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San Diego State University

SDSU Department of Dual Language and English Learner Education (formerly Policy Studies in Language & Cross-Cultural Education)

Dr. Sera Hernandez

Sera Hernandez, faculty photo


Education and Background


 2013 Ph.D.Language, Literacy & Culture in Education, University of California, Berkeley

Dissertation: When Institutionalized Discourses Become Familial: Mexican Immigrant Families Interpreting and Enacting High Stakes Educational Reform

2004 Pupil Personnel Services Credential (K-12 to community college)

2002 M.A Educational Counseling, Loyola Marymount University

2000 Bilingual Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (BCLAD-Spanish)

1999 B.A. Liberal Studies with Spanish Emphasis, Loyola Marymount University


Selected Publications


Hernandez, S. (2017). Are they all language learners?: Educational labeling and                              raciolinguistic identifying in a middle school dual language program.                                CATESOL Journal, 29(1) 133-154.

Dabach, D., Suarez-Orozco, C., Hernandez, S., & Brooks, M.D. (2017). Future                                    perfect?: Teachers' expectations and explanations of their Latino immigrant                        students' postsecondary futures. Journal of Latinos and Education. DOI:                               10.1080/15348431.2017.1281809

Alfaro, C., Cadiero-Kaplan, K., & Hernandez, S. (2017). Migrant education and shifting                consciousness: A cultural wealth approach to navigating politics, access, and                equity. In M.E. Zarate & P. Perez (Eds.), Facilitating Academic Success for Migrant                Farmworker Students in the U.S. (pp. 94-112) New York, NY: Routledge

Hernandez, S. (2015) In what ways can school policies limit the authentic involvement of               English Language Learners'/ emergent bilinguals' parents, and how can this be               addressed? In G. Valdés, K. Menken, M. Castro, Common Core, bilingual and               English language learners: A resource for educators (pp. 95-96). Philadelphia,               PA: Caslon

Baquedano-López, P., Hernandez, S., & Alexander, R. A. (2014). Thinking through the               decolonial turn in research and praxis in Latina/o parent involvement:                           Advancing new understandings of the home-school relation. In P.R. Portes, S.               Salas, P. Baquedano López, & P. Mellom. (Eds.), U.S. Latinos and education                           policy: Research-based directions for change (pp. 16-34). New York: Routledge.

Baquedano-López, P., Alexander, R. A., & Hernandez, S. (2013). Equity issues in parental               and community involvement in schools: What teacher educators need to know.               Review of Research in Education, 37(1), 161-194.

Baquedano-López, P., Hernandez, S. (2011). Language socialization across educational               settings. In B. Levinson & M. Pollack (Eds.), A Companion to the anthropology of               education (pp. 197-211). Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell

Baquedano-López, P., Mangual Figueroa, A. & Hernandez, S. (2011). An integrated                       approach to the study of transitions as learning activity: Two cases from                           Spanish immersion classrooms. In P. Portes & S. Salas (Eds.) Vygotsky in 21st                       century society: Advances in cultural historical theory and praxis with                                     non-dominant communities (pp. 180-198). New York: Peter Lang Publishing.


Courses Taught


Language Policy and Practices (DLE 601)

Multilingual Education: Theory and Practices for Biliteracy Teachers (DLE 515)

Biliteracy: Teaching Language Arts (DLE 532)

Skills Teaching Literacy to Bilingual Elementary Students (DLE 931)

Skills in Teaching Literacy in the Secondary Bilingual Classroom (DLE 933)

ELD/SDAIE Methodology in the Content Areas (DLE 915)


Professional Affiliations


American Educational Research Association

American Anthropological Association

California Association of Bilingual Education

International Literacy Association