Emilia Sotolongo joined the Center for Child and Family Policy in September 2018 as a senior research aide for the Efficacy of the DCCS Program: ESL and Classroom Teachers Working Together with Students and Families study. She received her Bachelor of Science in middle grades education from Elon University and her Master of Education in reading education from East Carolina University, with her research focused on increasing orthographic knowledge among English language learners in early elementary school. She presented her research findings at the North Carolina Reading Association Conference in Spring of 2015.
Previously, Sotolongo has worked in Durham Public Schools as both a classroom teacher as well as an ESL teacher. In her role as an ESL teacher, Sotolongo worked closely with Spanish-speaking families to increase home and school collaboration. She also co-created and led professional development focused on immigration policies and immigrant student trauma. She continues to volunteer with DPS to increase collaboration between schools and the local Hispanic/Latino community.
- Curricular Inclusion of culturally and linguistically diverse students
- Culturally Relevant Curriculum
- Trauma-Informed Instruction
- Home and School Collaboration