Dr. Sylvia Linan-Thompson is Associate Professor, Fellow in the Mollie V. Davis Professorship in Learning Disabilities, Department of Special Education, College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin. She is also Associate Director of the National Center for Research on the Educational Achievement and Teaching of English Language Learners (CREATE) examining the effect of instructional practices that enhance vocabulary and comprehension for middle school English language learners in content areas. Dr. Linan-Thompson is currently co-principal investigator of studies examining the oral language and literacy development in English and Spanish of Spanish speaking children, the efficacy of a 3-tiered model of reading intervention in general education classrooms and in bilingual classrooms. She has developed and examined reading interventions for struggling readers who are monolingual English speakers, English language learners, and bilingual students acquiring Spanish literacy. She has authored articles, chapters and a book on these topics and has developed instructional guides.