giving kids the gift of academic language
Dr. Lara is an excellent presenter! The audience was engaged and attentive the entire day. The information presented was very informative and gave several examples with scenarios.
San Antonio, TX
Dr. Lara was fantastic! Our teachers were extremely pleased with her presentation style and the content delivered. We are already observing our teachers transfer the academic language strategies into their lesson plans and classroom practices
Dr. Mónica Lara - Educational Consultant
Dr. Mónica Lara's enthusiastic approach to teaching and learning in English and Spanish is the trademark of her educational career. Her roles in education include experience as a teacher, reading specialist, assistant principal, and educational specialist in the areas of dyslexia and bilingual/ESL education.
Dr. Lara's biliterate and bicultural belief system is engaging, invigorating, and refreshing when she delivers her signature message: Enseñanza para todos (teaching for all).
Dr. Lara has led numerous State initiatives and has served as a state trainer for English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS); Spanish Language Arts Reading/Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills/College and Career Readiness Standards (SLAR/TEKS/CCRS); Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC), and LEER MAS.
In addition, she assists districts to evaluate their Bilingual/ESL programs to insure accountability and implementation of best practices for English Language Learners (ELLs). Dr. Lara holds a Masters of Arts degree in reading and a Ph.D. in Culture, Literacy, and Language, a testament to her commitment to and belief in teaching all learners. Her research interests include early reading assessment and biliteracy education.