Dr. Duarte Silva continues to serve as Executive Director Emeritus of the California World Language Project (CWLP) in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. The Project, designed to strengthen and enhance professional learning opportunities for California's language educators, currently has seven regional sites at campuses of the California State University, independent colleges and universities, as well as the University of California. As the founding Executive Director, Dr. Silva was responsible for providing leadership to the Project’s programs statewide, as well as, for overseeing the evaluating of the programs outcomes implemented in each of CWLP regional sites.
Dr. Silva currently serves on the Advocacy Committee of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), the Global Seal of Biliteracy Advisor Board, the Foreign Language Annals and STARTALK Editorial Boards and is the California Language Teachers’ Association (CLTA) delegate to the Joint National Committee for Languages, (JNCL).
As a former member of the California Curriculum Commission, Dr. Silva, chaired the World Language Subject Matter Committee and was a member of several other committees that advise the State Board of Education on a variety of language related issues. In his capacity as Commissioner, and of CWLP’s Executive Director, he has chaired several state adoptions of instructional materials for World Language and English Language Development students, and oversaw the development of criteria for the role of technology in supporting the teaching of languages. He was appointed by the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction to serve as a member of the Professional Development English Learner Advisory Committee, and by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) as a member of its English Language Development Credential Panel and served as Chair of the Recruitment and Retention Committee for Language Educators for the New Vision in Action Project that proposed the establishment of ACTFL’s National Teacher of the Year.
Dr. Silva holds a doctorate degree in international and multicultural education and has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals in the areas of world language education. Second Language Acquisition, Chinese Dual-Immersion Program and professional learning for language educators.