Dr. Silvia Romero-Johnson, Adjunct Faculty
- Ed.D. — Edgewood College, 2011
- Former principal at a whole school charter dual language school.
- Implemented over 10 strand dual language programs at the elementary, middle and high school levels.
- Dissertation was published as a book: Challenges and Opportunities in Implementing Strand Dual Language Programs.
In which online program do you teach?
Which classes do you teach online?
In what ways do you connect with online students?
Blackboard, Skype, Google Chat
What do you want your students to take away from class?
I want my students to develop a deep understanding of the learning process that each individual child goes through, and the systemic alignment of resources, including curriculum development, to address student needs. I want them to understand their own store of resourcefulness that will allow them to break down and remove systemic inequities so all students can learn.
Why did you start teaching?
I come from a family of educators so from a young age I felt the love toward teaching. As an adult, I solidified the choice to go into teaching because of having access to wonderful teachers who made the difference in my life.
What advice would you give to your online students?
Online learning can be rewarding. The advantages are many. However, the way to show engagement is different from face-to-face classrooms. It requires that students access the materials on a daily basis, and that they are very intentional with their writing. The writing needed in an online class needs to be clear, concise yet deep, and profound.
What qualities make someone particularly successful in education?
To be successful with language diverse learners, an educator must be committed to one's own lifelong learning and to dismantling systemic racism in educational institutions. In order to do so, one must be a good listener, an active collaborator, and a humble learner.
What is the one book you think everyone should read?
Deep Work by Cal Newport. It emphasizes the need to establish habits to lead to deep work.
What do you do when you need a laugh?
I go out with friends when I need to laugh. Friendships heal.
Tell us something your students may not know about you:
Like a lot of Americans, I am share in the fabric of immigration stories. While my individual story of immigration is unique in some ways, it allows me to be part of a universal experience of movement across the globe. I was born and grew in Argentina. I came to the USA as a foreign exchange teacher. While here, I met the man who became my husband. When I immigrated, I felt the pinch of having to learn English very quickly so I could have access to employment. From the very beginning, it was my bilingual and bilteracy skills that gave me access to employment so it has been very clear to me the advantages of learning and acquiring the dominant language (English in the USA) while maintaining the home language.