Professor, ESOL/Bilingual Education
University of Florida
Member, CAL Board of Trustees 2020 – 2022
Ester J. de Jong is the Director of the School of Teaching and Learning and a Professor in ESOL/Bilingual Education at the University of Florida. Prior to academia, she worked for the K-12 public schools in Massachusetts as the Assistant Director for Bilingual Education and ESL programs. Her research interests include two-way bilingual education and other integrated models for language minority schooling, educational language policy, and specialist and general teacher preparation for bilingual students. Her book “Foundations for Multilingualism in Education: From Principles to Practice” (Caslon Publishing, 2011) addresses policies and practices of responding to increasing linguistic diversities in schools. Dr. de Jong was President of TESOL International Association in 2017-2018.