Affiliated Faculty

Alison Bailey

Alison Bailey

Professor

Teaching & Research Interests

  • Children’s first and second language acquisition
  • Early literacy development
  • Academic language pedagogy
  • Language and cognitive development
  • Bilingualism
  • Atypical language development
  • Narrative analysis
  • Dr. Bailey is also a Faculty Research Partner and former Project Director for Assessing English Language Proficiency at the Center for The Study of Evaluation & National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST).

    See the Dynamic Language Learning Progressions website and the Professional Learning Community Dual-Language On-Line Forum for more details on this work.

Patricia Gandara

Patricia Gandara

Research Professor

Teaching & Research Interests

  • Educational equity and access for low income and ethnic minority students, language policy, and the education of Mexican origin youth
  • Examination of the impact of restrictive language policies on students, schools, and communities in the US
  • Pathways through California community colleges for underrepresented students
  • Addressing the educational needs of secondary English learners
    Policy options to meet the resource needs of California’s English learners
  • Patricia Gándara received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has been a bilingual school psychologist, a Social Scientist with the RAND Corporation, she has directed education research in the California Legislature, and since 1990 she has been a Professor of Education in the University of California system. She has also served as Commissioner for Post-secondary Education for the State of California. For nine years she was Associate Director of the Linguistic Minority Research Institute and is currently Co-Director of the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA.

Kim Gomez

Kim Gomez

Associate Professor

Teaching & Research Interests

My research, design and analytic efforts are aimed towards (1) supporting students with low literacy skills and non-English background learners’ access to (a) developmental mathematics and statistics; (b) middle and high school science curricula. Design activities involve analysis of mathematics and science curricular and assessment materials.

Research explores instructional approaches to supporting underserved students’ through language and literacy-infused mathematics and science teaching. (2) Teaching and learning through the use of digital technologies and Web 2.0 environments across learning ecologies (schooling, afterschool, community, and online).

Special focus of research is on the affordances of tools to support literacy development, literacy production, and critical literacy. My theoretical influences include situated, constuctivist, reading and writing to learn perspectives on teaching and learning. Use of discourse analytic framing (social semotic analyses) to describe and compare talk in classroom, afterschool and community programs, and online contexts.

Rashmita Mistry

Rashmita Mistry

Associate Professor

Teaching & Research Interests

RESEARCH:

  • Consequences of poverty and economic stress on child and family well-being
  • Young children’s reasoning about social class and economic inequality
  • Children’s social identity development

TEACHING:

  • EDUC217A: Social Development & Education
  • EDUC256B: Poverty & Child Development
  • EDUC256B: Children’s Understanding and Experience of Social and Economic Inequality
  • ED200B: Survey Research Methods (with Prof. Felipe Martinez)
Marjorie Orellana

Marjorie Orellana

Professor

Teaching & Research Interests

The experiences of the children of immigrants in urban schools and communities, with a focus on their work as language and cultural brokers.