- Ph.D., Educational Psychology, UCLA, 1979
- M.S., Counseling/School Psychology, California State University, Los Angeles, l972
- B.A., Sociology/English Literature, UCLA, l969
- Certificate in Spanish Language and Literature, Universidad Menéndez-Pelayo, Spain 1974
Awards, Honors, Fellowships
Teaching and Research Interests
Educational equity and access for low income and ethnic minority students, language policy, and the education of Mexican origin youth; examination of the impact of restrictive language policies on students, schools, and communities in the US; pathways through California community colleges for underrepresented students; addressing the educational needs of secondary English learners; policy options to meet the resource needs of California?s English learners. She has just completed a study (with R. Rumberger) entitled Resource Needs for California's English Learners, as part of the statewide adequacy project funded by four major foundations.
Professor Gándara, together with Professor Gary Orfield, co-director of the Civil Rights Project, received two new research grants since June 2007. The first initiative, funded by the Ford Foundation, is called "Breaking the Chain of Failure: Moving from Weak High Schools to Strong Community Colleges for Students of Color. "The second study, funded by the Eleanor Foundation of Chicago, is entitled, "The Future Rests on Working Moms: Unequal Opportunity and Policies to Help Them Realize Their Dreams for Their Children."
Gándara, P. & R. Rumberger (forthcoming). Immigration, Language, and Education: How Does Language Policy Structure Opportunity? Teachers College Record.
Gándara, P., & R. Rumberger(forthcoming). Defining an Adequate Education for English Learners, Education Finance and Policy.
Gándara, P., & M. Cecilia Gómez (forthcoming ). Language Policy in Education, in B. Schneider, G. Sykes, & D. Plank (Eds.) AERA Handbook on Educational Policy Research. Washington DC: AERA.
Gándara, P, Orfield, G., & Horn, C., (Eds) (2006). Expanding Opportunity in Higher Education: Leveraging Promise, SUNY Press.
Gándara, P. (2005). Fragile Futures: Risk and Vulnerability Among Latino High Achievers, Policy Brief. Princeton: ETS.