On April 12, 2017, José Viana was named assistant deputy secretary of the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA). He is the principal adviser to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on all matters related to the education of English learners, now estimated to be about 10 percent of the total k–12 public school enrollment nationwide.
As head of OELA, Viana administers programs under Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which support high-quality instruction for linguistically and culturally diverse students. The office also supports professional development programs for teachers of English learners.
Viana began his career in Miami-Dade County Public Schools as an elementary school teacher for English language learners. Most recently he served as an administrator of the Migrant Education Program for North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction.