Presentations

2010-Present

International

Irby, B. J., Lara-Alecio, R., Tong, F., & Guerrero, C. (2013, May). How professional development can shape teachers’ pedagogical delivery of science and language teaching in middle school classrooms with English language learners (ELLs) and English-speaking minority students. Symposium presented at the annual meeting of National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Puerto Rico.

Fan, Y., Tong, F., Irby, B. J., & Lara-Alecio, R. (2013, October). A technology-enabled test data collection and scoring process for large-scale projects. Paper presented at the annual meeting of International Association for Educational Assessment, Tel Aviv, Israel.

Fan, Y., Tong, F., Irby, B. J., & Lara-Alecio, R. (2013, October). Using a PDA application for classroom observations. Paper presented at the annual meeting of International Association for Educational Assessment, Tel Aviv, Israel.

Lara-Alecio, R. & Irby, B. (2012, August). Project ELLA (English Language and Literacy Acquisition): A four-year randomized trial. Keynote presentation at the Oxford Roundtable, England.

Lara-Alecio, R., & Irby, B. (2011, August). Project EILE: Results on its first year implementation in public schools in Costa Rica. San Jose, Costa Rica.

Lara-Alecio, R., & Irby, B. (2011, June). Project ELLA and its academic impact on English Language Learners. Saudi Arabia.

Lara-Alecio, R., & Irby, B. (2010, October). Project ELLA and its academic impact on English Language Learners. Beijing, China.

Pollard-Durodola, S.D., Gonzalez, J. E., Simmons, D. C., Taylor, A.B., Davis, M.J., Simmons, L., and Nava-Walichowski, M. (2010). Analyzing the impact of curriculum implementation, professional development, and instructional cues on bilingual preschool teachers’ shared book reading practices. Interactive paper presented at the annual conference for The Society for the Scientific Study of Reading, Berlin, Germany.

National

Padrón, Y. N., Waxman, H. C. &  Franco-Fuenmayor, S. E. (February, 2014).  Beyond value-added assessments:  Alternative methods for evaluating teachers and improving student learning.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Bilingual Education Conference, San Diego, CA. 
 
Franco-Fuenmayor,  S. E.,  Padrón, Y.  N., & Waxman, H.  C. (February, 2014) .  Examining dual language and ESL teachers’ knowledge, professional development, and perceptions of second language programs. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Bilingual Education Conference, San Diego CA. 
 
Sutton-Jones, K. (2014, February). Policy in Action: A case study of two large urban districts serving English language learners. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Bilingual Education Conference, San Diego, CA.
 
Cho, E., & Tong, F. (2013, April). Investigating mediating effect of self-expectancy on motivation and second/foreign language acquisition in the Korean EFL context. Paper presented at the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, California.
 
Tong, F., Irby, B. J., Lara-Alecio, R., Guerrero, C., & Fan, Y. (2013, April). Longitudinal findings of a literacy-integrated science intervention on middle school low-SES English learners and native English speakers – An Evaluation of a randomized trial study in school. Paper presented at the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, California.
 
Sutton-Jones, K. (2013, February). Bilingual education in the Southern California press and Proposition 227: A case study. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Bilingual Education Conference, Orlando, FL.   
 
Contreras-Vanegas, A. L., Lara-Alecio, R., Tong, F., Irby, B. J. (2013, February). Identifying elementary Hispanic gifted students utilizing the Hispanic Bilingual Gifted Screening Instrument (HBGSI). Paper presented at the annual meeting of National Association of Bilingual Education, Orlando, FL.
 
Tong, F., Irby, B. J., Lara-Alecio, R., & Guerrero, C. (2013, February). A two-year randomized literacy-integrated science intervention with middle school Spanish-speaking English learners and English speakers. Paper presented at the annual meeting of National Association of Bilingual Education, Orlando, FL.

Lara-Alecio, R., & Irby, B. J. (2012, June). Challenges and benefits for longitudinal randomized control trial studies. Paper presented at the National Science Foundation annual meeting, Washington, D.C.

Lara-Alecio, R., Irby, B. J., Tong, F., & Guerrero, C. (2012, June). Middle School Science for English Language Learners. Presented at the National Science Foundation annual meeting, Washington, D.C.

