Two Centuries of French Education in New York

Jane Flatau Ross

Jane Flatau Ross is an educator with over 40 years’ experience in the field of international education, including a long career at the Lycée Français de New York. She is the founder and President of the French Heritage Language Program, an organization that provides French language instruction and support to Francophone immigrants in the United States. Jane received her BA from Swarthmore College, majoring in history and French, her MA from Hunter College in English, and a PhD in International Education from New York University. Jane is the co-author of a number of scholarly papers and book chapters concerning the development of French Heritage Language programs, bilingual and dual language initiatives. She was awarded the Legion of Honor and the Palmes Académiques by the French government for her service to French education. Jane lives in New York, New York

The Long Trek North; A Journey through Childhood

Darcey Hale

For Darcey Hale, history has been a passion since, as a ten year old, she was introduced to the world of antiquity while residing temporarily among the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza and Uxmal in Yucatan. This experience was the catalyst for her ongoing quest to learn more about those who had lived in a time gone by. She moved to Willsboro, New York and became the guardian of the treasures that the Clark family had left behind. Through their legacy she has lived their lives and now, in her first book, shares the story of the Clark family, as it so vividly portrays nineteenth century life in New York’s Champlain Valley. In The Long Trek North, the first book in a series of five, she invites her reader to come with her on a journey into the past. It begins in the Connecticut Berkshires in 1801 and transports us north with George and Lydia who set forth to Willsborough, New York and, established a family presence in the early days of that town. In her second volume, A Journey through Childhood, she portrays Orrin Clark within the context of life at Willsborough Point, and the daily events that took place there, as well as the impact that events in the broader arena, including the War of 1812, had upon Orrin Clark and the Blinn familyDarcey lives in Willsboro, New York.

The Bilingual Revolution; The Gift of Languages; Conversations on Bilingualism

Fabrice Jaumont

Fabrice Jaumont is the author of The Bilingual Revolution: The Future of Education is in Two Languages, which focuses on the development of dual language and immersion programs in public schools across the United States. Fabrice Jaumont holds a Ph.D. in International Education from New York University. His research and publications find themselves at the intersection of comparative and international education, education philanthropy, heritage language and multilingual education. He also co-authored The Gift of Languages with Kathleen Stein-Smith, where both authors explore the many advantages of multilingual education and sets the stage for a new paradigm in our approach to teaching and learning languages. The book touches on the issue of foreign language deficit in the US and the changes that need to occur in our schools to better serve our children and our linguistic communities. He is currently working on a new book with us, Conversations on Bilingualism with Ana Ines Ansaldo, Ellen Bialystok, Ofelia García, François Grosjean and Christine Hélot where Fabrice delves deeper into the topics of bilingualism, bilingual education, and cognitive development through a series of conversations with world-renown experts. Fabrice lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Salsa Dancing in Gym Shoes

Alyson Leah Lavigne

Alyson Leah Lavigne is an Assistant Professor at Utah State University, and researcher of teacher evaluation. In her book, Salsa Dancing in Gym Shoes, Alyson and co-author Tammy Oberg De La Garza traverse the White and Latino cultures on a daily basis, use essays written by Latinx authors to uncover past missteps and explore culturally responsive ways of engaging Latino students in learning. She lives in Salt Lake City with her husband, Erick and two sons, Leonardo and Santiago.

Salsa Dancing in Gym Shoes

Tammy Oberg

De La Garza

Tammy Oberg De La Garza, is an Associate Professor and Director of Dual Language Teacher Leadership at Roosevelt University. She began her career as a teacher in Chicago Public Schools, and teaches and conducts research in dual language, literacy, social equity, and learning within Latino communities. In her book, Salsa Dancing in Gym Shoes, Tammy and co-author Alyson Leah Lavigne traverse the White and Latino cultures on a daily basis, use essays written by Latinx authors to uncover past missteps and explore culturally responsive ways of engaging Latino students in learning.She lives in Chicago with her husband, Rey and their young adult children, Sierra and Alex.

The Other Shore; Beyond Gibraltar; Mamma in her Village

Maristella de Panniza Lorch

Maristella de Panizza Lorch is Professor Emerita of Italian and Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Barnard College and Columbia University, as well as Founding Director Emerita of the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America. She is the mother of three daughters and the widow of the mathematician Edgar Raymond Lorch. The Other Shore is the closing volume of the trilogy Beyond Gibraltar, following Mamma in her Village and Beyond Gibraltar. She lives in New York.

The Gift of Languages

Kathleen Stein-Smith

As a dedicated foreign language educator and advocate, Kathleen Stein-Smith is the author of three books and numerous articles about the United States’ foreign language deficit. Her TEDx talk, The U.S. Foreign Language Deficit—”What It Is; Why It Matters; and What We Can Do about It” has been viewed thousands of times, and her blog, “Language Matters.” attracts countless visitors each year. Dr. Stein-Smith is also Chair of the American Association of Teachers of French) Commission on Advocacy. She is a member of the American Translators Association Education and Pedagogy Committee, the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Advisory Council, the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Advisory Council, and is a Southern Conference on Language Teaching Sponsor. She also serves as French Language Facilitator at Many Languages One World. She is associate university librarian and adjunct faculty in foreign languages and related areas at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She received the French Government’s medal of Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes académiques. Kathy lives in Bergenfield, New Jersey

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