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Iliana Alanis

Professor of Early Childhood and Elementary Education
Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching



Dr. Iliana Alani­s is a 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. 

Dr. Alanis 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. Alanis 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.