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Prasad to receive Thesis of Year honor from Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

March 22, 2016

UW-Madison’s Gail Lori Prasad will be receiving the Leithwood Award, which recognizes the Thesis of the Year at the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

Gail Prasad
Prasad is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She earned her Ph.D. in 2015 from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE).

Her dissertation was titled, “The Prism of Children’s Plurilingualism: A multi-site inquiry with children as co-researchers across English and French schools.” This work examined children’s representations of plurilingualism across English and French schools in Toronto and Montpellier by engaging elementary students as co-researchers of their plurilingual language and literacy practices.

In addition to her dissertation, Prasad created a website that showcases a diverse range of creative artifacts generated by more than 100 children who collaborated with her in this inquiry. Her dissertation and research website are accessible at

Her work was recognized by OISE for its research excellence, significance, concept, design, and execution.