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Jorge Osterling

Associate Professor of Education, College of Education and Human Development

Expertise: Multicultural and bilingual education, curriculum reform, teacher education, and the education of Latinos, immigrants and other culturally and linguistically diverse student populations

Since 1996, Osterling has been conducting research that engages and capitalizes on the socio-cultural strengths of grassroots immigrant communities. He believes a comprehensive immigration reform is necessary in dealing with the 12 to 14 million undocumented people in the U.S., and his research explores how children of immigrant origins should be educated in order to become productive and engaged citizens. He can discuss measures that should be taken to solve the problem of undocumented immigrants in the United States, and who benefits from the presence of documented and undocumented immigrants.

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Anastasia Samaras

Professor of Education

Expertise: Self-study research, Qualitative methodologies, teacher education, Curriculum and Instruction; Early childhood education

Anastasia P. Samaras is a Professor of Education in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. She is a pedagogical scholar with extensive teaching and publishing activity directly related to her signature work in the self-study research methodology, including Self-Study Teacher Research. Anastasia is recipient of the Dissertation Research Award, University of Virginia, the Outstanding Scholar Award, University of Maryland, a Fulbright Scholar, and a visiting scholar at the University of Iceland, Vrije University, Victoria University, University of Ioannina, University of KwaZulu-Natal, and Beijing Normal University. She serves as Academic Program Coordinator of the Secondary Education Program, Chair of the Self-Study of Teacher Education Special Interest Group, and co-facilitator of Self-Study Scholars’ Collaborative (S3C) on the Visually Rich Digital Learning Environment. Her research centers on designing and studying Neo-Vygotskian-based applications in transdisciplinary professional practice, including her own.