Margarita Jimenez-Silva Associate Professor and Director of Teacher Education
Margarita Jimenez-Silva is an associate professor and director of
teacher education at the School of Education in University of
California, Davis. Her research focuses on preparing and
supporting teachers to work with culturally and linguistically
diverse learners, especially in addressing emergent bilinguals’
linguistic and academic content development. More specifically,
her research strands include teacher education pedagogy and
curriculum, educational policy, and family/community engagement.
Her research has been published by journals such as Harvard
Educational Review, Childhood Education, and the Journal of
Research on Childhood Education.
Professor Jimenez-Silva has traveled to and coordinated
curriculum and programs addressing the needs of emergent
bilinguals in the U.S., as well as in Mexico, Panama, and
Hungary. Prior to entering higher education, Professor
Jimenez-Silva worked with newcomer students as a middle-school
math and science teacher in Oakland, California. She began her
work with pre-service teachers at Concordia University in Irvine,
CA. She herself is a former English learner from the San
Fernando Valley in Southern California.