Lillian Durán, College of Education

Lillian Durán, Department of Special Education and Clinical Sciences

Practice Areas: Bilingual Education, Early Childhood Education, Literacy, Educational Policy, Special Education, Dual Language Learners

Lillian Durán is an academic expert in bilingual learning and education and dual language learners. At the University of Oregon, she is a professor and associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Education. Lillian studies how to best serve young bilingual children in early education programs. Her research explores the impact on young children of English-only educational policies, the developmental impacts on young children whose families are experiencing high levels of stress because of immigration status and fear of deportation and how to best support young bilingual preschoolers in programs such as Head start. Lillian developed a Spanish early language and literacy screening tool that can be used to identify children in need of more targeted instruction.

She can talk about policy issues related to serving minority and immigrant populations, including language policies that affect decisions around language of instruction. She can also speak to early childhood special education and how to serve children who are culturally and linguistically diverse in special education systems.

Contact: | 541-346-9134


Recent Media:
Why California still doesn’t mandate dyslexia screening (Cal Matters, Feb. 6, 2023)
Will a universal screening test for dyslexia mislabel California’s English learners? (EdSource, March 7, 2022)
SMART Reading-Children’s Book Bank merger will expand literacy services for Oregon children (The Oregonian, Jan. 18, 2022)
Star Power: Inspiring Change, Pushing Boundaries (University of Oregon, March 2020)
Grants will help boost the pool of special education teachers (Around the O, Dec. 3, 2019)
COE research helps bilingual children find classroom success (Around the O, July 29, 2019)