English Learners: How Can PaTTAN Support? | PaTTANpod [S4E20]

Speaking: Maria Ronneburger

Joining PaTTANpod is Maria Ronneburger, educational consultant leading the work of this initiative out of the central PaTTAN office. Maria Ronneburger is the new English Learners Educational Consultant, with an accumulation of over 24 years of experience in Pre- K through secondary, Special Education, teaching English as a Second Language, and advanced studies and research in the field of Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition. Mrs. Ronneburger’s combined experience in education, linguistics, and her collaborative work as a leader of numerous community partnerships and programs has cultivated her advocacy for access and equity for all learners providing culturally and linguistically responsive systems, practices and supports. Prior to joining PaTTAN, Mrs. Ronneburger served as an English Language Development specialist with the School District of Lancaster and Director of the RSIG Language Program in partnership with the School District of Lancaster, IU 13 Refugee Center, Millersville University, and Eastern Mennonite Missions. Mrs. Ronneburger earned her Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Millersville University and her master’s degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts- Boston. In addition, she holds a Secondary English Language Arts teaching certification and an English as a Second Language Specialist certification. The Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network, or PaTTAN, provides a full array of professional development and technical assistance targeted to improving student results. The work efforts center around various initiatives. One initiative we want to focus on today is the English Learners initiative.