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Photo of Dr. Francisco RiosDr. Francisco Rios, Woodring College of Education, WWU

Francisco Rios, PhD, is Dean of the Woodring College of Education at Western Washington University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin and worked at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) and the University of Wyoming before arriving in Washington. He served as Interim Associate Dean at CSUSM and department chair at the University of Wyoming. His research interests include teachers of color, Latinos in education, and preservice teacher education with a multicultural focus. Francisco is the Senior Associate Editor of Multicultural Perspectives, the Journal of the National Association for Multicultural Education. He spent spring, 2005 as a Fulbright Fellow at the Pontifica Universidad Católica Valparaíso in Chile. Francisco served as program chair for Division K, (Teaching and Teacher Education) for the AERA Annual Program, 2007. Francisco served as the founding director of the University of Wyoming¹s Social Justice Research Center. In 2008, he received the Distinguished Scholar Mid-Career Award, from the Committee of Scholars of Color in Education from the American Educational Research Association.

Photo of Dr. Francisco RiosDr. Sharon Cronin, Center for Linguistic and Cultural Democracy

Sharon Cronin, PhD, MA, has over twenty-five years of experience in bilingual and culturally relevant early childhood and elementary education. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Bilingual Education with an emphasis in African American Studies from the University of Washington; her Master of Arts Degree in Human Development with a specialization in Bicultural Development from Pacific Oaks College Northwest; and her Doctoral Degree in Curriculum Instruction majoring in Bilingual Education, Multicultural Education, and Literacy, with cognates in Special Education, Caribbean Studies, Anthropology, and Sociology from the University of Washington. At the Center for Linguistic and Cultural Democracy, Dr. Cronin co-leads the Teaching Umoja Participatory Action Research 15-Year Commitment, examining the ethnic identity, bicultural, cross-cultural, and tri-literacy development of children of color, along with a team of 40 co-researchers from across the United States and Port Royal and Moore Town, Jamaica.

She is co-author of Soy Biling_e: Language, Culture, and Young Latino Children. Through the Soy Biling_e Network, Dr. Cronin further develops and promotes the Soy Biling_e Adult Dual Language Model for early childhood and elementary teacher education. She is currently lead faculty for the San Francisco State University CAD (Child and Adolescent Development) Head Start Dual Language Program and faculty with the Praxis Institute for Early Childhood Education and Praxis at Goddard College. Sharon is a founding member of Seattle-based Grupo Bayano (African Caribbean Music and Dance).

Photo of Dr. Roberto BahruthDr. Roberto Bahruth, Boise State University

Dr. Roberto Bahruth serves as a Professor of Teacher Education in the Department of
Bilingual Education and Applied Linguistics. His education includes a M.A. in English as
a Second Language and Bilingual Education from the University of Texas in San Antonio and
a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction, with a concentration in Linguistics &
Bilingual Education from the University of Texas in Austin. 

Dr. Bahruth's teaching interests are in the area of bilingual education, English as
a second language, and education for social justice, taught from a critical pedagogy
stance. His goal is to prepare teachers to be transformative cultural workers in order to
bring about change in the educational system. Dr. Bahruth is a fluent speaker of Spanish
who learned the language while living and working for eight years in Latin America. While
teaching in a bilingual 5th grade in Texas, he employed a whole language approach with
his students. Literacy con Cariño is their success story (Heinemann Educational Books
1991, 1998). 

Dr. Bahruth has been a frequent invited guest lecturer at locations including Harvard
University; Universidad de la Habana, Cuba; San Carlos National University, Guatemala;
Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Monterrey, México; Seminar Kibbutzim Teachers’
College in Tel Aviv, Israel; and Sun Yat sen National University in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. He
has also been a presenter at numerous national and international conferences.