Leslie Banes, Ph.D.


UC Davis

Leslie Banes, Ph.D. is a former bilingual teacher, proficient in English and Spanish. She received her Ph.D. at UC Davis in Math Education and Language, Literacy, and Culture. Currently, she is a Lecturer/Supervisor for the multiple subject credential program at UC Davis and the coordinator for the bilingual authorization. Broadly speaking, her work focuses on preparing teachers of culturally and linguistically diverse students, equity issues in mathematics teaching and assessment, and the intersection between language and mathematics learning. Her teaching experience includes four years teaching elementary and middle-school students in California and Spain and leading professional development for teachers in China, Spain, and California. Recent research projects include exploring the linguistic ideologies of preservice bilingual teachers, the effect of math class discussion on emerging bilingual students, and developing assessments to distinguish between emerging bilinguals with and without language-related learning disabilities. Recent publications are included in the Journal of Language, Identity, and Education; International Multilingual Research Journal; Bilingual Research Journal; and Journal of Teacher Education.