Emma Violand-Sánchez

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Dr. Emma Violand-Sánchez looks forward to serving as a National PTA Board Member At Large. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University since 1998. Previously, Dr. Violand was the supervisor of the English for Speakers of Other Languages office for Arlington Public Schools, in Arlington, Va.—she retired from the position in 2007. She holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Radford University and her doctorate degree from George Washington University.

Outside of her professional life, Dr. Violand is Founder and President of the Board of Dream Project Inc. She was a member of the Arlington Public Schools Board from 2008 to 2016 and served as a member of the Northern Virginia Community College Board for eight years. She was also a member of the Key School, Williamsburg and Yorktown PTAs in Arlington Public Schools.

Dr. Violand was responsible for initiating Project Family, and the bilingual GED in Virginia. She received a senior scholar Fulbright Award, the James Hunter III Human Rights Award, Mexican American Legal Defense Fund Community Service award, Virginia Community College System Award for College Board Exemplary Service, Notable Woman of Arlington, and American Association of University Fellow. In January 2017 she was named Washingtonian of the Year and in June 2017 Arlington County honored her with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Extraordinary Service to the Community. In September 2018 she received the Spirit of Community Award by the Arlington Community Foundation.

Dr. Violand has expertise in education policy, curriculum development, family involvement, language minority education, and learning styles. She has several publications, including the following.

  • The Learning-Centered Classroom, “Practical Insights for the Classroom from Brain Research," chapter 3 Prentice Hall, Joy Reid, Editor.
  • Learning Styles in the ESL/EFL Classroom, "Cognitive and Learning Styles of High School Students: Implications for ESL Curriculum Development" Chapter 4, Heinle and Heinle, Boston, MA, 1995, Joy Reid, Editor.
  • Excellence and Equity for Language Minority Students: Critical Issues and Promising Practices “Building Effective Family-School Partnerships” Chapter 7 Mid- Atlantic Equity Center. Chevy Chase, MD; 1998.
  • Fostering Home-School Cooperation: Involving Language Minority Families as Partners in Education, National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education, Washington, DC, 1991.
  • “The Power of Positive Identity” Educational Leadership September 2006, Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria: VA
  • “Successful Programs and Services for Latino Students in the Arlington Public Schools”, winter 2005, Newsletter of the Minority Student Achievement Network, Evanston, Illinois.
  • “Latino Families Learning Together” Education Leadership, October, 1999. Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria: VA.
  • In 2018 Dr. Violand and Dr. Marie Price wrote “Mentoring and Retaining College DREAMers” in TEACHERS AS ALLIES published by Teachers College.