Pamela Spycher focuses on improving educational experiences and outcomes for students in preschool through high school, with a special focus on multilingual students from immigrant backgrounds, students of color, and students from economically under-resourced communities. Her work engages teachers, school and district leaders, teacher educators, and state leaders in the urgent and collective work of improving educational access and equity through assets-oriented and culturally affirming curriculum, instruction, and systems.
Spycher has served as principal investigator on federally funded research grants, published in peer-reviewed journals, and led the development of research-to-practice publications, including Improving Education for Multilingual and English Learner Students: Research to Practice (2020, California Department of Education Press) and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners and STEAM: Teachers and Researchers Working in Partnership to Build a Better Tomorrow (2019, Information Age Publishing).
Spycher holds a BA in language studies from University of California (UC) Santa Cruz and a PhD in language, literacy, and culture from UC Davis. Prior to joining WestEd, she was a K–12 classroom teacher and teacher educator.