Susana Ibarra Johnson, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Bilingual Education and TESOL at New Mexico State University.

Susana is a former bilingual education teacher. Her understanding and devotion go beyond her academic training to her own experience as a bilingual learner.

As a former biliteracy researcher and senior consultant for the WIDA Consortium, she conducted research and facilitated professional learning in language development both in English and Spanish.

Currently, as an assistant professor, she specializes in developing courses for bi/multilingual and biliteracy curriculum, instruction, and assessment with bilingual/TESOL educators.

Her qualitative research focuses on translanguaging pedagogy in bilingual education and English language development contexts to promote quality and effective bilingual education instructional programs and materials for emergent bilingual student populations.

García, O., Johnson, S. I., Seltzer, K., & Valdés, G. (2017). The translanguaging classroom: Leveraging student bilingualism for learning. Philadelphia, PA: Caslon. 


Johnson, S.I. (2021). A Chicana borderlander maestra teaching without fronteras. Multilingual Educator. 69-72.


Johnson, S.I. (2022). Leveraging translanguaging through biliteracy: A wide-angle view of literacy with linguistically diverse students. Multilingual Educator. 49-52.


Johnson, S.I., García, O., Seltzer, K. (2019). Biliteracy and Translanguaging in Dual-Language Bilingual Education. In: DeMatthews, D., Izquierdo, E. (eds) Dual Language Education: Teaching and Leading in Two Languages. Language Policy, vol 18. Springer, Cham.

NCEL (2022). Toward Comprehensive Effective Literacy Policy and Instruction for English Learner/Emergent Bilingual Students.

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