EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND POLICY
Elementary Education; Critical Policy Analysis; ESL / ENL / Bilingual; Immigrant Issues; Race, Inequality, and Education; School and Community Partnerships; Qualitative Research Methods; Urban Education
Jasmine Alvarado is an Assistant Professor in Educational Leadership and Policy at the University at Buffalo, SUNY (UB). With regard to her research agenda, Jasmine focuses on the intersections between societal inequities, educational policies, and the multiliteracies/experiences of racially minoritized families in K-8 schools. Two assumptions ground her work: (1) racially minoritized groups’ literacies, knowledge forms, and histories are dynamic, sophisticated, and critical levers for learning and relationship building in schools and in society; and (2) systemic inequities and accompanied deficit logics influence the functioning, teaching, and learning within schools. In relation, Jasmine draws on understandings from critical race, sociocultural, and feminist poststructuralist theories.
As an educator, Jasmine seeks to support educational leaders in creating transformative learning spaces where students and families, especially those from minoritized groups, can leverage their cultural and linguistic practices, while addressing broader societal inequities and processes that permeate schools. Her teaching experiences over the past decade include teaching university-level courses, supervising teacher candidates, leading conference workshops for educational leaders, teaching elementary bilingual youth, and leading adult language development classes. Beyond higher educational institutions, Jasmine works with community organizations, government agencies, and K-12 school members to advocate and present reforms that address a range of societal inequities.
Her unwavering commitment towards collective learning, organizing, and interconnectedness as part broader efforts for liberation and self-determination stem from her experiences as a student, teacher, and after-school program director of NYC Public Schools, and being a member/caretaker of an Ecuadorian family with Quechua roots.