- Joseph Wiemelt
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
JOSEPH T. WIEMELT, Ed.D. is currently the Director of Equity & Secondary Bilingual Programs for Urbana School District #116 in Urbana, Illinois, and Lecturer in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Wiemelt’s research interests include the intersection of critical race theory, school leadership, and bilingual education. Most recently, Dr. Wiemelt has been selected as an English Language Specialist with the U.S. Department of State and Georgetown University. Recent publications include: Wiemelt, J., & Velazquez, M. (under review). El querer es poder: Consejos for White educational leaders working in new growth Latina/o communities. Journal of Latinos in Education; and Bauer, E. B., Colomer, S., & Wiemelt, J. (in press). Biliteracy of African American and Latinas/os in a kindergarten dual language program: Understanding students’ translanguaging practices across informal assessments. Urban Education.
- Lucia Maldonado
Urbana School District
LUCIA MALDONADO is currently the Latino Family Liaison for Urbana School District #116 in Urbana, Illinois. Lucia works with parents and students, forming support networks to help strengthen the relationship between school and home. Lucia’s interest include initiatives that promote collaborative relationships among schools, community resources, and families. Lucia also works with unaccompanied immigrant children, developing support systems to help these students feel safe and connected to the educational system and the community.