Catalina Fortino

Ms. Fortino discusses the qualities of effective instruction and teacher training for ELL programs

The full transcript of this interview is available below.


Catalina R. Fortino is a field liaison for New York City's United Federation of Teachers Teacher Center. As a liaison, Ms. Fortino coordinates professional development for schools servicing English language learners. A staff member for the Center for the past 17 years, Ms. Fortino previously served as a teacher of bilingual early childhood special education and as a bilingual educational evaluator in New York City public schools before entering the field of professional development.

Ms. Fortino served as the Chair of the New York State United Teachers committee on English language learners and is presently the chair of the United Federation of Teachers Task Force on English language learners. Ms. Fortino has also been an adjunct instructor in the City University of New York Literacy Certificate Program. She coordinated the initial New York City School Support Teams for Chapter 1 Schoolwide Projects as well as institutes on social issues impacting our children and youth.