Ann M. Selmi has taught for over 40 years, and most of her career has have been spent working with young children with or without disabilities and their teachers. For the past eight years, she has taught teachers at California State University, Dominguez Hills, where she prepares early childhood teachers to address some of the most challenging situations in the Los Angeles area. Her research focuses on the relationship between the development of language and play. She also worked for five years as a researcher on the cochlear implant program for young deaf children at the House Ear Institute in Los Angeles, and she spent one year as a visiting researcher at the National Institute of Child Health and Development in the Child and Family Research Section in Bethesda, Maryland.
Raymond J. Gallagher began his career as a general education teacher and as a teacher in special education. As a university educator, he has been involved in research concerning the development of young children who are at risk for and diagnosed with disabilities, and the ways they and their families are served. He continues to be involved in personnel development preparing individuals to teach in P-12 settings who serve the educational needs of all youngsters. Dr. Gallagher is a professor of clinical education in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California.
Eugenia Mora-Flores is an associate professor in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. She teaches courses on first and second language acquisition, Latino culture, and in literacy development for elementary and secondary students. Her research interests include studies on effective practices in developing the language and literacy skills of ELs in grades Pre-K-12. She has written more than four books in the area of literacy and academic language development (ALD) for English learners. Eugenia further works as a consultant for a variety of elementary, middle, and high schools in the areas of ELD, ALD, and writing.