Dr. Carola Matera

Carola Matera is a dual language and early learning specialist, who provides specialized consulting services and professional development at the local, state, and national level. Her mission is to advance the early learning field through research and practice focusing on culturally and linguistic responsive teaching of young children who are dual language learners.

In working with school districts, Head Start and Migrant Head Start grantees, and public and private preschools, Dr. Matera's work centers on building systems and services (infrastructure), developing a strong planned language approach (to determine how languages support teaching and learning), implementing effective instructional strategies, and building capacity in the ECE work force. Through this process, she actively promotes strong family engagement, home-school connections,language preservation, and cultural competence.