Lecturer and Program Director
School of EducationDepartment
Teaching Learning and Culture: Bilingual Education & TESOL
ProfileJesús Fraga came to City College (CCNY) in September 2008 with 22 years of experience in education! Prior to coming to CCNY, he was the K-12 Director of World Languages and English Language Learner (ELL) Programs for Long Beach Public Schools, Long Island, NY. From 2003-06, he was the Director of Dual Language Programs for the New York City Department of Education, where he provided leadership, staff, and program development to nearly 70 Dual Language programs/schools citywide. During his tenure in that position, dual language programs grew; new program offerings opened in Chinese, Haitian, Korean, and Russian, and the annual Dual Language Symposiums were created for all schools citywide.
Mr. Fraga has a BS in Bilingual Education from City College, CUNY (1986), an MA in Elementary Education from Adelphi University (1988), and an MS in Educational Leadership from Bank Street College (2000). With the American Field Service (AFS), he participated in a special project on improving education in Peru, where he also took courses in Spanish and Latin American Studies at the University of Arequipa (Peru). In addition, he has taken professional coursework in Multicultural Education (Fordham University), International Education, Bilingual Education, and Latin American Studies (New York University), and Educational Technology (NY Institute of Technology). During the 2002-03 school year, he was granted a study/travel sabbatical, where he improved his skills in Computer Education and he traveled to South America and Southeast Asia in order to gain a deeper understanding of bilingualism in the developing world.
With over 25 years as an educator, Mr. Fraga's pedagogical background includes elementary and middle school teaching in various New York City schools and districts, and supervision and administration of ELL programs (K-12) at the school, district, and citywide level, as well as urban and suburban experience. Furthermore, he has been a bilingual/foreign language staff developer and a Title VII Coordinator. In fall 2005, he was invited by the Department of Education of Chile to present on the benefits of dual language and second language education in Las Condes, a school district in Santiago, and in October 2007, he was selected to be the keynote speaker of the annual Desfile de la Hispanidad de Nueva York 2007 Gala Dinner, a presentation that celebrated the value of bilingualism for all.
At CCNY, Professor Fraga has taught the following courses:
- EDCE 35301: Teaching Reading and Language Arts to Bilingual/Bicultural Students in Spanish (Undergraduate)
- EDCE 5202C: Teaching Language Arts in Spanish (Graduate)
- EDCE 5300C: Language Minority Students in Urban Schools in the United States
- EDCE 5700C: Education That is Multicultural
- EDCE 6400C: Teaching Content (Math, Science, and Social Studies) with Language Arts in English and an Additional Language.
During the 2009-10 school year, Prof. Fraga, in collaboration with other faculty, conducted two "Nuts and Bolts Workshops – Surviving Your 1st Year Teaching," especially created to support candidates during their first months in the classroom. Additionally, he was a consultant for Bilingual/ELL programs in Southampton Public Schools, and in 2008-09, a consultant for Bilingual/ELL programs in Yonkers Public Schools. In spring 2009, he participated in a museum partnership between EDCE 6400C and the American Museum of Natural History. In fall 2009, he joined the college's partnership program with the Lincoln Center Institute, and he became a member of the advisory committee of the Paulo Freire School, a new K-8 dual language school, which opened in September 2010 in New York City.
In August 2010, Prof. Fraga became program director of the Programs in Bilingual Education and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), a large and complex program with undergraduates and graduates, certification and non-certification streams, NYC Teaching Fellows and Subsidized students, as well as local and international students. In fall 2010, he conducted an evaluation of the Dual Language Program for Southampton Public Schools, Long Island, NY, and in spring 2011, co-chaired the CCNY Immigration and Education Conference. Furthermore, in January 2012, along with two other colleagues, Prof. Fraga provided the English as a second language program evaluation of a bilingual school in San Salvador, Republic of El Salvador, Central America.
In addition, Prof. Fraga is proud to provide service to the college/university by being a member (or past member) of the following committees:
- Department of Teaching, Learning, and Culture Curriculum Committee
- School of Education Student Services Committee
- School of Education Committee on Course and Standing
- School of Education Executive Committee
- University Faculty Senate
- Professional Development Ad-Hoc Committee
- Social Committee.
MS Ed, Educational Leadership, Bank Street College of Education, 2000
MA, Elementary Education, Adelphi University, 1988
BS Ed, Bilingual Education, The City College of the City University of New York, 1986
- EDCE 5202C: Teaching Native Language Arts and Reading in Spanish
- EDCE 5300C: Language Minority Stunts in Urban Schools in the United States
- EDCE 5700C: Education that is Multicultural
- EDCE 6400C: Teaching Content (Math, Science, and Social Studies) Using English and a Native Language
- EDCE 35301: Teaching Language Arts to Bilingual/Bicultural Students in Spanish
- Supervisor for Bilingual and Bilingual Special Education Undergraduate and Graduate Student Teachers
Research InterestsBilingual Education, Teaching Reading and Writing in Spanish (Lecto-escritura en Español), Multicultural Education, Leadership of Bilingual Programs and Schools.