Saturday, October 12, 2013

Dr. Kathy Escamilla will be Saturday’s Keynote Speaker

The final keynote speaker for next week's conference will be Dr. Kathy Escamilla from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She will be speaking on Saturday morning, October 19, 2013 at 8:30am.

Dr. Escamilla has worked in the field of bilingual and ESL education for four decades. She began her career as a classroom teacher and later became a school administrator. Now as a professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder, she researches Spanish language literacy development, biliteracy and assessment of Spanish speaking Latino students in American schools. Her work on Literacy Squared is well known in the field. Literacy Squared  is a comprehensive biliteracy program designed to accelerate biliteracy development for students. It is research-based and research-tested.

If you are new to Dr. Escamilla's work, let me suggest a great article. It is one that I often recommend to my workshop participants (teachers and administrators). It is called "Bilingual Means Two: Assessment Issues, Early Literacy and Spanish Speaking Children". It is an easy-to-read introduction to many relevant and practical issues related to instructing and assessing Spanish speaking children in U.S. schools. If you would like to hear more about her most recent work, paired literacy instruction, check out this short four minute video.

I am looking forward to meeting many of you in Milwaukee next week.
Safe travels!

Written by: Tammy King

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