Watch or listen below as moderator Dr. Joseph Youngblood, dean of the John S. Watson School of Public Service, is joined by Ana I. Berdecia, M.Ed., Senior Fellow/Director of the Center for the Positive Development of Urban Children (CPDUC) at the John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy of Thomas Edison State University and Sandra GB Iturbides, supervisor of ESL, Bilingual and World Language Program for Secondary Schools for the Trenton School District to discuss cross-cultural awareness and practice in our children’s classrooms.
About Ana I. Berdecia, M.Ed.
Berdecia is the Senior Fellow/Director of the Center for the Positive Development of Urban Children (CPDUC) at the John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy. She is also the program director for the New Jersey Cultural Competency and English Language Learners Institute and Mentoring Program through The Center for the Positive Development of Urban Children (CPDUC). CPDUC strives to bridge the voices of teachers, practitioners, school leaders and families with policy initiatives that impact the positive development of New Jersey’s children by utilizing a holistic approach of best practices, policy analysis and research.
About Sandra GB Iturbides
Iturbides holds a BS in Clinical Psychology from Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Ureña of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, her native country; a master's in ESL Education from Trenton College of New Jersey, and a master's in Education Administration from Grand Canyon University. With 25 years of experience as an educator, Mrs. Iturbides advocates for biliteracy and equitable access to education for all children.