Huerta, M., Tong, F., Irby, B., & Garza, T. (2012, April). A research synthesis of gender related to second language learning. Paper presented at the meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Tong, F., Lara-Alecio, R., Irby, B. J., Guerrero, C. L., Fan, Y., Huerta, M., & Xu, S. (2012, April). Preliminary findings from a randomized literacy-integrated science intervention among low-socioeconomic-status minority middle school students. Roundtable session presented at the meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Tong, F., & Pérez, A. E. (2012, April). The causal relationship between bilingual/ESL teachers’ characteristics and English learners’ success: A multilevel approach. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Nelson, A., Garza, T., & Acosta, S. (2012, February). Bringing technology into the classroom: Electronic centers. Paper presented at the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) Conference, Dallas, TX.

Walichowski, M., & Contreras-Vanegas, A. L.  (2012, February). Using free technologies to develop and test field observation instruments. Paper presented at the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) Conference, Dallas, TX.

Lara-Alecio, R., Irby, B. J., Tong, F., Guerrero-Valecillos, C., & Rodriguez, L. (2011, April). Learning academic science language among intermediate English learners. Paper presented at the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA.

Lara-Alecio, R., Irby, B., Tong, F., Rodriguez, L., Guerrero, C. (2011, April). Middle School Science for English Language and Literacy Acquisition (MSSELL): A randomized trial longitudinal discovery research K-12 (DR-K12) study. Paper discussion presented at the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA.

Blanco, M., Alvarez-Marinelli, H., Faith, H., Stanley, K., Irby, B. J., Lara-Alecio, R., Tong, F., & Brown, G. (2011). Development of a randomized trial study internationally: a story of cooperation and technology. Paper presented at the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA.

Padrón, Y. N., & Kandel-Cisco, B. (2011, April). Examining administrators understanding of programs for English Language Learners. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA.

Lara-Alecio, R., Irby, B., Tong, F., & Guerrero-Valecillos, C. (2011, February). Promoting bilingualism and biliteracy: Programmatic difference between one-way dual language and transitional bilingual programs. Paper presented at the annual meeting of National Association of Bilingual Education, New Orleans, LA.

Franco-Fuenmayor, S. E., Padrón, Y. N. (December, 2010). Reading Comprehension Outcomes in Dual Language Programs: A Review of Current Research. Paper presented at the annual meeting of The Literacy Research Association (formerly The National Reading Conference), Fort Worth, TX.

Franco-Fuenmayor, S.E., Kandel-Cisco, B. E., & Padrón, Y.N. (December, 2010). Examining Differences in Reading Motivation Between Students Enrolled in Two-way Dual Language Programs and Those in All-English Classrooms. Paper presented at the annual meeting of The Literacy Research Association (formerly The National Reading Conference), Fort Worth, TX.

Kandel-Cisco, B. E., Franco-Fuenmayor, S. E., & Padrón, Y. N. (December, 2010). Investigating Middle School Teachers’ Perceptions of Reading Comprehension Instruction with English Language Learners, Paper presented at the annual meeting of the The Literacy Research Association (formerly The National Reading Conference), Fort Worth, TX.

Honoré, H., Acosta, S., Honoré-Jones, M., Chen, Lei-Shih, Latini, D., & Goodson, P. (2010, November). Exploring the relationship between genetic stigma and sexual decision-making among college students. 138th Annual Conference, American Public Health Association, Denver, CO. [Abstract, New Investigator Award Recipient].

Acosta, S., Honoré, H., Goodson, P., Padrón, Y., & Lara-Alecio, R. (June, 2010). High-Stakes Testing and English Language Learners: A systemic review of the research evidence. Paper presented at The Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues, Division 45 of American Psychological Association, Inaugural Conference, Ann Arbor, MI.

Acosta, S., Irby, B., Lara-Alecio, R., & Mathes, P. (2010, May). English oral language trajectory and high-stakes reading assessment for third grade English language learners. American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2010 Annual Conference, Denver, CO.

Walichowski, M., Irby, B., Lara, R., Tong, F., Pollard-Durodola, S., & Goodson, P. (2010, May). Developing alternative assessments for ELLs, presented at American Education Research Association (AERA) Conference [Bilingual Education Research SIG], New Orleans, LA.

Padrón, Y. N., Franco-Fuenmayor, S. E., Kandel-Cisco, B. E., & Waxman, H. C. (May, 2010). Resilient and non-resilient middle school Latino students' perceptions of their classroom learning environment in language arts. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Denver, CO.

Franco-Fuenmayor, S.E., Kandel-Cisco, B. E., & Padrón, Y.N. (May, 2010). The use of reading strategies by students in dual language programs. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Denver, CO.

Guerrero-Valecillos, C., Tong, F., Lara-Alecio, R., & Irby, B. J. (2010, April). Spanish- speaking English learners' performance on high-stakes reading assessment. Paper discussion presented at the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association, Denver, CO.

