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Unstoppable Literacy Acceleration: Engagement, Effectiveness, and Equity for Diverse Learners

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

Unstoppable Literacy Acceleration

Presented by Dr. Debi Crimmins, Senior Vice President of Customer Advocacy, Achieve3000; and Louisa Aguirre Baeza, Director of Academic Language Programs, Ysleta ISD (TX)

Sponsored by Achieve3000



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Literacy and ensuring equity for all is everyone’s responsibility as language gaps lead to literacy gaps. Students who are culturally and linguistically diverse often enter school as English Learners. Language proficiency in the home language and lack of readiness for learning to read in English may hinder their ability to fully participate in English-only instruction. This edWebinar will explore ways in which school districts can accelerate learning and ensure literacy success for English Language Learners in ELA and other content areas.

This edWebinar will be of particular benefit to elementary through high school teachers, principals, superintendents, and school and district leaders. There will be time to have your questions answered at the end of the presentation.


Debi CrimminsAbout the Presenters

Dr. Debi Crimmins, Senior Vice President of Customer Advocacy for Achieve3000, is a former associate superintendent of curriculum and instruction for Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Crimmins managed the district’s secondary language arts department, blended learning models, intervention implementation, curriculum and instruction vertical mapping, state assessment analysis, school turnaround reform, and professional development services. In addition to her administrative experience, Dr. Crimmins taught literacy education programs in colleges throughout Florida. She has a Ph.D. in literacy intervention instruction, and her research has been published in the English Journal, Phi Delta Kappan, and by the ASCD.


Louisa Aguirre BaezaLouisa Aguirre Baeza currently serves as Director of Academic Language Programs at Ysleta Independent School District. The district serves just over 40,000 students, and, among those students, every 1 in 4 is coded as Limited English Proficient (LEP). Ysleta’s district borders Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. Louisa began her career as a 5th-grade bilingual teacher twenty-three years ago, and since then has served as a technology coordinator, university instructor, regional professional development consultant, assistant principal, and director of curriculum and professional support. Louisa’s passions are curriculum and success for all. Her mantra is “Faith, Family, Fun, and Fierceness” and she states, “I value my bilingualism and the acceptance of a world filled with diverse people. I treat everyone as if they were my own – special circumstances call for special actions, and we are definitely not all the same. I approach every day with an attitude of being fierce in all that I do.”


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At Achieve3000®, we believe literacy is the key to unlocking student success. Since 2001, we have partnered with schools and districts to accelerate literacy growth for all students with our flagship PRO platform for differentiated literacy instruction. Now we also offer Smarty Ants® for personalized foundational literacy and Actively Learn™ for secondary curriculum depth. Together, our solutions help all PreK-adult learners increase their college and career readiness and reach their full potential.

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