Conference #1 : Bilingualism and multiculturalism in Public Schools

D7 Council Member

Mark Levine

D7 Council Member

D7 Council Member

Mark Levine

D7 Council Member

Volunteer parent and Multilingual Committee Leader at CEC3

Lucas Liu

Volunteer parent and Multilingual Committee Leader at CEC3

Volunteer parent and Multilingual Committee Leader at CEC3

Lucas Liu

Volunteer parent and Multilingual Committee Leader at CEC3

The Community Education Council 3 covers the west side of Central Park and a section of lower Harlem. Lucas has worked extensively with parents, schools and senior DOE leaders to support the launch of the Russian Dual Language Program at PS145 (UWS) in September 2017. His support has been essential during the early phases of the Italian DL initiative and the subsequent launch of the Italian program at PS242. His efforts to provide funding to underserved schools in D3 are ongoing. Lucas is a proud parent of two NYC public school students.

Annavaleria Guazzieri

Director of the Education Office at the Consulate General of Italy

Director of the Education Office at the Consulate General of Italy

Annavaleria Guazzieri

Director of the Education Office at the Consulate General of Italy

Venice-born Annavaleria Guazzieri joined the Education office at the Consulate General of Italy in New York in 2016. She holds a MA in Oriental Languages (Hindi) and a PhD in Applied Linguistics and Language Teaching. She has extensively researched second language acquisition, cooperative learning and content based language with a focus on the role of new technologies in teacher training. Before arriving in New York, she worked as a Superintendent of primary and secondary schools and promoted Art, Music and Science projects with a focus on multiculturalism and intercultural dialogue.

Dr. Dawn Best

Deputy Superintendent District 14

Deputy Superintendent District 14

Dr. Dawn Best

Deputy Superintendent District 14

Dr. Alison Alexander

Principal of PS 18

Principal of PS 18

Dr. Alison Alexander

Principal of PS 18

Conference #2 : Navigating Special Education in New York City and the Bilingual Child with Special Needs

MS.Ed: Bilingual Special Education Teacher, Teachers College Columbia University

Angela Gigliotti Manessis

MS.Ed: Bilingual Special Education Teacher, Teachers College Columbia University

MS.Ed: Bilingual Special Education Teacher, Teachers College Columbia University

Angela Gigliotti Manessis

MS.Ed: Bilingual Special Education Teacher, Teachers College Columbia University

Angela Manessis is a Bilingual Preschool Special Education Teacher at Kennedy Children’s Center where she is in her third year as a head teacher. She graduated from Lehman College in May 2019 with a Masters in Bilingual/Dual Language Early Childhood General and Special Education. Angela is also a current graduate student in Neuroscience at Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to working at Kennedy, Angela has served a role as a teacher in both preschool, lower elementary, and middle school mathematics.

PhD; Coordinator of Special Education Bilingual Programs and Online Gifted Education at LehmanCollege

Sheila Blachman

PhD; Coordinator of Special Education Bilingual Programs and Online Gifted Education at LehmanCollege

PhD; Coordinator of Special Education Bilingual Programs and Online Gifted Education at LehmanCollege

Sheila Blachman

PhD; Coordinator of Special Education Bilingual Programs and Online Gifted Education at LehmanCollege

Shelia Blachman is the Doctoral Lecturer, Program Coordinator of Special Education Bilingual Programs at Lehman College. Dr. Blachman received her PhD from Teachers College, Columbia University in Educational Leadership. Dr. Blachman has taught for over 30 years, in both a school district settings in Conneticut and then as a professor at Lehman.

MS.Ed: Bilingual Special Education Teacher, Kennedy Children's Center, Bank Street College

Jenny Prince

MS.Ed: Bilingual Special Education Teacher, Kennedy Children's Center, Bank Street College

MS.Ed: Bilingual Special Education Teacher, Kennedy Children's Center, Bank Street College

Jenny Prince

MS.Ed: Bilingual Special Education Teacher, Kennedy Children's Center, Bank Street College

Jenny Prince is a Bilingual Preschool Special Education Teacher at Kennedy Children’s Center where she is in her second year as a head teacher. She graduated from Bank Street College of Education in May 2018 with a Masters in Bilingual/Dual Language Early Childhood General and Special Education. Prior to working at Kennedy, she worked in a variety of school settings from Head Start to Middle School in both teaching and administrative roles since 2012. Jenny has been passionate about dual language education since learning about it in college. She feels that bilingual education would benefit all of our children, especially those children who speak more than one language already. Over the past five years she has focussed on special education and the idea that all children should have access to high quality play based education.

Regional Program Manager and Regional Coordinator at www.parenttoparent.org

Ellen McHugh

Regional Program Manager and Regional Coordinator at www.parenttoparent.org

Regional Program Manager and Regional Coordinator at www.parenttoparent.org

Ellen McHugh

Regional Program Manager and Regional Coordinator at www.parenttoparent.org

Ellen Mc Hugh has been employed by Parent to Parent of NY State since 1995. Parent to Parent of NY State’s New York City office began as a one person office in Brooklyn and has expanded to six employees in the NYC area. Our new offices are located at 25 Beaver Street, in downtown Manhattan.

