Oral classroom discourse analysis and its effects on opportunities for content and language learning;
Preparing non-ESOL educators to work with English learners across the curriculum (content/general teachers, specialists, paraprofessionals, administrators, support staff, central office personnel)

Dr. Drew S. Fagan is Associate Clinical Professor of Applied Linguistics and Language Education, Coordinator of the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Program, and Associate Director of the Multilingual Research Center for the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership in the College of Education. Over the past two decades, Dr. Fagan has worked as an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teacher, teacher educator, and researcher in PreK-12, higher education, and adult education settings across the United States, Japan, China, Spain, and Mexico, and was the first TESOL Fulbright Fellow to the Slovak Republic. 

His research examines the influence of educators’ interactions on promoting (or hindering) opportunities for English learners’ language and content learning in diverse educational contexts. His current work prepares non-ESOL teachers, specialists, and administrators to address the language, academic, cultural, and (if applicable) exceptional needs of English learners across the K-12 curriculum. He has authored numerous publications in language learning, applied linguistics, and education journals and edited books, and co-authored the Maryland TESOL Handbook for Educators of English Learners (published 2021) and A Guide to School for Families of English Learners (published 2020). He is currently the President of the Maryland TESOL Association (2022-2023), having been the chair of the 2021 Conference (theme: Breaking Through, Pushing Forward Together). He has recently completed his tenure as a member of the Maryland State Department of Education’s (MSDE) Blueprint for Maryland’s Future: Workgroup in English Learners in Public Schools (Final Report published November 2022). Prior to that, he was a consultant and contributor for MSDE's Maryland American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Education Relief (ARP ESSER) Fund Report (published 2021), the Maryland Together: Maryland's Recovery Plan for Education COVID-19 Response and Path Forward (published 2020), and the Maryland Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Consolidated State Plan (published 2018).  

For more information, visit Dr. Fagan's website: http://terpconnect.umd.edu/~dfagan/index.html.

(All Honors and Awards since being at the University of Maryland; contact me for anything prior)


Maryland TESOL Association- Offices Held
President (2022-2023)
First Vice President (2021-2022)
Second Vice President (2020-2021)
Chair, Teacher Education Interest Section (2019-2020)
Chair-Elect, Teacher Education Interest Section (2018-2019)

Chair- 2021 Maryland TESOL Association Conference- Theme: Breaking Through, Pushing Forward Together


2022- Excellence in Teaching Award- University of Maryland, College of Education

2018- University of Maryland's Provost's Excellence Award for Service for Professional Track Faculty

2017- Distinguished Outreach/Partnership Award- University of Maryland, College of Education

Selected Publications (2020-present)

Fagan, D.S. (2022, Fall). President's Letter: "Fall" into advocacy. Maryland TESOL Quarterly. Retrieved from https://marylandtesol.wildapricot.org/

Fagan, D.S. (2022, Summer). President's Letter: An exciting new year ahead! Maryland TESOL Quarterly. Retrieved from https://marylandtesol.wildapricot.org/

Fagan, D.S., & Pentón Herrera, L.J. (2022). Supporting English learners with disabilitiesThe State Education Standard: The Journal of the National Association of State Boards of Education22(1), 26-31. 

Fagan, D.S. (2022, Spring). A state of change: The future for Maryland’s English learners. Maryland TESOL Quarterly. Retrieved from https://marylandtesol.wildapricot.org/.

Fagan, D.S. (2022, Winter). “Breaking Through, Pushing Forward Together”: Celebrating Maryland TESOL’s 41st Annual Fall Conference. Maryland TESOL Quarterly. Retrieved from https://marylandtesol.wildapricot.org/.

Pentón Herrera, L.J., Fagan, D.S., & Lyons, S. (2021). Maryland TESOL handbook for educators of English learners. Maryland TESOL Association

Maryland State Department of Education English Learner Advisory Council*. (2020). A guide to school for families of English learners. Maryland State Department of Education.
*C. Copland, A. Ensor, D.S. Fagan, Y.-C. Han, C. Harkowa, J. Love, L. Medina, L. Muller, M. Nitsch, A. Stokes, P. Tucker, I. Yoon 

Fagan, D.S. & Jones, L. (2020, Spring/Summer). The Danielson Framework and TESOL: Considerations. MD TESOL Newsletter. Retrieved from https://marylandtesol.wildapricot.org/.

Selected Publications (as contributor/consultant/advisor) (2020-present)

Maryland State Department of Education. (2022). Blueprint for Maryland's Future: Workgroup on English learners in public schools final report

Maryland State Department of Education. (2021). Maryland American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Education Relief (ARP ESSER) Fund Application Stakeholder Engagement Report.

Maryland State Department of Education. (2020). Maryland together: Maryland’s recovery plan for education (COVID-19 response and the path forward)

Selected Presentations (2021-present)

Fagan, D.S., Suarez, D. & Rashed, D. (Accepted- 2023, March). Fostering TESOL mentorship excellence through affiliates. To be presented as a "BEST OF AFFILIATES" session a the TESOL International Association's annual conference, Portland, OR.

