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Faculty: Bryant Jensen


Bryant Jensen


Associate Professor



Contact Information

Office: 206-H MCKB

Phone: 801-422-3241



Brief Biography

Dr. Bryant Jensen is an associate professor in the Department of Teacher Education at BYU. He teaches courses in learning theory, multicultural education, research methods, and educational foundations. His research addresses equitable teaching and teacher learning to transform their interactions and lesson activities to enrich learning opportunities for children and youth from minoritized communities. Currently, Bryant is collaborating with public school educators and research colleagues to develop and test material supports—e.g., formative observation systems, team inquiry protocols—for teachers to learn to enact equitable math teaching in rural Mexico, and to sustain equitable classroom discussions for Native Islander children in Hawai‘i and Latinx children from immigrants families in Utah. These materials are free and downloadable as open educational resources (OER).

Previously Bryant was a research associate for the National Task Force on Early Education for Hispanics, a Fulbright scholar in Mexico, teacher educator in California's San Joaquin Valley, and a postdoc fellow at the University of Oregon. His most recent book, with Dr. Patricia Gandara at UCLA, is The Students We Share: Preparing Mexican and US Teachers for Our Transnational Future (SUNY Press, 2021). His research articles appear in Anthropology & Education Quarterly, Early Childhood Research Quarterly, Educational Assessment, Educational Researcher, The Elementary School Journal, Reading Research Quarterly, Theory Into Practice, and others. Bryant serves on the editorial board of five research journals, and his work has been funded by the U.S. Dept. of Education, Fulbright, the Mexican government, BYU, and a handful of foundations. Bryant is a first-generation college graduate and with his superhuman spouse, Taryn, is raising five spirited children in Provo.

Teaching Interests

Multicultural Education; Learning Theory; Quantitative Research Methods; Design-Based Research; Equitable Teaching; Educational Foundations

Research Interests

Teacher Learning; Equitable Teaching; Sociocultural Interactions; Moral Work of Teaching; Teacher Collaboration; School Change; Mexican/Central American Schooling; Language/Literacy; Latina/o Education; Migration and Education


Fulbright Specialist

U.S. Dept. of State

2021 - 2025

Visiting Scholar

Center for Research on Education, Diversity & Excellence (CREDE), University of Hawai'i at Mānoa


Fulbright-Garcia Robles Fellow


2007 - 2008

Nancy Peery Marriott Excellence in Scholarship Award

BYU McKay School of Education

2021 - 2022

Early Career Grantee, National Academy of Education

National Academy of Education

2013 - 2014

Selected Publications

Teachers Learning to Implement Equitable Classroom Talk

  • Authors: Jensen, Bryant Troy; Valdés, Guadalupe; Gallimore, Ronald
  • Publication Date: 2021

Advancing the Science of Teaching Reading Equitably

  • Authors: Jensen, Bryant Troy
  • Publication Date: 2021

Equitable Teaching Enhances Achievement Opportunity for the Students We Share

  • Authors: Jensen, Bryant Troy
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Publication Type: Book, Chapter/ Section in Scholarly Book
  • Publication Journal: The Students We Share
  • Publisher: SUNY Press

The Students We Share: Preparing US and Mexican Educators for Our Transnational Future

  • Authors: Gandara, Patricia; Jensen, Bryant
  • Publication Date: 2021

Measuring cultural aspects of teacher-child interactions to foster equitable developmental opportunities for young Latino children

  • Authors: Jensen, Bryant Troy; Mejia-Arauz, Rebeca; Grajeda, Sara; Garcia Toranzo, Sara; Encinas, Jorge; Larsen, Ross Allen Andrew
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Publication Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Publication Journal: Early Childhood Research Quarterly
  • Volume: 52
  • Issue: 3
  • Abstract: click to view

Equity in teaching academic language: An interdisciplinary approach

  • Authors: Jensen, Bryant; Thompson, Gregory
  • Publication Date: 2020

Measuring cultural dimensions of classroom interactions

  • Authors: Jensen, Bryant Troy; Grajeda, Sara; Haertel, Edward
  • Publication Date: 2018