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Gerena, Linda

Gerena, Linda

Professor
Teacher Education
Areas of Expertise:
  • Second Language Acquisition/Bilingual Education
  • English Language Learners (ELLs) K-12
  • Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)
  • Dual Immersion/Two Way Immersion
  • Bilingualism and Biliteracy
  • Secondary ELL/F-ELL Instruction in Science and Math
  • Content Literacy for ELL/F-ELLs
  • Best Practices for ELLs in K-8 Content Area Instruction
  • ELL Post Secondary Written Discourse
Dr. Gerena holds a Ph.D. in Educational Policy/Bilingual Education, an MA in TESOL and an MA in Urban Bilingual Education. Her professional interests are dual immersion bilingual education, L2 acquisition theory and pedagogy, Content & Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), and effective teaching practices for ELLs. From 2009 to 2015 Dr. Gerena researched literacy practices for ELLs and F-ELLs in an NSF grant. In 2012, Dr. Gerena received the prestigious Fulbright Scholar Award, and researched bilingual programs in Madrid, Spain. In 2013, as an EL Specialist, she offered professional development for bilingual & CLIL teachers in Spain. Current projects include researching effectiveness of CLIL and dual immersion programs, and restorative justice practices in schools. Of special interest are the possible links between dual immersion policy and restorative practices. Dr. Gerena prepares exemplary teachers to provide effective instruction for culturally and linguistically diverse students.
Education:
DegreeInstitutionFieldDates
PhD San Diego State University and The Claremont Graduate University Language and Cross Cultural Education; Educational Policy; Bilingual Education. 2002 
MA New York University, New York Linguistics and TESOL K-12 1985 
MA California State University, Los Angeles Bilingual/Urban Elementary Education 1982 
BA Brooklyn College, City University of New York Spanish Language and Literature 1975 
Gerena, Linda
 

Gerena, Linda
Professor
Teacher Education