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Dr. Cristina Alfaro

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Dr. Cristina Alfaro

Associate Professor and Chair
Policy Studies in Language and Culture
College of Education
San Diego State University

Cristina Alfaro, Ph.D., is an associate professor of English language and Biliteracy development in the College of Education at San Diego State University (SDSU) and Chair for the Department of Policy Studies in Language and Culture. She earned her doctorate degree, in Teacher Preparation for Multilingual Learners, from the Claremont and San Diego State University joint graduate program. Dr. Alfaro teaches credential and graduate level courses where her work focuses on preparing teachers in the area of English language and Biliteracy development with a global perspective. She has two decades of experience in directing both local and international teacher education programs in California, Mexico, and Europe. Dr. Alfaro is the recipient of the College of Education 2010 Excellence in Teaching Award. Her background as an elementary biliteracy teacher in ethno and linguistically diverse communities, has served her well in preparing teachers to teach students how to critically read the word and the world.

As a teacher researcher she has examined and published on the role of teachers’ pedagogical and ideological clarity related to teaching practices for ethno and linguistically diverse students. Her publications have been featured in a variety of peer reviewed journals and edited books. She presents on these topics at local and international educational conferences. Her teacher professional development activities focus on literacy processes that explicitly address language progressions, demands, and scaffolds that are utilized, developed, and integrated into classroom practice and discourse necessary to prepare Multilingual Learners to be university and career ready.

Dr. Alfaro served on the 2012 Expert Panel for the California State Department of Education English Language Development (ELD) Standards where her work focused on the alignment of the New ELD Standards to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). She is the principal investigator and project director of a major US Department of Education grant where her research and work is to create access for English Language Learners to the Common Core State Standards. She can be reached at calfaro@mail.sdsu.edu.