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Welcome Commissioner Angélica M. Infante-Green!

Commissioner Angélica M. Infante-Green

Angélica M. Infante-Green has built her career around expanding educational opportunity for children. As a first-generation American, she sees her first day as a teacher as a life-changing moment where she realized her personal calling. Having herself learned English in school, and as the parent of a child with special needs, she has fought to replace a “deficit” view with an “enrichment” view for students who need more. Indeed, having seen shortfalls in her own child’s special education, she founded the first autism bilingual inclusion special education program in the nation. Ms. Infante-Green also created a middle school for SIFE and school for newly arrived ELLs in NYC.

Since leaving the classroom, Infante-Green has served in a variety of roles focused on improving instruction for all students, and particularly for students learning English. She most recently served as the Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Education Department’s Office of Instructional Support P-12. She began work in New York State in 2013. Her portfolio included overseeing the Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages; the Data Systems and Educational Technology Office; the Office of Assessment, Standards, and Curriculum; the Office of Special Education; and the Office of District and School Review. In her previous role as the Associate Commissioner for Bilingual Education and World Languages, she spearheaded the release of the nationally-recognized Blueprint for English Language Learners’ Success, a statewide framework that establishes clear expectations for administrators, policymakers, and practitioners to prepare English Language Learners (ELLs) for academic success. In addition, while she was leading this work, the Board of Regents adopted Commissioner’s Regulations Part 154, the foundation for progressive statewide policies governing ELL education. Ms. Infante-Green is an education visionary and a proven leader of change.

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