Featured Speakers

Dr. Margarita Calderón | Keynote Speaker

Dr. Margarita Calderón is a Professor Emerita at Johns Hopkins University and serves on advisory boards and national preschool-12th literacy panels. She is a consultant for the U.S. Department of Justice and Office of Civil Rights. Her research focuses on effective schools and language, literacy development of English language learners, and teacher preparation. Dr. Calderón was principal investigator in a 5-year study in middle and high schools called ExC-ELL that facilitates teachers’ development of skills, confidence, and efficacy in teaching knowledge and skills to ELLs and all students. She has been a middle and high school teacher and has taught bilingual and educational leadership courses at multiple universities. Click here to lean more about Dr. Margarita Calderón.

Dr. José Medina | Keynote Speaker

Dr. José L. Medina is the founder and Chief Educational Advocate at Dr. José Medina: Educational Solutions. Prior to establishing the boutique educational consulting firm, Dr. Medina was a Scientific Researcher and the Director of Dual Language and Bilingual Education at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) in Washington, DC. José provides dual language technical assistance, professional development, and job-embedded support to dual language programs across the United States and globally. He is a former dual language school principal and has served as an administrator and educators at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Dr. Medina co-authored the third edition of the widely-used Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education.