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Aída Walqui

Aída Walqui directs the IES-funded National Research and Development Center for Improving the Education of English Learners in Secondary Schools, focused on providing the knowledge and evidence needed by educators to strengthen and accelerate the education of English Learners in middle and high schools. The Center is a partnership with Oregon State University, the University of Oregon, and the University of California, Los Angeles.

Walqui joined WestEd in 1999, where she began Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL), the first program of its kind to coherently weave the development of subject matter content and English language learning. In her role as the Director of QTEL, Walqui continued to demonstrate her deep commitment to increasing the academic success of English Learners. Through her meaningful scholarship and global leadership, Walqui has become an internationally known speaker and lecturer in the area of multilingual learning.

Aída holds two bachelor’s degrees from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima and from Connecticut College, a master’s degree in Sociolinguistics from Georgetown University, and a PhD from Stanford University’s School of Education in Language, Literacy, and Culture. She has published extensively, including 12 books and more than 30 articles. Her latest book, Reconceptualizing the Role of Critical Dialogue in American Classrooms, being published by Routledge, will be out November 2020. Her most recent article is “Affordances in the development of student voice and agency: The case of bureaucratically labelled Long-Term English Learners.”

Prior to joining WestEd, Walqui taught in high school, in the Division of Education at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and in the School of Education at Stanford University. She has also taught in universities in Perú, México, and England.

A member of several national and international advisory boards, Walqui has received major research grants from multiple foundations over the course of her career, including programmatic funding from the Spencer, MacArthur, Stuart, and Hewlett Foundations, and from the Chicago Community Trust.