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Linguistic Diversity Speaker Series

The Linguistic Diversity Speaker Series aims to examine and extend topics related to the education of multilingual learners in schools. A diverse range of expert, national and international speakers illuminate issues of equitable education for multilingual students. We welcome open, healthy dialogue and perspectives on complex educational policies and practices for linguistically diverse learners.

2024 Event Details

Ofelia García
  • What: 2024 Linguistic Diversity Speaker Series Featuring Ofelia García, Professor Emerita in Urban Education and Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures at CUNY
  • Date: Thursday, Oct. 10, 2024
  • Time: 4:30-6 p.m.
  • Where: Friday Institute for Educational Innovation on NC State’s Centennial Campus (1890 Main Campus Drive, Raleigh)
  • Etc: Registration information to come.
Kathy Escamilla

Hear from Our Previous Featured Speakers

November 2023 Speaker Tatyana Kleyn on the Four Pillars of Bilingual Education

A professor of bilingual education and TESOL at The City College of New York, Dr. Kleyn is Principal Investigator for the City University of New York – Initiative on Immigration and Education (CUNY—IIE, pronounced ‘eye’) and has served as the president of the New York State Association for Bilingual Education (NYSABE) and was a Fulbright Scholar in Oaxaca, Mexico. Her latest book is titled Living, Learning and Languaging Across Borders: Students Between the US and Mexico. She received an Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University in International Educational Development with a focus in Bilingual/Bicultural Education. She was also an elementary school teacher in San Pedro Sula, Honduras and Atlanta, Georgia. 

March 2023 Speaker Kathy Escamilla on “The Science of Reading for Multilingual Learners”

Kathy Escamilla

A professor emerita of equity, bilingualism and biliteracy at the University of Colorado, Kathy Escamilla is an internationally recognized expert on biliteracy development for multilingual learners. Her research centers on educational issues related to Spanish speaking emerging bilingual students in U.S. schools. She is specifically interested in issues related to the development of bilingualism and biliteracy in early elementary grades. She received her PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Linguistic Diversity Speaker Series

The Linguistic Diversity Speaker Series is organized by Goodnight Distinguished Professor in Educational Equity Maria Coady.

There has been a nearly 200% growth in multilingual students across the state of North Carolina within the last decade. We have a lot of work to do, and I think we can make a tremendous, significant difference.

Maria Coady

Goodnight Distinguished Professor in Educational Equity