After beginning his career in education as a science teacher in Bogotá, Colombia in 1984, Nick Block has worked most of his years in the U.S. as a public school teacher in grades three to five, in a variety of language settings. While concerned with all subject areas, in his teaching in East Los Angeles he most recently concentrated on issues of vocabulary development as a basis for reading comprehension and writing growth. At Biola, Block has taught in the Clear Credential, graduate,
and undergraduate programs. He has as mainly taught courses in philosophy of
education, academic writing, research methods, and multicultural education. Now with the implementation of the Common Core Standards, he feels that there is even greater urgency for improved teaching supported by sound research in these areas, especially for English learners. Past research in dual language education as well as decades of experience as a bilingual educator (including 26 years in Montebello Unified School District) contribute to his concern that students grow as expert users of language.
In addition to his work in K-12 schooling and teacher preparation as an adjunct at CSU Long Beach, Block has been involved in theological education in Los Angeles, Colombia, and Rwanda. Whether supporting new teachers in teaching words or new pastors in teaching the Word, his greatest desire is to help others to be fruitful in their calling.
“Perceived impact of two-way dual immersion programs on Latino students’ relationships in their families and communities,” in the International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. November 2011.
“The impact of two-way dual immersion programs on Initially English- dominant Latino students’ attitudes,” in Bilingual Research Journal.August 2011.
“Achievement in predominately low-SES Hispanic dual language schools,” in the International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. Co-authored with Kathryn Lindholm-Leary. January 2010.
Relaciones entre México-americanos e inmigrantes mexicanos. In Vivir y servir en el exilio: Lecturas teológicas de la experiencia latina en Los Estados Unidos J. Maldonado and J. Martínez (Eds.), (pp. 173-188). Buenos Aires: Ediciones Kairos. 2008.
- Fundación Universitaria Seminario Bíbilico de Colombia (FUSBC). Presented as main speaker at the “Encuentro de Educación Teológica” (Encounter of Theological Education). August 2015.
- Critical Questions in Education Conference, San Diego. Presented on “The Failure of Federal Policy Toward ELLs.” February 2015.
- Justice, Spirituality, and Education Conference, Biola University. Conducted a workshop presentation on “Bilingual and Dual Immersion Language Programs: Implications for the Spiritual Lives of Immigrant Families.” November 2014.
- AERA Annual Meeting, New Orleans. Presented a paper on English-dominant Latinos in two-way immersion classes (through the Bilingual Research SIG). Also presented a paper entitled, “Primary language instruction as a relentless trailblazer for young English language learners” (through the Issues in Early Childhood Education SIG). April 2011.
- AERA Annual Meeting, San Diego. Presented a paper on the impact of two-way dual immersion programs on inter-generational relationships (through the Bilingual Research SIG). April 2009.
- California Association of Bilingual Education (CABE) yearly conference. Directed a workshop on issues concerning primary language literacy instruction. February 2009.
- AERA Annual Meeting, New York City. Presented a paper on achievement of students in dual immersion programs in predominantly Latino schools (through Bilingual Research SIG). March 2008.
- California Association of Bilingual Education (CABE) Two-Way Dual Immersion Conference. Conducted a workshop on research concerning the efficacy of dual-immersion in predominantly Latino schools. July 2007.
- Azusa Pacific University, 2007: Presented on two-way dual immersion for a class on multicultural education for two consecutive years. May 2007/2008.
- Winter Gardens Elementary School, Los Angeles. Carried out analyses and made presentations on the performance of this school on the California Standards Test in comparison with neighboring schools. Have presented data on the on the progress of the school’s dual language students. 2006-2012.
- California Association of Bilingual Education (CABE) Two-Way Dual Immersion Conference. Conducted a workshop on the current status of research in the field of dual immersion education. July 2006.