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Ask Professor Julie Esparza Brown

Julie Esparza Brown, EdD, is a third generation Chicana, and an associate professor in the Special Education Department at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. She received her doctorate from Portland State University, her master's in special education at the University of San Diego and her bachelor's of music at Willamette University with a specialization in Music therapy. Before relocating to the Northwest, she completed her school psychology training at San Diego State University. She taught in bilingual, special education at all levels in San Diego and Vancouver, Washington for almost 15 years and worked as a practicing bilingual school psychologist for one year. Currently, her teaching, research, and publications focus on the interface of bilingual and special education. Additionally, she consults locally and nationally on issues related to RTI and ELL students, least biased assessment of ELL students, and effective instruction for diverse learners. She is currently on the National Advisory Board for the National Center on Response to Intervention. Her publications include a chapter in the book The Psychology of Multiculturalism, published by the National Association of School Psychology, and a chapter in the International Reading Association's book Improving Literacy Achievement in Urban Schools. She is a co-author of a national brief A Cultural, Linguistic, and Ecological Framework for Response to Intervention with English Language Learners. Since 1998, much of her focus has been on preparing ESL and bilingual teachers and most recently, bilingual special educators.

Julie Esparza Brown, EdD
Portland State University
College of Education
Special Education
PO Box 751
1900 SW 4th Avenue
Room 280E
Portland, OR 97207-0751
Phone: 503-725-4696