Arts Education: English Language Learners

Recorded On: 09/13/2017

English Language Learners are a growing student population in Americans schools. Recently, many policies and increasing amounts of research is being conducted on ELLs. What is the role of the arts in the education of ELLs? How do we enact policies of equity? As an arts education supporter, connect with experts in this field, learn the language of the work, and identify new ideas to inform your path forward.



Merryl Goldberg, Professor of Music, California State University, and Director, ART=OPPORTUNITY campaign of Center ARTES

Merryl Goldberg is a Professor of Music at California State University San Marcos and Director of the ART=OPPORTUNITY campaign of Center ARTES, a university center dedicated to restoring arts to education.  Her publications include Arts Integration: Teaching Subject Matter Through the Arts in Multicultural Settings 5th edition (2017) as well as other books, articles, chapters, editorials, and blogs.  She has received numerous research and programmatic grants including Federal Department of Education Arts in Education Program, Fulbright-Hays Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, Stuart and Panta Rhea grants.  Merryl’s undergraduate degree is from New England Conservatory of Music, and her doctorate is from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  Prior to entering academia, she recorded numerous CDs and was on the road for 13 years playing the saxophone with the Klezmer Conservatory Band.


Francisca Sanchez, CEO, Provocative Practice™

Francisca Sánchez is a poet, “word weaver,” educator, and former English Learner. She is CEO of Provocative Practice™, an educational consultant organization. She recently retired as Associate Superintendent for Educational Services with Hayward Unified School District. She has served in a variety of leadership, administrative, and teaching positions at the district, county office, regional, and state levels, including as Chief Academic Officer for San Francisco Unified School District and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction with the San Bernardino County Office of Education. She also served as president of the California Association for Bilingual Education for two terms.


Hector DeLeon, 4th Grade Teacher, Vista Academy

Hector DeLeon is a 4th grade teacher at Vista Academy and has been teaching at Vista for 23 years.


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