Professor Meléndez offers tips to help families who speak more than one language raise bilingual and bi-literate children.
If teachers can connect home and school languages, “we know that it leads to better academic outcomes,” says Professor Luisiana Melendez.
Many schools aren’t meeting the unique needs of young children learning two languages simultaneously. Erikson is working to change this.
In January, 13 teachers celebrated the completion of their bilingual/ESL certificate program coursework. The Erikson graduates, who were based at the College of DuPage, return to their classrooms throughout Chicago’s western suburbs better prepared to meet the needs of the
Tara Malone interviewed Luisiana Meléndez, Barbara Bowman, and alumna Victoria Quillen for this Chicago Tribune story on Illinois’s new bilingual/ESL pre-K regulations.
Maggie Severns interviewed Luisiana Meléndez for this Early Ed Watch article about Illinois’s new bilingual/ESL regulations.
Mary Ann Zehr interviewed Luisiana Meléndez and Barbara Bowman for an Education Week article about Illinois’s new pre-K bilingual/ESL regulations.
Rebecca Harris interviewed Luisiana Meléndez for a Catalyst-Chicago story about Illinois’ new regulations for PreK bilingual and ESL education.