Marina Vinitskaya has been working as a Resource Specialist for NYS Language RBERN at New York University since 2020. She has been training ENL, Bilingual, World Language, and subject area teachers. She is leading Russian World Language PLS and providing professional development to Russian Dual Language Programs. She is supporting teachers and parents of multilingual learners on high school requirements for graduation and the college application process. Marina worked for the NYC DOE for more than 25 years as an ESL teacher, Regional Instructional Support Specialist (RIS), and high school principal.
As a RIS, Marina was in charge of compliance and instructional programs for ELLs, Bilingual, and Dual Language programs. She provided support to Superintendents and their network of schools on compliance, designing staff development, and instructional programs. Marina was the founding high school principal. As a result of the practices and achievements of ELLs, the school was featured in the Stanford University Research in 2015 and 2016 and Columbia University Press in 2018 for its “school-wide language development framework that integrated content, analytical practices, view of assessment practices, and social-emotional support for students and their families.” Marina coached new assistant principals and principals through the New York City Department of Education Leadership Program and the Wallace Foundation. Marina Vinitskaya was honored as a noteworthy educator by State Senator Kevin S. Parker in 2007, 2008, 2015, 2016, and 2017.