Lucrecia Santibañez, “Bilingual Education on the Rise: Will the Teachers Be There?”

Monday, October 22, 2018
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM


Free Event

UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz Graduate School of Education opens this year’s “Policy Goes to School” lecture series on Monday, October 22 from 5 pm – 6 pm in room 1207 Education Building. Lucrecia Santibañez, Associate Professor at Claremont Graduate University’s School of Educational Studies, will give the lecture “Bilingual Education on the Rise: Will the Teachers Be There?” The talk is free and open to the public. The lecture series is hosted by Michael Gottfried, Tine Sloan, and the Department of Education.

Bilingual teachers have a set of specialized knowledge that benefits English Learners, one of the nation’s most vulnerable student populations. Yet hiring bilingual teachers in states with large proportions of ELs is becoming increasingly difficult, particularly after the passage in the early aughts of anti-bilingual education policies. Santibañez uses data from the Schools and Staffing Survey to test the impact of state language policies on the supply of bilingual teachers in states where voters passed anti-bilingual legislation: California, Arizona, Colorado, and Massachusetts. In the current context, with exploding growth in bilingual and dual-language immersion programs, her results highlight the potential consequences of a constrained supply of teachers with these qualifications on districts’ abilities to provide ELs with the teachers they need.