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Language Acquisition and Learning Disabilities Expert to Speak at Moravian

Janet KlingnerBethlehem, Pa., January 8, 2013—Janette Klingner, professor of education at the University of Colorado at Boulder, will present a talk, “Distinguishing between Language Acquisition and Learning Disabilities" at Moravian College on Thursday, January 17, at 7:00 p.m., in the Haupert Union Building, UBC Room. The Education Department at Moravian will host the talk and a book signing (after the lecture) that are open to the public and free of charge.

Dr. Klingner's research focus include the disproportionate representation of culturally and linguistically diverse students in special education, reading comprehension strategy instruction for culturally and linguistically diverse students, and enhancing the sustainability of culturally responsive and evidence-based practices through professional development. She was a bilingual special education teacher for ten years before earning a Ph.D. in reading and learning disabilities from the University of Miami.

She is the co-author of Why do English Language Learners struggle with reading? Distinguishing language acquisition from learning disabilities. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press (2008); Now we get it! Boosting comprehension with Collaborative Strategic Reading, San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass (2012); and Why are so many minority students in special education? Understanding race and disability in schools, New York: Teachers College Press (2006).

Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the Education Department at 610 861-1558 at least one week prior to the event. Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.