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Taylor, Sherry

Sheryl Taylor PhD

Associate Professor Emerita
  • School of Education & Human Development

Email Address:sherry.taylor@ucdenver.edu

Primary Phone:303-315-4998

Mailing Address:
  • CU Denver

Lawrence Street Center

1380 Lawrence Street

Denver, CO 80204

Sherry Taylor joined the faculty of the School of Education and Human Development at CU Denver in August 1996. She was awarded tenure in 2003 and is an active member of the Responsive Literacy Education Program.

She researches and publishes in the area of cultural responsiveness regarding teachers' attitudes and classroom pedagogy, community literacy, and the educational experiences of migrant students in U.S. schools.

Prior to coming to CU Denver, Taylor was on faculty at the University of Wisconsin Madison where she directed and taught in the Spanish Education Program. She has taught elementary bilingual education and English as an Additional Language in grades Pre-K to 16 in Illinois, Ohio, and Colorado.

Taylor has also traveled, lived, and worked in Mexico since her teen years. In Mexico, she has taught preschool, through third grade, English as a foreign language, and directed a study abroad program for Ohio State University. Each summer since 2014, she has participated in a summer literacy and creativity enrichment program for children and youth in a community in rural Mexico.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family cross country skiing, kayaking, and traveling.

Areas of Expertise

  • Culturally responsive pedagogy
  • Cultural responsiveness regarding teachers' attitudes and classroom pedagogy,
  • Cultural responsiveness regarding community literacy
  • Cultural responsiveness regarding the educational experiences of migrant students in U.S. schools.

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • B.S. in Elementary/Bilingual Education, Western Illinois University
  • M.A. in Applied Linguistics, Colorado State University
  • Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition, The Ohio State University



  • 2016 Invited by Michoacán State Office of Culture (México) to speak at 2nd Annual Colloquium on Migration: Education and Culture.
  • 2014 Guest Editor, Writing & Pedagogy Journal; Special Edition, “Children’s writing: Perspectives on Teaching and Learning.”


  • Advisory Board Member, National Association of Bilingual Education (NABE). Research & Evaluation Special Interest Group [SIG].
  • Member & Secretary of the Empowerment Center of East County (Non-profit supporting marginalized youth in Lafayette, CO).
  • Member of Coordination Team. “Comunicarte” Summer Enrichment Program: Literacy, Art and Creativity (Grades: K-6), Tingambato, Mexico; Supported by the State Office of Culture, México.
  • Member, International Literacy Association
  • Member, National Association for Bilingual Education
  • Member, American Educational Research Association

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