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John Hilliard, President of Paridad
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Jeanette Gordon

Jeanette derives the most satisfaction from teaching others.  Whether it is her high school students that went beyond their own perceptions of what was possible or teachers that she encounters in the workshops she facilitates or the courses she teaches, that competently implement strategies and techniques with her guidance, Jeanette feels most gratified when she is teaching others.  Jeanette modeled teaching ESL through cognitively challenging content with a focus on big ideas long before the research supported it as best practice.




  • High School

  • ESL Methods

  • ESL Materials



  • Presenter, facilitator, and consultant

  • Adjunct graduate level instructor and coordinator of adjunct instructors

  • Counselor and employment advisor, adult immigrants

  • Coordinator, ESL program in Costa Rica

  • Teacher, ESL and sheltered content, grades 9-12 and adult



  • M.S.,  Northern Illinois University, 1989

  • B.A.,  Portland State University, 1971



  • Secondary Education

  • Bilingual Education (Spanish)

  • English as a Second Language       

  • Social Science




Assessing the Connecticut Core Standards in English Language Arts: Module 2 – English Learner and Students with Disabilities Participant Guide (2015).

English Language Learners at School: A Guide for Administrators

A popular book, in its second edition, serves as a quick reference for administrators, teachers, and leadership teams, a wellspring of ideas from 71 experts for program development and improvement, and a framework for pre-service or in-service professional learning.  Jeanette was invited to write about instructional materials to use with ELLs

Hamayn, E. & Freeman Field, R. (Eds.). (2012, 2006). English language learners at school: A guide for administrators. Philadelphia, PA: Caslon, Inc.

The ELL Outlook: Teaching English Language Learners (2011).

Dual Language Instruction: A Handbook for Enriched Education

One of the very first texts to speak of dual language programs as enriched education while providing step-by step instruction for establishing a dual language program.  Jeanette Gordon contributed the Weather Unit on pages 174-184

Cloud, N., Genesee F., & Hamayan, E. (2000). Dual language instruction: A handbook for enriched education. Boston, MA: Heinle & Heinle.

DUAL U -Dual Language Teacher Training Curriculum (2004)

An eight-module curriculum designed to assist elementary and secondary teachers and administrators in developing, implementing, and assessing dual language programs.

Linguathon, A Publication for Teachers of Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students: "Using Total Physical Response to Teach Literacy to Intermediate and Secondary Students with Limited Literacy Skills" (1996), "The Lesson Cycle, A Useful Teaching Tool for Heterogeneous Classrooms" (1996), "Give Me Five: Instructional Planning for Diverse Learners" (1998), “The Cooperative Learning Corner with several related articles.

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