Current Course Schedule

Lit Experiences for Emergent Bilingual Children (prek-5 Grd)

Participants will learn engaging literacy practices that normalize bilingualism/multilingualism and challenge notions of gender, racial, and linguistic stereotypes through a variety of literacy experiences both in reading and writing. In this work, the importance of connecting to family and community literacies is emphasized as we navigate through this new terrain of remote/blended learning. The class will review how to critically choose children's books and introduce strategies for sharing books with children to increase opportunities to engage multilingually and multimodally. You will have the opportunity to plan and share how to bring these engagements to your work with students. This workshop is geared towards, but not limited to, mainstream classroom teachers, English as a New Language teachers, and bilingual teachers.
  • Focus On
    PreK - 5th Grade
  • Category
    Childhood / Elementary School, Online
  • Registration Options and Cost
    $295 Course Fee


Summer 2 2021

  • Section 01: July 13, July 15
    • Cecilia M. Espinosa
      Cecilia M. Espinosa
      Dr. Cecilia M. Espinosa is an associate professor at Lehman College, City University of New York. Cecilia’s journey started as a teacher assistant in a preschool. She was also a bilingual multiage teacher and director of a dual language program in Phoenix, Arizona. She currently works with bilingual teachers at the early childhood and childhood levels and teaches courses on biliteracy where she infuses her expertise on descriptive review and a critical perspective on children’s literature. Her research focus is on bilingual children’s writing and children’s literature that affirms and nurtures children’s multiple identities. Cecilia is a member of the New York City Writing Project, a 2019-2021 committee member of the NCTE’s Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children, and an Associate Investigator of CUNY IIE (City University of New York Initiative on Immigration and Education). Espinosa earned a PhD from Arizona State University in Curriculum & Instruction with a focus on Language & Literacy (Dual Language). She also holds a MEd and BA both in Elementary Education from Arizona State University.
    • Laura Ascenzi-Moreno
      Laura Ascenzi-Moreno
      Dr. Laura Ascenzi-Moreno, is an associate professor and the bilingual program coordinator at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. Starting off as a bilingual teacher assistant, Laura was then a bilingual teacher, literacy coach, and new teacher mentor in New York City public schools for over a decade. At Brooklyn College she works with pre-service and in-service teachers to support their development as critical practitioners. Her research is focused on the literacy development of emergent bilinguals, the literacy assessment of emergent bilinguals, the development of teacher knowledge, and how these intersect with equity. She is also a Co-Principal Investigator of the Participating in Literacies and Computer Science (PiLA-CS) which promotes equity in computer science education for emergent bilinguals. Ascenzi-Moreno earned her PhD from the CUNY Graduate Center with a focus on biliteracy, reading assessment and teacher knowledge. She holds a MSED from Harvard Graduate School of Education in Individualized Studies and a BA in Sociology & Anthropology from Swarthmore College.