Mariana Castro

Mariana Castro serves as Deputy Director for the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. She is also a lead developer and researcher at WIDA and a curriculum designer and instructor for The Discussion Project.

Mariana started her career in education working with students with significant disabilities and later with bilingual and multilingual students and their families in Madison, WI. She taught science, ESL and bilingual education, and coordinated bilingual programs in her district. She has worked with WIDA since 2006, leading professional learning, standards development and research & evaluation. She has also been a teacher educator at Edgewood College and UW Madison. 

Mariana brings over 30 years of experience in education to her research and development work. In her research and publications, Mariana integrates her background as an educator, her passion for working with bilingual and multilingual children, youth and their teachers, and her commitment for social justice. 

 Mariana has a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a M.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She currently serves as the PI for research related to language practices of multilingual students, curriculum and instruction in dual language immersion programs, and teacher professional learning.
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