Associate Professor, Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY)
Kate Menken is an associate professor of linguistics at Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY), and a research fellow at the Research Institute for the Study of Language in Urban Society at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is also co-principal investigator of the CUNY–New York State Initiative for Emergent Bilinguals, which develops the knowledge base of school principals and staff to transform language policies and practices in schools enrolling emergent bilinguals (EBs).
Sandra Mercuri is a nationally and internationally recognized Educational Consultant in the area of second language acquisition, dual language education, and curriculum integration for biliteracy development. She has over 30 years of experience in teaching in K–12 schools and at the university level in Argentina and the United States. At the university level, Dr. Mercuri taught courses in bilingual education and biliteracy. Her research interests are on translanguaging practices in dual language education; the intersection of content, language, and literacy for interdisciplinary biliteracy development; and the effect of long-term professional development and coaching on bilingual and ESL teachers’ instructional practices. Dr. Mercuri provides professional development for teachers and administrators as well as for parents nationwide. She presents at national and international conferences on issues of second language acquisition and bilingualism, dual language education, translanguaging pedagogy, and ESL strategies.
Dr. Mercuri has published articles in the TESOL Quarterly, Talking Points, EJLTS, JMER, TESOL Connections, MEXTESOL, and the NABE journal, as well as Spanish professional journals The Colombian Journal of Bilingual Education: GIST and the Revista Educación y Pedagogía; she has also published more than ten book chapters. Dr. Mercuri is the author of Supporting Literacy through Science: The Challenge of Teaching Science in a Time of Accountability and Authentic Biliteracy, a supplemental PK reading program published by Velázquez Press. She has coauthored the book Dual Language Essentials for Teachers and Administrators with Drs. Yvonne and David Freeman and Research-Based Strategies for English Language Learners with Denise Rea. She is currently working on a program that highlights translanguaging pedagogy through cross-linguistic connections and the Preview/View/Review strategy.
Associate Professor, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Dr. Sandra I. Musanti is an Associate Professor in the Bilingual and Literacy Studies Department at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Thought and Sociocultural Studies from the University of New Mexico. She was a postdoctoral fellow for the Center for the Mathematics Education of Latinos/as, a project funded by the NSF. She has over 20 years of experience in teacher education in Argentina and in the United States. Presently, her research interests focus on pre-service and in-service bilingual teacher development across content areas, practice-based and translanguaging approaches in bilingual teacher preparation, novice bilingual teachers’ repertoire of practice development and identity construction, and translanguaging pedagogies in Hispanic serving institutions.
Karen N. Nemeth
Karen N. Nemeth is a consultant and website provider (www.languagecastle.com) focusing on improving early childhood education to meet the needs of young dual language learners. She has published numerous articles and resource materials for schools and teachers. Her prior experience includes working with public and private schools, colleges, and nonprofit organizations.
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Teacher Education, Northeastern Illinois University
Dr. Diep Nguyen is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Teacher Education at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. Prior to coming to NEIU, she served as the assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction in two Illinois school districts. Dr. Nguyen was also the director for bilingual/multicultural programs in Schaumburg School District 54, where she instituted dual language programs in Spanish/English and Japanese/English.
Dr. Nguyen received her Ph.D. in educational studies from the Ohio State University. She has an M.A. in French literature and a B.S. in foreign language education. Her areas of interest include second language development and programming, assessment and curriculum development, and multilingual/multicultural education.
She serves on the Illinois State Advisory Council on Bilingual Education. She is also the co-author, with Dr. Margo Gottlieb, of Assessment and Accountability in Language Education Programs.