Linda Cavazos is a senior technical assistance consultant at AIR. Dr. Cavazos leads the New Mexico Achievement Gap Research Alliance and the English Learners Research Alliance in the Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest (REL Southwest). Dr. Cavazos conducts research related to English Language Learners and Native American Indian issues. She coordinates and facilitates all of the work of the respective research alliances for the REL Southwest. Her responsibilities include designing research, managing the coordination and implementation of technical assistance projects, and planning and facilitating events for the research alliance members. Her extensive experience has focused on working with English language learners and training teachers to effectively work with and support culturally and linguistically diverse learners with and without exceptionalities.
Before joining SEDL (which merged with AIR January 1, 2015), Dr. Cavazos served as a research project coordinator at the University of Texas at Austin. During her eight years at the university and its elementary charter school, she was primarily responsible for conducting research, providing professional development and technical assistance to teachers and working on several large research projects related to English language learners and special education. During her tenure at the University of Texas at Austin, she coordinated a five-year model demonstration project, funded by the Office of Special Education Projects, to create model demonstration school(s) for response to intervention for English language learners. This research project involved multiple schools in numerous districts in Texas. Dr. Cavazos provided all of the professional development in this study and developed a model for professional development that included a recursive cycle of needs assessment, professional development, coaching, observations, and demonstration lessons.
Dr. Cavazos is an adjunct professor who teaches graduate level courses including Consultation and Collaboration, Introduction to the Exceptional Child, Language and Intercultural Communication, and Cross-Cultural Interactions in Multicultural Special Education. She has also offered graduate seminars in Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners, Culturally Responsive Pedagogy/Cultural Competence, and English Language Learners in the U.S.