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Department of Early Childhood, Multilingual, and Special Education News

The Department of Early Childhood, Multilingual, and Special Education (EMS) is designed and dedicated to prepare professionals for specialized services in schools, community agencies, and higher education settings. We promote and embrace the concept of cultural diversity and we affirm our commitment to the ethical standards of our respective disciplines.

Current Early Childhood, Multilingual, and Special Education News

7-year-old boy in blue shirt, 1st grader William Hawkins, 9-year-old 3rd grader Georgia Hawkins, and PhD student in microbiology Erin Cassin, all working/learning from home on the dining room table.
Business and Community | April 6, 2020

UNLV College of Education experts share tips, resources, and activities for parents thrust into the added role of schoolteacher, guidance counselor, and playground monitor.

Portrait of Sarah McCarthy
People | February 13, 2019

Ph.D. student Sarah McCarthy didn’t want to follow in her family members’ footsteps — until the day she visited a classroom.

Tracy Spies poses in front of flowers and bushes.
People | October 1, 2018

Helping bilingual students — and the teachers who educate them — succeed is a top priority for this associate professor.

Early Childhood, Multilingual, and Special Education In The News

The Nevada Independent
September 25, 2019

The UNLV Faculty Senate voted to kill a proposed referendum Tuesday that would have recommended the Board of Regents extend the contract of interim UNLV President Marta Meana and postpone an ongoing search for a permanent replacement — a move that comes just days ahead of the first meeting Friday between the regents and the ad hoc presidential search committee.

METRO
May 15, 2019

Clayton Rhodes is set to get his diploma this weekend – making him the first student with Down syndrome at the University of Las Vegas to do so.

WPVI-TV
May 15, 2019

A Nevada student is once again making history at his school.

WCJB
May 14, 2019

Clayton Rhodes was the first child with down syndrome to attend his elementary school, his middle school, and his high school.

Early Childhood, Multilingual, and Special Education Experts

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Recent Early Childhood, Multilingual, and Special Education Accomplishments

August 6, 2020
Alain Bengochea (Early Childhood, Multilingual, & Special Education) co-authored a manuscript, "Translanguaging for Varying Discourse Functions in Sociodramatic Play: An Exploratory Multiple Case Study of Young Emergent Bilinguals" in the International Journal of Bilingualism & Bilingual Education. This exploratory multiple case study...
August 3, 2020
Alain Bengochea (Early Childhood, Multilingual, & Special Education) co-authored a manuscript, "Exploring the Object-sourced Transmodal Practices of an Emergent Bilingual Child in Sociodramatic Play" in the Journal of Early Childhood Research. This study explores how an emergent bilingual preschooler used different modalities (actions, visual...
July 13, 2020
Sharolyn Pollard-Durodola (Early Childhood, Multilingual, and Special Education) and Gloria Miller of the University of Denver recently published an article on Student Interns and Their Field Supervisors’ Perceptions of a School Psychology Training Program to Support Emergent Bilinguals in the International Journal of School and Educational...
May 5, 2020
The Graduate College is pleased to announce its 2019-20 award winners.  UNLV Graduate College Outstanding Thesis & Dissertation Awards Each year the Graduate College presents four awards for outstanding theses and dissertations (within each category, one for STEM and one for non-STEM). This year’s winners are: Outstanding Thesis (STEM...
April 23, 2020
Jenna Weglarz-Ward (Early Childhood, Multilingual, and Special Education), along with colleagues from California and Kentucky, recently published an article in the Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education on how to include family engagement content into early childhood courses. The article, "Integrating Family Content into Teacher Preparation...
February 28, 2020
Amanda Melilli, Samantha Godbey and Hee Yeon "Ashley" Park (all Libraries) presented a poster, "Recommended Practices for Library Collections for English Language Learners," at the 2020 Conference for Academic Research in Education. The presentation covered the results of a research study on English Language Learners (ELL) collections and services...