Dr.  Iliana  Alanis 

Associate Professor

Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching

Office: MB 2.210J | None

Phone: 210-458-5422

Email: iliana.alanis@utsa.edu


Dr. Iliana
Alanís is an Associate Professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary
Learning and Teaching for the University of Texas at San Antonio. With over 20 years in the early childhood field, her work
focuses on teaching practices in culturally and linguistically diverse early childhood contexts with an emphasis
on the effect of schooling for language minority children in Spanish/English dual language
programs. She is especially interested in forms of teaching that promote native
language development and its correlation to second language acquisition. Her
recent research focuses on higher-order cognitive and linguistic
interaction primarily found in student-student exchanges.<span>  </span>
<span>Dr. Alanís is a former President of the Texas
Association for Bilingual Education (TABE) and former Board Member for the National Latino
Children’s Institute. Currently, she serves as a Governing Board Member for the
National Association for Early Childhood Education (NAEYC) and an Early Childhood Advisory Board Member
for Scholastic Education.  Dr. Alanís has
numerous publications that highlight the intersection of early childhood and dual language education. As a member of the Dual Language Training Institute, she has facilitated professional development for early childhood teachers in dual language classrooms across the country.



My research interests center on issues pertaining to English learners’ (ELs) academic achievement as well as dual language curriculum and program development. My research utilizes both quantitative and qualitative methods as I attempt to support statistical data with teacher reflection and researcher observation.

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8th Annual Texas Higher Education Symposium

August 3-4, 2017

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Austin, Texas

2017 TACUSPA Fall Annual Conference

October 1-3, 2017

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Texas AEYC 53rd Annual Conference

October 19-21, 2017

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