PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Thursday, April 20, 2017

United for Literacy Roundtable April 26 Focuses on Supporting English Language Learners

Santa Barbara County, CA, April 20, 2017- Educators, community leaders, parents and others will come together on April 26 for the United for Literacy Roundtable on strategies to integrate English Language Development curriculum into local classrooms and the best practices in supporting English Language Learners.

Dr. Eugenia Mora-Flores, Associate Professor of Clinical Education at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education, will be the keynote speaker during the free roundtable, which is open to the public. Presented by United Way of Santa Barbara County (UWSBC), the event will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 26, at Santa Barbara Public Library’s Faulkner Gallery, 40 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101.

“Language barriers can represent significant hurdles for English language learners in our schools, but they aren’t insurmountable,” said Steve Ortiz, UWSBC President & CEO. “Dr. Mora-Flores has done amazing work, and we can’t wait to bring her together with our frontline educators to find solutions to this very real issue. Please join us for this important evening.”

Dr. Mora-Flores’ research centers on effective practices in developing the language and literacy skills of English language learners in grades K-12. She also teaches courses on first and second language acquisition, Latino cultures in schools and literacy development for students. Dr. Mora-Flores is the co-author of Balanced Literacy for English Language Learners K-12 and an educational consultant for schools focusing on English Language Development, Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English, and writing instruction for ELL students.

For more information, contact Melinda Cabrera at

United For Literacy Roundtable
Free attendance
5:30– 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Santa Barbara Public Library, Faulkner Gallery, 40 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
RSVP here.

About United Way of Santa Barbara County
United Way of Santa Barbara County (UWSBC) has the unique and positive vision that “in our community, everyone has a hopeful future.” Since 1923, UWSBC has served Santa Barbara County community through funding, volunteer development, and by utilizing its own unique initiatives that involve dozens of local non-profit and public sector agencies. UWSBC’s local community driven Power of Partnership™ priorities help children, families & seniors with a focus on Education, Income and Health.


Media Contacts: Angel Pacheco/Chris Davis 805-687-3322

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