Kip Téllez, Ph.D.


UC Santa Cruz

Kip Téllez (PhD, Claremont Graduate University) is Professor and former Chair in the Education Department at UC Santa Cruz, where he currently directs the MA/Credential program. After teaching elementary and high school ELD classes in east Los Angeles county, he began his first academic position at the University of Houston, where he chaired the Bilingual/ELD program area. His research has focused on the intersection of language teaching and teacher education. He has published in journals such as the Journal of Teacher Education, Bilingual Research Journal, Teaching and Teacher Education, and Review of Research in Education. He served as the editor of Teacher Education Quarterly from 2013 to 2016, as well as several editorial boards (Reading Research Quarterly). He has co-edited several books, including Preparing Quality Educators for English Learners (with Hersh Waxman), and has written two: Teaching English Learners: Fostering Language and the Democratic Experience and his most recent book, The Teaching Instinct: Explorations Into What Makes Us Human (Routledge). He is currently the Principal Investigator on a professional development grant awarded by the Office of English Language Acquisition. This project, Mathematics and Language, Literacy Integration In Dual Language Settings, is investigating how teachers in dual language programs transition students from mathematical instruction in Spanish to English.