Coalition Language Representative

   Ivian Destro Boruchowski, Ph.D., is a professor of ESOL, Second Language Acquisition, and Bilingual Education at Florida International University and Nova Southeastern University. She has over 25 years of experience as an instructor and curriculum specialist. Her research focuses on literacy in multilingual settings, bilingual education, and heritage languages. She designed and implemented World Language, Dual Language Immersion, and Global Education curricula. In 2017, she received the “Most Relevant Publication for Portuguese Teachers” award from The American Organization of Teachers of Portuguese (AOTP). In 2014, she received an award as Worlds-Ahead Student for her master’s thesis. She is also actively involved with worldwide Portuguese-speaking communities, raising awareness about bilingual education and heritage languages.
  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.

Rejane De Musis was born in Mato Grosso, Brazil. She founded and is the coordinator of the Praticutucá Project since 2005, providing music and literature for children who speak Portuguese as a heritage Language. In the last 11 years, she has been studying and learning about the field of Heritage Language and Culture and providing music tools for teachers around the World. Rejane was a member of the Citizens' Council of the Brazilian Consulate in Boston, MA, from 2018-2019, where she was the Coordinator of Culture, and she is a member of the Everett Cultural Council since 2021. She just released on all audio platforms the album Praticutucá Canta Noel Rosa, where she was the choir conductor, and is finishing a new single, Eu Sei, a celebration of accomplishment song for children who speak Portuguese as a heritage language. Rejane holds a Bachelor in Education with a degree in Music and specialization in Cultural Management, Early Childhood Music Education, and Music Therapy, all done in Brazil. A resident in the U.S. since 2011, she is married to the Brazilian musician and composer Ebinho Cardoso and has a 23-year-old son, a 15-year-old daughter, and a 3-year-old granddaughter.


Published: Wednesday, October 9, 2019