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Brainstorming Session
Group Discussion

Parity in all aspects of education for learners and educators

Paridad is —

an assembled group of practitioners, that bring innovation, research-based practices, and expertise to efforts of all types to improve the educational experiences of language learners and their classmates.  We provide a broad and deep expanse of services to a wide variety of individuals and groups involved in education.  


We are guided by assets-based perspective and a constructivist approach to pedagogy.  We value and respect diversity in language and culture, as well as point of view and perspective.  We believe in clear, two-way, collegial communication, as well as nurtured and productive collaboration. 


What People Are Saying About Us

“The energy, drive, and commitment of Paridad to educational excellence for language learners are to be commended; its dedication to advancing language and cultural learning to be admired.  The collaborative and collegial spirit in which Paridad undertakes its diverse projects is an exemplar for educators everywhere"

Margo Gottlieb, Ph.D.

WIDA's Lead Developer - Illinois



"Members of Paridad exemplify the highest level of professionalism and commitment to diversity education! Looking forward to our future collaborations."

Andrea Honigfeld, Ed.D

Division of Education, Molloy College

Rockville Centre, New York

"Paridad brings together an extraordinary group of educators with decades of experience both in the classroom and as professional development specialists.  They have not only the expertise, but also the passion, to help educators at all levels meet the needs of an increasingly diverse student population.  I recommend them without hesitation!"

Nancy L. Commins, Ph.D., Clinical Professor

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education

Urban Community Teacher Education

School of Education & Human Development - University of Colorado, Denver

"Given the challenges faced by schools in our standards-based era and the diversity represented in our student population, Paridad Educational Consulting will become your go-to partner to meet all your technical assistance and professional development needs.  Their range of experience, knowledge and skills are unparalleled in the educational consulting industry."

Nancy E. Cloud, Professor M.Ed. in TESOL Feinstin School of Education and Human Development - Rhode Island College


asset-based perspective



Paridad Education Consulting is formed.


Co-Author & Developer – CoCoMo! A Curriculum Planning Process for Integrating Content and Language Standards (in press) 

In collaboration with Dr. Margo Gottlieb, John developed an innovative standards alignment process designed for teams of teachers, school leaders and administrators looking to enrich their use of standards in their work with language learners.


Curriculum Developer and Instructor, Illinois Resource Center

John coordinated and developed the Dual Language Summer Institute (DUSI) a national professional development institute for teachers and administrators implementing Dual Language Programs.


Organizer, Instructor & Tour Leader, Illinois Resource Center

John successfully co-organized and lead an excursion to Oaxaca, Mexico with the support of colleagues for 70 Illinois teachers to explore the rich diversity of language, culture and art of this southern Mexican city.


Founding Member - The National Dual Language Consortium (NDLC)

John co-wrote the grant that initially funded foundation of NDLC that includes the Illinois Resource Center (IRC), the Center for for Applied Linguistics (CAL), Dual Language Education of New Mexico (DLENM), Association of Two-Way & Dual Language Education (ATDLE) & Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA).


Lead Developer - Dual U: A Dual Language Teacher Training Curriculum 

John lead a collaborative effort to create a comprehensive dual language teacher training curriculum with online components. Many of the Paridad associates were co-creators and contributors to this curriculum.

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