Education Policy and Multilingual Learners: Federal, State and Local Recommendations for the Future

Join members of CAL’s board of trustees and staff for this informative session.

Panel Discussion: Education Policy and Multilingual Learners: Federal, State and Local Recommendations for the Future 

As part of its year-long 60th anniversary celebration, CAL is bringing together federal, state and local decision makers for an engaging discussion on educational policy implications for multilingual learners. As an established leader in the field of best practices for culturally and linguistically diverse learners, CAL will lead the way in convening thought leaders to move the conversation forward. 

Recognizing that the percentage of K-12 English learners (ELs) in public schools in the United States is 9.5 percent, or 4.8 million, with continued growth predicted. Also recognizing that U.S.-born Hispanic and Asian children rather than those immigrating from other countries represent the largest percentage of that growth. Finally, recognizing that enrollment in world language classes in the U.S. is not growing at a rate representative that reflects the changing population, CAL understands the importance of leading a policy dialogue to set the stage for the future.

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Event Agenda

Welcome: Joel Gόmez, Ed.D., President and CEO, Center for Applied Linguistics                                                                  

Invited Panel Members

  • Susana Cordova, M.A., CAL Board of Trustees member and Superintendent of Denver Public Schools, Denver, CO
  • Cintia Johnson, M.A., Acting Superintendent, Arlington County Public Schools 
  • Nancy Lewin, Ph.D., Executive Director, Association of the Latino Administrators and Superintendents
  • Megan Moore, M.A., Director of Federal Programs, Manassas City Public Schools, Manassas, VA
  • José A. Viana, Assistant Deputy Secretary and Director, Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA), United States Department of Education


Roberta Miceli, M.A., Senior Director of Language and Education, Center for Applied Linguistics

About the Invited Discussants  

Susana Cordova, M.A.
Susana Cordova brings almost 30 years of experience in the Denver Public Schools to her position as the Superintendent of the Denver Public Schools. She is a life-long Denver resident and has worked in DPS schools at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Cordova believes in the power of our schools to transform our city. "Schools have the transformative power to build a more equitable future. We must create equity for all children, not by accident but by design, so that we nurture them to grow and achieve at high levels."

Cintia Johnson, M.A.
Ms. Johnson, a bilingual educator for more than 35 years, has served Arlington Public Schools in a variety of instructional, management and leadership roles since 1986, including assistant superintendent for administrative services and now acting superintendent. In 2002, Johnson, who is fluent in Spanish, helped open and establish Arlington’s second dual-language immersion elementary school, Claremont Immersion as principal. Johnson has earned numerous awards throughout her tenure, including Principal of the Year while at Patrick Henry Elementary in 1999 and Teacher of the Year while at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in 1992.                                                       

Nancy Lewin, Ph.D.
Dr. Nancy Lewin has served in a variety of positions over her 23-year career, including Special Education Director and Chief Academic Officer with Accomack County Public Schools in Virginia, Adjunct Professor with University of St. Thomas in Houston, School Administrator with Alief Independent School District, and Bilingual Teacher with Houston Independent School District. She has vast experience with ESL, bilingual education, dual language, STEM, career technology education, gifted and special education programs. She was a member of the ALAS Superintendents Leadership Academy (SLA) Cohort V, where she saw first-hand the significant impact the organization is making in access for Latinos.

Megan Moore, M.A.
Megan Moore brings over 25 years of experience at the state and local levels in providing high quality programs for English learners.  As the director of federal programs for Manassas City Public Schools, a school division with one of the largest percentages of ELs in the state and as the former state director for migrant education in Virginia, Ms. Moore understands the benefits of working with a multilingual population and the unique policy implications for the population.    

José A. Viana, M.A.
As head of OELA, Jose administers programs under Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which support high-quality instruction for linguistically and culturally diverse students. The office also supports professional development programs for teachers of English learners.

Prior to joining the Department, Mr. Viana served for eight years as an administrator of the Migrant Education Program for North Carolina's Department of Public Instruction. During that time, Jose also served as the vice-chair of the Governing Board for the North Carolina Farmworker Health Program.

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