About the Authors

Sandra Mercuri is a nationally and internationally recognized consultant in the areas of second language acquisition, dual language education, and curriculum integration for biliteracy development.

Sandra has over 30 years of experience teaching in K-12 schools and as a college professor in Argentina and the United States. She provides professional development for teachers, administrators, and parents on second language acquisition and bilingualism, dual language education, translanguaging pedagogy, and ESL strategies. Her latest published work on biliteracy is La enseñanza en el aula bilingüe: Content, language and biliteracy (Caslon, 2020).

Vivian Pratts is an experienced bilingual teacher, elementary principal, and bilingual/ESL PK-12 director. She has over 30 years of educational experience and is currently an educational consultant. Vivian provides professional development for parents, teachers, and administrators as well as coaching principals in the areas of leadership and second language acquisition.

Her current research interests include translanguaging with emergent and experienced bilinguals, and how teachers can extend and support the linguistic repertoire of students. With Sandra Mercuri, she co-authored the article “Designing and Implementing Effective Professional Development and Coaching for Dual Language Programs” at DualLanguageSchools.org.

Their most recent publication is CLLIF, a Framework That Engages, Connects, and Empowers Multilingual Learners (Velázquez Press).