JO GUSMAN grew up in a Spanish speaking farm-working family who experienced the challenges that non-English speakers face in the United States. Based on her childhood experiences as a “limited English speaker”, she truly understands the complexities and multiple variables that surround the English language learner. Jo began her teaching career in 1974 as a bilingual instructional assistant, and later attended California State University, Sacramento where she received her Bilingual Cross-Cultural teaching credential and Masters. Jo was a Bilingual Education teacher for many years, and in 1981 her career led her to the nationally known Newcomer School, where Jo worked in a multilingual setting with refugee and immigrant K-8 students. It is there where she developed her many brain-based ESL strategies. Because of her extensive experience and exceptional work with English language learners, she has been featured on national television, and is the recipient of numerous awards, including President Ronald Reagan’s recognition for teaching excellence. Presently, Jo provides educators, students, parents, and policy makers with professional development language and literacy seminars throughout the world.
Acknowledgments and Partial Client List
Since its inception in 1984, New Horizons In Education has expanded from providing services solely in California to include North America, South America, and Asia. The services provided by Jo Gusman have been acknowledged by numerous professional organizations and policy makers, such as • President Ronald Reagan and Former Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education, William Bennett • the Bureau of Education and Research (BER), the largest speakers’ bureau in North America • Japan ASCD • National Professional Resources (NPR) • Great Source Publishers • Scholastic, Inc. • University of California, Riverside • California State University, Sacramento • California Reading Association • Susan Kovalik and Associates • National Hispanic School Board Association • California Department of Education • U.S. Department of Education • Sacramento Educational Cable Company • Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) • California ACSA • Elk Grove Unified School District • California Association for Bilingual Education • and the Capitol Association of Mexican-American Educators.