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Joanna Yip

Director, State and District Engagements

Joanna Yip is the Director of State and District Engagements and oversees the development and implementation of programming and services for states and districts to advance a shared understanding of multilingual learner inclusion in curriculum adoption and implementation. Before joining ELSF, Joanna partnered with educators to support language and literacy development for multilingual learners as a coach, a school and network-level instructional leader, and professional learning facilitator and designer. She has worked for organizations such as Bridges to Academic Success, the Internationals Network for Public Schools, Strategic Inquiry, and New Visions for Public Schools. She has also served as an instructor in teacher education programs at Hunter College, Brooklyn College, and Long Island University. She has a BA in English Literature from Barnard College, a Master's in TESOL from Hunter College, and a Ph.D. in urban education policy from the CUNY Graduate Center. She received her training in school leadership and education administration at The Leadership Academy and a diploma in professional coaching at New York University’s School for Professional Studies. Joanna is a proud Cantonese-speaking New Yorker who was born and raised in Chinatown and still lives in the city with her family.


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