Upcoming Featured Speaker

CEEL invites you to an in-person keynote address followed by a panel presentation on January 18, 2024 featuring Dr. Cathery Yeh, author of Upper Elementary Mathematics: Lessons to Explore, Understand, and Respond to Social Injustice, titled Beyond Pull Outs and Remediation: Creating Equitable Math Classrooms that Leverage Diversity.

What are effective research-informed practices to support students who have traditionally struggled in Tiers 1 and 2 mathematics instruction? This session will review multi-tiered systems of supports for interventions (MTSS) with focus on teaching practices that leverage student diversity and strengths to successfully engage in rigorous mathematics concepts and skills within the core classroom (Tier 1). The session will be hands-on and explore the development of universally designed mathematics classrooms applying a culturally responsive and inclusive framework to mathematics education in K-8 settings.

Dr. Cathery Yeh is an Assistant Professor in STEM Education and a core faculty member in the Center for Asian American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

Her research examines the role race, class, gender, and language play in the constructions of ability in mathematics classrooms. Funded by the National Science Foundation, Mathematics Education Fund, National Endowment for the Humanities, and other agencies, her scholarship is collaborative, building research partnerships with school districts and communities to attend to the strengths, needs, and goals of teachers, students, and the community served.

Her work as an engaged scholar builds on 20+ years as a dual language classroom teacher and educator, visiting over 300 student homes, while family and community members came into the classroom to co-teach mathematics. Dr. Yeh currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

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Previous Featured Speaker

CEEL had the privilege of welcoming Dr. Alfredo Artiles for a virtual presentation on September 11, 2023 on Special Education and English/Multilingual Learners.

His scholarship examines the dual nature of disability as an object of protection and a tool of stratification. Professor Artiles studies how protections afforded by disability status can unwittingly stratify educational opportunities for racialized groups and is advancing responses to these inequities. He and his colleagues have led national and regional technical assistance initiatives at the state and school district levels to address these equity paradoxes. Dr Artiles currently serves as Lee L. Jacks Professor of Education at Stanford University's Graduate School of Education.

Dr. Artiles received an honorary doctorate from the University of Göteborgs (Sweden) and is Honorary Professor at the University of Birmingham (United Kingdom). He served on the Obama White House Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Dr. Artiles is an elected member of the National Academy of Education and Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the Learning Policy Institute and the National Education Policy Center. He was a resident fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He was elected AERA Vice-President to lead its Social Context of Education Division. Dr. Artiles has received numerous awards for his scholarly work and mentoring activities, including AERA’s Palmer O. Johnson Award, the AERA Review of Research Award, and Mentoring Awards from AERA’s Division on Social Contexts of Education, the Spencer Foundation, and Arizona State University. He was selected Distinguished Alumni from the University of Virginia School of Education. Professor Artiles has served on consensus study panels of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine focusing on English learners, the Future of Educational Research, and Opportunity Gaps for Young Children.

We invite you to view highlights from our previous Featured Speakers below.

The Center for Equity for English Learners regularly hosts events where scholars can present on a variety of topics to LMU's educational community. These venues provide an opportunity for renowned researchers to share current findings in the field of language, literacy, learning, teacher preparation, and multicultural studies.

CEEL gratefully acknowledges our featured speakers' willingness to allow us to videotape the sessions and highlight them here.