Interview with Jael Rivas

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Dominican Republic and arrived to the United States when I was 13 years of age. I know first hand the challenges of learning a new language and culture. Becoming an educator has afforded me the opportunity to help others facing similar challenges. Writing gives me an opportunity to be a voice for limited English proficient students and families. Writing allows me to also help teachers develop their practice.
When did you first start writing?
I have always enjoyed writing, in high school and college, I wrote short stories, essays, reflective papers, just for fun. However, publishing my work is a fairly recent development. Many of my colleagues asked me to share my ideas with them and publishing my research facilitates that process.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing is feeling comforted that I am helping bridge the gap between educational research and practice.
What are you working on next?
I teach IB World Religions, an innovative curriculum that brings religion back to educational institutions. This program is very exciting for me, my next work will be based on ideas related to that curriculum. Very few teacher education programs are adequately preparing educators to meet demands of this curriculum. As the world becomes smaller through globalization, it becomes imperative our teachers and students are literate in the religious beliefs and ethical frameworks of the world's religious systems.
Published 2014-01-01.
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Books by This Author

Low Income and Minority Students in Gifted Programs
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,220. Language: American English. Published: January 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Special education / gifted, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Multicultural education
Research indicates that low-income and minority students continue to be underrepresented in gifted and talented programs across the United States. This e-book examines the underlying issues preventing equitable representation of low-income and minority students within existing gifted education programs.