Zaynab Gates


UC San Diego
PhD Student

As a teacher educator, I have strived to address a two-fold purpose in education, namely, to develop our individual capabilities and to mobilize those capabilities for transformation of society. I started as a classroom teacher in Santiago Chile, where I worked after I received a BA in Education, with a focus on Learning Disabilities from Educares University. I then moved to Bolivia for six years to be the research advisor for a USAID-funded literacy instruction teacher professional development project. Later, I obtained a MA in Social Sciences from FLACSO, Ecuador where I continued working on teacher training on literacy instruction and intercultural bilingual education. I authored school texts and teachers’ materials in Language Arts, used in private and public educational institutions of Ecuador. I am currently a graduate researcher at ClassInSight project under Dr. Sherice Clarke exploring how secondary science teachers learn about dialogue with scaffolded noticing and reflection mediated by technology to engage with their own classroom data. For my dissertation, I will focus on biliteracy practices in Indigenous teacher education in South America. My research agenda focuses on how teachers contribute to quality education for historically excluded populations, in particular how it can empower their efforts to develop their communities.