Patricia Velasco

Patricia Velasco with Estrella Olivares-Orellana

Dr. Patricia Velasco began her professional career as a speech pathologist in Mexico City. After finishing her Ed. D. at Harvard Graduate School of Education in the United States, she went back to Mexico to establish Casa de la Ciencia to work with indigenous bilingual children and their teachers in San Cristobal de las Casas…

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“Stories from the field”

“Stories from the field,” was an event organized by Mary Ann Chacko and co-sponsored by Esteem with the Curriculum and Teaching Department at Teachers College, Columbia University, on September 26, 2013. As Chacko explains, she wanted to bring doctoral students together upon hearing the personal stories of her fellow doctoral candidates as they engaged in the…

Dr. Pedro Noguera

Pedro Noguera with Estrella Olivares-Orellana

Pedro Noguera is the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University.  Dr. Noguera is a sociologist whose scholarship and research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions, as well as by demographic trends in local, regional and global contexts.  In conversation here with Estrella Olivares-Orellana,…

Dr. Gilda Ochoa

Gilda Ochoa with Cati V. de los Ríos

Gilda L. Ochoa is Professor of Sociology and Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies at Pomona College in Claremont, California. Her research focuses on education, inequalities in schools, and community partnerships. She has written on Latina/o immigration, K-12 teachers, activism, critical pedagogy, and the factors influencing race/ethnic relationships, especially between Mexican Americans and Mexican immigrants. She is the author…

Andrea Flower and Gita Upreti

Andrea Flower and Gita Upreti with Tran Templeton

From 2005 to 2007, Andrea Flower, Tran Templeton, and Gita Upreti worked together as doctoral research assistants at the University of Washington (UW) at Seattle. There, they implemented and collaborated on a large-scale research project, headed by Dr. Doug Cheney, which examined the effects of school-wide positive behavioral support on the academic and behavioral functioning…

Eric Nadelstern

Eric Nadelstern with Adam Davison

Eric Nadelstern is a Professor of Practice in Educational Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he directs the Summer Principals Academy (SPA). He is former Deputy Chancellor of the Division of School Support and Instruction for the New York City Department of Education, founding Superintendent of New York’s Autonomy Zone, and founding Principal of the International…

David Chura

A New Teacher Asks: “How do I do this?”

An essay by David Chura: He was a big man, a presence to be reckoned with on any football team. Dressed in a pressed shirt and colorful tie, he    spread his arms out and gestured around the room. “I’m a new teacher here. How do I do this?” he asked. I knew what “this”…