Rebecca Vonderlack-Navarro

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  • 30000 Programs and Policies

Job experience

  •  Education Director at the Latino Policy Forum - leads a team that concentrates its efforts on promoting quality bilingual education programming, equitable access to early childhood programming that is responsive to language and cultural difference, and quality parent engagement. 

Fields of Special Interest

  • Education policy and research involving children of diverse language and cultural backgrounds, early childhood policy and programming, literacy and content area teaching, poverty and its influence on educational achievement, and immigrant communities particularly with children within the birth to age eight span

  • Educator preparation on linguistic and cultural diversity

  • Immigration policy and integration, globalization, transnationalism, community organizing

  • Social movements

  • Mexico policy and Diaspora outreach

  • Qualitative research

  • The intersection of this work with the Latino community and literacy


Publications or presentations (last 3 years)

  • Work involves leading a research-policy partnership with the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research on a longitudinal study of English Learner achievement.
  • C0-authored the Illinois English Learner Handbook: A Guide for School Board Members, District Administrators, and Principals in collaboration with the Illinois Principals Association, Illinois Association of School Boards, and the Illinois Association of School Administrators.