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Jennifer Altavilla-Giordano

Lecturer of Language Education, Director of TESOL and Bilingual Education (Licensure) at Wheelock

Dr. Jennifer Altavilla-Giordano is a lecturer and program director for TESOL & Bilingual Education (Licensure) at BU Wheelock College of Education & Human Development. Her research focuses on professional development, pre-service training, and instructional coaching for teachers who work with students classified as English learners. She is passionate about collaborating with districts, schools, and teachers through research-practice partnerships to improve multilingual learners’ school experiences and access to grade-level curriculum.

Previously, Dr. Altavilla-Giordano taught undergraduate and graduate students at Stanford University, Lesley University, and the Alder Graduate School of Education. She served as a literature instructional coach and dean of faculty for Breakthrough Silicon Valley. Prior to that, Dr. Altavilla-Giordano was an elementary and middle-school teacher in Boston, and also served as an English as a Second Language (ESL) program coordinator and a course instructor for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.