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Cheryl McElvain, Ed.D.

Cheryl McElvain HS 2017
Cheryl McElvain

Senior Lecturer, MATTC and MA-IDE Programs

Cheryl McElvain earned an Ed.D. in international and multicultural education with an emphasis in second language acquisition from the University of San Francisco in 2005, and an M.A. in language and literacy from San Jose State University in 2001.

As a full time SCU faculty member, Cheryl teaches methodology classes in Santa Clara University’s MATTC teacher credential program. She is also the lead faculty for the MA-IDE International Education Emphasis.

In 2013-15 she was the principal investigator of the Inequities in Mental Health Services for Vulnerable School Aged Children: A Character Study of Resilience, Self-Discipline, and Hope research project. This study observed the effects of school based mental health services and life skills classes for 1,150 impoverished Latino parents and students attending 3 elementary schools, 1 middle school, and 1 high school in Morgan Hill and Gilroy California. Specifically the study investigated how/if the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program and 12-week life skills classes improved the contexts and student attainment of character traits that predict academic achievement and social-emotional resilience. The 2-year study explored home and school program affects within eight thriving indicators: student support, empowerment, boundaries and expectations, constructive use of time, commitment to learning, positive values, and social competencies.

Cheryl lives in Morgan Hill, California and enjoys intercultural learning experiences, wine making, and riding her bike. She is currently a board member of the International Peace Village Center in Rwanda and works with social enterprises locally and globally to prepare “men and women for others”.



McElvain, C. (2015). The bridge project: Connecting home, school, and community for Mexican immigrant youth. The Journal of Latinos and Education, 14(3), 153-170. doi:10.1080/15348431.2014.973568

McElvain, C. (2015). Los libros abecedario: Learning from the inside out. Forum on Public Policy: A Journal of the Oxford Round Table.

McElvain, C. (2014, July). The Glen Project: A study of resilience and hope. Abstract contributed to the proceedings of the 28th International Congress of Applied Psychology, Paris, France, DIV05-OC06005.

McElvain, C. and Heidi Smith (2012, August). The effect of inquiry learning on the cognitive academic language proficiency skills of 5th grade bilingual students. Paper contributed to the Hawaii University International Conference on Education, Honolulu, Hawaii.

McElvain, C. (2010). Transactional literature circles and the reading comprehension of at-risk English learners in the mainstream classroom. Journal of Research In Reading, 33(2), 178-205.

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