Patricia Gándara

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Patricia Gándara
Co-Director, The Civil Rights Project at UCLA and Research Professor,
UCLA Graduate School of Education

Patricia Gándara is a research professor at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and codirector of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA. She is also chair of the Working Group on Education for the University of California–Mexico Initiative. Gándara has also been been a professor of education in the University of California system; commissioner for postsecondary education for the State of California; associate director of the Linguistic Minority Research Institute; and codirector of PACE. She is a fellow of the American Educational Research Association, the National Academy of Education, the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in Italy, the French–American Association at Sciences Po Graduate Institute (Paris), and ETS (Princeton, NJ). She was appointed to President Obama’s Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, and received the distinguished career award from the Scholars of Color Committee of the American Educational Research Association. Gándara received her PhD in educational psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles.

updated 2005

Publications by Patricia Gándara
As the Year of Education draws to a close, PACE is reviving its signature publication, Conditions of Education in California, in order to sustain focus on the long-term comprehensive educational reforms that California needs. In this edition of…
Abstract: This article discusses the complex and subtle reasons why many people of Spanish-speaking ancestry—both Latin Americans and Spaniards—like to call themselves “Latinos.” Among other things, this word, coined by the Mediterranean countries…
A Survey of California Teachers’ Challenges, Experiences, and Professional Development Needs
Listening to Teachers of English Language Learners is the product of collaboration among PACE, the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning (the Center), and the University of California Linguistic Minority Research Institute (UC LMRI).…
This article provides an abridged version of a report prepared for the lawsuit Williams v. State of California. The report first examines the achievement gap for English learners in California. Second, it reviews evidence in seven areas in which…