Dept Chair 12 Mo, Mexican American Studies
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Mondays 3-5pm & Tuesdays 9:30-11:30am at CL 231 [email in advance for a set time if possible so you don't have to wait]
Marcos Pizarro began teaching at San José State University in 1999. He received his B.A. in Urban Studies from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from UCLA's Graduate School of Education. Pizarro works with Chicana/o students at various stages in their schooling and tries to understand how interventions can help these students develop strategies that might aid them in their efforts to succeed in school and create social justice in their communities.
In 2005, he published a book on his research with Chicana/o youth in East Los Angeles and the Yakima Valley of Washington State. The book, "Chicanas and Chicanos in School," explores the relationship between the identities of Chicana/o students and their academic performance with a focus on lessons that will aid those interested in enhancing the educational performance of these youth (see below for a link to the book). Currently, he coordinates MAESTR@S, a social justice organization developing and implementing a transformative education model with Latin@ communities. He also works with schools on the development and implementation of Latina/o Studies curricula to enhance Latina/o student engagement, having recently completed a year-long project that involved teaching in a local high school. Finally, he is the co-coordinator of the Institute for Teachers of Color Committed to Racial Justice.
A complete CV is available along with information on MAESTR@S and the Institute in the links listed above.