Dr. Laura Alamillo is an Associate Professor in the LEBSE department and Coordinator of the Multiple Subject Program in the Kremen School of Education and Human Development. Her Ph.D. is from the University of California at Berkeley in Language, Literacy and Culture. Dr. Alamillo’s expertise is in the area of culturally and linguistically responsive teaching for diverse children and classrooms. Dr. Alamillo is also a proud parent of three children who attend a dual-immersion, Spanish program in Fresno.
Topic: Growing culturally competent teachers in the community
The importance of tapping in to diverse student’s funds of knowledge is essential in order to motivate, validate, affirm their cultural and linguistic identities. This type of teaching has been shown to improve diverse student’s interest and achievement in school. Dr. Alamillo will provide an interactive and engaging workshop with students on how to adopt culturally responsive teaching in working with diverse children. Dr. Alamillo will do this through the use of authentic and accurate, multicultural children’s books that reflect the students who attend the workshop. Attendees will have an opportunity to explore, interact and work with literature in activities and cooperative learning groups. Dr. Alamillo hopes that in this workshop students will leave loving culturally responsive teaching and explore the possibility of become teachers one day.