Ofelia Garcia Receives Correa Award as Bilingual Educator
Ofelia Garcia, TC Professor of Bilingual Education and co-director of TC’s Center for Multiple Languages and Literacies, is the recipient of the Gladys Correa Award, given annually by the New York State Association for Bilingual Education (NYSABE).
Gladys Correa was a teacher of bilingual education in New York City broke new ground in the professional development of bilingual educators in colleges and universities.
NYSABE praised Garcia as “an exemplary teacher, researcher and prolific writer whose passionate advocacy for the linguistic and educational rights of all children and her quest for excellence will continue to inspire educators, students, parents and members of our society.”
Garcia – faculty coordinator for TC’s bilingual education program – is the co-author of Imagining Multilingual Schools (with Tove Skutnabb-Kangas and Maria Torres-Guzman), A Reader in Bilingual Education (with Colin Baker), and Language Loyalty, Continuity and Change: Joshua Fishman’s Contributions to International Sociolinguistics (with Rakhmiel Peltz and Harold Schiffman). As part of a series conducted by The Campaign for Educational Equity, she recently presented a paper titled “Equity in the Education of Emergent Bilinguals: The Case of English Language Learners,” which argued that current U.S. policy regarding bilingualism is overly English-centric and at odds with current research.