Bilingual Common Core Initiative: Complete List of Bilingual Common Core Writing Team

Middle school

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Dr. Patricia Velasco
Queens College
Bilingual Education Program Coordinator
Elementary and Early Childhood Education Program
BCCI Director

Ruth Swinney, BCCI Coordinator
Educational Consultant

Dr. Helen Johnson, Developmental Consultant
Queens College, Elementary and Early Childhood Education Program

Barbara Johnson, Lead Editor
Carissa Speelman, Editor
Estrella Olivares-Orellana, Editor

Writers for New and Home Language by Grade Level:
Vanessa Paulino, Writer, PreK 
Iris Fajardo, Writer, K
Bilmary Cepeda, Writer, 1st grade
Victoria Hunt, Writer, 2nd grade
Gloria Mohammad and Jennifer Velasco, Writers, 3rd grade
Rachael Bard and Paola Salgado, Writers, 4th grade
Alida Grafals, Writer, 5th grade

Writers New Language:
Carissa Speelman, Writer, 6th grade
Timothy Ross, Writer, 7th grade
Anthony De Fazio and Nancy Dunetz, Writers, 8th grade
Daisy Granados Writer, 9th-10th grade band
Dara Ross, Writer, 11th-12th grade band

Writers for Home Language:  
Delia Hernández (Home Language Middle School)
Estrella Olivares Orellana (Home Language High School)

Language Consultants for the Linguistic Demands Sections (New and Home Language)
Sarah Hesson, Elementary Grades Language Consultant (English and Spanish)
Heather Woodley, Middle and High School Language Consultant (English)
Carol Park, Language Consultant  (Chinese)
Milushka Charcape-Elbulok, Language Consultant (Arabic)
Abdul Azad, Language Consultant (Bengali)
Monalisa Jean and Marie Lily Cerat, Language Consultants (Haitian Creole)

The New York State Education Department would also like to thank the initial writing team for developing the Bilingual Common Core Progression samples. The initial writing team included:

Yuisa I. Dávila, Lead Writer
Professional Consultant/ Curriculum Developer

Yolanda Santiago, ED.S., Project Coordinator
Executive Consultant/Professor

Prathima Christdas, Writer
Adjunct Assistant Professor
CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College
New York, NY

Gloria J. Dancause, Writer
Gorham, New York
Instructor of Public Speaking
Finger Lakes Community College
Canandaigua New York

Cassandra Marie Dayton, Writer
New York City Department of Education

Ryan H. Enser, Writer
Buffalo Public Schools

Audrey Figueroa Murphy, Ed.D., Writer
St. Johns University

Carissa Hagan, Writer
Sachem Central School District

Monalisa Jean-Ferrari, Writer
Dean/Foreign Language Teacher, New York City Department of Education
Haitian Creole Language Delegate, NYSABE
New York State Association for Bilingual Education
President, HELP Inc. Haitian Educators League for Progress, Inc.

Michael Kastner, Writer
New York City Department of Education

Chen-Hui Lin, Writer
Newcomers High School
New York City, NY

Ann Narcisse, Writer
Regional Bilingual Special Education Specialist
Mid-Hudson, Dutchess BOCES

Nurka Nieves, ED.S, Writer

Margarita G. Reyes, Writer
Regional Bilingual Special Education Specialist
Midwest Region 8, Monroe 1 BOCES

David Rodgers, Writer
Newcomers High School
New York City, NY

Annette M Saxton, Writer
New York City Department of Education

Melodie Valenciano, Writer
Rochester Public Schools