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Maria Torres-Guzman

Professional Background

Educational Background

B.A., Universidad de Puerto Rico, major field of study in Spanish language and literature with minors in History and French;
M.A., University of Michigan, major field of study in Spanish language and literature with further study in Humanities;
M.A., Ph.D., Stanford University, major field of study in Bilingual/Bicultural Education, Dissertation (1983): Participatory Democracy and Bilingual Education: The Case of San Jose, California. 

Scholarly Interests

My interests lie in the space where culture and language meet in classroom interactions as well as in broader society.  I am interested in understanding how teachers deal with the issues of language and culture within strong bilingual education models; how parents support their children both linguistically and culturally, and how the linguocultural spaces are created in curricular social organization and in the development of materials.  

Selected Publications

current projects

I am working on three projects:
1) I am closing up the Quality Teaching Professionals for English Language Learner Project, a five year Professional Development Grant (NCLB, Title III) in which we supported teachers as inquirers of questions related to language and culture in curriculum and instruction.  The project worked with PS165 in Manhattan (Spanish/English dual language education program) and PS163 in Queens (Chinese/English program).  Currently, we are writing papers on bilingual teaching and the development of professional identity among in-service and pre-service MA students. 

2) In Search of Metaphors (currently in its closing year) was funded both by the NCTE Foundation Research Grants and the Provost Initiative to: (a) mentor junior faculty, (b) generate new teacher development initiatives, (c) investigate the literacy philosophies, practices, and training of teachers in dual language education Spanish/English programs across the NYC schools so as to develop metaphors that might assist in the cross-cultural understanding of instructional practices and improve the education of bilingual learners. 

3) Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors is a pilot biographical study of Eugenia Josefina Santiago, a Puerto Rican woman leader and educator, broadly conceived as she was a journalist with the purpose of exploring the concept of erasure and the methods of defamiliarization.  Speccficially, I will be investigating how Puerto Rican women leaders participate in their own erasure.  My intention is to investigate this further in the context of NYC educational institutions.

curriculum vitae