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It is the privilege of the Leadership Team to motivate, inspire, and empower the members to advocate for the culturally and linguistically diverse students by curating resources and supporting higher education faculty from various bilingual teacher preparation programs throughout the state of CA.




Eduardo Muñoz Muñoz

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Sharon Merritt


Sharon Merritt

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Adam Sawyer


Reyna Garcia-Ramos

Eduardo R. Muñoz-Muñoz Biography:

Eduardo R. Muñoz-Muñoz, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor and the Coordinator of the Critical Bilingual Authorization program “Bilingüismo y Justicia”, and a core faculty member in the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program at the Lurie College of Education at San José State University. Dr. Muñoz-Muñoz earned his doctorate at Stanford University in 2018. He also holds a Masters Degree in Sociology (Stanford University, 2016), a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership (UC Berkeley, 2010), and a Licenciatura in English Philology (Universidad de Córdoba, España, 2000). A former teacher and administrator, his research, teaching, and practice engage with issues of linguistic access, educational opportunities, and teacher preparation from a critical policy ethnography stance. Additionally, he regularly supports and advises districts and dual immersion programs on design and implementational issues pertaining to multilingualism.


Board Members
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Clara Amador-Lankster
Board Member

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Marisol Ruiz
Board Member

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Nirmla Flores
Webmaster & Board Member

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Diane Sharken Taboada
Board Member

Clara Amador-Lankster Biography:

During the last thirty years, Dr. Amador-Lankster’s career has centered on English as a Foreign Second Language, Bilingual and Dual Language Education in the United States and abroad. Holding degrees in Sociology of Education, Elementary Education, Bilingual Teaching Methodologies, Educational Leadership, and Policy Analysis for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse students, she is currently the Program Director, Master of Bilingual Education with MS.SS and Bilingual Authorization (Spanish) at National University. She teaches Graduate Level Courses in the Teacher Credentialing Program, Master of Education and Master of Arts in Teaching in the areas of Instructional Design, Internship Clinical Practice, Foundations of Education, English Language Development for Second Language Learners, Reading and Language Arts Instruction, Content Area Literacy Culture, Language and Cognition and Identity, Inclusion and Equity. Additionally, Dr Amador-Lankster was awarded the distinction of becoming a Fulbright Senior Specialist in 2010- 2022 in Colombia and India.

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Elsie Solis Chang
Board Member


Laura Alvarez
Board Member


Fernando Rodriguez-Valls
Board Member

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Fay Shin
Board Member

Elsie Solis-Chang Biography: 

Elsie Solis-Chang, Ed.D., Assistant Professor at California State University San Marcos, serves graduate students pursuing their single subject or multiple subjects credentials and Masters of Education degree. She collaborates with local districts and provides professional learning concentrating on best practices for Dual Language Learners, English/Multilingual Learners, and World Language education. Prior to higher education, she served as a World Language Department Chair at Temecula Valley High School and taught Spanish I-IV & Spanish for Native Speakers in grade levels 6th-12th. She later moved to Bakersfield and worked at the Alternative Education community and court schools as an English and multiple subjects educator to a large population of English Learners and At-Promise students in grades 4th-12th. She continues to dedicate her work to advocating for equality, equity, and social justice for English Learners. She has presented her work at major conferences such as NABE, NAME, CABE, CCTE, CLTA, and CATESOL. Dr. Solis-Chang was an emerging English Learner in the primary grades and therefore knows the struggles faced by culturally and linguistically diverse students. Her passion is to instill knowledge to others and bring awareness of the importance of supporting English Learners as well as speakers of other languages. She fervently believes that all students deserve an equal opportunity to learn and academically succeed in school and beyond.

Ex-officio Board Members


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Alan Jones
Ex-Officio Board Member


Ivannia Soto
Ex-Officio Board Member


Magaly Lavadenz
Loyola Marymount University

Alan Jones Biography: 

Alan H. Jones LMU Center for Equity for English Learners (CEEL) has served since 1998 as the Executive Secretary of the California Council on Teacher Education and is also the owner and publisher at Caddo Gap Press, a small educational publishing company specializing in scholarly journals in the fields of teacher education, multicultural education, and the social foundations of education. He holds B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from The University of Michigan in history, comparative education, and the social foundations of education.

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