Dr. Echevarria is Professor Emerita at California State University, Long Beach. A founding researcher and creator of the SIOP Model, Dr. Echevarria has published widely on effective instruction for English learners, including those with learning disabilities. She has presented her research in the U.S. and internationally, including serving as a Fulbright Specialist in Macedonia. and her UCLA doctorate earned her an award from the National Association for Bilingual Education's Outstanding Dissertations Competition. She received her university's Outstanding Professor award, was a finalist for the Senior Research Award given by the American Education Research Association, Second Language SIG, and was inducted into the California Reading Hall of Fame. She serves as an expert on English learners for the U.S. Department of Justice.
My hope for Texas students is that those who are developing literacy in a new language will, through meaningful, scaffolded instruction, accelerate their language proficiency and develop the knowledge and skills necessary to reach their full academic potential.