10 Jan 2017
January 10, 2017

Gregg Roberts

Gregg Roberts is the World Language & Dual Language Immersion Specialist for the Utah State Office of Education. He is also currently the co-project director of the Flagship Language Acquisition Network (F-LAN), a national consortium of 20 states led by Utah and recently funded by the National Language Flagship program (US Department of Defense). The F-LAN consortium is working to develop and implement preK-16 programs that will produce Advanced-level speakers of Chinese and Portuguese upon high school graduation and professionally competent Superior speakers upon university graduation.

His work with the Utah Legislature and Governor’s office has led to groundbreaking changes in the way second language education is viewed and funded within the state’s K-12 schools. The K-12 program he designed with his team is being used as a model of innovative world-language education nationally and internationally. As part of this program he has gathered and leads a group of K-12 educators, in collaboration with the state’s institutions of higher education, in the design and implementation of Utah’s highly successful Dual Language Immersion programs (DLI) in Chinese, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish.  In the process he has directed the development of K-12 immersion curricula, the establishment of proficiency targets for all grade levels and DLI languages, a comprehensive assessment program comprised of internal and external assessments, and a job-embedded professional development program and support system in those languages. He has also been instrumental in the implementation of teacher recruitment as well as alternative certification and professional development programs that are serving as models for other states.

Gregg has taught at both the secondary and university levels. He also served as the Granite School District’s World Language Specialist. He was named the 2009 National Council of State Supervisors of Foreign Language State Supervisor of the Year, the 2015 ACTFL Leo Benardo Award for Innovation in K-12 Language Education, and is a recipient of the Palms Académiques from the French Government.