Abelardo Villarreal, Ph.D.
Chief of Operations, Intercultural Development Research Association
Abelardo Villarreal, Ph.D., is the Chief of Operations. He oversees IDRA’s numerous projects that provide training and technical assistance to school districts and other education-related agencies. With his long history of work and commitment to the betterment of education for all children, he is highly regarded nationally for the difference he has made in schools and in people’s lives.
Dr. Villarreal holds a doctorate in curriculum and instruction at the
Austin. He has a master’s degree in education and Spanish from the same university and a master of education degree in educational administration from Our Lady of the
University. His bachelor’s degree is in political science and business administration from
A&I University. He holds a secondary teaching certificate in Spanish, social studies, and business administration, an elementary teaching certificate, a superintendency certificate and a mid-management certificate in principalship.
Abelardo Villarreal, Ph.D.
- Semillitas de aprendizaje Teacher Guide ~ Manual del maestro
- Achieve College ~ ¡Hacia Adelante! ~ A Guide for College Access / Achieve College ~ ¡Hacia Adelante! ~ Una Guía para Estudiantes, Familias y Educadores, with Rosana G. Rodríguez & Nilka Avilés, 2011
- Coaching and Mentoring for Leadership, with Kristin Grayson, Rosana G. Rodríguez, & Veronica Betancourt, 2011
- Science Instructional Strategies for English Learners – A Guide for Elementary and Secondary Grades, with Kristin Grayson & Veronica Betancourt, 2011
- Semillitas de aprendizaje Big Books, managing editor and lead author, 2010
- Courage to Connect: A Quality Schools Action Framework, contributing author, 2010
- Education of English Language Learners in U.S. and Texas Schools – Where We Are, What We Have Learned and Where We Need to Go from Here – A 2009 Update, with Albert Cortez, 2009
- “Student Voice – A Key Element in Effective School Governance and Accountability,” with Rosana G. Rodríguez, IDRA Newsletter, June-July 2012
- “Community Engagement Tool for Educators,” with Rosana G. Rodríguez, Ph.D., and Juanita C. García, Ph.D., IDRA Newsletter, September 2011
- “Expanding School Governance through Participatory Community Engagement,” with Rosana G. Rodríguez, IDRA Newsletter, March 2011
- “K-12 and Higher Education Partnerships for English Language Learners in Science – A Look at Stellar II,” with Rosana G. Rodríguez, IDRA Newsletter, October 2010
- “Tyranny of Old Ideas About School Board Responsibilities,” with Rosana G. Rodríguez, IDRA Newsletter, June-July 2010
- “A Guide for School Board Members to Assess District Effectiveness,” with Rosana G. Rodríguez, IDRA Newsletter, June-July 2010
- “Achieving a World-Class Education Requires Commitment to Protecting Education as a Civil Right,” IDRA Newsletter, March 2010
- “Suggestions for Conducting Effective Teaching Demonstrations in Classrooms with Diverse Learners,” IDRA Newsletter, January 2010
He is the managing editor and lead author of IDRA’s Semillitas de aprendizaje series, a unique bilingual (Spanish/English) set of early childhood materials that is based designed for literacy development with culturally-relevant materials for 3- and 4-year-old children.
Dr. Villarreal brings unparalleled expertise in program management, effective technical assistance delivery, curriculum development, and implementing and facilitating innovative models for school change. His dissertation, “A Systems Approach to the Development of a Lau Comprehensive Educational Plan: A Theoretical Model for Change” won the outstanding dissertation award from the National Council for Bilingual Education in 1981. From that work, he developed and validated a theoretical change model for school districts designing and implementing educational strategies that are compatible with the needs of language-minority children.
Dr. Villarreal has more than four decades of experience in public education. He has worked at the
as director of the Academy for Teacher Excellence, a center for the
designed to provide technical assistance to faculty writing state and federal grants and to manage and coordinate federal and state grants. Other work in the field of education has included teaching positions from third grade to the university level and administrative work as an elementary school principal and as a district director of secondary curriculum. He spent a year as an elementary school principal in a large urban school district. He has also overseen compliance with Lau regulations with the Office for Civil Rights.
Dr. Villarreal has managed a number of federal programs during his tenure at IDRA. Prominent among them are the
Center, the comprehensive regional assistance center funded by the U.S. Department of Education to serve
and a collaboration of IDRA, RMC Research Corporation, and the
Austin. Among other things, he led the centers efforts to break new ground in utilizing technology for service delivery to schools. He also directed the
– Region 9 and the Bilingual Education Service Center (BESC) from 1979 to 1983. In addition, he headed the comprehensive education planning component of the
from 1975 to 1979.
Dr. Villarreal was the lead author for numerous curriculum development projects, including HBJ Lectura, a Spanish basal reading series; !Que bonito es leer!, a supplementary Spanish language arts program; and School-Based Training Program to Increase Expectations for Hispanic Students, a National Education Association training guide. He was also published in the Bilingual Research Journal with a piece called, “Rethinking the Education of English Language Learners: Transitional Bilingual Education Programs,” in the Winter 1999 issue.
Dr. Villarreal has been extremely active in working toward educational equity throughout his career. He served as director of secondary curriculum at the
and as director of the Curriculum Adaptation Network for Bilingual Education for the William F. Hearst Foundation. He is a past president of the Texas Association for Bilingual Education and the San Antonio Area Association for Bilingual Education and has served on the boards of many educational advisory committees and colleges.
IDRA is an independent, private non-profit organization, directed by María Robledo Montecel, Ph.D., dedicated to strengthening public schools to work for all children. As a vanguard leadership development and research team for more than three decades, IDRA has worked with people to create self-renewing schools that value and empower all children, families and communities. IDRA conducts research and development activities, creates, implements and administers innovative education programs and provides teacher, administrator, and parent training and technical assistance.
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