About

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Sometimes I joke to colleagues that I can talk about something other than SIOP.  However, SIOP has dominated my career for the past couple of decades — because of the critical need for effective instruction for the growing population of English learners.

I thought I would use this blog to talk about English learners generally, but also to reflect on current issues related to teaching and learning.

A little more about me…

I am Professor Emerita at California State University, Long Beach.  I started out teaching in special education, but have also taught in elementary, middle, and high school in general education, special education, ESL, and bilingual programs.

I am a founding researcher of the SIOP Model,  and my research over the years has focused on effective instruction for English learners, including those with learning disabilities.

I’ve been fortunate enough to present my research in the U.S. and internationally, including at Oxford University (England), Wits University (South Africa), Harvard University (U.S.), Stanford University (U.S.), University of Barcelona (Spain), and South East Europe University (Macedonia) where I was a Fulbright Specialist.

In 2016, I was honored to be inducted into the California Reading Hall of Fame.