Mariana Castroserves as the current Deputy Director at WCER. She brings more than 25 years of experience in education to her research and development work. Her extensive service to the field of education includes curriculum and instruction, language development, teacher preparation and professional learning. In her research, Mariana integrates her background as an educator, her passion for working with multilingual children, youth and their teachers, and her commitment for social justice. Mariana started with WIDA in 2006 as a professional learning delivery specialist and since then has held positions coordinating, managing and directing Professional Development, the Standards Department, and as a researcher focused on language development. She has also lead the development of WIDA Standards and related initiatives for early years and K-12 in English and Spanish. Mariana currently serves as the PI for research related to language practices of multilingual students, curriculum and instruction in dual language immersion programs, teacher professional learning and family engagement.
Dr. Silvia Romero-Johnson is currently the Executive Director of the Office of Multilingual and Global Education. Her passion resides in providing access to quality bilingual and multilingual education to all students, and more specifically to students who have a family language other than English in the home. She has been working in the Madison Metropolitan School District since 2001. She started in the role of bilingual resource specialist while attending school to obtain teaching licenses, and went on to become a bilingual resource teacher, a bilingual math teacher, and a program support teacher for bilingual education programs. Later, she had the privilege of working at Nuestro Mundo Community School as the school principal. Silvia is currently an adjunct professor at Edgewood College, where she teach courses in curriculum and assessment design for the bilingual licensure, and a course of language strategies for the graduate dual language immersion certificate.