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Chaparro, Sofia

Sofia Chaparro

Assistant Professor, Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Education Co-Book Editor, Bilingual Research Journal
  • Affiliate Faculty, Teaching
  • School of Education & Human Development

Email Address:sofia.chaparro@ucdenver.edu

I am originally from El Paso, Texas, where I grew up bilingually and transnationally between El Paso, Texas and Cd. Juárez in Mexico. I am the daughter of Mexican parents and bilingual educators, and I attended elementary school in Mexico. In college, I studied psychology and quickly realized my passion was education. I obtained my teaching license and masters' degree from the Boston College, where I was part of the Donovan Urban Scholars Program. I began my teaching career as a bilingual teacher in Boston Public Schools, teaching 2nd grade within a TWI program. I then taught 4th grade in El Paso, Texas, until deciding to attend graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. I have always had a passion for bilingualism, and for teaching and learning, and I am lucky enough to do it for a living!

Areas of Expertise

  • Two-Way Immersion Bilingual Programs
  • Gentrification and Bilingual Education
  • Language Ideologies in Educational Contexts
  • Ethnographic Research Methods
  • Teacher Research/Practitioner Inquiry

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education May 2017 Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • Master of Education, Curriculum and Instruction, with concentration in Teaching English Language Learners
  • Donovan Urban Scholars Program, Lynch School of Education, Boston College, Boston, MA 2006
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Stanford University, Stanford, CA 2004



  • 2018 James E. Alatis Prize for Research on Language Planning and Policy in Educational Contexts
  • 2018 Jolley Bruce Christman and Steven S. Goldberg Annual Award for Best Dissertation in Urban Education
  • First Place, Outstanding Dissertation Award, AERA Bilingual Education Research SIG, 2018
  • Spencer Fellowship Foundation/National Academy of Education (Dissertation Fellow 2015)
  • Ford Fellowship Foundation (Dissertation Fellow 2016)

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