by Marilyn Huerta
On June 27th, thirty teachers and administrators traveled to Palm Springs to attend the 25th National Two-Way Bilingual Immersion Conference. With the crazy hot weather of almost 120 degrees, the conference had a participation of 1400 attendees from just about every state. Highlighting the conference, Dr. Ana Hernández, who was the keynote speaker for the conference and the director of Project ACCEPT (Aligning the Common Core for English Learners, Parents & Teachers – a US Department of Education National Professional Development Grant), was awarded for her 25 years of service to the Association of Two-Way and Dual Language Education (ATDLE).
In addition to being the director of Project ACCEPT, Hernández is also the CSUSM Associate Professor of Multilingual & Multicultural Education, the Program Coordinator for the Bilingual Authorization, Online Dual Language Certificate, and Multicultural Specialist Certificate in the School of Education. She is the co-coordinator of the Multiple Subject Credential program and earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the Joint Doctoral Program at the University of California in San Diego and CSUSM.
Her work in bilingual teacher preparation stems from 32 years of teaching in California public schools as a bilingual/dual language teacher in K-8 grades. In higher education, she involves her teacher candidates in community in engaged scholarship, global networks, and social justice and equity action plans. Dr. Hernández’s research examines instructional practices and cross-cultural equity in dual language education. Her publications have been featured in a variety of peer-reviewed journals and edited books. She is one of the founders and past-President of the Association for Two-Way and Dual Language Education (ATDLE) and an active member of ATDLE’s Advisory Committee. In addition, she is a national trainer and consultant for dual language education.
In her career, Hernández has received various awards, including the CSU Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program, San Diego County Office of Education’s Innovative Video in Education (iVIE) Award, CSUSM’s Distinguished Teacher in Residence, CABE State Teacher of the Year, Two-Way CABE Teacher of the Year and Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District’s Teacher of the Year.