Early Childhood Multilingual Development Lecture by Dr. Sara Michael Luna

In collaboration with Carousel of Languages
Join us for a fascinating lecture on
Early Childhood
Multilingual Development
Dr. Sara Michael Luna
Thursday, May 17, 2018
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Event location:
La Scuola d’Italia
Dr. Sara Michael Luna
Dr. Sara Michael Luna is an Associate Professor and Director of Early Childhood Education at Queens College-The City University of New York. She obtained her Ph.D. in Early Childhood Bilingual Development from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has published many peer-reviewed articles on bilingualism, home-school-community connections, early childhood language and literacy development, including academic language. She has a multilingual son (Jack) who speaks, reads and writes Spanish, English and Italian fluently.
Introduction by:
Maria Palandra, Ph.D.
Dr. Palandra is Head of School at La Scuola d’Italia Guglielmo Marconi in Manhattan. During her nearly fifty years as educator, Dr. Palandra served as teacher, curriculum writer, project specialist, grants writer, director of curriculum and instruction, assistant superintendent, superintendent of schools, consultant, and college professor.
About La Scuola
La Scuola d’Italia is unique in New York in providing a classical education with an additional emphasis on science, engineering and math, areas of study increasingly critical for societal and individual success.
La Scuola has grown into a multicultural and multilingual educational institution in which students develop a sophisticated level of bilingualism in English and Italian. Until the current year, French was introduced in the 6th grade, but starting in September 2018, it will be part of the preschool curriculum, thus giving students the opportunity to master this important European language by the time they complete High School.  In the high school years students are also required to study Latin language and literature.