Adela Solís, Ph.D.
Senior Education Associate, Intercultural Development Research Association
Adela Solís, Ph.D., is an IDRA senior education associate. She is dedicated to professional development, technical assistance, research, evaluation and advocacy work, all of which promote equity and excellence in education. She has specific experience working with schools on equity and compliance issues pertinent linguistically and racially diverse students. For over a decade, her professional development work has focused on the education of English language learners in the nation’s secondary schools.
Adela Solís, Ph.D.
- Teaching Spanish in Texas Schools – The Spanish Language Arts and Reading (SLAR), Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and Other Resources for Teachers of Spanish.
- Courage to Connect: A Quality Schools Action Framework, contributing author
- “Pedagogical Content Knowledge – What Matters Most in the Professional Learning of Content Teachers in Classrooms with Diverse Student Populations,” IDRA Newsletter, August 2009
- “Teaching for Cognitive Engagement – Materializing the Promise of Sheltered Instruction,” IDRA Newsletter, April 2008
- “You Can’t Win if You Don’t Get to Play – Effectively Engaging All English Language Learners,” with
Kristin Grayson, IDRA Newsletter, March 2007
- “The Bilingual Education Collaborating Alliance – Lessons Learned from an Accelerated Teacher Preparation Program,” with Rosana Rodríguez, IDRA Newsletter, June-July 2006
- “Tools for Creating and Evaluating the Rigor and Quality of Alternative Route Certification Programs,” IDRA Newsletter, May 2006
- "IDRA’s Transitions Project: Promoting Excellence in Teaching Through a Highly Qualified Teaching Force,” with Linda Cantu, IDRA Newsletter, April 2006
- “Building Opportunity through Dual Language,” April 30, 2012
- “Reflections on Bilingual Education Today and Beyond,” January 29, 2010
- “The Teacher as a Culturally Proficient Coach,” September 18, 2009
- “Supporting First Year Teachers,” September 2, 2008
- “Coaching and Mentoring New Teachers,” with Linda Cantu, November 9, 2007
- “Serving Migrant Students,” February 14, 2007
Dr. Solís received her doctorate in education with a specialization in applied linguistics from
Virginia, where she studied under Dr. Virginia Collier and Dr. Wayne Thomas. Her dissertation title was “Use of the Natural Approach Teaching Model: Application of Language Acquisition Research by Teachers of Limited-English-Proficient Students in California Schools.” She earned a master’s degree in bicultural-bilingual studies from the
San Antonio. Dr. Solís was national fellow of the
secondary and elementary teaching certification.
Dr. Solis has been an adjunct professor at the
Texas San Antonio's Division of Bicultural Bilingual Studies and other
universities, most recently, at
University, Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
Dr. Solís began her career as a bilingual teacher in
San Antonio. She later worked briefly as an ESL teacher trainer and curriculum specialist at the D.C. public schools. Concurrently, she collaborated in research and evaluation projects focused on second language acquisition and the effectiveness of ESL instruction in area schools.
At IDRA, Dr. Solís trains extensively in secondary schools that serve English language learners. In 2007, she co-led the development of the Engagement-Based Sheltered Instruction (EBSI) professional development model designed specifically for secondary ELL teachers. Most recently, she developed Mentors as Culturally Proficient Coaches, a diversity training framework for the mentors of beginning teachers in
. Her mentor training and support is extended to mentors of new ELL teachers supported by the IDRA Transition to Teaching (for alternative certification) projects. The projects support teacher preparation and certification through alternative teacher certification routes for bilingual and Spanish dominant career-changing professionals and recent college graduates – in fields other than education – who desire to enter teaching and have a specific interest in bilingual education.
Dr. Solís is additionally involved with the very important work of IDRA’s five-state South Central Collaborative for Equity (SCCE) Region 6 at IDRA. She has worked closely with districts in
on Lau (national origin) compliance and race desegregation issues. She’s also has collaborated in the evaluation and re-design of programs for ELL in districts within these states.
Prior to joining IDRA, Dr. Solís served as a senior associate with the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory in
. At SEDL she assisted with program and staff development planning, teacher training. While at SEDL she also co-taught graduate courses for ESL certification in several
Dr. Solis has a history of involvement in advocacy activities which impact Hispanic students and the community. Most notable is her involvement with the National Association for Bilingual Education, the Texas Association for Bilingual Education (TABE), and the Hispanic Women’s Network. She was president of TABE in 1994-1995. In 1999, she was elected as the Community Advocate of the Year by TABE and was honored at its annual conference in October 1999.
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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