Dr. José Medina presently serves as Director, Dual Language and Bilingual Education at the Center for Applied Linguistics. As an English learner himself, José understands first-hand the importance of ensuring that all students have access to educational opportunity.
José recently completed his dissertation study titled Campus Principals’ Perceptions of How Principal Mentorship Influenced Their Ability to Lead a Dual Language Campus in One Texas School District, graduating with his Doctorate in Educational Leadership in May, 2015.
Before moving to Washington, DC to serve as a member of the CAL team, José was the Director of Bilingual and ESL Education in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District (CFBISD) in the Dallas area. In that role, José provided guidance, professional development, and implemented systems to ensure that all elementary, middle, and high school teachers were well equipped to effectively meet English learners' needs.
Prior to accepting the CFBISD district leadership position, José was the founding campus Principal at Ruth Barron Elementary School in the Pflugerville Independent School District (PISD) in central Texas. In twenty years of service in the field of education, José has worked as an educator and school administrator at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.