Saturday, October 3, 2020

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Webinar 2:

Structured Literacy for English Learners

Presented by Elsa Cárdenas-Hagan, Ed.D., CCC/SLP, CDT, CALT, QI

Saturday, October 3, 2020

11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Sponsored by:

Brookes Publishing



Are you an educator looking for tools to assist students who are learning English who have difficulty acquiring literacy skills? Are you an educator who is looking for technology that will support English language learners (ELLs)? 

This session will provide information about evidence-based strategies and interventions for instruction of students who are dyslexic and who are English language learners in order to help them on their journey to become bilingual and biliterate. 

After the session, participants will be able to: 

  1. Demonstrate an improved understanding of the language and literacy development of English learners.
  2. List and describe the key components of language and literacy: phonological awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, spelling, and writing skills as they relate to English learners.
  3. Explain how to apply insights from current, reliable research on how best to teach English learners.
  4. Describe how to use specific, evidence-based principles, strategies, activities, and sample teacher–student dialogues to guide and strengthen instruction.
  5. Leverage technology to adapt and enhance instruction for English learners. 

Credits: (Post Test and/or Evaluation Required)

0.15 CE Credit 


Elsa Cárdenas-Hagan is a bilingual speech and language pathologist, a certified teacher, dyslexia therapist, certified academic language therapist and a qualified instructor. Dr. Cárdenas-Hagan is the President of the Valley Speech Language and Learning Center in Brownsville, Texas and works as a research associate with the Texas Institute for Measurement, Evaluation and Statistics at the University of Houston.

Elsa has spent the last 20 years working in national research projects sponsored by the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development and the Institute of Education Sciences, a research arm of the United States Department of Education. Each national project was related to the development of language and literacy skills among Spanish-speaking English learners. She has worked with teams of researchers designing assessments and interventions for English learners who struggle with reading.

Dr. Cárdenas-Hagan is currently the Chairperson of the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities, Advisory Board Member of CORE, a Past-Vice-Chairperson of the International Dyslexia Association, Past Chairperson of the Texas State Board for Speech Pathology and Audiology and Past Chairperson of the Texas State Dyslexia Advisory Board. She has also served as a board member of the Academic Language Therapy Association, Southwest Regional Education Laboratory and Texas Comprehensive Center at the American Institutes for Research.

Elsa has written many scholarly articles, curricular programs, and book chapters related to the oracy and literacy development among English learners. She is the author of Literacy Foundations for English learners: A Comprehensive Guide to Evidence-Based Instruction. It is her hope that pre-service teachers will have the opportunity to learn evidence-based practices for teaching literacy to a diverse population of students.

Financial: Dr. Cardenas-Hagan will receive a speaking fee from IDA-FL. She is the author of Literacy Foundations for English learners: A Comprehensive Guide to Evidence-Based Instruction.
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

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