Michael Bowlus has been working in diverse schools and communities as an educator and advocate for immigrants and refugees for twenty years. He taught English learners and provided professional development, instructional coaching, and leadership in the Saint Paul Public Schools; worked as a community organizer on the South-side of Chicago; and served on International Human Rights Teams in the highlands, jungles, and urban neighborhoods of Guatemala and Colombia.
He has been teaching at the University of St. Thomas since 2006 and joined the faculty full-time in 2010 following twelve years of service in the Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS).
In the SPPS Michael co-founded the Global Vision Learning Academy, serving as lead teacher; taught innovative college-level writing courses for English learners, recruiting and training teachers to expand the program to all the high schools; and developed curriculum, courses and programs for English learners, which he trained and supported teachers in implementing across the district.
His interests and focus for teaching and professional development include culturally relevant instruction and programming, advocacy, language teaching methodology, emergent literacy instruction for adolescent English learners, co-teaching, comprehensive English Language Development models, academic language development, and effective professional development for content teachers working with English Learners.