Dr. Serpa's work focuses on nondiscriminatory assessment, linguistic differences and learning disabilities, language learning education, special education, and Portuguese global studies.
Dr. Maria de Lourdes B. Serpa
Professional Title: Professor of Education and Special Education
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 is 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.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.