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Sonia Soltero

  • Professor and Chair, Department of Leadership, Language, and Curriculum
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  • Leadership Language and Curriculum
  • 773-325-4788
  • 2247 N. Halsted St., Room 347

Sonia W. Soltero is Professor and Chair of the Department of Leadership, Language, and Curriculum and former Director of the Bilingual-Bicultural Education Graduate Program at DePaul University in Chicago She is also a former bilingual education teacher and dual language coordinator. Soltero's scholarly work on English Learners, Latino education, and bilingual/dual language education has been published in English, Spanish, and French. Soltero has authored three books: Dual Language Education: Program Design and Implementation, School-Wide Approaches to Educating English Language Learners, and Dual Language: Teaching and Learning in Two Languages. She has been involved in dual language and bilingual education for more than thirty years as a dual language teacher, university professor, professional developer, and researcher. In addition, she has served on numerous national, state and city education commissions/committees, including Chicago Mayor-Elect Lightfoot Education Transition Team. She is also the co-founder and current co-chair of the English Learners Advocacy Council in Higher Education (ELACHE).

  • PhD, Bilingual Education and Literacy, University of Arizona
  • EdS, University of Arizona
  • MEd, University of Arizona
  • BA, University of Arizona
Courses Taught
  • BBE 406 Sociopolitical & Historical Perspectives in Bilingual Education
  • BBE 425 Biliteracy Practices in Bilingual Education and ESL
  • BBE 466 First and Second Language Acquisition
  • BBE 524 Methods of Teaching ESL
  • BBE 530 Latinos and Education
  • BBE 404 Child Rearing Across Cultures
  • T&L 412 Emergent Reading and Language Arts
  • T&L 413 Reading and Language Arts in the Middle Grades
  • BBE 325 Biliteracy Practices in Bilingual Education and ESL
  • BBE 366 First and Second Language Acquisition
  • BBE 330 Latinos and Education
  • LSE 258 Education and Social Justice

Research Interests
Bilingual and dual language education; Latino education; Language policy

Selected Publications

Soltero, S. (2018). Dual language higher education: Post-secondary discipline-based bilingual immersion. In H. Knoerr, A. Weinberg & C. Buchanan (Eds.) Current issues in University-level immersion. (pp. 29-54). University of Ottawa Press.

Soltero, S. (2018). Enseignement supérieur réciproque: Immersion bilingual basée sur le contenu au niveau post-secondaire. Dans H. Knoerr, A. Weinberg & C. Buchanan (Dir.) Enjeux actuels de l’immersion universitaire. (p. 29-56). Presses de l’Université d’Ottawa.

Soltero, S. W., & Soltero, J. (2017). Citizenship, language, education and poverty among Mexican migrants in Chicago. Ciudadanía, idioma, educación y pobreza entre los migrantes mexicanos en Chicago. CIMEXUS: Revista de Investigaciones, 12, 1, 50-78

Soltero, S. W. (2016). Dual language education: Program design and implementation. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Soltero, S. W. (2011). Schoolwide approaches to educating ELLs: Creating linguistically and culturally responsive K-12 schools. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Goulah, J. and Soltero, S. (2015). Reshaping the mainstream education climate through bilingual-bicultural education. In Y. Freeman and D. Freeman (Eds.) Research on preparing inservice teachers to work effectively with emergent bilinguals. Advances in research in teaching series. (pp. 177-203). UK: Emerald Books

Soltero, S. & Soltero, J. (2014). Deserción escolar y apoyo a la educación bilingüe entre los mexicanos de Chicago. In C. Leco, M. A. Beltrán-Vocal, T. Martínez Ruiz, and J. Lazú (Eds.) Latin@/American images: Transnational identities. Imágines Latinas y Latinoamericanas: Identidades transnacionales, (pp. 79-118). Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo y Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

González, V. and Soltero, S. W. (2011). Alternative multidimensional models explaining and improving academic achievement in immigrant Latino students. Bilingual Research Journal, 34 (3) 263-278

Professional Organizations
Co-founder and co-chair, English Language Advocacy Council in Higher Education (ELACHE)
Illinois Early Learning Council, Committee on Linguistic and Cultural Diversity 
Illinois State Board of Education Committee for Developing Standards for Pre-Service ESL, BE and General Education Teachers