Shanitah Young

Shanitah Young

Shanitah Young served as educator and curriculum leader in Dallas, Texas. She was able to introduce educational innovation by championing mindful learning at campus and district levels. Today, Shanitah is working to expand her capacity as a leader. She is champion for educating the whole child and advancing policy agendas that create equity across race and socio-economic lines. Having served in research labs at various medical schools and the NIH, Shanitah values the science behind the experiences of her scholars. This spring, she will graduate with an MS in Neuroscience and Education from Teachers College.

Conference #3 : Trials and Tribulations of maintaining minority languages alive

Co-founder of InItaliano

Francesco Fadda

Co-founder of InItaliano

Co-founder of InItaliano

Francesco Fadda

Co-founder of InItaliano

Francesco is French-Italian bilingual and has become anglophone since his moving to the US.
He is a PR Moyer and supports multilingualism and the preservation of minority languages.

Founder of www.nyhabitat.com

Marie Reine Jezequel

Founder of www.nyhabitat.com

Founder of www.nyhabitat.com

Marie Reine Jezequel

Founder of www.nyhabitat.com

She was born in Brittany (France). She was brought up speaking Breton and French. In her twenties she was well aware of the importance of keeping the Breton language alive and got involved in helping to open a Breton speaking school in Diwan (France).

President of the Catalan Institute of America (CIOFA)

Daniel Parcerisas

President of the Catalan Institute of America (CIOFA)

President of the Catalan Institute of America (CIOFA)

Daniel Parcerisas

President of the Catalan Institute of America (CIOFA)

Daniel Parcerisas is President of the Catalan Institute of America (CIOFA). CIOFA’s mission is to foster a sense of community among Catalan expatriates and Catalanophiles living in the New York area, including sponsoring regular Catalan language courses. Daniel grew up in Barcelona in a Catalan-English bilingual household and attended a Catalan-Spanish-French trilingual school. He holds an undergraduate degree in Sociology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and a Master’s in City Planning from UC Berkeley. He currently works in New York City managing investments in affordable housing. Daniel and his wife are raising their young daughter in Catalan and English and supporting her learning Spanish.

Founder of the “Coordinamentu pro su Sardu Ufitziale”

Giuseppe Corongiu

Founder of the “Coordinamentu pro su Sardu Ufitziale”

Founder of the “Coordinamentu pro su Sardu Ufitziale”

Giuseppe Corongiu

Founder of the “Coordinamentu pro su Sardu Ufitziale”

Giuseppe Corongiu is the founder of the “Coordinamentu pro su Sardu Ufitziale”, an association that deals with the promotion and safeguarding of the Sardinian language.

He was born in Làconi (Nuoro) in 1965 and is a public administration executive, journalist, essayist, writer and translator. He directed the Linguistic Office of the Sardinian language of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia from 2006 to 2014.

In the scientific field he studied the technical and legal jargon within minority languages, publishing several essays including “Pro una limba ufitziale” in 2006. He directed and coordinated several projects to encourage the bilingualism of children at an early age and the dissemination of

multilingualism in Sardinia. His work “Sardinian a normal language” (2013) was particularly widespread. He recently translated Gramsci’s childhood stories “S’arbore de sos eritzos” and wrote a commemorative story of the visit of the English writer David Herbert Lawrence in Sardinia published in the “Back to Sardinia” collection. In 2019 he published the selection of short stories “Metropolitània e àteros contos tòpicos, distòpicos e utòpicos” with which he also provocatively proposes the total renewal of the literature in the Sardinian language, until now blocked on traditional and anthropological positions.

President of the International Fonds for the Alsatian Language

Thierry Kranzer

President of the International Fonds for the Alsatian Language

President of the International Fonds for the Alsatian Language

Thierry Kranzer

President of the International Fonds for the Alsatian Language

President of the International Fonds for the Alsatian Language. Administrator of the “Haut-Comité pour le bilinguisme en Alsace-Lorraine” from 1992 to 2000. Covering since 2001 meetings from the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues focusing on minority languages reconstruction. Was invited to speak at the first United Nations World Forum on minority languages in January 2016. Published “Langues régionales au bord du Gouffre”, in March 2015, on the situation of the 8 main Regional languages in Metropolitan France. Member of the board of “ABCM Zweisprachigkeit”, German Alsatian immersive school in Alsace-Moselle.

Conference #4 : Raising happy kids between cultures and languages

Author of ``This messy mobile life``

Mariam Navaid

Author of ``This messy mobile life``

Author of ``This messy mobile life``

Mariam Navaid

Author of ``This messy mobile life``

Expat writer, author, researcher and an experienced economist with a broad international background in finance, development, business research, statistics, project management, reporting, writing and communication.

