Diane Rodriguez

Diane Rodriguez



Dr. Diane Rodríguez is a Professor at Fordham University, School of Education.  Her research is at the intersection of special education and bilingual education. Dr. Rodríguez has been an invited speaker at national and international conferences on Special Education and Bilingual Education. Univision selected Dr. Rodriguez as an example of “Orgullo de Nuestra Comunidad,” which highlights individuals who give back to the community.  She was recognized for her work with individuals with disabilities.  She has published extensively in journals and is the co-author of The Bilingual Advantage, a book published by Teachers College Press. She is the founder of Every Girl is Important, a non-for-profit organization to educate and empower young girls.


Rodriguez, D., Carrasquillo, A., Garcia, E., & Howitt, D. (In Press, 2020). Factors that Challenge English Learners and Increase their Dropout Rates: Recommendations from the Field.  International Journal of  Bilingual Education and Bilingualism

Rodriguez, D. & Rodriguez E. (2018). Making the connection to Literacy: English Learners with Disabilities (pp. 183-201). In J. Govani (Ed.), Preparing the way: Teaching ELLs in the K-12 classrooms (3nd ed) (pp. 193-211). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing.

Rodríguez, D., Carrasquillo, A., & Lee, S. (2014). The bilingual advantage: Promoting academic development and biliteracy through native language in the classroom.  New York, NY: Teachers College Press."