Professor Emerita Maria de Lourdes B. Serpa's work has focused on nondiscriminatory assessment, language learning education, special education, and Portuguese global studies.
Maria de Lourdes B. Serpa, Professor Emerita
Professional Title: Professor Emerita
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: Assessment in special education with a primary focus on English Language Learners with and without disabilities; biliteracy and Portuguese literacy; linguistic differences versus learning disabilities and UDL and language learning education.
Area of Work and Concentration at Lesley: Non-discriminatory special education assessment, assessment of ELL-SWDs or suspected of having a disability; culturally-responsive biliteracy; Portuguese literacy; senior doctoral advisor; program design includes the TESOL-Bilingual Master's, TESOL/ESL Arts Master's, and Portuguese Global Studies. Moderate Disabilities program director for 15 years. Co-director of the bilingual Early Childhood Master's Degree and current director of ELL Students with Disabilities Assessment Project.
Education: BS, Boston State College and Magisterie Primario, Azores, Portugal; MEd, University of Massachusetts, Boston; EdD, Boston University
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Dr. Serpa, now Professor Emerita, spent her time at Lesley as a bilingual professor who is committed to high quality teacher education and equity in educational practice for all students. She is a doctoral senior advisor and has designed Master's programs and doctoral specializations in Bilingual-ESL Special Education. Dr. Serpa served as the director and co-director of two major 5-year teacher education projects funded by the US Department of Education, and Assessing ELLs with Disabilities Institute funded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education. She also co-directs the UDL-Teaching Portuguese Worldwide Project and is the co-founder of the Portuguese World Language Institute. She maintains international collaborations with University of the Azores, Universidade Aberta, University of Madeira, and CAST.org. Responsible for implementing UDL in Portuguese.
Maria Serpa: My Mission
Most important to me, and core to my professional mission, is my ongoing work to promote ‘equity in diversity’ for all students, especially those who were born into families who speak home languages other than English and who may have been left behind in our educational systems. I hope I have inspired educators to be or to become their biggest advocates.I would like to see the expansion of culturally and linguistically responsive teacher education possibilities in the United States. There is a pressing need to prepare educators for the ‘New American Reality’ as well as commit to the eradication of the achievement gap of the students who are still being left behind. When students don't learn the way we teach, let’s teach the way they learn (Nacho Estrada).Equity in diversity: MAKE IT HAPPEN! firstname.lastname@example.org
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