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María Salazar, Ph.D.

Primary Area of Expertise

  • Urban teacher residencies


María del Carmen Salazar is an Assistant Professor at the University of Denver Morgridge College of Education. Her research and scholarship center on high-quality teacher preparation through teacher residency programs that combine rigorous research and promising practices in teacher recruitment, preparation, and induction in urban schools. Her research and teaching fields include teacher education, linguistically diverse education, culturally responsive teaching, and college readiness for English Language Learners. She has authored numerous academic journal articles and book chapters and given over 50 scholarly presentations on her research areas. In addition, she is the lead author of a widely circulated policy document titled, “The State of Latinos 2008: Defining an agenda for the future”. This document was presented to members of the U.S. Congress in Washington D.C. and distributed to all members of the U.S. Congress. She also serves on the Colorado Quality Teachers Commission and on the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC). Her professional and community endeavors are driven by a belief in equity and access through education.  Her research interests include teacher education, urban education, linguistically diverse education, cultural competency, teacher as researcher, and the academic resiliency of Chicana/o & Mexicana/o youth.

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