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About Julie Esparza Brown

Dr. Julie Esparza Brown is a professor in the Department of Special Education at Portland State University.  She self-identifies as a Chicana.  Her research interests focus broadly on the intersection of bilingual and special education and is a passionate advocate for equity in education. Currently, she is Principal Investigator of a four-year model demonstration grant through the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Programs to investigate culturally and linguistically responsive literacy interventions with an MTSS framework for English learner students at-risk for or with disabilities. She has also been principal investigator on three federal personnel preparation grants to prepare bilingual teachers in general and special education.  Dr. Brown recently completed a four-year term as an elected school board member of the largest district in Oregon.  She regularly consults locally and nationally on equity, distinguishing between language difference and disability for English learner students and culturally and linguistically responsive multi-tiered systems of support.  Her current co-authored book, Supporting English Learners in the Classroom: Distinguishing Language Acquisition from Learning Disabilities (Haas & Brown, 2019) is available through Teachers College Press. 

Positions

Present Faculty Member, Portland State University College of Education
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Present Affiliated Faculty, Portland State University Chicano/Latino Studies
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Present Associate Professor, Portland State University Special Education
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Present Director, Portland State University Bilingual Teacher Pathway Program
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