Professor, University of Hawai‘i–Mānoa
Christina Higgins is a professor in the Department of Second Language Studies and co-director of the Charlene Junko Sato Center for Pidgin, Creole, and Dialect Studies at the University of Hawai‘i–Mānoa. Her research examines multilingual practices in schools and society from discourse analytic, ethnographic, and qualitative perspectives. She is the author of English as a Local Language: Post-Colonial Identities and Multilingual Practices, co-editor (with Bonny Norton) of Language and HIV/AIDS, and editor of Identity Formation in Globalizing Contexts: Language Learning in the New Millennium.
Assistant Professor, University of Colorado–Boulder
Susan Hopewell is an assistant professor of education in the division of Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity at the University of Colorado–Boulder. She is interested in issues of language, culture, equity, and identity, especially as they affect—or are affected by—literacy practices. Prior to becoming a professor, she spent 12 years as a classroom teacher and literacy specialist in bilingual elementary schools.
Susana Ibarra Johnson
Adjunct Professor, University of New Mexico
Susana Ibarra Johnson is an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico in literacy and bilingual education. Her commitment to improving the education of bilingual students stems from her experience as a bilingual learner and teacher. For the past decade, she has been facilitating professional learning in bilingual education program implementation, critical literacy, and bilingual acquisition in New Mexico and nationally.
Raymond R. Isola
Raymond R. Isola, Ed.D.,
Raymond Isola has been a bilingual teacher and principal in public schools for 35 years: from preschool to university, and in rural, suburban, and urban settings. He has international education experience in México, Guatemala, Canada, and Italy, and received the Golden Bell Award for Excellence in Education from The California School Board Association. In June 2012, he completed a 13-year tenure as principal of Sanchez Elementary School in the Mission District of San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). During his tenure with SFUSD, he was an active member of the United Administrators of San Francisco (UASF), serving on the Executive Board as Treasurer and on the Negotiations Team. UASF is the official union organization charged with ensuring the equitable treatment and professional well-being of its members by working to promote employment conditions that enable supervisory administrators to operate effectively. He is currently working as Program Director for Green Schoolyards America Principals’ Institute to support California school administrators in their pivotal role as leaders of their school community and champions of a healthy and dynamic school environment.
ESOL/Diversity Consultant and Professional Developer, Starfish Education
Stephaney Jones-Vo, M.A., is a consultant and professional developer focusing on linguistic differentiation, literacy, and equity. She has extensive experience as a K–12 ESOL teacher, Title III grants director, refugee sponsor and resettlement volunteer, and teacher of adult refugees. As a private consultant for Starfish Education, her passion continues to be English learners, from early childhood age to adult.