Plenary Speakers

Desmond Odugu, Lake Forest College: "Critical Turns in Multilingual Education and Social Change: Africa and Beyond"

Dr. Odugu is Associate Professor and Chair of Education at Lake Forest College, and Director of the International Network for Action Research on Education, Language, and Society (INARELS). He studies language/linguistic practices, historical literacies, education, and social change in Africa, where he conducts field research in twelve countries.


Jesús Sanz, Convivencia Cívica Catalana: "The Importance of the Mother Tongue in Education: The Case of Catalonia"

As a statistical analysis specialist, Mr. Sanz has conducted several studies in multilingual educational environments. He has examined the results of both Spanish national (EGD) and international (PISA) educational evaluations among both Spanish-born and immigrant students. More specifically, he has analyzed the results of immersion programs in Catalonia.