Sharon Schanzer, Lycée Français de New York parent

Sharon Schanzer

Sharon Schanzer, Lycée Français de New York parent

Sharon Schanzer, Lycée Français de New York parent

Sharon Schanzer

Sharon Schanzer, Lycée Français de New York parent

Sharon Schanzer is a firm believer in the incredible cognitive and other benefits of bilingualism. As such, even as a monolingual Anglophone, she enrolled her son, Rémy, in a bilingual program at the age of three. He was first at EINY/L’Ecole and, since Kindergarten, has been a student at the Lycée Français de New York, where he is currently in sixth grade and completely bilingual. A native New Yorker, Sharon is an entrepreneur and currently runs her own graphic design and business consultancy, RLDGroup. She oversees communications as a volunteer for the Lycée’s parents association.

Conférence #5 : Singing and speaking: reciprocal influences of music and language in early childhood development and learning

Ed. D: Music and Music Education, Queens College and New York University

Dr. Claudia Calì

Ed. D: Music and Music Education, Queens College and New York University

Ed. D: Music and Music Education, Queens College and New York University

Dr. Claudia Calì

Ed. D: Music and Music Education, Queens College and New York University

Dr. Claudia Calì is a musician, piano teacher and researcher. A native of Italy, Dr. Calì earned a Doctorate in Music and Music Education from Teachers College Columbia University. She currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Music Education at Queens College, Long Island University, and New York University. She devotes her energy to researching young children and their spontaneous musicality. Her research also brings attention to families and to the influences that music has on parent-child relationships. Such interest is rooted in her long experience, teaching piano to young children and their parents both in Italy and in the United States. Recently, she created and currently teaches an original music curriculum, “Musicali si Nasce,” for young children of Italian families in New York. “Musicali si Nasce” is inspired by her observations of young children’s spontaneous music-making and aims to cultivate in young children and their families a love for the Italian language through music.

Ed.D: Music and Music Education, New York University

Meryl Sole

Ed.D: Music and Music Education, New York University

Ed.D: Music and Music Education, New York University

Meryl Sole

Ed.D: Music and Music Education, New York University

Dr. Meryl Sole is a college professor, music researcher and mother to two young daughters. She is in faculty at both Fordham University and New York University where she teaches courses in music education, history and theory. Her research focuses on musical development in toddlerhood and musical parenting.

Ed.D: Ghostlight Chorus and German International School of New York

Evelyn Troester De Graf

Ed.D: Ghostlight Chorus and German International School of New York

Ed.D: Ghostlight Chorus and German International School of New York

Evelyn Troester De Graf

Ed.D: Ghostlight Chorus and German International School of New York

Dr. Evelyn Troester DeGraf is a German- born conductor, singer, music educator, and voice instructor who performs and teaches in New York. As a researcher, she studies ritual and performance preparation in leadership roles. Dr. DeGraf is also the founder and artistic director of the internationally acclaimed chamber choir The GHOSTLIGHT
Chorus.

Ed.D: WeBop at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Adriana Diaz-Donoso

Ed.D: WeBop at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Ed.D: WeBop at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Adriana Diaz-Donoso

Ed.D: WeBop at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Adriana is a Peruvian music educator based in NYC. She is currently the Manager of the WeBop program at Jazz at Lincoln Center and a Research Associate at the National Center for Children and Families at Columbia University. She obtained a doctorate in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University (2019) and her research interests focus primarily on young children’s development and well- being and the role that music plays in that process, especially for children in underserved populations.

Primary Music Teacher, Lycée Français de New York

Valentine Biollay

Primary Music Teacher, Lycée Français de New York

Primary Music Teacher, Lycée Français de New York

Valentine Biollay

Primary Music Teacher, Lycée Français de New York

Valentine Biollay is passionate about the role of music as a mode of acquiring language skills in young children. She joined the Lycée Français de New York in 2019, where she teaches music to children from Nursery-3 all the way to third grade. After obtaining a degree in acting in Lausanne and a Master’s degree in theatre from La Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris, she moved to New York City to pursue her musical interests. She earned a BFA in music from the City College of New York in 2014 and is also working on a degree in psychology in Paris. Valentine has taught music in French and led French sing-along immersion classes in various American and French schools in New York including TLB Music, FI:AF, and her very own class in Forest Hills, Les Piafs. Valentine is also the leader and vocalist of the Gavroche Jazz Band which performs French music throughout the city.

Award ceremony

Manhattan Borough President

Gale Brewer

Manhattan Borough President

Manhattan Borough President

Gale Brewer

Manhattan Borough President

Gale Brewer has served the people of New York for over 40 years. In January 2014, she was sworn in as the Manhattan Borough President. From 2002-2013, she represented the Upper West Side and northern Clinton on the New York City Council.