Fagan, D.S., & Kanney, M. (Accepted- 2023, March). Educating K-12 administrators in TESOL: The why's and how's. To be presented at the TESOL International Association's annual conference, Portland, OR. 

Fagan, D.S. (Chair), Suarez, D., Rashed, D., Siemer, D., Remenyi, L., Scott, D., & Bai, Y. (Invited) (2022, November). Introducing the new Maryland TESOL Mentorship Program! Panel presented as a "SPOTLIGHT SESSION" at the annual Maryland TESOL Association Conference, Salisbury, MD.

Fagan, D.S. (Chair), Harlan, E., Connors, T., & Emhoff, J. (Invited). (2022, November). Past, Present, and Future of TESOL in the Eastern Shore. Presented at the annual Maryland TESOL Association Conference, Salisbury, MD.

De La Paz, S. (Moderator), Wexler, J., Fagan, D.S., Turner, J., & Subramanian, M. (Invited) (2022, October). Maryland Initiative for Literacy and Equity (MILE). Presented at the annual University of Maryland Language Science Day, College Park, MD. 

Fagan, D.S., Pentón Herrera, L.J.,  & Lyons, S. (with C. Mansour, L. Phung, & B. Karras-Lazaris). (Invited) (2022, October). Developing affiliate handbooks as the source for "Everything TESOL" in you region and making it an Open Educational ResourcePresented at the TESOL International Association's Affiliate Network Professional Monthly Webinar Series, Virtual. 

Fagan, D.S. (Invited) (2022, August). The intersection of identities among secondary English learners. Presented at the annual Prince George's County Public Schools Student Services Conference (Theme: RISE Up: Responsive, Inclusive, Supportive, Empowering), College Park, MD.

Fagan, D.S. (with D. Collins, R.E. Graham, K. O'Connell, B. Powell, J. Bingam, H. Boles, M. Brown, C. Johnson, & S. McQuaige) (Invited). (2022, May). Lessons for our schools: The science of reading in action. Panel presented at The Literacy and Equity Conference (Title: Literacy and Equity in the 21st Century: How Evidence-Based Instructional Practices Can Raise Literacy Achievement for All Students in Maryland), Virtual.

Fagan, D.S., & Pentón Herrera, L. (Refereed) (2022, March). Supporting English learners with disabilities: Considerations for state/local education authorities. Paper presented at the International Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Association Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

Fagan, D.S., & Pentón Herrera, L. (Invited) (2022, March). Utilizing the Maryland TESOL Handbook for Educators of English Learners for Adult ESL Literacy. Presented at the annual Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy (MCAEL) Conference. Virtual.

Fagan, D.S., & Pandey, A. (Invited) (2022, March). The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future: What does this mean for TESOL Teacher Education? Presented at the Maryland TESOL Association’s annual Teacher Education Interest Section Spring Event. Virtual.

Fagan, D.S. (Invited) (2022, March). Articulating your research in academic presentations. Presented at the Research Institute for Scholars in Education (Project RISE) Saturday Connections Series. College Park, MD.

Terrell Shockley, E., Jones, L., & Fagan, D.S. (Refereed) (2021, May). Innovations in connecting, leading, and supporting culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Paper presented at the Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference. Virtual.

Fagan, D.S. (Invited) (2021, May). Assessing English learners within the Maryland education system. University of Maryland's College of Education Assessment Retreat. Virtual.


Current Projects:

1. Developer (final approval 2021) and Director- Doctorate of Education Program in School Systems Leadership- Specialization in TESOL and Dual Language Education (cohort 1 begins Fall 2022): Focuses on school- and district-level administrators to address and make school system change for multilingual learners from the "top-down".

2. Developer (final approval 2015) and Director- TESOL Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program (Prince George's County Public School Teachers 2017-2024; Anne Arundel County Public School Teachers 2018-2023): Introduces non-ESOL PreK-12 teachers to working with English learners across disciplines in their classrooms from the "bottom-up".

3. Invited Member- Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Workgroup for English Learners in Public Schools (part of the Blueprint for Maryland's Future).

4. Invited Member- Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) English Learner Advisory Council (2013-Present).  

Current Grants:

National Science Foundation 20-539: Computer Science for All
Title: C-STEM for Sustainability: Leveraging a Research-Practice Partnership to Design a High-quality Professional Learning Model for Integrating Computer Science into K-8 STEM Classrooms 
PIs: Jennifer Radoff & Amy Green
Amount Awarded: $721,534.00
Period of Grant: September 1, 2022- August 31, 2025
My Role: Advisory Board Member- English Learner Education

  • TLPL 646: Linguistics in Education
  • TLPL 656: Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Learners
  • TLPL 657: Teaching for Cross-Cultural Communication
  • TLPL 662: Second Language Acquisition
  • TLPL 666: English Grammar for TESOL
  • TLPL 793: Methods of Discourse Analysis
  • EDUC 899: Dissertation Advising