development, has been named as this year’s recipient of the TIRF James E. Alatis Prize for Research on Language Planning and Policy in Educational Contexts.

The Alatis Prize, established in 2014, recognizes an outstanding article or chapter in the field of language planning and policy in educational contexts.

Chang-Bacon's award-winning article is entitled “Generation Interrupted: Rethinking ‘Students with Interrupted Formal Education’ (SIFE) in the Wake of a Pandemic” (Educational Researcher, Vol. 50, Issue 3, pp. 187-196).

Chang-Bacon’s research focuses on equity in multilingual and multicultural contexts. He studies how teachers interpret educational policy, particularly in ESL, dual-language, and bilingual education contexts. “This award is an incredible honor,” he said. “This has been such an extremely difficult year for teachers and students alike as we continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic. I hope my article sheds light on some ways we might engage these challenges as well as reaffirming the incredible work that teachers and their students have done in this time of ‘interrupted formal education.’”