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Rebecca Vonderlack-Navarro, PhD

Education Director

Dr. Rebecca Vonderlack-Navarro manages the Forum’s Education department.

The vision of the education department is that Latinos and English Learners from early childhood through 12th grade receive equitable educational opportunities leading to economic prosperity. To accomplish this, Rebecca leads a team that concentrates its efforts on promoting quality bilingual education programming, equitable access to early childhood programming that is responsive to language and cultural difference, and quality parent engagement. 

Rebecca’s publications and advocacy efforts provide thoughtful consideration about the interconnectedness of language, literacy, and academic achievement. Her recent work involves leading a research-policy partnership with the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research on a longitudinal study of English Learner achievement. She also recently co-authored the Illinois English Learner Handbook: A Guide for School Board Members, District Administrators, and Principals in collaboration with the Illinois Principals Association, Illinois Association of School Boards, and the Illinois Association of School Administrators. Her advocacy efforts are greatly concentrated on dealing with the vast shortage of qualified bilingual and bicultural educators across Illinois. Rebecca is a state-appointed member of the Illinois Advisory Council on Bilingual Education.

Rebecca earned her PhD from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.

Contact Rebecca via email or phone at 630-670-5777.