Coalition Language Representative

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Ivian Destro Boruchowski, M.Ed., is currently a Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction student dedicated to research and collaboration in bilingual education. In 2014, she was awarded as a “World Ahead Student” from Florida International University for her Masters thesis. She currently teaches Portuguese as a heritage language to elementary and middle school learners in Miami. Ivian also works as a curriculum consultant and textbook designer for Portuguese dual language programs in Utah. She has helped create many professional development opportunities for Brazilian community leaders all over the world and has written book chapters related to teaching and developing curriculum for heritage languages. She is a member of the ABRACE (Associação Brasileira de Cultura e Educação) Advisory Committee, in Washington DC; the American Organization of Teachers of Portuguese (AOTP), Advisory Committee in the U.S.; and the Portuguese International Parents Association, (PIPA), in Miami. Before arriving in the U.S., Ivian worked for 15 years in Brazil as a Portuguese and Brazilian Literature teacher and program coordinator and as a textbook author. 


Ana Lúcia Lico was born in Brazil. She holds an MBA in Strategic Management and has a Specialization in Corporate Communications, both done in Brazil. Resident in the US since 2003, Ana Lucia is married to an American, and has a 13-year-old son and a 10-year-old son. She participated in the founding of the Brazilian Mothers Group of the Washington DC area in 2004, in the launch of the educational program for children in 2005, and in the founding of ABRACE (Brazilian Association of Culture and Education) in 2009. In the last 12 years, she has been studying and learning a lot about the field of Heritage Language and Culture by carrying out community leadership projects and workshops for teachers in partnership with Georgetown University and publishing articles and book chapters on the subject. Ana Lúcia is a co-founder and board member of ABRACE, a member of the Citizens' Council of the Brazilian Consulate in Washington, DC, and a member of the Council of Representatives of Brazilians Abroad (CRBE), where she is the Coordinator of Education. In 2016, she received an award from the Brazilian Government in recognition of individuals residing abroad whose performance has made a notable contribution to Brazilian cultural or educational diplomacy.

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Gláucia Silva is professor in the Department of Portuguese at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where she also coordinates the Portuguese language program. She is the author of Word Order in Brazilian Portuguese (Mouton de Gruyter, 2001) and the co-author of two Portuguese language textbooks: Beginner’s Brazilian Portuguese (Hippocrene, 2011) and Bons negócios: Português do Brasil para o mundo do trabalho (Disal, 2013). Her current research addresses various aspects of Portuguese heritage language learning and teaching, such as perception and production of linguistic features, performance in different language skills, and the needs of instructors. She has facilitated a number of workshops on Portuguese as a heritage language, as well as teacher training series. She developed the Portuguese for Heritage Speakers course sequence at UMass Dartmouth, which has been offered since 2009.


Published: Wednesday, October 9, 2019