Doris B. Hawthorne Eminent Scholar in Special Education, University of Louisiana, Lafayette
Jack Damico is the Doris B. Hawthorne Eminent Scholar in Special Education and Communication Disorders at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette where he teaches graduate level courses, conducts research, and writes in a number of areas related to language, social interaction, and learning in children and adults. Dr. Damico, an ASHA Fellow, is author or editor of more than 90 publications. He has also received numerous awards for his scholarly and practical contributions to the field.
Ester J. de Jong
Professor, University of Florida, Gainesville
Ester J. de Jong is a professor of English as a second language (ESL)/bilingual education and the Director of the School of Teaching and Learning at the University of Florida, Gainesville. Originally from the Netherlands, she earned her doctoral degree in bilingual education from Boston University and worked for five years as the assistant director for bilingual education/ESL in Framingham, MA. Her research focuses on two-way bilingual education, language-in-education policy, and preparing mainstream teachers for educating bilingual students.
Professor, University of Colorado–Boulder
Kathy Escamilla is a professor in the Division of Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity at the University of Colorado–Boulder. Her research interests center on biliteracy for Spanish/English emerging bilingual children in U.S. schools. Escamilla's career in education spans 45 years; she has written three books and published over 50 articles. Escamilla has been a teacher, resource teacher, bilingual program director, and professor.
Project Director, University of Colorado–Boulder
Manuel Escamilla earned a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in early childhood education from the University of Kansas. He has been a Head Start program director and has spent most of his professional life working with parents to improve the higher-education opportunities for their children. He is a project director for the BUENO Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Colorado–Boulder.
Professor, Drake University School of Education
Shelley Fairbairn, Ph.D., is a professor at the Drake University School of Education and a national teacher professional development consultant. Fairbairn specializes in the instruction, assessment, and grading of K–12 English language learners; issues of cultural and linguistic diversity; and teacher education.