Brazilian educator and reformer Dr. Fernanda Coelho Liberali and colleagues will visit NYC July 4-9, 2011. Dr. Liberali is a professor of Applied Linguistics at the Pontific Catholic University of São Paulo. For the past decade, along with her colleague and mentor Dr. Maria Cecilia Magalhães, she has been developing a Vygotskian, socio-cultural pedagogy and a creative community of researcher-educator-activists across Brazil who advance, expand and inform the pedagogical approach. Dr. Liberali is currently working closely with São Paulo’s Director of Education, Regina Licco, and Secretary of Education, Alexandre Schneider, to bring her group’s progressive reforms to the city’s schools. Institute director Lois Holzman and Liberali initially met in 2006, when Liberali invited Holzman to present to her students at the university. Over the years, they have become more familiar with each other’s work and communities, with additional visits between the two countries. (See loisholzman.org/2010/11/innovations-in-brazilian-education/) On Wednesday, July 6, Dr. Liberali will be making a presentation, “Transforming Education in Brazil,” at UX, an educational initiative of the All Stars Project, Inc. sponsored by UX’s Global Outreach Department, which Holzman chairs). The Institute is hosting a reception the following evening.