Keynote Address: Legacy Panel – Rosa Molina, Zoila Esquivel-Moreno, Donna Christian, Kathryn Lindholm-Leary, & Alondra Diaz

Monday, June 24, 2024, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Rosa G. Molina is the past Executive Director of ATDLE, the Association of Two-Way & Dual Language Education (ATDLE) which was founded in March 2012. ATDLE evolved from Two-Way CABE, which Rosa helped to develop in 1991. In her most recent work, as Executive Director, Rosa and her team provide technical assistance and professional development to TWBI Programs in California and the Western region of the United States. ATDLE continues to promote the expansion of TWBI education and the Seal of Biliteracy throughout California and the U.S. Before retiring in 2011 to take the lead with ATDLE and Two-Way CABE, Ms. Molina worked as the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for Ravenswood City School District in East Palo Alto, CA from 2009-2011 after working for San Jose Unified SD for twenty-five years. In SJUSD, Rosa was also the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction where she had supervisory responsibility and direct oversight of the district’s eight state preschools, 39 elementary schools, seven middle schools, and seven high schools. In addition, she provided oversight of the Special Education, Desegregation, Curriculum and Instruction, Enrollment, Bilingual Education, and Elementary and Secondary Education programs for SJUSD. Rosa built her base of expertise by spending years as a bilingual classroom teacher, Title I Resource Teacher, Staff Development District Trainer and resource Teacher, Manager of Staff Development, Principal, Director of Bilingual Education/Staff Development, and Director of Elementary Education. Her national dissemination work through Project Two-Way, an Academic Excellence Grant from the U.S. Department of Education, helped her find and support the development of more than 30 programs throughout the United States.


Zoila Esquivel Moreno is a school principal at River Glen K-8 School in the San José Unified School District located in San José, California, and the current Chairperson for ATDLE. ATDLE has been a fundamental part of her educational experience and has inspired her work as an educator, advocate, and leader for the past 19 years in Dual Immersion Education. Zoila earned a BA in Liberal Studies with a minor in Spanish, Bilingual Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and MA with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction at San José State University. MA on Educational Leadership at Santa Clara University. Zoila’s continuous work with English Language Learners and Dual Language Learners has been ongoing and continues to shape the work being done with teachers and leaders to elevate language instruction in order to provide equity in access to high-quality instruction to ensure academic success for diverse bilingual learners. “Our culture, our traditions, our language are the foundations upon which we build our identity.” Being bilingual is her super power, what’s yours?

Donna Christian is a senior fellow at the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington, DC where she previously served as a researcher and then president (1994-2010). She is a sociolinguist who has devoted her career to addressing issues of language and dialect diversity in education and society. For over 40 years, she has been involved in research, professional development, policy analysis, and technical assistance, especially focused on dialects and dual language education. She co-directed a 20-year research program at CAL on dual language education for a series of federally-funded education research centers and was a member of the development team for the Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education.



Kathryn Lindholm-Leary is professor emerita of Child and Adolescent Development at San Jose State University, where she taught for 28 years. Kathryn has worked with over 75 two-way and developmental bilingual programs from PreK through 12 over the past 35 years and has written books, chapters, and journal articles, and has given presentations to researchers, educators, and parents on the topics of dual language education and child bilingualism. She also worked with the National Academy of Sciences in their report on the development of English/Dual language learners. Kathryn served on advisory boards or as consultant to federal and state departments of education, various professional organizations, and other agencies, school districts, and schools.


Alondra Díaz is the 2022 California Teacher of the Year. She was selected by State Superintendent, Tony Thurmond, to represent California in the National Teacher of the Year program. Alondra Díaz is a 5th-grade Dual Language educator at Sycamore Magnet Academy in the Tustin Unified School District. She is committed to uplifting students, families, and the community. As a leader, Díaz provides support to aspiring and new Dual Language teachers in her role as lead Mentor Teacher for the University of California, Irvine. Alondra Díaz is the recipient of the 2020 Woman of the Year award presented by the National Hispanic Women’s Business Association in the category of Community and Education for her active involvement in promoting literacy in her community. Additionally, she has been recognized as a dedicated educator by the Orange County Department of Education for her unwavering support of multilinguals. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Peace Studies with an emphasis in Spanish and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Chapman University. Alondra Díaz is an ambassador for the teaching profession and finds joy in working collectively toward equity in education.

Keynote Address: Ester J. de Jong

Tuesday, June 25, 2024, 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Ester J. de Jong is Professor in the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education program at the University of Colorado Denver. Prior to UC Denver, she was the Director of the School of Teaching and Learning and Professor in ESOL/Bilingual Education at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. She has been in the field of ESL/bilingual education for over thirty years, as a practitioner and a researcher. Her research focuses on preparing teachers to work with bilingual learners in K-12 schools, and integrated approaches to the schooling of bilingual learners, including two-way bilingual education. Her book, “Foundations of Multilingualism in Education” lays out a principles-based approach to educational equity for bilingual learners. Dr. de Jong was President of TESOL International Association (2017-2018). She is currently co-Editor of the Bilingual Research Journal.


Keynote Address: Ovidilio Vásquez

Wednesday, June 26, 2024, 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Ovidilio Vásquez is a National Keynote Speaker who went from a farmboy raised in a poor village in the sugarcane fields of Central America to being accepted to Harvard Business School Online. Ovi has worked for global corporations like; Apple, Tesla, Salesforce, Uber, and others.​ Labeled “at-risk” in High School, he still graduated (in three short years). He earned his B.A. in Business Management (in two years) and is a TEDx speaker on Self-Leadership. He is the author of six books —including a #1 Bestseller on Amazon™ and has been a recurrent On-air collaborator for Univision.

​Ovi is a role model for First-generation college students. He educates and connects with students by sharing his remarkable story and insights on how they can succeed in school. Through social media—Ovi has helped thousands nationwide by sharing over two Million Dollars in scholarships for minority students.

Ovi, father of two, is bilingual, bi-literate, and culturally attuned. He emerges today as one of the most engaging, sought-after bilingual leadership speakers of our time. “I learned to wield a machete in the sugarcane fields at the tender age of eight, then, continued working in the fields ’til I turned fifteen. When I moved to the U.S. in 2006 unaccompanied, my life changed forever. Soon after, my mom had to return home to care for my dying grandmother. Left alone, with zero support, I did the only thing I could do —survive…” —Ovidilio Vasquez. Click here to view a demo of Ovi.