Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Institute on Multilingualism in Schooling & Learning Contemporary Perspectives - Summer 2011

Director: Dr. Aida Nevárez-La Torr
Contact: Phone: 212-636-6475 | E-Mail: | Fax: 212-636-6452
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Course Instructors

Aida Nevarez-La Torre

Aida Nevarez-La Torre Fordham UniversityFordham University

Dr. Nevárez-La Torre is an associate professor of TESOL Education in the Division of Curriculum and Teaching at Fordham Graduate School of Education. She is the Director of the Institute on Multilingualism in Schooling and Learning: Contemporary Perspectives. At the Institute on Multilingualism she will be facilitating instruction for CTGE 7000: Special Topics in Curriculum & Teaching: Multilingualism in Schooling and Learning and CTGE 7843: Second Language Proficiency.

Before she earned her doctorate she taught ESL and Bilingual education in elementary and middle schools in Puerto Rico and Massachusetts. She received a B.A. in Elementary Education in TESOL at the University of Puerto Rico, M.S. in Bilingual Education at the State University of New York at Albany, and an Ed.D. in Reading at Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Her research interests include: Linguistic Diversity in Teacher Preparation, Practitioner Research, Literacy Development in English Language Learners. Among her most recent publication is: Nevárez- La Torre, A. A., (2010). The Power of Learning From Inquiry: Teacher Research as a Professional Development Tool in Multilingual Schools. North Carolina: Information Age Publishers.

Marshall George

Marshall George Fordham UniversityFordham University

Dr. George is Associate Professor of English and Literacy Education and Associate Chair of the Division of Curriculum and Teaching. Before he joined the Fordham faculty in 1997, he taught language arts in grades 7-12 for ten years. Dr. George has a great deal of experience working with middle schools in the New York City region in the area of literacy professional development. Dr. George coordinates MST programs in English Education 7-12 and PD in Teacher Leadership and admissions coordinator for the Ph.D. program in Language, Literacy, and Learning. At the Institute on Multilingualism he will be facilitating instruction for CTGE 6608: Literacy Institute: Multilingualism in Schooling and Learning.

Juliet Luther

Juliet Luther Fordham UniversityFordham University

Juliet Luther is a Bilingual and ESL educator who has worked for NYC public schools for 14 years as a bilingual classroom and out-of-classroom teacher, ESL Specialist and Program Coordinator, and Data Inquiry Liaison.

She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language and Literature at Brooklyn College of CUNY, and a Masters of Science in Teaching in TESOL at Fordham University at Lincoln Center. Her New York State certifications are in Common Branches with a Bilingual Extension and TESOL K-12. She is a Spanish-English bilingual. At Fordham University she is an advanced Ph.D. candidate in Language, Literacy and Learning in Curriculum and Teaching. Her areas of interest are oral language, academic language and bilingualism.

As an advocate for the rights of Emergent Bilinguals and Multilinguals, she has participated in professional and community organizations, such as the Coalition for Educational Excellence for English Language Learners, the New York State Association for Bilingual Education, the Institute for Language and Education Policy, New York TESOL, the Bilingual Education Interest Section of TESOL, and the National Association for Bilingual Education. At the Institute on Multilingualism she will be facilitating instruction for CTGE 5841: Principles of Bilingual Education.

Carolee F. Bongiorno

Carolee Bongiorno Fordham UniversityFordham University

Carolee F. Bongiorno was born and raised in New York City. She received her B.A. in English from St. Francis College in Brooklyn, an M.S. in Education, with a concentration in Learning to Read through the Arts and an M.S. in TESOL both from Fordham University. Ms. Bongiorno has been a teacher of Language Arts, Art, and English as a Second Language in the New York Public School System for 30 years.

A Board certified Art Therapist, she has trained at The Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts and is a certified Dance Therapist. Ms. Bongiorno has given workshops on teaching English Through the Arts at New Jersey City University and at the New York City Board of Education. She has published an article, Dance: An Inspiration for Language in the ESL Classroom, in the Journal of the Imagination in Language Learning. At the Institute on Multilingualism she will be facilitating instruction for CTGE 5247: Teaching Linguistically & Culturally Diverse Children and CTGE 5305: Teaching Linguistically & Culturally Diverse Adolescents.

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