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What Is the Science of Biliteracy?

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

What Is the Science of Biliteracy?

Presented by Dr. Kathy Escamilla, Professor Emerita of Education, University of Colorado Boulder; and Doris Chávez-Linville, Director of Linguistic and Culturally Diverse Innovation, Renaissance

Sponsored by Renaissance

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Too often, programs for emergent bilingual learners use curricula, teaching methods, and assessments that were designed for monolingual English students. As a result, the programs underestimate what these learners know and can do, resulting in missed opportunities and poor outcomes.

In this edWebinar, noted scholar Dr. Kathy Escamilla and Doris Chávez-Linville show you why U.S. schools need a Science of Biliteracy to better meet the needs of emergent bilingual learners. You’ll understand:

  • How the Science of Biliteracy is both alike and different from the Science of Reading
  • What the research shows about how bilingual students learn to read—and how two languages interact in the brain
  • Why it’s essential to leverage students’ home languages to support literacy development, from Pre-K through high school
  • How to understand and build on all of the language and cultural assets that students bring to the classroom

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to PreK-12 teachers, school and district leaders, assessment directors, bilingual/ESL directors, and reading directors.


Kathy EscamillaAbout the Presenters

Kathy Escamilla, Ph.D. is Professor Emerita of Education in the Division of Social, Bilingual, and Multicultural Foundations at the University of Colorado Boulder. She is the author of three books and numerous journal articles. She served two terms as the president of the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) and is a member of the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) Board of Trustees.


Doris Chávez-LinvilleDoris Chávez-Linville, M.S.Ed. is Director of Linguistic and Culturally Diverse Innovation at Renaissance. In this role, she advocates for the best tools in the marketplace to support and uplift linguistically and culturally marginalized student populations. She is also a former bilingual and migrant education teacher.


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Wednesday, October 26, 2022
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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