Rebeca Itzkowich specializes in teacher education and bilingual education, and teaches Emergent Literacy in the bilingual/ESL programs. She is also an instructor with Erikson’s Early Math Collaborative.

Itzkowich earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at New York University and taught immigrant children from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds in preschool through third grade in New York City for 10 years. She became a teacher educator out of a desire to help teachers preserve the sense of wonder and curiosity children commonly enjoy in preschool but too often lose as they move into the elementary grades.

For the past 15 years she has worked with both pre-service and in-service teachers to help them rediscover themselves as learners, understand the unique needs of culturally and linguistically diverse learners, and learn to become reflective practitioners so they can bring the joy and rigor of genuine learning into their classrooms.

Areas of Expertise

Language and culture; English language learners; bilingualism, emergent literacy and biliteracy.


B.S. in early childhood and elementary education, New York University;
M.A. in special education, New York University

Related Experience

Senior Instructor, Erikson Institute, Chicago, IL, 1999–present.

Early childhood consultant, Chicago, IL 1995–present.

Hug-A-Book consultant, Chicago, Il 1995–2003.

Bilingual CDA field advisor, Harold Washington College Department of Human Services CDA Project, Chicago, IL 1994‐2001.

Adjunct instructor, Harold Washington College, Chicago, IL 1993–96.

Education coordinator, Chase House, Chicago, IL 1993–95.

Program director, Even Start Family Literacy Program, Oklahoma City Public Schools, 1990–93.

Adjunct faculty, Oklahoma City University, 1991–93.

Child development specialist, Oklahoma City County Health Department, Oklahoma City, OK 1989‐90.

Bilingual teacher, Little Red School House Private Independent School, New York, NY 1983–89.

Head Start Lead Teacher, Educational Alliance Head Start, New York, NY 1982-1983.

Recent Publications

Itzkowich, R., and Hynes-Berry, M. (2009) The Gift of Error. Conversations on Early childhood Teacher Education by World Forum Foundation, pp.104–113. Redmond, WA.

Itzkowich, R. (2005). “Make Way for Bilingualism”, “Abran Paso al Bilinguismo.” Bilingual introduction to Cante, Cante Elefante, Sing, Sing Elephant (p. 8–11). East Troy: Naturally You Can Sing Productions.


“Effective strategies for teaching Mathematics to English language Learners.” Presented at the Illinois State Bilingual Conference,Chicago , Illinois 2008 December 2008.

“Where is the Math in Goldilocks,” presented to the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Dallas, Texas, November 2008.

“The Gift of Error. When Teachers Learn.” 13 World Forum for Teacher Educators, Auckland, New Zealand, May 2008.

“The Morning Meeting: Creating and Sustaining a Powerful Learning Community.” l National Association for the Education of Young Children annual meeting, November 2007.

“Make Way for Bilingualism and Biculturalism.” Annual National Black Child Development Institute Conference, Chicago, Illinois, October 2007.