Accomplishments: Department of Early Childhood, Multilingual, and Special Education

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 investigated how preschool-age, Spanish-English emergent bilingual (EB) children with diverse language profiles leverage their discursive resources to...
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, and linguistic resources) to engage with objects and compose narratives in sociodramatic play.
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 Psychology. School psychologists are increasingly placed in advocacy roles to support a growing diverse population of emergent bilinguals (EBs). The...
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): Rachel Rahib, M.S. Geoscience, "Petrogenesis of Enriched and Intermediate Poikilitic Shergottites: From Magmatic Source to Emplacement"...
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 Programs Using Intentional Reflection and Planning," includes tools for faculty to evaluate their current courses and make plans for improvements.
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 at UNLV, and encouraged the provision of a diverse range of quality materials. Melilli is head of the Teacher Development & Resources Library,...
February 5, 2020
Jenna Weglarz-Ward (Early Childhood, Multilingual, and Special Education) with colleagues from the University of Illinois recently published a mixed method article, "How Professionals Collaborate to Support Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities in Child Care" in the Early Childhood Education Journal. This article describes how professionals across early intervention and childcare report their experiences in collaborating with each other to provide inclusive services to infants with...
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 Activity" in Linguistics & Education.
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 Phase II grant with Attainment Company
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 the largest single endowment in UNLV history. The specially designed program includes students completing 67 credits in a single academic year; all...
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.