Patricia García-Arena is a principal researcher at AIR, with more than a decade of experience in child development and education. Dr. García-Arena's research experiences and interests have always included English Language Learners (ELLs) and their families, concentrating on such topics as childhood bilingualism, language development, cross-cultural child development studies, emergent literacy practices, language socialization, assessment development, and the educational attainment of minority students. Along with extensive research experience, she has also applied her research knowledge in the form of technical assistance to school districts in several states.
Prior to her position at AIR, Dr. Garcia-Arena was an ELL assessment development associate at the University of Chicago, where she developed an English-Spanish, bilingual formative assessment to measure pre-kindergarteners’ literacy skills. She also served as a research associate at the Erikson Institute, where she managed the Dual Language Learner Project, which surveyed all of the services available to pre-kindergarteners in Chicago Public Schools.