The National Committee for Effective Literacy uplifts research, policies, and practices to ensure that emergent bilinguals leave school as proficient readers and writers in English — and preferably more languages — and who thrive and succeed in school and their communities.

Our national committee has been formed in response to the narrow approach of the science of reading and to expand thinking on literacy instruction for English learners/emergent bilinguals.

We are researchers, teacher educators, teachers, administrators, school board members, and advocates from across the nation with deep expertise in literacy and the education of emergent bilingual/multilingual students.

Read what we’ve been talking about in the media.




  • Zenaida Aguirre-Muñoz, UC Merced/CABE
  • Dr. Laura Ascenzi-Moreno, Brooklyn College, CUNY
  • Dr. Allison Briceño, San Jose State University
  • Dr. Maria Coady, North Carolina State University
  • Dr. Jessica Costa, Instruction Partners
  • Xilonin Cruz Gonzalez, Californians Together
  • Dr. Ester de Jong, University of Colorado, Denver
  • Dr. Kathy Escamilla, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Dr. Barbara Flores, CABE (California Association for Bilingual Education)
  • Rubí Flores, CABE (California Association for Bilingual Education)
  • Dr. Margarita Gonzalez-Amador, Californians Together
  • Jan Gustafson-Corea, CABE (California Association for Bilingual Education)
  • Martha Hernandez, Californians Together
  • Dr. Socorro Herrera, Kansas State University
  • Dr. Anya Hurwitz, SEAL (Sobrato Early Academic Language)
  • Dr. Susana Ibarra Johnson, New Mexico State University
  • Suzy Jacobson, Californians Together
  • Dr. Mónica Lara, Seidlitz Education
  • Dr. Magaly Lavadenz, CEEL (Center for Equity for English Learners)
  • Dr. Martha Martinez, SEAL (Sobrato Early Academic Language)
  • Dr. Chris Montecillo Leider, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Dr. Laurie Olsen, Californians Together
  • Dr. Ryan Pontier, Florida International University
  • David Rogers, Dual Language Education New Mexico
  • Nadeen Ruiz, California State University Sacramento
  • Dr. Carol Salva, Seidlitz Education
  • Cristina Sanchez-Lopez, Paridad
  • Renae Skarin, English Learners Success Forum
  • Dr. Jody Slavick, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Dr. Sonia W. Soltero, DePaul University
  • Shelly Spiegel-Coleman, Californians Together
  • Dr. Julie Sugarman, Migration Policy Institute
  • Dr. Patricia Venegas-Weber, University of Washington-Seattle
  • Victoria Weiss, Californians Together
  • Martha Zaragoza Diaz, CABE (California Association for Bilingual Education)