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Maria Serpa

Professor Emerita

Professor Emerita Maria de Lourdes B. Serpa

Maria de Lourdes B. Serpa, now professor emerita, spent her time at Lesley as a bilingual professor committed to high quality teacher education and equity in educational practice for all students. She is a doctoral senior advisor and has designed Master's programs and doctoral specializations in Bilingual-ESL Special Education. Dr. Serpa served as the director and co-director of two major 5-year teacher education projects funded by the US Department of Education, and Assessing ELLs with Disabilities Institute funded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education. She also co-directs the UDL-Teaching Portuguese Worldwide Project and is the co-founder of the Portuguese World Language Institute. She maintains international collaborations with University of the Azores, Universidade Aberta, University of Madeira, and CAST.org. Responsible for implementing UDL in Portuguese.


BS, Boston State College and Magisterie Primario, Azores, Portugal
M.Ed., University of Massachusetts, Boston
EdD, Boston University

Selected Publications

Selected Presentations

  • Universidade da Madeira, Funchal (2016)
  • Universidade dos Açores, Ponta Delgada, UDL (2013)
  • Massachusetts Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Panel of Experts on the Education of ELLs
  • Harvard Graduate School of Education Learning Differences Conference. 2RTI and English Language Learners (2010)
  • Massachusetts DESE Proficiency Gap & Kindergarten Conferences (2010)  
  • Featured speaker Massachusetts International Reading Association Conference (2009)