The Santa Barbara County Education Office will be hosting United for Literacy, a panel for education experts--including Gevirtz School of Education Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Education Jin Sook Lee--to discuss bilingual instruction in Santa Barbara County schools. The event will be held on Tuesday, November 13 from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Santa Barbara County Education Office Auditorium, 4400 Cathedral Oaks Rd. The panel members are educators from across Santa Barbara County and it will be moderated by Superintendent of Schools Susan Salcido.
Drinks and appetizers will be served, and guests can RSVP online.
Effective bilingual instruction plans for and enables students to use reading, writing, listening, and speaking for a wide range of purposes in two languages, during every school day. Panelists will discuss best practices, measurable outcomes and the Seal of Biliteracy.
Jin Sook Lee earned her doctoral degree from Stanford University. Prior to coming to UCSB in 2003, she was a faculty member in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Her research focuses on how sociocultural variables influence language teaching and learning processes among English language learners, heritage language learners, and bilingual students. Her current projects include: 1) the study of heritage language maintenance efforts in immigrant families; 2) the examination of social and academic trajectories of bilingual students in a 50/50 dual immersion classrooms; and 3) the development of community-university partnerships to introduce high school students to the study of linguistics and to provide them with academic mentoring (with Dr. Mary Bucholtz and Dr. Doroles Inés Casillas). She has published in journals such as the Review of Research in Education, International Journal of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education, Foreign Language Annals, Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, Bilingual Research Journal and Language, Culture and Curriculum. She was the 2008 recipient of the Foundation for Child Development Young Scholar’s Award and a 2012 Senior Fulbright Core Specialist Research Award.