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Speaking Topics

  • Developing activities for teacher study groups to process language ideologies
  • Creating culturally and linguistically sustaining plans to read in community with bilingual and multilingual learners
  • Designing multimodal studies of social issues and advocacy plans
  • Studying translanguaging in children's literature and designing lessons for analysis of mentor texts

Speaker Profile

Carla España, Ph.D. is a middle-grade language arts teacher, literacy consultant, researcher, author, and cofounder of the En Comunidad Collective. Her love of stories and teaching comes from her roots in Chile and has been nurtured by hundreds of teachers and students across schools in New York City and beyond.

She has a BS in communication studies from New York University, an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, an MA in childhood education with a bilingual extension from Hunter College (City University of New York), and a Ph.D. in urban education from the Graduate Center (City University of New York). Dr. España's teaching journey began in Harlem, New York with bilingual sixth graders and continues in her role as a middle grade language arts teacher and dean.

Her teaching, research, coaching, and writing live at the intersection of critical literacies, children's literature, and bilingual education. Dr. España is coauthor of En Comunidad: Lessons for Centering the Voices and Experiences of Bilingual Latinx Students with Dr. Luz Yadira Herrera. Find her on Twitter @ProfesoraEspana.

Grades: 3–8