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Dr. Ana Maria Villegas

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Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member of ADVISORY BOARD


  • Ph.D.
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And an emerging body of research, ..., 17 April 2011 [cached]
And an emerging body of research, highlighted in a new research review by Ana María Villegas, a professor of education at Montclair State University, and Jacqueline Jordan Irvine, a professor of urban education at Emory University, suggests that teachers of color as a group produce better academic results with students of color than do white teachers.
"Teachers of color are valuable," Villegas said. "When you have had the experience of being 'the other' in a society, not being the mainstream, you bring in some insights as to how kids feel in schools."
To date, more than 35 states have adopted policies aimed at hiring more minority teachers, but there is no national directive.
"There ought to be some kind of federal policy that encourages the recruitment of people of color into teaching, with money behind it so that you can provide scholarships," Villegas said.
Advisory Board, 22 Jan 2011 [cached]
Ana Maria Villegas, Montclair State University
Schools sought teachers of color because ..., 16 Oct 2008 [cached]
Schools sought teachers of color because they said children needed to see successful adults who were black, Hispanic, Asian and American Indian, said Ana Maria Villegas, a professor at Montclair State University in New Jersey who has studied and written about the issue.
Six years ago, schools made a renewed push for black and Hispanic teachers as another way to help bolster learning for minority kids under the federal No Child Left Behind education reforms. Educators are particularly interested in a growing body of research that suggests minorities tend to perform better with teachers of the same race, said Villegas and Greg Johnson, a senior policy analyst for the National Education Association.
Villegas said curbing recruitment could hurt urban schools especially. White educators are not drawn to urban schools, and if they begin teaching there, they often leave quickly, she said.
About the Authors - Ahead of the Class, 28 June 2010 [cached]
Dr. Clewell has also published several reports and articles on teacher recruitment and teacher quality, including a special issue of Education and Urban Society on diversifying the teaching force in urban school systems (Ana María Villegas, coauthor).
Ana María Villegas is a professor of education at Montclair State University, where she teaches courses on urban education and quantitative research methods. Prior to joining the school, she was a senior research scientist with the Education Policy Research Division of the Educational Testing Service. Dr. Villegas has extensive experience with evaluation research, particularly as it pertains to programs of teacher preparation. In addition to codirecting the Pathways evaluation, she has directed a national investigation of in-service programs for teachers of language minority students. She also codirected several other evaluation studies of programs designed to increase the number of well-prepared teachers, especially candidates of color. Dr. Villegas has published widely on topics such as assessing teacher performance in a diverse society, preparing teachers for a changing student population, and culturally responsive teaching.
RNT - NTRC Advisory Board, 27 Jan 2005 [cached]
Ana Maria Villegas, Ph.D.Professor of EducationMontclair State University
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