Cristian Solorza

Supervised Fieldwork Advisor; Course Instructor

Academic Interests

Work with Families, Children, Schools, and Communities

Before working at Bank Street, I was an elementary New York City public school teacher in a dual language bilingual school.

Recent Professional Contributions

Current courses:

  • EDUC 505 Language Acquisition and Learning in a Linguistically Diverse Society
  • EDUC 515 Curriculum Development and Sheltered Instruction in Dual Language / Bilingual Classrooms
  • EDUC 560 Native Language Literacy for Spanish-Speaking Children (Taught in Spanish)

Fieldwork advisement to students: K-6 dual language bilingual, special, & general education settings.

Current Bank Street College Committees: Curriculum Committee, Faculty Advisory Committee, & Thomases Award Committee.

Staff development work has most recently included work with elementary and middle schools in New York City & Providence, Rhode Island focused on supporting administrators, ESL [English as a Second Language] and classroom teachers in their work with emergent bilingual students.

Member of ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development)

Educational Background

  • Ed.M., Leadership for Educational Change, Bank Street College of Education
  • M.S.Ed., Elementary and Special Education Dual Certification Program with Bilingual Extension, Bank Street College of Education
  • B.S., Human Development and Family Studies, Cornell University

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Menken, K., & Solorza, C. (In press). No child left bilingual: Accountability and the elimination of bilingual education programs in New York City schools. Educational Policy.

  • Menken, K., & Solorza, C. (2011). Factors in school administrators’ decisions about educational programming for emergent bilinguals. A report for the Division of Students with Disabilities and ELLs of the New York City Department of Education.

  • Menken, K., & Solorza, C. (2011). Where have all the bilingual programs in New York City Gone?! Perspectives of principals on the citywide loss of bilingual education programs. Conference presentation, Immigration and Education Conference. City College of New York, New York, NY.

  • Menken, K., & Solorza, C. (2011). Where have all the bilingual programs in New York City gone?! Factors in school administrators’ decisions to eliminate their bilingual education programs. Conference presentation, Forum. Research Institute for the Study of Language in Urban Society, New York, NY.

  • Menken, K., & Solorza, C. (2011). Where have all the bilingual programs in New York City gone?! The role of school administrators in language education policymaking. Conference presentation, Annual Conference. American Association for Applied Linguistics, Chicago, IL.

  • Hernandez, L., & Solorza, C. (2009). BETLA teacher leaders: An unselfish sense of purpose. In G. Schmerler (Ed.), Occasional paper series 23: Teacher leaders: Transforming schools from the inside (pp. 57-66). New York, NY: Bank Street College of Education.

Contact me:

(212) 875-4553 csolorza@bankstreet.edu
610 West 112Th Street, 614
New York, NY 10025