Professional Activities

Curriculum Vitae



December, 2017 – Translanguaging, Sociolinguistics, & Retirement: Una entrevista con Ofelia GarcíaLL Journal, The Journal of the Students of the Ph.D. Program in Latin American, Iberian and Latino Cultures.

Grosjean, F. (2016, March 2). What is Translanguaging? Retrieved March 2, 2016, from

March 4, 2015 – Ofelia García on the Past, Present, and Future of Bilingual EducationBilingual Basics, TESOL International Association

November 11, 2012 – Ofelia García with Estrella Olivares-OrellanaEsteem Journal


CUNY-New York State Initiative on Emergent Bilinguals (NYSIEB)
The CUNY-New York State Initiative on Emergent Bilinguals (NYSIEB) is a collaborative project between The Research Institute for the Study of Language in Urban Society (RISLUS) and the Ph.D. Program in Urban Education of the CUNY Graduate Center funded by the New York State Education Department. The goals of the initiative are to (a) develop the intellectual and leadership capacities of principals of schools that serve large numbers of emergent bilinguals; (b) document and create a portfolio of successful educational policies, programs, and practices associated with emergent bilingual students in the state; and (c) begin to explore the development of New York State Native Language Arts (NLA) standards that are aligned with the new Common Core standards. Please follow us on Twitter as well.

Ongoing Research

LAT-NYHS Study: Latinos In New York City High Schools
(with Haiwen Chu, Suzanne Dikker, Nelson Flores, Laura Kaplan, and Heather Homonoff Woodley)
A collaborative research project of the Urban Education Program of The CUNY Graduate Center, RISLUS (Research Institute for the Study of Language in Urban Societies), and the NYC Department of Education, Office of English Language Learners.

In response to the special needs of the Latino community in New York, we embarked on a collaborative research project to investigate how successful New York City public high schools educate Latino students, and in particular emergent bilingual Latino students. The two overarching questions that guided our research were:
• How are NYC Latino students with different characteristics being educated?
• What are the practices, structures, and stories within high schools that are successful in educating Latino students? It is the purpose of our study to focus on the actual practices and experiences of school leaders, teachers, support staff, and Latino students in New York City high schools. It is in the hopes that gaining insight into what happens at these schools will provide practical methods and transferable practices to share with other schools that might be working with similar populations.

Pan American International High Schools: The role of Spanish in developing bilingualism (with Nelson Flores)

High School of World Cultures: Educating Latino and non-Latino recent immigrants
(with Heather Homonoff Woodley)

Other Work on Translanguaging

Jenni Vinson, an Ed.D. candidate at Texas A&M University Kingsville, created this website inspired by García’s work on translanguaging.

Translanguaging: A CUNY-NYSIEB Guide for Educators

This guide, written by Christina Celic and Kate Seltzer, provides teachers with practical applications of translanguaging for their classrooms. Written as a resource for the CUNY-NYSIEB project, the philosophy behind the guide aligns with García’s work on translanguaging.

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