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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)

Melissa Navarro

Dr. Cristina Alfaro

Project CORE 

Melissa Navarro has recently completed her first year as an SDSU/CGU Joint Ph.D. doctoral student. Her research interests revolve around the need to prepare critically conscious educators. Her work and research focus on the sociopolitical, ideological, cultural and linguistic aspects of teacher preparation. 

She currently works as a program coordinator and data analyst for Project CORE, a 1.5 million dollar grant that prepares pre-service and in-service teachers on how to effectively deliver the Common Core State Standards and the 2012 ELD Standards to multilingual learners with her faculty mentor, Dr. Cristina Alfaro.

She is also the Spanish Science Methods Course instructor for the multiple subject credential, in the Department of Dual Language and English Learner Education (DLE) at SDSU and is currently conducting a study that compares data from different cohorts of multiple-subject credential candidates related to their self-reported knowledge, skills, and dispositions for teaching science using the Next Generation Science Standards.

Navarro was recently chosen for the California State University Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP). The CDIP aims to increase the number of promising doctoral students applying for future CSU faculty positions by offering financial assistance in the form of a loan and mentorship by CSU faculty.