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About Laura A. Valdiviezo

I am interested in analyzing policies that promote pluralism and diversity issues in institutions and society as a way to understand how inequality is reproduced but also how it can be challenged. As an education ethnographer I conduct this analysis in the context of public schools serving culturally and linguistically diverse students where I focus on teachers. Namely, I am interested in how teachers understand (official) language policy and how they transform it through pedagogy.
In my view, schools can be sites for reforming education as much as for re-conceptualizing what is valued and disseminated as knowledge. Thus, I focus my research in local teaching and learning practices as a way to inform and reform education, to provide access and quality education for all, to impact and transform society at large.
My work has taken place in bilingual schools in a variety of contexts in the Americas, from Andean rural Peru to Haiti, to urban and suburban classrooms in the United States.


Present Associate Professor, Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies, College of Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Furcolo Hall
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst MA, 01003


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