Invited Speakers

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Susan C. Faircloth, Ph.D.

Dr. Susan C. Faircloth (an enrolled member of the Coharie Tribe of North Carolina) is a Professor in the Educational Leadership Department at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Prior to joining UNCW, Dr. Faircloth was an Associate Professor in the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Adult and Higher Education at North Carolina State University. She has also served as an Associate Professor and Director of the American Indian Leadership Program at the Pennsylvania State University.


Virginia C Mueller Gathercole, ph.D

Dr. Virginia C. Mueller Gathercole is Professor of Linguistics and Director of the Linguistics Program at Florida International University, in Miami, Florida.  Previously, she served as Co-Director of the ESRC Centre for Bilingualism and Professor of Psychology at Bangor University, Wales.  She is also currently the President of the International Association for the Study of Child Language. Prof. Gathercole received an honors BA in Spanish from St. Louis University, and an MA and PhD in Linguistics from the University of Kansas. 

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Fred Genesee, ph.d

Fred Genesee is Professor Emeritus in the Psychology Department at McGill University. He has conducted research on alternative forms of dual language education, the academic development of at-risk students in bilingual programs. language acquisition in typically-developing and at-risk pre-school bilingual children, and internationally-adopted children. He has published numerous articles in scientific journals, professional books and magazines and is the author of 16 books on bilingualism. He is the recipient of the Canadian Psychology Association Gold Medal Award, Paul Pimsler Award for Research in Foreign Language Education, Canadian Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Contributions to Community or Public Service, California Association for Bilingual Education Award for Promoting Bilingualism and the le prix Adrien-Pinard. 


Kathryn Lindholm-Leary, Ph.D

Kathryn Lindholm-Leary is professor emerita of Child and Adolescent Development at San Jose State University, where she taught for 28 years.  Kathryn has worked with over 75 two-way and developmental bilingual programs from PreK through 12 over the past 30 years and has written books, chapters, and journal articles, and has given presentations to researchers, educators, and parents on the topics of dual language education and child bilingualism.  More recently, she worked with the National Academy of Sciences in their report on the development of English/Dual language learners.

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William Rivers, Ph.D, Executive Director of Joint National COuncil for Languages

Dr. Rivers has 20 years of experience in culture and language for economic development and national security, with expertise in research, assessment, program evaluation, and policy development and advocacy. He chairs ASTM Technical Committee F43, Language Services and Products and the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ISO Technical Committee 232, Training in the Informal Sector.

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Wayne Thomas, Ph.D & Virginia Collier, Ph.D

Professors Wayne Thomas and Virginia Collier are internationally known for their research on long-term school effectiveness for linguistically and culturally diverse students.

Dr. Thomas is a professor emeritus of evaluation and research methodology and Dr. Collier is a professor emerita of bilingual/multicultural/ESL education, both from George Mason University. Together they bring clear research findings to countries around the world. After having analyzed over 6.2 million student records from all regions of the United States, their research findings are very generalizable to all regions and contexts of the U.S. In addition, according to researchers from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, the Thomas & Collier research studies have been replicated in other contexts and have been found to be very generalizable to many other countries for educational policy making.

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Jeff Zwiers

Jeff Zwiers is a senior researcher at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. He has taught in secondary and elementary schools with very diverse students. His research consists of collaborating and co-teaching with teachers to learn what works best in real classrooms. In his spare time he writes books and articles on literacy, thinking, and language development, along with bilingual curriculum materials for oral language development in rural schools in Guatemala.