Emergent bilinguals, also known as English language learners, currently represent 10% of all students in US public schools. By 2025, one in four students will be an emergent bilingual.

These numbers tell a story: Emergent bilinguals are our future.

Join fellow educators, administrators, and other experts in English language learning for Emergent Bilingual Week, October 19–23, 2020.

Hosted by Rosetta Stone Education and Lexia Learning, this week-long series of events features webinars and question-and-answer sessions. We’ll also introduce you to a new game-changing learning solution for emergent bilinguals.

We’ll also celebrate the Emergent Bilingual Educator of the Year and other honorees.


October 23, 2020
3:00 PM – 4:15 PM EST

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Remote Learning and Equity: A Solution for All

Liz Brooke, Chief Learning Officer, Lexia Learning
José Viana, Senior Advisor of Educational Partnership, Rosetta Stone Education

While remote teaching presents a number of challenges, one that needs particular attention is educational equity. How can educators ensure that all students are set up for success? Get strategies to help you better address the needs of all students.

October 22, 2020
3:00 PM – 4:15 PM EST

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Our New Reality: How to Run a Language Learning Class Remotely

Melanie Rogers, Training Team Lead, Rosetta Stone Education
Amira Aljbar, District Success Manager of Literacy and Language, Rosetta Stone Education

Find out how to implement Rosetta Stone® Foundations for English, for grades 7–12, and Rosetta Stone English, for grades K–6, in a remote learning environment. Combining research-based learning with technology, these solutions can help you teach emergent bilinguals wherever learning needs to happen this school year.

October 20, 2020
3:00 PM – 4:15 PM EST

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Rosetta Stone® English: A New Product Overview and Panel

Maya Goodall, MEd, MA, Senior Director of EB Curriculum, Lexia Learning
Liz Brooke, Chief Learning Officer, Lexia Learning & Rosetta Stone Education

Hilary White, Director of Product Management, Lexia Learning
Kristie Shelley, Director of Emergent Bilingual Curriculum, Lexia Learning
Jaclyn Elkins, Director of Product Marketing, Lexia Learning & Rosetta Stone Education

Rosetta Stone Education has officially launched its new emergent bilingual solution, Rosetta Stone English. Find out what makes it a game-changer and how it can help you ensure the success of your emergent bilingual students in grades K–6.

October 21, 2020
3:00 PM – 4:15 PM EST

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Rosetta Stone English Customer Spotlight: Helping 
Emergent Bilinguals

Amira Aljbar, District Success Manager of Literacy and Language, Rosetta Stone Education
Rhaiza Sarkan-Del Toro, ESOL Resource Teacher, Henderson Hammock Charter School

When a K–8 charter school in Tampa, FL needed a language learning solution for its younger ESOL, or emergent bilingual, students, it relied on Rosetta Stone English. Hear firsthand how the program supported students and educators during remote learning.

October 19, 2020
3:00 PM – 4:15 PM EST

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Improving Emergent Bilinguals’ Outcomes with Culturally Responsive Teaching

Maya Goodall, MEd, MA, Senior Director of EL Curriculum, Lexia Learning

As the number of emergent bilinguals continues to grow, how can educators help to ensure the success of this important student population? Review six characteristics of culturally responsive teaching and benefit from strategies you can apply to your own classroom.

Amira Aljabar

District Success Manager of Literacy and Language, Rosetta Stone Education

With a master’s degree in English language development, Amira Aljabar began her career as an emergent bilingual educator. Now, she uses her experiences and expertise in the educational technology field at Rosetta Stone Education. In her role as district success manager, she coaches, trains, and designs implementation side by side with administrators and educators across the country to successfully implement blended learning products.


Liz Brooke

Chief Learning Officer, Lexia Learning

As Lexia Learning’s chief learning officer, Dr. Liz Brooke guides the pedagogical approach and research strategy for Lexia’s personalized literacy programs. In 2010, Liz came to Lexia from the Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR), where she served as the director of interventions. Prior to FCRR, she worked as a speech and language pathologist, evaluating students with learning disabilities; a Title I reading instructor; and a first-grade classroom teacher. Liz’s steadfast commitment to ensure all children become successful readers and confident learners continues to be the driving force behind all of her work.

Rhaiza Sarkan-Del Toro

ESOL Resource Teacher, Henderson Hammock Charter School

Rhaiza Sarkan-Del Toro has been teaching English as a second language to grades K–6 since 2010. Originally from Puerto Rico, she moved to Tampa, FL, in 2014 where she now heads up the ESOL program at Henderson Hammock Charter School. In the Tampa area, Henderson Hammock has the largest population of emergent bilingual, or ESOL, students, comprising roughly 500 of the school’s 1,200 students.

Maya Goodall

Senior Director of EL Curriculum, Lexia Learning

Maya Goodall, MEd, MA, the senior director of EL curriculum at Lexia Learning, has worked in education for over 20 years, teaching both nationally and internationally. Maya has a rich professional background that includes teaching in the classroom, coaching, training, and implementing and designing curriculum with measurable outcomes. She founded Lingual Learning, a curriculum company dedicated to helping students become confidently bilingual. Maya speaks three languages and holds an MEd and MA in applied linguistics.

Melanie Rogers

Training Team Lead, Rosetta Stone Education

Melanie Rogers, MEd, leads Rosetta Stone’s training team, providing consultative implementation training for language learning programs. She is involved in all facets of training development, delivery, and coordination. She is passionate about lifelong learning and helping others achieve their learning goals.

Jose Viana

Senior Advisor of Educational Partnership, Rosetta Stone Education

José Viana joined Rosetta Stone Education in 2019, bringing with him 27 years of experience in education. A former English learner himself, his career began in Miami, FL, where he taught English to speakers of other languages. José was most recently the assistant deputy secretary and director of the Office of English Language Acquisition at the United States Department of Education. In this role, he was responsible for the overall leadership, management, and direction of education for English language learners nationwide. He also oversaw the development and dissemination of discretionary grants, research studies, and resources that guide education practice and policy to meet the needs of our country’s emergent bilingual students.

Hilary White

Director of Product Management, Emergent Bilinguals, Rosetta Stone Education

Hilary’s work in the education field spans more than 25 years. As the director of product management for emergent bilinguals at Rosetta Stone Education, she’s involved in the development of the long-term product strategy for English language development. Her most recent accomplishment is the successful launch of Rosetta Stone English, an adaptive blended learning program for emergent bilinguals in grades K–6. Prior to joining Lexia and Rosetta Stone, she served as the vice president of product development at Educators Publishing Services and as a senior product sponsor at McGraw-Hill Education. Hilary began her career as a special education teacher with a focus on language development.

Say hello to Rosetta Stone English

Rosetta Stone English is an adaptive blended learning speaking and listening program that supports students’ English language development through academic conversations. It integrates three key areas—speaking, listening, and grammar—in academic subject areas, in order to build students’ linguistic competence and confidence.

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Jaclyn Elkins

Director of Product Marketing, Rosetta Stone K–12

Currently the director of product marketing for Rosetta Stone K–12 products, Jaclyn Elkins has spent 15 years of her career in education, dedicated to products that help promote college and career readiness. Prior to her career in education, Jaclyn led the interpreter training program at the Department of Minority Services in the Oklahoma State Department of Health and created the traffic safety program at the Latino Community Development Agency. She holds degrees in Spanish and public relations from the University of Central Oklahoma and a certificate of advanced Spanish language from the University of Salamanca, Spain.