Advisory Board

Dr. Alberto Bursztyn

albertobAlberto Bursztyn, professor of school psychology, Chairs the Department of School Psychology, Counseling and Leadership. He is also professor of urban education at the CUNY Graduate Center, where he has served as chair of its Admissions Committee. Born in Argentina, Bursztyn is an alumnus of Brooklyn College who has worked in New York City public schools as a teacher, counselor, school psychologist and administrator. At Brooklyn College he initiated the bilingual/multicultural specialization in school psychology, and served as program head of special education and as assistant dean of the School of Education. Within professional psychology, he has served as vice-president for education, training and scientific affairs of Division 16 of APA. He chaired the Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs and has served on the editorial board of The School Psychology Quarterly. Bursztyn is also a visual artist who works in a variety of media.

Dr. Nancy Cloud

cloud-recentNancy Cloud is Professor Emerita in the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development at Rhode Island College. Prior to her work in Rhode Island, she served as the Coordinator of the M.Ed. in TESL Program at Hofstra University. While in New York, she helped develop the first and second editions of the Annotated Teacher Resource Bibliography on the Education of Over-Age Limited English Proficient Students with Interrupted or No Formal Schooling for New York State Education Department’s Office of Bilingual Education. This resource lists publications that discuss the issues, materials and best practices for students with limited schooling.
She has worked in urban secondary schools in Rhode Island with middle and high school ESL and content area teachers to strengthen the delivery of instruction for English Language Learners with Limited Formal Schooling (LFS). They developed units of study in Science, Mathematics and Social Studies for LFS/SIFE Students, a complete curriculum to aid LFS students to bridge to the regular ESL program options.
Since 2011 to the present, she has served as a Senior Consultant for Program Design/Curriculum Development on a SIFE Curriculum Development Project; Bridges to Academic Success: Accelerating Language, Literacy and Content Learning for Emergent Bilinguals with Limited Native Language Literacy; Funded by the New York Community Trust through the Center for Advanced Study in Education (CASE), CUNY Graduate Center and state funding. Dr. Cloud has contributed many publications and presentations to the field of Education and Language Learning.

Dr. Gita Martohardjono

gita1-300x206Gita Martohardjono is Associate Professor of Linguistics at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and is the Director of the Second Language Acquisition Lab at the CUNY Graduate Center.  She is currently collaborating on several research projects within and outside the City University system.  Her area of specialization and research is second language acquisition, in particular, the acquisition of syntax by non-native speakers. She holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Cornell University and an M.A. from Universite de Montreal, Canada.  Her publications have focused on the cross-linguistic comparison of the development of sentence structure from the perspective of generative theory.   Selected publications include (with S. Epstein and S. Flynn) “Second Language Acquisition: Theoretical and Experimental Issues in Contemporary Research,” in Behavioral and Brain Sciences; “What Do We Really Mean by Transfer’?” in The Current State of Interlanguage (Philadelphia: John Benjamins); and (with S. Flynn) “Is there an Age Factor for Universal Grammar?” in the The Age Factor in Second Language Acquisition (Clevedon, Avon: Multilingual Matters). Dr. Martohardjono is also Executive Officer of the Linguistics Program at the CUNY Graduate Center and the Associate Director of the Research Institute for the Study of Language in Urban Society (RISLUS) there. Dr. Martohardjono has also done extensive research with Dr. Elaine Klein (co-founder of Bridges) on Students with Interrupted/Inconsistent Formal Education and the researchers have published several reports and papers that have helped provide the research foundation for Bridges to Academic Success.

Dr. Deborah Short

Deborah J. Short, Ph.D., has served both as an external evaluator for the Bridges project and, more recently, as a reviewer of the Bridges LL SIFE curriculum. She is the Director of Academic Language Research & Training and provides professional development on sheltered instruction and academic literacy worldwide. As a former Division Director at the Center for Applied Linguistics, she co-developed the research-validated SIOP Model for sheltered instruction and directed research on English language learners for the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Rockefeller Foundation, and U.S. Department of Education. Previously, she taught English as a second/foreign language in New York, California, Virginia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  Her publications include professional journal articles, SIOP Model books, and ESL textbooks for National Geographic Learning.