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Biography

Dr. Serna began her teaching career in 1991 in the Culver City Unified School District as a 3rd grade bilingual teacher. Her teaching experience at the elementary level in rural, inner city and suburban settings, and at the university level continue to inform her teaching and research.

Her areas of research include literacy development in sociocultural contexts, teacher preparation, and bilingual education as they relate to linguistically and culturally diverse students. Her recent research focused on English learners on the central California coast who speak Triqui, an indigenous Mexican language.

Dr. Serna welcomes the opportunity to prepare future teachers through a Christ centered education that will equip them to make a significant spiritual impact in the lives of their students.

Affiliations

  • American Educational Research Association
  • California Association for Bilingual Education
  • Association of Language Awareness
  • National Association of Bilingual Education
  • The National Council of Teachers of English

Publications (Selected)

  • García, E., Arias, M.B., Murri, N.J., & Serna, C. (2010). Developing Responsive Teachers: A Challenge for a Demographic Reality. Journal of Teacher Education, 61(1-2), 132-142.
  • Serna, C., Meier, N., (2010). Preparing Pre-service Teachers to teach English Language learners. In 2010 Hawaii International Education Conference Proceedings. Paper presented at The Hawaii International Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii (pp. 2758-2781).
  • Serna, C., (2009). Autores Bilingües: Writing From a Dual-Linguistic and Dual-Cultural Repertoire. Education, 130(1), 78-95.

Presentations

  • 2015 Conference Proposal Accepted: “Best practices in communicating/interpreting with Spanish and Indigenous speakers” (co-presenter: Dr. Judy Cortes) California Association of Bilingual Education (CABE) Conference, (peer-refereed) San Francisco, CA, March 23-26, 2016
  • 2015 Research Presentation, Kassel English Colloquium, Faculty of Humanities English Department Foreign and Second Language Learning and Teaching Research & Intercultural Communication, University of Kassel, Kassel Germany, June 24, 2015
  • 2015 Conference Proposal Accepted: “Best Practices in Communicating with non English-Speaking Parents ” (co-presented with Dr. Judy Cortes) CABE Sacramento Parent & Para-Educator Conference (peer-refereed) Monterey, CA, April 30, 2015
  • 2015 Conference Proposal Accepted: “Indigenous English Learners: Triqui-Speaking Students on the Central California Coast” California Association of Bilingual Education (peer-refereed) San Diego, CA, March 2015
  • 2015 “Indigenous English Learners: Triqui-Speaking Students on the Central California Coast” California Association of Bilingual Education (peer-refereed) San Diego, CA, March 2015
  • 2015 Panelist for Intercultural Communication in the Language Classroom panel. CATESOL Steinbeck Chapter, Monterey, CA, February 2015
  • 2014 Conference Proposal Accepted: “Indigenous English Learners: Triqui-Speaking Students on the Central California Coast” Hawaii International Conference (peer-refereed) Honolulu, HI, January 2015
  • 2014 “The Language Experience Approach” Asilomar Reading Conference, Asilomar, CA, January 2014

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