Sara Vogel

PhD in Urban Education at the CUNY Graduate Center, Lecturer at CUNY Hunter College

Investigating the intersection of bilingual, social justice, and computing education. Research Assistant with the National Science Foundation funded project, Participating in Literacies and Computer Science (PiLaCS).
Former bilingual teacher and practitioner in the field of innovative digital “out-of-school-time” programs for youth.

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My research focuses on how K-12 emergent bilingual students leverage their diverse translanguaging practices as they interface with computer science learning. I work in collaboration with researchers at CUNY and NYU-Steinhardt as well as teachers at three middle schools in Washington Heights in a project called Participating in Literacies and Computer Science (PiLaCS).

I think about 
  • how educators use technology in production-centered activities with bilingual youth 
  • connected learning 
  • education for social justice and democracy 
  • culturally relevant/sustaining pedagogy 
  • culturally responsive teaching 
  • design thinking 
  • computational thinking 
  • the role of educators’ visions in computer science for all policies 
  • game design and games for learning

…in  formal and informal K-12 learning environments


Ph.D. in Urban Education, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, NY

MS.Ed in Childhood Education with Bilingual Extension, CUNY – Hunter College, 2011
Bachelor’s in Urban Studies, Columbia College, Columbia University, 2009 

  • Adjunct Lecturer, the Foundations of Bilingual EducationCurriculum and TeachingHunter College
  • Co-Founder and Head Research AssistantParticipating in Literacies and Computer Science (PiLaCS)CUNY Graduate Center

Created a series of educational videos for K-12 teachers entitled Teaching Bilinguals: (Even if You’re Not One). See:



Vogel, S. (Forthcoming). Translanguaging About, With, and Through Code and Computing: Emergent Bi/multilingual Middle Schoolers Forging Computational Literacies. The Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Vogel, S., Hoadley, C., Castillo, A. R., & Ascenzi-Moreno, L. (Forthcoming). Languages, literacies, and literate programming: Can we use the latest theories on how bilingual people learn to help us teach computational literacies? Computer Science Education.

Peer Reviewed Conference Proceedings

Radke, S. C.,
Vogel, S., Hoadley, C., & Ma, J. (2020, June). Representing Percents and Personas: Designing Syncretic Curricula for Modeling and Statistical Reasoning. International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS), Nashville, TN.

Vogel, S., Hoadley, C., Ascenzi-Moreno, L., & Menken, K. (2019). The Role of Translanguaging in Computational Literacies: Documenting Middle School Bilinguals’ Practices in Computer Science Integrated Units. In Proceedings of ACM SIG Computer Science Education (SIGCSE’19). Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Vogel, S., Santo, R., & Ching, D. (2017). Visions of Computer Science Education: Unpacking Arguments for and Projected Impacts of CS4All Initiatives. In Proceedings of the 47th ACM Technical Symposium on Computing Science Education. Seattle, WA: ACM.

Book Chapters in Edited Volumes

Vogel, S., Ascenzi-Moreno, L., & García O. (2018). An Expanded View of Translanguaging: Leveraging the Dynamic Interactions Between a Young Multilingual Writer and Machine Translation Software. In Choi, J., Ollerhead, S., & French, M. (Eds.), Plurilingualism in Learning and Teaching: Complexities Across Contexts. Routledge.

Vogel, S., & Perry, J. (2018). We Got This: Toward a Facilitator-Youth Apprenticeship Approach to Supporting Collaboration and Design Challenges in Youth-Designed Mobile Location-Based Games. In S. Arafeh, D. Herro, C. Holden, & R. Ling (Eds.), Mobile Technologies: Perspectives on Policy and Practice. Information Age Publishing.

Vogel, S., & García, O. (2017, December). Translanguaging. In G. Noblit & L. Moll (Eds.), Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Retrieved from:

García, O., Velasco, P. Menken, K. & Vogel, S. (2018). Doing dual language bilingual education in the Big Apple. In Arias, M.B., Fee, M. (Eds.) Perspectives on Dual Language Programs. Washington, DC: Center for Applied Linguistics.

Book Reviews

Vogel, S. (2018). Translingual practices and neoliberal policies: Attitudes and strategies of African skilled migrants in Anglophone workplaces. International Multilingual Research Journal, 12(2), 140–142.

For Practitioners

Santo, R., Vogel, S., & Ching, D. (2019). CS for What? Diverse Visions for Computer Science Education in Practice. New York, NY: CSforALL. Retrieved from 

Espinosa, C., Ascenzi-Moreno, L., & Vogel, S. (2016). A Translanguaging Pedagogy for Writing: A CUNY-NYSIEB Guide for Educators. New York: CUNY- New York State Initiative on Emergent Bilinguals. Retrieved from

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