Tong, F., Irby, B., Lara-Alecio, Hassey, F., Nicher, N. (2010, April). Hispanic English-learners’ self-esteem in language competency: The influence of intervention, language of instruction and gender. Paper presented at the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association, Denver, CO.

Walichowski, M., Lara-Alecio, R., Irby, B., Tong, F., Durodola, S., & Goodson, P. (2010, April). Systematic development of the semantic and syntactic scoring system for oral proficiency and expressive vocabulary for kindergarten English language learners. Paper presented at the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association, Denver, CO.

Lara-Alecio, R., Irby, B., Tong, F., Mathes, P. (2010, April). Project ELLA (English Language/Literacy Acquisition): Longitudinal findings. Paper presented at the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association, Denver, CO.

Pérez, A. E., Tong, F., Irby, B. J., Lara-Alecio, R. (2010, April). The status of research-based instructional strategies for Spanish-speaking English language learners in the U.S. Poster presented at the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association, Denver, CO.

Treviño, E.P., Kemp, J.E., & Lara-Alecio, R. (2010, April). Teachers’ perceptions of online professional development for ESL certification. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Denver, CO.

Acosta, S. (2010, February). English oral language development and English language learners: A systematic review of the literature. Southwest Educational Research Association (SERA) 33nd Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Franco-Fuenmayor, S. E., Kandel-Cisco, B. E., & Padrón, Y.N. (February, 2010). Investigating motivation to read with dual language students and teachers. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Bilingual Education, Denver, CO.

Garza, T. & Acosta, S. (2010, February). Bringing technology into the Classroom: Podcasting. Workshop. National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) 39th Annual Conference, Denver, CO.

Guerrero-Valecillos, C., Tong, F., Lara-Alecio, R., & Irby, B. (2010, February). Promoting bilingualism and biliteracy: Programmatic difference between one-way dual language and transitional bilingual programs. Paper presented at the annual meeting of National Association of Bilingual Education, Denver, CO.

Kandel-Cisco, B. E., Franco-Fuenmayor, S. E., & Padrón, Y. N. (February, 2010). Reading comprehension instruction for middle school ELLs. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Bilingual Education, Denver, CO.

Padrón, Y. N., Franco-Fuenmayor, S. E., Kandel-Cisco, B. E., & Waxman, H. C. (February, 2010). Resilient and non-resilient middle school Latino students' perceptions of their classroom learning environment in language arts. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Bilingual Education, Denver, CO.

Tong, F. & Xu, S. (2010, February). The importance of math in elementary schools. Parent Institute conducted at the annual meeting of National Association of Bilingual Education, Denver, CO.

Walichowski, M. & Treviño, P. (2010, February). Developing alternative assessments for ELLs, presented at National Association for Bilingual Educators (NABE) Conference, Denver, CO.

Walichowski, M. (2010, February). Psychometric considerations in creating an expressive vocabulary and oral proficiency measure: the Semantic and Syntactic Scoring System, (S4) [Graduate Research Panel], presented at National Association for Bilingual Educators (NABE) Conference, Denver, CO.

Lara-Alecio, R., Irby, B.J., & Tong, F. (2010). Project MSSELL: Middle school science for English language learners: first year findings from a National Science Foundation- funded randomized trial study. Poster presentation for the annual NSF DRK-12 PI Meeting, Washington. DC.

State/Regional

Contreras-Vanegas, A. L. (2011, December). Underrepresented elementary Hispanic bilingual students in gifted and talented programs in Texas. Paper presented at Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT), Austin, TX.  

Contreras-Vanegas, A. L., Lara-Alecio, R., & Irby, B. (2011, December). Identifying gifted and talented students using the Hispanic Bilingual Gifted Screening Instrument (HBGSI). Paper presented at Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT), Austin, TX.

Nelson, A., Garza, T., & Acosta, S. (October, 2011). Bringing technology into the classroom: Podcasting and vodcasting. Presented at Texas Association for Bilingual Education, McAllen, TX.

Padron, Y. N. & Witt, A. (June, 2011). Integrating CCR standards with English Language Learners. Paper presented at the ERC CCR Standards Conference.

Acosta, S., & Goldsby, D. (2011, February). Rubrics for evaluating educational websites. Southwest Educational Research Association (SERA) 34th Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Nicolau, S., Nelson, A., & Acosta, S. (2010, November). Bringing technology into the ESL classroom: SMART Boards and narrated PowerPoints. Texas Teachers of English of Speakers of Other Languages II (TexTESOL II) Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX.