Rosalie Pedalino Porter (Ed. D. 1982) has published “American Immigrant: My Life in Three Languages”, iUniverse, 2009. Part personal memoir, part an account of education reform on a national scale, Porter’s book chronicles three decades of professional and political activities on behalf of immigrant children in the U.S. and other countries including Bulgaria, China, Israel, Italy, Japan and Turkey.
Porter, who arrived in the U.S. at age six not knowing one word of English, earned prominence as a promoter of the importance of English language for immigrant children, and as a reformer of bilingual education in the face of opposition.
She has been involved in education research and advocacy for English Language Learners in Arizona public schools for almost a decade. On June 25, 2009, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a ruling in the Flores v. Arizona case, the first case on the education of English learners since 1974 Lau v. Nichols. Porter had been an expert witness in Flores, and assisted in the crafting of an amicus brief submitted to the Supreme Court. The 5-4 decision cited some of the arguments and research contained in the brief and Justice Steven Bryer cited her by name in his dissenting opinion, Porter said.
Porter is also the author of “Forked Tongue: The Politics of Bilingual Education” and “Language and Literacy for English Learners: Grades 7-12, Four Programs of Proven Success.” She lives in Singer Island, Florida, and Amherst, Massachusetts.