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Biography

Carolina Serna began her teaching career in 1991 in the Culver City Unified School District as a third 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.

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

  • UCLA Alumni Association Whittier Chapter, 2019 to present
  • International Literacy Association, 2017 to present
  • Association of Language Awareness, 2015 to present
  • California Association for Bilingual Education, 1991 to present
  • UC Berkeley Alumni Association, Monterey Chapter, 2013-2016
  • American Educational Research Association, 1996-2015
  • League of United Latin American Citizens, Monterey, CA Chapter, 2006-2010
  • The National Council of Teachers of English, 2004-2010
  • National Association of Bilingual Education, 2002-2010
  • UCLA Latino Alumni Association, (Board Member 1994-1995), 1991-1997

Publications (Selected)

  • "Sojourners of truth: Five women’s stories of triumph, tribulation, and teaching in academia." Young, P. A., Serna, C., Peele-Eady, T.B., De La Vega, E., Charlton, L., Casimir, M. Under review by Journal: Educational Studies.
  • "Improving students’ literacy skills while training future teachers." Serna, C., Williamson, S. Published in Southern California Professional Development School News Magazine, 2018.
  • "Developing tesponsive teachers: A challenge for a demographic reality." García, E., Arias, M.B., Murri, N.J., & Serna, C. Published in Journal of Teacher Education, 2010.
  • "Preparing pre-service teachers to teach English language learners." Serna, C., Meier, N. Paper presented at The Hawaii International Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2010.
  • "Autores Bilingües: Writing from a dual-linguistic and dual-cultural repertoire." Serna, C. Published in Education, 2009.

Presentations

  • California Association of Bilingual Education (CABE) Parent & Para-Educator Conference, Anaheim, CA.

    Presented on "Emergent literacy development of trilingual students: Triqui-speaking kindergarten students on the Central California Coast," January 2020.

  • California Association of Bilingual Education (CABE), Monterey County Regional Conference, Monterey, CA.

    Presented on "Effective interpretation practices for Spanish, Triqui, and Mixteco speaking parents," November 2019.

  • California Association of Bilingual Education (CABE), Long Beach, CA

    Presented on "Emergent literacy development of Triqui-speaking students on the Central California Coast," March 2019.

  • Southern California Professional Development Schools Consortium (SCPDS), Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA.

    Presented on "Improving students’ literacy skills while preparing future teachers," March 2019.

  • ACSI Early Childhood Conference, Biola University, La Mirada, CA.

    Presented with three teacher candidates (R. Yang, S. García, V. Smith) on "Using the language experience approach to teach emergent literacy," March 2018.

  • Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Monterey, CA.

    Presented keynote address on "Language diversity on the Central California Coast," December 2016.

  • California Association of Bilingual Education (CABE) Conference, San Francisco, CA

    Co-presented with Dr. Cortes on "Best practices in communicating/interpreting with Spanish and indigenous speakers," March 2016.

  • Faculty Conference, University of Kassel, Kassel, Germany.

    Research presentation on "Kassel English Colloquium," 2015.

  • California Association of Bilingual Education (CABE) Parent & Para-Educator Conference, Monterey, CA

    Co-presented with Dr. Cortes on "Best practices in communicating with non-English speaking parents," April 2015.

  • California Association of Bilingual Education (CABE) Conference, San Diego, CA.

    Presented on "Indigenous English learners: Triqui-speaking students on the Central California Coast," March 2015.

Research Interests

  • Literacy/Biliteracy
  • Indigenous Students
  • Bilingual Education
  • Teacher Preparation
  • Education Policy

Courses

  • SEED520/LEDU420 English Language Arts/Reading
  • SEED549/LEDU380 Children's Literature
  • SEED535/LEDU335 Child Development: Birth to Adolescence 
  • SEED541/LEDU341 Methods of Teaching Linguistically Diverse Children
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