THE QTEL TEAM
Director, Teacher Professional Development Program
Aída Walqui directs WestEd’s Teacher Professional Development Program as well as the Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL) project. As Director of the Teacher Professional Development Program, she is responsible for collaborating with ongoing WestEd teacher professional development efforts and leading the agency’s commitment to supporting teachers throughout their careers, from preservice through lifelong learning and teacher leadership.
As Director of QTEL, Walqui brings a careerlong focus on increasing the academic success of English language learners. She leads the development and implementation of the QTEL approach to professional development and the articulation of QTEL principles in the development of QTEL curricula. Walqui collaborates with school and district leaders across the country to tailor QTEL implementation that is responsive to local needs. She is often found observing and coaching in the classrooms of teachers learning the QTEL approach.
Aída Walqui has had a long and successful career in the development of teacher expertise to work with second language learners in deep, rigorous, and accelerated ways in both their family and second languages. Aída, a Ph.D. graduate from Stanford University, taught Language Arts, ESL, and Social Studies in Spanish and English at Alisal High School in Salinas, California for six years. There she started Spanish for Spanish Speakers courses –today’s Heritage courses-, and the simultaneous teaching of subject matter content in English and English language with high challenge, high support pedagogies. Dr. Walqui developed appropriate materials, ambitious pedagogical practices, and championed their use across the state. She has also taught at the university level in her home country, Perú, in México, England and at Stanford University and the University of California Santa Cruz in the United States.
A member of several national and international teacher professional development advisory boards, Aída is one of the founding members of the Stanford University Understanding Language initiative, and co-wrote two of the seminal white papers that lay out a vision for the education of English Language Learners in an era of Common Core Standards. She has published extensively on indigenous education in Latin America and the education of English Learners in the United States. Two of her main books are Scaffolding the Academic Success of Adolescent English Language Learners: A Pedagogy of Promise co-authored with Leo van Lier, and English Language Learners and the new standards. Developing language, content knowledge, and analytical practices in the classroom, co-authored with Margaret Heritage and Robert Linquanti and published by Harvard Education Press in 2015.
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