Sandra Osorio is a The Educator Collaborative network associate.
Sandra is an associate professor in the School of Teaching and Learning at Illinois State University. Previously, she was a Spanish bilingual teacher in early childhood classrooms (Preschool-2nd grade) for over 10 years. She currently prepares preservice teachers in early childhood, bilingual education, and English as a second language. Her research interests include looking at the implementation of culturally sustaining pedagogies that put student’ dynamic community languages valued practices and knowledges at the center of the curriculum and practices implemented in the classroom. She is currently the editor of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Language Arts Journal and one of the authors of the upcoming book, Book Talk: Growing Into Early Literacy Through Read-Aloud Conversations from Teachers College Press. Follow her on Twitter @Sosorio28
Emma Lewis is a First Grade, Dual Language teacher in Urbana, IL. She received her BA in Elementary Education from Illinois Wesleyan University and her Bilingual/ESL Endorsement from Dominican University. While this is only her third year as a dual language teacher in Urbana, she has also taught English abroad in Spain. Throughout her career she has worked with many bilingual students and teachers and has also taught English as a Second Language. It is so important to her to help support and encourage emergent bilinguals.