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Elizabeth Cardenas-Lopez is currently the director of the Chicago Public Schools Striving Readers project--a five-year research grant funded by the Department of Education in Washington, D.C., aimed at improving the reading achievement of struggling readers in the middle grades. Elizabeth's work focuses in two major areas: 1) building teacher capacity to transform the teaching and learning of literacy practices and 2) improving adolescent reading achievement. Elizabeth's teaching experience began at the Inter-American Magnet--a dual language immersion school in the Chicago Public Schools where she taught fifth, seven and eight grade students for eight years. Elizabeth has a BA in elementary education, a Masters degree in bilingual/bicultural education and is presently working to complete a Doctorate in Reading and Language at National-Louis University.

Elizabeth was born in Santiago Papasquiaro Durango, Mexico. Her family immigrated to the U.S. when she was 14 years old and has lived in Chicago ever since. Elizabeth is married and she and her husband are the proud parents of three beautiful children ages 21, 17 and 11. Ms Cardenas-Lopez and her family have been actively involved in the Hispanic community of Chicago through school, cultural and civic organizations and are strong advocates of Latino’s cultural and linguistic heritage.

Blog Entries by Elizabeth Cardenas-Lopez

Mitt Romney Wants Latinos to Remember Their High Unemployment Rate Under Obama

Likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney launched Monday a new ad in Spanish blasting President Barack Obama's recent assertion that "the private sector (of the economy) is doing fine." continue reading »