Meet the Researcher: An Evening with Dr. Antonio Fierro

Thursday, February 15, 2024 | 6:30 p.m.

$0 | Friedman Family Auditorium

There are more than 5 million English language learners in the U.S. How can teachers better leverage their diverse linguistic backgrounds to build on oral language skills and assist students in acquiring English literacy skills? Join us for the second “Meet the Researcher” featuring Dr. Antonio Fierro, Ed.D. to learn more.

Dr. Fierro is a former Texas State Teacher of the Year and is currently the Vice President of Professional Learning and Academics with the 95 Percent Group. For almost 20 years, he was a member of the national LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) cohort of literacy consultants led by Dr. Louisa Moats and sits on the advisory board of LETRS 3rd edition. Dr. Fierro has contributed to several literacy curricula for English learners and is co-author of Kid Lips®, a curriculum that teaches the articulatory features of English phonemes. Dr. Fierro currently sits on the national board of The Reading League.

Dr. Fierro’s keynote, “Moving Towards a Community of Effective Practice: Working with Our English Learners,” will be followed by a Q&A. His keynote will focus on cross-linguistic connections that target English and Spanish phonology. Information will be useful to any teacher regardless of the student’s home language. A small portion of this session will also introduce Spanish sound walls that describe the phonetic structure of Spanish phonemes.

This event is part of the “Meet the Researcher” series co-presented by Planet Word in partnership with The Reading League—DC, designed to empower educators, academics, and interested adults with knowledge, inspiration, and evidenced-based insights to help end the literacy crisis in America, one student at a time.