Dr. Schifini assists schools across the nation and around the world in developing comprehensive language and literacy programs for English learners. He has worked as an ESL teacher, reading specialist, school administrator and university professor. Through an arrangement with California State Polytechnic University at Pomona, Dr. Schifini currently serves as program consultant to two large teacher-training efforts in the area of reading for second language speakers of English. His research interests include early literacy and language development and the integration of language and content-area instruction.
Dr. Short is a division director at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) in Washington, D.C. She has worked as a teacher, trainer, researcher, and curriculum/materials developer. Her work at CAL has concentrated on the integration of language learning with content-area instruction. Through several national projects, she has conducted research and provided professional development and technical assistance to local and state education agencies across the United States. She directed the ESL Standards and Assessment Project for TESOL and co-developed the SIOP model for sheltered instruction.
Dr. Tinajero specializes in staff development and school-university partnership programs and has consulted with school districts in the U.S. to design ESL, bilingual, literacy, and bi-literacy programs. She has served on state and national advisory committees for standards development, including the English as a New Language Advisory Panel of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards and the Texas Reading Academies. She is currently professor of Education and Interim Dean of the College of Education at the University of Texas at El Paso and was President of the National Association for Bilingual Education, 1997-2000.
Erminda Garcia is presently a dual language first-grade teacher with more than 25 years of classroom experience. She has worked as a literacy consultant across the United States for the last 15 years and has co-authored articles focused on classroom management, authentic assessment, bi-literacy development, and teaching and learning in optimal classrooms. She was named Accomplished Teacher by the Center for the Study of Teaching, Chairperson of the Early Schooling Taskforce of the National Standards project of English Language Arts (1992-1995), and served on the Board of Directors for the National Center for Research on Writing and Literacy.
Dr. Garcia is Professor of Education and Dean of the College of Education at Arizona State University. He has been a recipient of numerous academic and public honors and has published extensively in the area of language teaching and bilingual development. He holds leadership positions in numerous professional organizations and regularly serves as a panel reviewer for federal and state agencies. He served as a Senior Officer and Director of the Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs in the U.S. Department of Education from 1993-1995, and continues to conduct research in the areas of effective schooling for linguistically and culturally diverse student populations.