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Dr. Alberto Ochoa, Board Member

Dr. Alberto Ochoa is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Policy Studies at San Diego State University. He is also a researcher and consultant to community development agencies. His research interests, with over 70 publications, include public equity, school desegregation, language policy, critical pedagogy, and structural conditions contributing to student achievement, community engagement, and parental leadership.

In the last ten years, he has also been involved in developing processes for community capacity building, as well as forecasting the educational needs of school districts through demographic trends, socio-political conditions, and educational reform trends.

Dr. Ochoa has worked with over 60 K-12 school districts in California and the nation providing technical assistance in the areas of: (1) language policy and assessment, (2) bilingual instructional programs, (3) curriculum programming, (4) staff development, (5) community development, (6) organizational development and school climate, (7) program management and evaluation, and (8) parent leadership. His work with public schools also covers involvement in International programs in the United States, Central America, Mexico, Spain and China.

Dr. Ochoa is also actively involved with advisory boards at the national, state, and local level including the Text and Academic Authors Foundation and the Parent Institute for Quality Education. In the past ten years he has worked with the San Diego City Community College District, San Diego County Latino Coalition on Education, San Diego County Department of Education, San Diego City Schools Advisory to the Superintendent, June Burnett Family Institute, and the Memorial Academy for Learning and Technology Charter.

Dr. Ochoa began his academic university work at SDSU in 1975. He has served as Chair of the Policy Studies in Language and Cross-cultural Studies Department (PLC) at San Diego State University for over 15 years. He also served for five years as the Academic Director of the Joint Doctoral Program between Claremont University and SDSU.

Dr. Ochoa received a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts in non-formal and international education with an emphasis in community development, an M.A. from the University of Southern California in special education, and B.A. degrees from California State University in sociology and Latin American studies.