Dr. Mercuri is a nationally and internationally recognized educational consultant in the area of second language acquisition, dual language education and curriculum integration for biliteracy development. She has over 28 years of experience in teaching in K-12 schools and at the university level in Argentina and the United States. After retiring from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley she continued to work on research on the development of academic language across the content areas, the use of translanguaging practices for language transfer and the effect of long-term professional development on bilingual and ESL teachers’ instructional practices. Dr. Mercuri provides professional development for teachers and administrators as well as for parents. She presents and keynotes at national and international conferences on issues of second language acquisition and bilingualism, dual language education, translanguaging pedagogy and ESL strategies.
Dr. Mercuri has published articles in the TESOL Quarterly, Talking Points, EJLTS, JMER, TESOL Connections, MEXTESOL, and the NABE journal as well as in the Spanish professional journals Colombian Journal of Bilingual Education: GIST and the Revista Educación y Pedagogía. She is the author of more than twelve book chapters and invited papers. Dr. Mercuri is the author of the book titled Supporting Literacy Through Science: The Challenge of Teaching Science in a Time of Accountability. She has also co-authored the book Dual Language Essentials for teachers and administrators with Drs. Yvonne and David Freeman and Research-based Strategies for English Language Learners with Denise Rea. Her latest work includes Pathways to Biliteracy (2019) published by Velázquez Press, La enseñanza en el aula bilingüe: Content, language and biliteracy (Caslon, 2021) and Biliteracy para todos published by Okapi Publishing Company (2021). Read her CV HERE and visit her website HERE.
Adam Strom is the Director & Co-Founder of Re-Imagining Migration. Before co-founding Re-Imagining Migration, he was a long-time member of the senior leadership team at Facing History & Ourselves. In 2017, he left Facing History specifically to help create RIM because he saw the impact of increasing anti-immigrant hate on the children of immigrants & understood that an organization was needed to focus on championing the social-emotional & academic success of Immigrant Origin youth. Adam has created hundreds of print & digital resources which have been used in over 100,000 classrooms serving millions of students in the U.S. & around the world. He has presented at conferences in the U.S. & around the world including the White House, Harvard University, UCLA, Indiana University, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Conference of Social Studies, American Academy of Religion, & the Global Education Think Tank. In addition, he has led workshops for educators in England, France, Germany, Greece, & Italy. He has served as a scholar in residence at NYU & Indiana University as well as a faculty member at the Project Zero Classroom conference at Harvard Graduate School of Education. He has co-chaired several academic conferences at Harvard Law School. Visit Re-Imagining Migration HERE.
Dr. Alex Torres was born in Mexico City and raised in Houston, Mississippi. She has a dual Bachelor of Arts in English and Spanish and a TESOL certificate from Mississippi University for Women. In 2020, she obtained her PhD in English with a graduate minor in Women’s and Gender Studies at Louisiana State University. Her dissertation “Documenting Desire: Addressing the Educational Needs of Undocumented English Learners” won the James Olney Distinguished Dissertation Award. Alex has over ten years of experience working with underserved students and with implementing culturally sustaining and healing-centered educational approaches. She has engaged in community advocacy for immigrant youth in the Baton Rouge area since 2015. In her role as Assistant Director of Latinx Affairs, her work centers on the coordination, implementation, and assessment of programs and workshops that serve students of Latinx descent and celebrate their heritage/culture. Dr. Torres provides support, advocacy, and leadership development to amplify opportunities for Latinx students. She advises student organizations such as Latin American Student Organization, assists with the management of the Latinx Cultural Center, and actively collaborates with the Latinx Faculty & Staff Caucus. Visit LatinX at LSU HERE.
Dissertation Torres, A. S. (2020). Documenting Desire: Addressing the Educational Needs of Undocumented English Learners.
Article Torres, A. (2021). Using Digital Libraries to Engage the Whole Student: Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies, Trauma-Informed Classrooms, and Project-Based Learning. Journal of Critical Digital Librarianship, 1(1), 5.
Curriculum Torres, A., Cooper, D. Gist, E.& West, A. (2019) Amplified Classrooms: A Humanities Amped Curriculum.