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Elena Sada

Assistant Professor

During her twenty-year career as an educator, Elena Sada was granted New York City's Future Leader Urban Award, and after teaching in East Harlem for several years, she became the supervisor of ESL, World Languages, and Dual Language Programs, in New Rochelle, NY, and West Hartford, CT. She served in Upper-West Success Academy Board of Directors, and is currently serving in the Board of Brilla Prep Schools in New York City. Sada is an expert in Bilingual and Multicultural Education, in Teacher Preparation, and in the establishment and development of Dual Language Programs. She earned her M. Ed from Hunter College, with a triple focus on Teacher Professional Development, TESOL and Bilingual Education, and is expected to earn her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration on Bilingual and Multicultural Education, in the summer of 2020, from the University of Connecticut.

Research Interests
  • Instructional Strategies in Dual Language Classrooms
  • Reinforcement Loops Affecting the Image & Self-advocacy of Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Populations
  • Graduation Rates and Career Preparation of Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students
Of Note

Sada believes that research findings should be demystified and be rewritten for all audiences in order to empower everyone. Thus, her article on Rethinking Bilingual Teacher Shortage -- featured in CT Mirror -- is a colloquial narrative on findings on the topic, and her ethnographic experience of living in a sect -- Blackbird -- will be published by Penguin Random House as memoire, and will be release as a movie in 2022, by Cinépolis Cinematography.

Teaching Interests
  • Strategies for Second Language Acquisition
  • Foundations of Bilingual and Multicultural Education
  • Personal Mastery and Professional Readiness

"Latinx Students’ Linguistic Identity and School Experience—a Metasynthesis" (submitted to The Journal of Latinos and Education).

"Cross-cultural Competency in Students at a Two-Way Immersion School in Costa Rica," co-author (to be submitted to the Modern Language Journal).

"Creating Strong Dual Language Programs Beyond Elementary School," March 2018 presentation at the Multi-state Association for Bilingual Education Annual Conference. Summerville, MA.

"The silent war of the abandoned; a solution to the situation of institutionalized Mexican children," February 2018 presentation at the Lands of Freedom and Social Justice Annual Conference, Coral Gables, FL.

"Connecticut policies discourage potential bilingual teachers. Rethinking the Bilingual Teacher Shortage," December 17, 2017 (CT Mirror).

Sada CV