Jana Echevarriacute;ais a Professor Emerita at California State University, Long Beach. She has taught in elementary, middle, and high schools in general education, special education, ESL,nbsp;and bilingual programs. She has lived in Taiwan, Spain and Mexico.nbsp;An internationally known expert on second language learners, Dr.nbsp;Echevarriacute;anbsp;is a Fulbright Specialist. Her research and publications focus on effective instruction for English learners, including those with learning disabilities. Currently, she is Co-Principal Investigator with the Center for Research on the Educational Achievement and Teaching of English Language Learners (CREATE) funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (IES). In 2005, Dr. Echevarriacute;a was selected as Outstanding Professor at CSULB. nbsp; Deborah J. Shortis a professional development consultant and a senior research associate at the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington, DC. She co-developed the SIOPreg; Model for sheltered instruction and has directed national research studies on English language learn-ers funded by the Carnegie Corporation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the U.S. Dept. of Education. She recently chaired an expert panel on adolescent ELL literacy. As the director of Academic Language Research & Training, Dr. Short provides professional development on sheltered instruction and academic literacy around the U.S. and abroad. She has numerous publications, including the SIOPreg; book series and five ESL textbook series for National Geographic/Hampton-Brown. She has taught English as a second/foreign language in New York, California, Virginia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. nbsp; Carla Petersonis a professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies for the College of Human Sciences at Iowa State University. Dr. Peterson earned a Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota. She has worked in early care and education for 35 years as a teacher, administrator, teacher trainer, and researcher. She has worked in child care, Head Start, and early childhood special education settings. Her research and teaching have focused on designing interventions to meet childrenrsquo;s individual needs within inclusive settings.