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Leading Equity

Aug 27, 2018

About Francesca Lopez

Francesca López is Professor of Educational Policy Studies and Practice and Associate Dean of the College of Education at the University of Arizona. She began her career in education as a bilingual (Spanish/English) elementary teacher, and later as an at-risk high school counselor, in El Paso, Texas. After completing her PhD in Educational Psychology at the University of Arizona (2008), she served on the faculty of the Educational Policy and Leadership department at Marquette University (2008-2013). Her research is focused on the ways educational settings promote achievement for Latino youth and has been funded by the American Educational Research Association Grants Program, the Division 15 American Psychological Association Early Career Award, and the National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship. Dr. López is a National Education Policy Center Fellow, and was a Visiting Fellow for the Program for Transborder Communities at Arizona State University. She serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment and Contemporary Educational Psychology, and is currently senior associate editor for the American Journal of Education and co-editor of the American Educational Research Journal.

Show Highlights

  • Switching from deficits to assets when addressing marginalized students
  • Do you have English Language Learners or Emergent Bilinguals?
  • Asset Based Pedagogy, everyone has assets from which we build knowledge collectively
  • Knowing who your students are and how they might be missing from the curriculum
  • Students need to see examples of themselves in the curriculum
  • Classroom dynamics and the impact it plays on students of color
  • It’s on us as educators to find ways to reach all students in our classroom by recognizing the assets within students
  • Exposing pre-service teachers to multicultural education

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Francesca’s latest book: Asset Pedagogies in Latino Youth Identity and Achievement: Nurturing Confianza

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