Colorín Colorado, a free web-based, bilingual service that provides information, activities, and advice for educators and Spanish-speaking families of English language learners, has posted a new video interview with Dr. Melendez for their “Meet the Expert” series.
Through this series of videos, Dr. Melendez talks about her favorite teacher, her experiences growing up as an English learner, and her thoughts on how educators and administrators can better support the growth and success of English learners. In the video below, Dr. Melendez recounts a story about Jesus, a special first grade student.
The rest of the videos and the transcript of the video can be found here.
If you’ve ever heard me speak at an event, you’ve probably heard me talking about growing up as an English learner, and how those experiences helped shaped who I am today. I’ve spent my career working with English learners and tackling issues of English language and literacy, and I’ve been passionate about putting these experiences to work in my current position at the Department.