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EL Summit Keynote Speakers

English Learner Summit:
Keynote Speakers

Overview of Common Core State Standards

Drawing on the common core state standards, the presenter will give an overview of the new standards for English language arts and Mathematics across grades K-8.  Participants will engage in close reading of the standards across K-8 grade levels.

Della Larimore,  Los Angeles County Office of Education

Larimore earned her BS degree in Educatin from Oklahoma Univeristy, her teaching Credential from CSU, Bakersfield and her CLAD Equivalent S.B. 1969 from UC Sanat Barbara. She then received her Specialist Instruction Credential Reading and Langauge Arts from CSU, San Bernardino where she also earned her Masters Degree in Education with a Reading/Language Arts option. She holds both an Administrative Service Credential (Tier 1) from Chapman University and a Tier II Administrative Credential from CSU, Los Angeles.

Della is currently serving as the Project Director for Reading/Language Arts in the Division of Curriculum and Instructional Services for the Los Angeles County Office of Education. Della is the Division lead for the Common Core State Standards in both Reading/Language Arts and Mathematics. She was the Project Director for LACOE R-TAC (Regional Technical Assistance Center) for state Reading First project. She has participated as a team lead and team member for SAIT (School Assistance and Intervention Team) for State sanctioned schools, and as a member of II/USP evaluation and NCLB Review Process Team as a Reading/Language Arts content specialist. She has served as consultant and trainer for the Regional Technical Assistance Center and Reading Implementation Center for Reading First. She has worked as a regional literacy coach for the Reading Excellence Act grant as one of a team of specialists that provided technical assistance in all aspects of K-3 literacy for schools in Southern California that received REA funding. She is an experienced staff developer providing training in coaching and reading/language arts for schools and districts throughout California in both the Reading Success Network process of standards based diagnosis, assessment, data analysis and student intervention planning as well as coaching for teachers leaders. Della has also trained over 1000 teachers with content standards/technology training through the Los Angeles County sponsored “Teach the Teachers Collaborative” in Ojai. Prior to her position at LACOE, Della worked for 17 years as a classroom teacher in grades 1-4.


Adaptation of Common Core State Standards for English Learners

Dr. Rhoda Coleman, Center for Language Minority Education and Research - California State University, Long Beach

Dr. Rhoda Coleman is a senior research fellow and professional development specialist at the Center for Language Minority Education and Research (CLMER) at CSU Long Beach, where she also teaches in the  credential and Master’s level programs. She is currently collaborating on various research and professional development projects where the focus is literacy for English Learners. She received her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, Language and Literacy from the University of Southern California and earned a Masters Degree in Administration from California State University, Los Angeles as well as a second Master's Degree in Reading from Loyola Maymount University. Her BA degree in Social Science is from the University of Southern California.

Dr.Coleman has 29 years of teaching experience at the elementary level. As a reading/language arts consultant at Los Angeles County Office of Education and at CLMER, she has produced numerous training videos for teachers of English learners. She is co-author with Dr. Claude Goldenberg, of Promoting Academic Achievement Among English Learners, A Guide to the Research, and has published many journal articles.

Dr. Colleman was named 1995 California Teacher of the Year. She was also a 1996 recipient of the Milken National Educator Award, 1996 California Social Studies Teacher of the Year and 2000 University of Southern California Rose Award recipient for outstanding service to education. 

last updated — Feb 9, 2012