Nicki Benson is the founder of Esperanza Education. Her work currently focusses on supporting Indigenous language revitalization. She has held contracts with Kwi Awt Stelmexw and the Indigenous Education branch of the British Columbia Ministry of Education. She is a PhD candidate in Indigenous Language Revitalization at the University of Victoria, and works as a research coordinator with the NEȾOLṈEW̱ Indigenous Language Research Partnership. Nicki also continues to facilitate the Spanish for Social Justice Teacher Network which she founded in 2010.
Languages: English, Spanish (and a little bit of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh sníchim)
Expertise: Education Research, Language Teaching, Education Policy, Curriculum & Program Development, Spanish Language Education, English Language Education, Social Justice Education, Spanish-English Translation.
Language Education Consulting: Nicki has developed and supported language education programs for a wide variety of learners and contexts. She offers consulting services for program planning, curriculum development, community engagement, and organizational support. Her recent projects have focussed on strategic language planning with Indigenous communities working to revitalize and strengthen the use of their languages.
Education Research: Nicki has extensive experience in education research, and has managed large-scale projects involving surveys, interviews, workshops, reports, and presentations with and for a variety of audiences including governments, policy-makers, and community stakeholders. These projects have kept her up-to-date with education issues and innovations globally, and she is always looking for new opportunities to use her analytical skills to support progressive education initiatives.
Spanish-English Translation: Translation from Spanish to English of all kinds of media including written, audio, and video files, with great attention to the context and flow of the original source. Ample experience translating NGO program reports and communications.
Editing and Proofreading: Editing and Proofreading of English documents such as essays, websites, and organizational documents, ensuring that they are clear, coherent, and free of grammatical errors.