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Ariel Nadelstern is Language and Learning Coordinator at Crotona International School in the Bronx. Crotona serves 100% English Language Learners from over 15 countries and seeks to create a high quality learning environment that prepares recently arrived adolescent immigrants to be resourceful self-advocates and contributing members of their communities, equipped to think critically about the world around them and communicate their ideas as the work with others to address problems, make decisions, and affect positive change. As a founding faculty member, Ariel has had a hand in most aspects of instruction at Crotona, including developing and coordinating the Portfolio effort and Language and Literacy program. Ariel also mentors new teachers, facilitates grade teams and runs professional development for the faculty. Ariel has participated in the opening of two new small schools and looks forward to applying her SPA experience at Crotona and eventually opening a third.