Violet Jiménez Sims

Assistant Clinical Professor

Associate Director, Teacher Education

and Coordinator of School-University Partnerships

Department of Curriculum and Instruction


Assistant Clinical Professor, Curriculum and Instruction
Associate Director, Teacher Education
Coordinator of School-University Partnerships

Academic Degrees:

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, University of Bridgeport
Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (Sixth Year) in Curriculum and Instruction with concentration on Bilingual and Multicultural Education, University of Connecticut
Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration, University of Connecticut
Bachelor of Arts in Theater Studies, University of Connecticut

Areas of Expertise:

Language Acquisition

Bilingual and Multicultural Education

Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Education

Professional Development

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Implicit Bias

World Language Education

Educational Leadership

Curriculum and Instruction

Public Montessori


Violet Jiménez Sims is an Assistant Clinical Professor in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Connecticut. She has been working in various capacities at every level of education – from Pre-K through university public settings – for the past eighteen years. She has been an academic advisor, taught Spanish as a world language as well as ESOL, served as a public school administrator, and led workshops and professional development as a private consultant. Violet earned her Sixth Year Diploma in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Bilingual and Multicultural Education. Her thesis titled Math: A Universal Language? examined linguistic and cultural factors impacting the performance of culturally and linguistically diverse high school students on standardized tests of math. Her Doctorate is in Educational Leadership. Her dissertation was an action research study on Professional Development for Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Classrooms. Violet has dedicated both her professional career and personal community involvement to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice initiatives. Her research interests include dual language education models, bilingualism and biliteracy, and culturally and linguistically responsive spaces.

Selected Publications and Presentations:

Werblow, J., Duesbery, L., Koulidobrova, E., & Jimenez-Sims, V. The Case for Dual-Language Programs as the Gold Standard for Achieving Educational Equity in America’s Schools. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism [submitted]

PRESENTER, CALAS Latino Voices in Education Conference: “Equity vs. Ideology: Dismantling Elite Bilingualism,” New Britain, CT (2019, October).

PRESENTER, Title III Consortium: “An Integrated Approach to Using the Four Language Skills: Content and Task-based Strategies,” Hartford, CT (2019, May).

PRESENTER, SERC Dismantling Systemic Racism Conference: “Equity vs. Ideology: Dismantling Elite Bilingualism and Biculturalism,” Hartford, CT (2019, April).

PRESENTER, Beyond Monolingualism Conference: “Ideology, Equity, and Implications for Policy,” New Britain, CT (2017, October).

Violet Jimenez Sims.
Contact Information
Mailing AddressU-3033
Office LocationGentry 432