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Jennifer Altavilla-Giordano

Program Director, TESOL Multilingual Learner Education (Licensure)

Dr. Jennifer Altavilla-Giordano is a lecturer of language education and director of the TESOL Multilingual Learner Education (Licensure) program at BU Wheelock College of Education & Human Development. Her research focuses on professional development, preservice 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. Her work has been published in the International Multilingual Research Journal, the Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, Kappan, MATSOL Currents, and The Sacramento Bee. Additionally, she is a Posse Scholar mentor and a Terrier F1RSTS advocate for first-generation graduate students.

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, and consulted with the National Network of Education Research Practice Partnerships (NNERPP) and the Council of Great City Schools (CGCS). Before that, Dr. Altavilla-Giordano was an elementary and middle school teacher and English as a Second Language (ESL) program coordinator in Boston. She was also a course instructor for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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PhD, Educational Policy, Stanford Graduate School of Education

EdM, Teaching & Curriculum, Harvard Graduate School of Education

BA, Journalism and English Literature, New York University

SED BI 535: Literacy Development for Bilingual Students

SED TL 520/525: Teaching English Language Learners

SED BI 504: Seminar: The Student Teaching Experience (ESL)

SED TL 508: Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language

SED TL 508: Methods in Teaching English as a Second Language Online

SED ED 220: Theme-Based Approaches to Studying Complex Issues of Language in Education and Human Development

Altavilla-Giordano, J. & Blitz, E. (2023). Reimagining preparation for teachers of designated English learners. Phi Delta Kappan, 105(2).

Altavilla-Giordano, J. (2023). Certified, but not an expert: Advantages and limitations of add-on ESL licensure. MATSOL Currents, 45(2).

Biernacki, P. J., Altavilla, J., Kanopka, K., Hsieh, H., & Solano-Flores, G. (2022). Long-term English learners’ mathematics course trajectories: downstream consequences of early remediation on college preparation. International Multilingual Research Journal, 1-17. [Online Advance].

Altavilla, J.M., Elosua, P., and Solano-Flores, G. (2021). Language and socioeconomic factors impacting mathematics achievement in the Basque Autonomous Community. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development.

Altavilla, J.M. (2020). How technology affects instruction for English learners. Phi Delta Kappan, 102(1).

Altavilla, J.M., Biernacki, P., Solano-Flores, G., Valdés, G., & Garcia Fontana, R. (2020). Disentangling educational structural inequity: Spanning trees of mathematics course-taking trajectories in a high school. Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 39(1).

Altavilla-Giordano, J. & Blitz, E. (2023, May). Reimagining the sheltered English immersion (SEI) endorsement course: Lessons for K-12 leaders. Presented at the Massachusetts Association of Teachers of Speakers of Other Languages Conference, Framingham, MA.

Altavilla-Giordano, J. (2023, February). Teacher perceptions of the English learner designation. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, Indianapolis, IN.

Altavilla-Giordano, J. (2022, September). Teaching language objectives using next generation ESL curriculum resources. Presented at the WIDA Conference, Louisville, KY.

Altavilla-Giordano, J. (2022, May). Using linguagrams as a teacher education tool. Presented at the Massachusetts Association of Teachers of Speakers of Other Languages Conference (Virtual Conference).

Altavilla, J.M. (2021, April). Supervise or Support: How Coaches Make Decisions During Professional Development for Teachers of English Learners. Paper presented at the conference of the American Educational Research Association, Orlando, FL. (Virtual Conference).