About

Karen Beeman, M.Ed.

Co Founder
Karen is an education consultant whose specialty is biliteracy and bilingual education.  Karen’s professional experience includes working as bilingual teacher, principal of a dual language school in the city of Chicago, and as a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and at National Louis University.   The area that has most captured Karen’s passion and work is biliteracy, how to teach children how to read and write in two languages at the same time.  As a professional developer, Karen works at the national level providing training for teachers and principals and she also collaborates with the Illinois Resource Center.  A simultaneous bilingual born and raised in Mexico City, Karen is co-author, along with Cheryl Urow, of the book Teaching for Biliteracy: Strengthening Bridges between Languages (Caslon Publishing, 2013) and is co-founder of the Center for Teaching for Biliteracy, an on-line forum for supporting and connecting educators who teach for biliteracy:  www.TeachingForBiliteracy.com

Como una bilingüe simultánea, nacida y criada en México, que aprendió a leer y a escribir en español y en inglés desde la primaria hasta la preparatoria, Karen se identifica con muchos de los estudiantes bilingües en los EE.UU., y busca apoyar a los educadores a que desarrollen el potencial de todos sus estudiantes para que sobresalgan académicamente. Su pasión hacia la lectoescritura bilingüe ha nacido de sus experiencias personales y profesionales en donde su biculturalismo y su bilingüismo siempre han sido enriquecidos.

karen@teachingforbiliteracy.com

Cheryl Urow, M.Ed.

Co Founder
Cheryl began her career as an educator first in rural Costa Rica and later in the United States as an inner city dual language teacher. Since then, she has had the opportunity to provide professional development across the country for schools, districts, and other organizations supporting the education of English Language Learners.  More recently, Cheryl has focused her professional work on areas related to biliteracy development, the strategic use of languages in bilingual, two-way immersion, one-way immersion and dual language classrooms, authentic strategies for Spanish literacy instruction, and the Bridge between languages. A sequential bilingual who learned Spanish while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica, Cheryl is co-author, along with Karen Beeman, of Teaching for Biliteracy: Strengthening Bridges between Languages (Caslon Publishing, 2013) and co-founder of the Center for Teaching for Biliteracy, an on-line forum for supporting and connecting educators who teach for biliteracy: www.TeachingForBiliteracy.com

Desde muy temprano en su carrera como educadora en Costa Rica, Cheryl siempre ha demostrado y compartido su pasión por el aprendizaje, por el bilingüismo y por el multiculturalismo. Sus experiencias como maestra de clase, asesora de personal docente, y madre de dos hijas bilingües le han infundido su dedicación en el campo de la educación y la formación bilingüe.

cheryl@teachingforbiliteracy.com

 

Karen and Cheryl introduce themselves in this video titled: About Us

 

Karen y Cheryl inauguran el sitio dando la bienvenida:

 

Karen y Cheryl describen sus trayectorias profesionales y su trabajo conjunto: