Meet the Expert: Dr. Melendez Featured on Colorín Colorado

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.

Support for English Learners

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.

Recently, the Department publicly shared its proposal to use the Enhanced Assessment Grants Program for developing an assessment for English language proficiency, and we’re seeking public comments on this proposal until February 7. We’re seeking to fund projects that will develop an English language proficiency assessment that’s based on standards that are aligned to a common set of career and college-ready standards – something our field really needs!  I’ll be speaking about this and other means of EL support at the Virginia ESL Supervisors Association Conference this evening in Richmond, VA.

I’m looking forward to moving forward with this program and seeing how we as a community of educators can best support our ELs.