Professor Emeritus 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 Emeritus
Professional Title: Professor Emeritus
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: Assessment in English and TESOL-Bilingual special education; doctoral education; Response to Intervention (also known as Multitier System of Supports; English Language Learners; bi-literacy 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; recent program design includes the TESOL-Bilingual Master's, TESOL/ESL Arts Master's, and Portuguese Global Studies. Moderate Disabilities program director 15 years; current director of Portuguese Global Studies Program.
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 was 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.firstname.lastname@example.org
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See Dr. Serpa's appearance on WGBH TV's Greater Boston, on October 9, 2013, in a discussion with host Emily Rooney about the challenges facing Boston Public Schools.