About Me

Hello! My name is Ashley and I am glad you have decided to stop by. I started this site several years ago as a place to share resources for teaching and learning. I have spent the last decade working in classrooms with students of all ages and I love connecting with other teachers who are passionate about what they do. I am especially interested in the policies and practices that impact the education of multilingual students. 

I currently work in partnership with several Minnesota districts to support school improvement work, especially in the areas of language education and multilingual programming. Previously, I worked as an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher for several K-12 and adult basic education programs. In addition, I also taught abroad as a youth development volunteer with Peace Corps in Honduras, and more recently as a training specialist with a gender development program in Afghanistan. These experiences, along with volunteer work in Chile, Mexico and Lebanon have helped me to develop a global perspective on how education intersects with issues of power, equity and oppression. As a doctoral candidate in Education Policy and Leadership at the University of Minnesota, my research interests center on how language ideologies impact educational practices and how teachers can enact agency as policy makers within their classrooms in support of more linguistically emancipatory pedagogies.

I hope to be able to use this site as a place to share some of the ideas and resources that have made a difference in my own teaching and in the districts I serve. In addition to teaching, I also enjoy reading, swimming and taking long walks around the neighborhood with family and friends. I have a Master’s degree in English as a Second Language with certificates in Literacy Development, Adult Education and Data Analytics and Visualization. I love to connect with other educators, so please reach out with questions and comments.

All my best,

Selected Publications and Presentations 

The following publications and presentations represent some of the work that I have engaged in over the last ten years in education. My research interests include linguistically sustaining pedagogies, language policy and planning, translanguaging and transnationalism, and teacher development.
  • Schornack, M. & Karlsson, A. (2020). (In)visibilization of English Learners in Minnesota’s State Approved Alternative Programs. Current Issues in Language Planning / DOI: 10.1080/14664208.2020.1725332
  • Anderson, G., Andrews Van Horne, J., Karlsson, A., Schornack, M., & Tegels, A. (March 2019). Assets-Based Pedagogy in the WIDA English Language Development Framework. Statewide Regional Centers of Excellence, Sartell, MN.
  • Karlsson, A. (2018). Making Global Education a Reality: A Case for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Minnesota English Learner Education Conference, Bloomington, MN
  • Karlsson, A. (2017). Building Capacity for Sustainable Co-Teaching Practices. 10th Annual Second Language Acquisition Student Symposium: Second Language Teaching Diversity and Advocacy, Minneapolis, MN
  • Davis, E., Karlsson, A. & ASCD TIG Awardees. (2017). ASCD Teacher Impact Grants. ASCD Empower17 Conference, Anaheim, CA.
  • Karlsson, A., Fettig, A. & Boen, S. (2016). ESSA: State and District Plan Guidance. Learning Forward and National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future Agents for Learning Competition 2016, Chicago, IL
  • Karlsson, A. (November, 2015). WIDA Standards: Implementation Efforts, Challenges and Successes across Multiple Districts. Minnesota English Learner Education (MELED) Conference 2015, Bloomington, MN. 
  • Karlsson, A. (November, 2015). #ELLChat: Twitter for EL Teachers. Minnesota English Learner Education (MELED) Conference 2015, Bloomington, MN.