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 analysis on policies related to language learners. 

Previously, Garcia provided analysis on state-wide education policies and regulations, including accountability, attendance and truancy, family engagement, and standards implementation for the District of Columbia State Board of Education. 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
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


EDUCATION POLICY and NEW AMERICA CA
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.


EDUCATION POLICY
Translating Reclassification Policies into School-Level Practices

A new study examines local variations in EL reclassification rates in Texas and looks under the hood of the reclassification process


EDUCATION POLICY
Unlocking ESSA's Potential to Support Early Learning

In this report, the authors offer an introduction to ESSA, exploring major provisions that have implications for the early learning system.


EDUCATION POLICY
Chile's School Voucher System: Enabling Choice or Perpetuating Social Inequality?

Chile has had a school voucher program for over 30 years. What lessons can the Chilean system offer to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos?


EDUCATION POLICY
Framing an Agenda for Dual Immersion Program Expansion in Montgomery County

A new whitepaper explores pathways for expanding dual immersion programs in Montgomery County Public Schools.


EDUCATION POLICY
Teacher Talent Untapped

This report highlights the barriers multilingual paraprofessionals face in entering teaching in their own words.


EDUCATION POLICY
Multilingual Paraprofessionals Highlight Barriers to Entering the Teaching Profession

A new paper uses focus group data with multilingual paraprofessionals to explore barriers to entering teaching.


EDUCATION POLICY
Teacher Perspectives on the Best Instructional Models for DLLs

What do teachers believe is the best instructional model for DLLs? A new study reveals that it depends on students' language skills.


EDUCATION POLICY
A Critical Mass

This report looks at what a small city in Virginia has done to become a leader in dual language learner education in the state.


EDUCATION POLICY
Harrisonburg Leads the Way for Dual Language Learners in Virginia

A new report from the National Dual Language Learner Work Group explores how one rural district is supporting its DLLs.


EDUCATION POLICY
A Closer Look at Dual Immersion Program Implementation

A recent study explores elements of effective dual immersion program implementation.