Areas of Expertise
Dr. Salazar’s research and scholarship center on transformative teacher preparation for diverse learners through empirical research and promising practices in teacher recruitment, preparation, and professional development. Her research and teaching fields include teacher education, linguistically diverse education, and college readiness for Latina/o students. Dr. Salazar has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters on the sociocultural interactions between teachers and students in K-12 classrooms that sustain humanizing pedagogies, humanizing teacher preparation, and college access and success for Latina/o students. She has given over 30 scholarly presentations and 20 national keynote presentations on her research areas. In addition, she is the lead author of a widely circulated policy document titled, The state of Latinos 2008: Defining an agenda for the future. This document was presented to members of the U.S. Congress in Washington D.C. and distributed to all members of the U.S. Congress. Dr. Salazar served for three years on the Colorado Quality Teachers Commission to design a teacher identifier system for the state of Colorado. She is also a member of the Colorado Higher Education Linguistically Diverse Education group. She has served for four years on the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC), a national collaborative to revise model content standards and develop learning progressions for teacher licensure, assessment, and development. She is also currently a member of the University of Denver’s Faculty Senate.
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