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San Diego State University

SDSU Department of Dual Language and English Learner Education (formerly Policy Studies in Language & Cross-Cultural Education)

Dr. Tamara Collins-Parks

Dr. Tamara Collins-Parks

Dr. Tamara Collins-Parks ( teaches credential and masters level courses for the department. Her expertise is in public policy, bilingual education, and linguistics (particularly language acquisition). She coordinates edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment) for the department and is also the graduate adviser for MA and certificate programs.

Education and Background

  • PhD in Education, with an emphasis on Policy Studies in Language and Cross-Cultural Education, Claremont Graduate University & San Diego State University, January 2006.
  • MA, Language and Cross-Cultural Education, with an outside emphasis in Linguistics, San Diego State University, December 1993
  • Bachelor of Arts, English, University of California, Berkeley, May 1989
  • Bilingual Authorization by examination June 28, 1997
  • Multiple Subjects Authorization by examination May 3, 1997
  • CLAD (Clear Cross-Cultural, Language and Academic Development) Certificate, San Diego State University, April 1996
  • Single Subject Clear Credential, English, San Diego State University, June 1991
  • Education using Spanish: Instituto Pablo VI. Completed 11th Grade in Cordoba, Argentina, 1984
My teaching background is mainly in English Language Development. I have taught ELD and bilingual classes at the elementary, secondary, adult and college levels.

Projects, Grants, Research, and Honors

Project: Project CORE
Lead: Dr. Cristina Alfaro (DLE)
Description: Supports professional development to address ELL access to the Common Core Standards.

Active Student Engagement in Learning during Instruction
Lead: Trevor Shanklin (LARC)
Description: This project uses videos to examine student engagement in learning.

Other: Ongoing research on policy implementation at the micro-political level: How administrators, teachers, parents, and community members interpret, enact, react, resist, and ultimately transform policy.

Elected Positions in the field: California and Nevada Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (CATESOL) Elementary Level Chair, 2008, Assistant Elementary Level Chair, 2007



  • Teaching Literacy Across the Content Areas: Effective Strategies That Reach All K-12 Students Cambridge Scholars Publishing. (2016). With Dr. Lasisi Ajayi.
  • Who Says? Dynamics of Post-Proposition 227 Language Policy in a California School -- 1998-2004. Chapter in Cadiero-Kaplan, K., et al., Eds. (2006). Literacy Ideology, Teachers' Beliefs, Language Policy and Parent Voice. Los Angeles: CABE. 


  • Interpreting Research on Parent Involvement and Connecting it to the Science Classroom. Theory into Practice (TIP) special issue on Diversity and Equity in Science Education. 2012. With Alberto Rodriguez & Jennifer Garza. 
  • Using Poetry to Practice Grammar. CATESOL News. 41.1, March. 2009. 
  • Cinco de Mayo Dodgeball: A lesson in history using kinesthetic modality. CATESOL News. 40.2, May. 2008.
  • Plenary Words of Wisdom. CATESOL News. 41.1, Summer. 2009.
  • Elementary Level Report: President’s Luncheon and Elementary Awards. CATESOL News. 41.1, Summer. 2009. 
  • “My Students Look Lost – Now What?” CATESOL News. 39.3, Nov. – Dec. 2007, (p. 16). 
  • Stone's Information Strategies as Micropolitics: A Socio-Ecology of Stakeholder Political Agency in the Implementation of Post-Proposition 227 Language Policies. (Doctoral dissertation, Claremont Graduate University and San Diego State University, 2006). 
  • Taking Baby Steps away from the Ivory Tower: Working with Communities Narratives/Narrativos, Fall 2000 Volume5.1 
  • Why Juanito is Bilingual and Jane is Not. 1993 Master's Thesis at San Diego State University. 
  • Poems have been published in the U.C. Berkeley Department of Women's Studies collection Broad Topics (1989), in the San Luis Rey Choral collection The Music of Poetry (1997) and in the Carlsbad community collection McGee Park Poets Anthology (1993, 1994, 1996 and 2005).


  • Multiple Intelligence 101. (Part of a panel presentation for the elementary level workshop: Whole Child, Multiple Intelligences.) State CATESOL Conference, Pasadena. April 18, 2009. 
  • Power & Resistance: Implementation of Post-Proposition 227 Language Policies in a Majority Latino District. [Part of an invited panel presentation.] 10 Years of Proposition 227. San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) Conference, San Marcos, Nov. 8, 2008. 


  • PLC 515 Bilingual Strategies
  • DLE 553 Language Assessment
  • DLE 601 Bilingual Policy and Practices
  • DLE 603 Community and Schools in a Diverse Society
  • DLE 653 Language Issues in the Secondary School
  • DLE 686 Seminar in Multicultural Education 
  • DLE 960 Seminar for Student Teachers
  • DLE 915: Teaching and Learning in the Content Area: ELD/SDAIE
  • DLE 923/4: Educational Psychology in the Bilingual Context 
  • DLE 933: Reading Across the Content Areas in the Bilingual Context 
  • DLE 954: Classroom Organization and Teaching in the Bilingual Classroom (Seminar)
  • ED 690: Methods of Inquiry
  • TE 903: edTPA Seminar


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