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María Torres

Vista Higher Learning
Dr. María M. Torres is an educator of forty plus years of experience in grades K-20. Her passion of making everyone bilingual, biliterate and bicultural has led her to working as a National Education Consultant. Her experiences in Dual Language, English Language Learners and Bilingual Education programs have afforded her the opportunity to share her insights on Vista Higher Learning and SantillanaUSA products through face-to-face presentations, workshops, webinars and speeches. The most recent presentations include Great Expectations for ELLs: Raising the Bar, Guiding Principles of Dual Language Programs and Brain Research, Differentiated Instruction, Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency, Español Santillana, Galería, Antologías, Descubre el Español, El camino and others. Maria has worked as an Administrator in Dual Language Schools and implementing districtwide programs. She has experience Evaluating Dual Language, Foreign Language and English Language Learners’ programs.
She is well-known for her teaching skills, school and district administrator experiences, master trainer in the state of Florida, curriculum and grant writer, grant evaluator, and developer of training materials for tutors, teachers, administrators and parents. Maria ran a TV Show to educate parents about important educational issues utilizing the district TV channel. The name of her show was Passport to America where she developed 10 years of programs for parents in English and Spanish.
She authored a Training Manual for Guidance Counselors on how to work with ELLs, for Santillana USA; and a Manual of Resources for teachers and parents: Tradiciones culturales del mundo hispánico, Rouke Educational Media. She participated in and contributed to the United STAR Distance Learning Consortium (Florida, Illinois, New Mexico, North Carolina and Texas) for ELLs under the auspices of the Florida Department of Education.
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