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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

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.

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.

May 15, 2019

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

May 14, 2019

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

Recent Early Childhood, Multilingual, and Special Education Accomplishments

January 15, 2020
Alain Bengochea (Early Childhood, Multilingual & Special Education) and colleagues, Sabrina Sembiante (Florida Atlantic University) and Mileidis Gort (University of Colorado, Boulder) co-authored the study titled "'Want Me to Show You?': How Emergent Bilingual Children Use their Multimodal Resources to Engage in the Practices of Show-and-Tell...
January 7, 2020
Alain Bengochea (Early Childhood, Multilingual, & Special Education), Sabrina Sembiante of Florida Atlantic University, and Mileidis Gort of the University of Colorado-Boulder published a manuscript in the  Language Arts Journal titled "Attracting and Responding to an Audience: Preschoolers’ Multimodal Composing in Show-and-Tell Activity."
October 10, 2019
Josh Baker (Early Childhood, Multilingual, and Special Education) recently was awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Education that will provide $165,000 a year for his project. Secondly, he received a sub-award for $130,000 a year for two years from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research; SBIR ...
October 9, 2019
Fourteen students (all Education) will benefit next academic year from the Kitty Rodman Scholarship. The scholarship program was established in 2014 with the College of Education and was designated to support scholarships and graduate fellowships for UNLV students pursing careers in special education. At that time the $12.9 million donation was...
October 9, 2019
Jill Lukas (Early Childhood, Multilingual, and Special Education) has been awarded the Kathleen W. McCartan Award. It is given to undergraduate or masters-level students who have made significant contributions through service to the field, community, and professional organizations. She is a graduate student studying early childhood education.
October 3, 2019
Joseph Morgan and Alain Bengochea (both Early Childhood, Multilingual, and Special Education) were awarded the Full Service Community Schools Grant through the U.S. Department of Education office of innovation and improvement in the amount of $2.5 million to implement a project titled ReInvent Schools Las Vegas - Community Schools Initiative. This...