K12 Professional Development and Outreach

ELL Workshops

Dr. Grace Huerta

Prior to her appointment at The Evergreen State College, Grace was an associate professor at Utah State University in the Dept. of Secondary Education. She completed her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Arizona State University, her M.A. (English) from California State University, Los Angeles and her B.A. (English) from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Grace also taught secondary English, ESL and Journalism in Los Angeles County for nine years. Grace's teaching and research interests include diversity and cultural studies, ESL/bilingual education, educational foundations, critical theory, whiteness theory and qualitative research methodologies. Her book, "Educational Foundations--Diverse Histories, Diverse Perspectives" was published by Houghton-Mifflin/Cengege in 2009.

ELL Workshop Topics:
Introduction to Language Acquisition and Teaching ELLs (English language learners) for Grades K-12
Introduction to Sheltered/Content Area Instructional Strategies for English Language Learners, Grades K-12
Implementing Multicultural/Diversity Education in the Content Areas, Grades K-12
Introduction to Funds of Knowledge: Using Cultural Capital in the K-12 Classroom
Latinas Unidas: Informal Conversations with Your Latina Students About Familia, Community and College

Dr. Magda Costantino

A native of former Czechoslovakia (currently Slovakia), Dr. Magda Costantino has been working in the area of cultural pluralism and education for diversity throughout her entire adult life.  Her professional career includes teaching in the Department of Bilingual Education at the Pennsylvania State University and in the graduate program in bilingual and multicultural education at the University of Findlay, Ohio.  Dr. Costantino also developed and coordinated an innovative teacher-training program for international teaching assistants at the Pennsylvania State University.  For a number of years, she has served as an academic specialist for the U.S. Information Agency in the area of international teacher training for East and Central Europe.  Prior to her recent retirement, she was the Director of the Evergreen Center for Educational Improvement at The Evergreen State College.  The primary focus of her work was on education reform, with special focus given to the issues of educating English language learners.  She provided technical assistance and support to teachers, curriculum directors and administrators throughout Washington State by conducting numerous workshops focusing on integrated, conceptually-based curriculum development and assessment of student learning.  In December 2001, the Thurston County Diversity Committee awarded Dr. Costantino was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions in promoting human rights and cultural diversity.  In June 2005, Dr. Costantino was awarded the David Douglas Award by the Washington State Historical Society for the Northwest Native American Reading Curriculum, a significant contribution to Washington State and local history.
Dr. Costantino is the principal author and co-author of two research reports on teaching reading to second language learners and Native American students, published by the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.  Based on extensive research in the area of applied linguistics, early reading development and effective practices in Native American education, Dr. Costantino spearheaded a collaborative, culturally appropriate early reading development project for Native American learners in grades K-2.  Dr. Costantino directed an innovative community-based history and culture curriculum development project for Washington Native American Tribes.  Her curriculum development process has been used in the development of the state-wide curriculum on tribal sovereignty.  Dr. Costantino holds a Master of Arts in English and Spanish, a Master of Education in Spanish and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction.  She is a speaker of five languages.

ELL Workshop Topics:
Effective practices working with Native American Learners: Lessons from research
Developing Community-based Native American History and Culture Curriculum: Lessons Learned
Reading and English Language Learners: Lessons from Research