Rosa E. (Rosita) Apodaca was appointed an Institute for Learning (IFL) Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh on September 2001. Born in Texas and raised in Mexico, Rosita received her B.A. from the College of Saint Joseph in Albuquerque, New Mexico, her M.A. from The University of Texas at El Paso, and holds masters and doctoral degrees in Educational Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University.
As the IFL liaison to the Austin ISD, Apodaca supports the district's efforts to improve teaching and learning. She has been instrumental in assisting the district in its pursuit of the formation of professional learning communities district-wide. AISD believes teachers need to talk to teachers, thus the district is making a concerted effort to help them have time for quality interactions so they can learn together. Apodaca co-constructed The Learning Walk® protocol for AISD with teachers and principals. The intent was to place teachers in charge of their learning thus making The Learning Walk® offshoot more coherent with the AISD goal of improving instruction while building community. Supporting principals and other administrators in the development of their instructional leadership acumen is also a high priority of her work in Austin. Being a boundary broker for IFL services and projects in Austin is an important part of her work.
Rosita has recently been named liaison to the Region XIX Educational Service Center Head Start Program in El Paso, Texas and is looking forward to building new relationships and finding ways to support the leadership with the lofty goals they have for students, teachers, and other members of their learning community. She is also working with Prince George's County Public School's high school teachers on strengthening the educational Program for ELLs.
Apodaca is also spearheading development work for the IFL by investigating and pursuing new business development opportunities.
During her appointment at the IFL, Apodaca has served as liaison to the Los Angeles Unified School District, the Hartford Public Schools, and the El Paso Independent School District lead for the Superintendents and Intermediaries Conferences, the Nested Learning Communities Product Development Project, and serves on the IFL Leadership Team.
Prior to joining the IFL, Apodaca served as a senior cabinet level officer in various urban school districts after holding teaching and other intermediary line and staff posts.
She has been a consultant to international, national, and local education agencies, served on professional advisory boards, authored books for teachers on language arts in Spanish for Spanish speaking students, and has written a number of articles in journals and professional publications. Apodaca co-authored, "Embedding disciplinary literacy: Leadership and professional learning" in the recently published book, Content matters: A Disciplinary Literacy Approach to Improving Student Learning.
Apodaca has served as an expert witness in Federal Court on the teaching and learning of English language learners and she is frequently invited to speak at national and international conferences on a variety of educational issues.
Apodaca is currently a member of the American Education Research Association, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and the International Society of the Learning Sciences.