Jim Cummins is a Professor Emeritus at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. His research focuses on literacy development in educational contexts characterized by linguistic and socioeconomic diversity.
In numerous articles and books, he has explored the nature of language proficiency and its relationship to literacy development, with particular emphasis on the intersections of societal power relations, teacher-student identity negotiation, and literacy attainment.
His most recent book Rethinking the Education of Multilingual Learners: A Critical Analysis of Theoretical Concepts (Multilingual Matters) was published in fall 2021.
He is the recipient of the International Reading Association's 1979 Albert J. Harris award and has received honorary doctorates from five universities in North America and Europe in recognition of his contributions to issues of educational equity and multilingual education.
Ontario Human Rights Commission Right to ReadReport: Sincere, Passionate, Flawed https://jtl.uwindsor.ca/index.php/jtl/article/view/7279/5402
Pedagogies for the Poor? Realigning Reading Instruction for Low-Income Students With Scientifically Based Reading Research https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/epub/10.3102/0013189X07313156