Amaya Garcia

Senior Researcher, Education Policy Program

Amaya Garcia is a senior researcher with the Education Policy program at New America. A member of the Dual Language Learners National Work Group, she provides research and analysis on policies and programs related to dual language education, bilingual teacher preparation and early education. Prior to joining New America, Garcia was a policy analyst at the DC State Board of Education and a research associate at the American Institutes of Research. Previously she worked in a variety of research labs conducting studies on topics including school finance, reading comprehension, infant learning and memory and early language development. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Maryland-College Park, a master’s degree in cognitive studies in education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree in English and psychology from the University of Iowa.


All Work

EDUCATION POLICY
Lessons from Chula Vista on Dual Language Program Expansion

A new report describes how Chula Vista expanded dual language immersion programs despite California's English-only law.


EDUCATION POLICY
Educating California's English Learners

As districts move towards creating new bilingual programs, Chula Vista provides a good example of how to effectively scale them up.


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Educating California's English Learners

This paper explores Westminster’s process in designing and implementing two distinct dual language immersion programs over two years.


EDUCATION POLICY
Engaging the Local Community in Dual Language Immersion Program Development

A new report highlights how Westminster School District engaged the local community to help develop their Vietnamese dual language program.


EDUCATION POLICY
Why the Race to Find Bilingual Teachers? Because in Some States, 1 in 5 Students Is an English Language Learner

Amaya Garcia's recent reports on building a bilingual teaching workforce were cited in the 74 Million.


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Leveraging School District and University Partnerships to Grow the Bilingual Teacher Pipeline

Two new reports from New America highlight how school district and university partnerships can help reduce the bilingual teacher shortage.


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Bilingual Teacher Fellows at Highline Public Schools

Lessons from bilingual teacher fellows at Highline Public Schools in Washington state.


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The Portland Public Schools and Portland State University Dual Language Teacher Partnership

About the Portland Public Schools and Portland State University dual language teacher partnership.


EDUCATION POLICY
‘Not for the Fainthearted’: Highline Schools Held up as Model for Training Bilingual Teachers

Amaya Garcia's report on building a bilingual teaching workforce in Highline Public Schools was featured by the Seattle Times.


EDUCATION POLICY
Why Mass. Is Making A Third Attempt At Reforming English Language Ed

Amaya Garcia was quoted in NPR-affiliate WBUR about trends for English learner populations and programs.


EDUCATION POLICY
K-12 Teachers Are Disproportionately White and Monolingual. Here’s One Way That Could Change.

Amaya Garcia and Shayna Cook wrote an article for Slate about the disparities in racial and linguistic diversity among the K-12 student popu


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Building College and Career Pathways for EL Students

2017 California New America Fellow Kyle Halle-Erby describes his work to help forge college and career pathways for his EL students.