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Dr. Judith Márquez is a professor of Bilingual Education and English as a Second Language and chair of the Counseling, Special Education & Diversity Department at the University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL). Prior to teaching at UHCL, Dr. Márquez taught in the Houston Independent School District. Dr. Márquez received her doctorate in Spanish Linguistics with a minor in Applied Linguistics from the University of Texas-Austin. Her research agenda focuses on Spanish for heritage speakers, with a special interest in the preparation of bilingual teachers. Dr. Márquez has been a co-principal investigator on five Title III National Professional Development (NPD) grants from the Department of Education. She is currently co-director of the Collaboration for the Academic Success of All (CASA) grant project.  Dr. Márquez serves as the chair of the Instructional and Professional Development Committee on the Executive Board of the Texas Association for Bilingual Education.

Dr. Laurie Weaver is a Professor of Bilingual and Multicultural Studies at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Her research agenda focuses on instructional approaches that meet the needs of English language learners. In particular, Dr. Weaver is interested in biliteracy development and sheltering instruction for language learners. Dr. Weaver has been a co-principal investigator on five Department of Education grants and is currently serving as co-principal investigator of the Collaboration for the Academic Success of All (CASA) project, a Department of Education-funded grant. As the UHCL Instructional Supervisor, she plays an integral role at McWhirter Professional Development Lab School in Clear Creek ISD where she collaborated in the planning and implementing of the district’s first two way immersion program. Dr. Weaver is currently serving on the Executive Board for the Texas Association for Bilingual Education. Dr. Weaver has received UHCL’s President’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the President’s Distinguished Service Award, the University’s Minnie Stevens Piper Award, and is a 2015 UHCL Faculty Fellowship recipient. Prior to teaching at the university level, Dr. Weaver taught bilingual and ESL classes for thirteen years in Texas and in Mexico.

For the past 27 years, Victoria Young has served as the director of reading, writing, and social studies assessments for the Texas Education Agency. She has been directly responsible for managing the content development of these assessments and for overseeing all activities related to the scoring of approximately four million compositions and short answer reading responses each year. She is particularly interested in the ways in which coherent, vertically aligned reading and writing programs and authentic instructional practices can increase the academic achievement of all students and lead to greater success in the classroom as well as on STAAR.

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