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Patricia Guerra, Ph.D.

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Educational Leadership
Associate Professor

Equity, Teacher Beliefs, Culturally Responsive Schooling and Leadership

Biography

Dr. Patricia L. Guerra is an Associate Professor in the Education and Community Leadership Program at Texas State University where she teaches courses in social justice leadership and culturally responsive instructional supervision and school improvement. Previous to this position she was Co-Director of the Leadership for Equity and Access Project based at the University of Texas at Austin, worked as a research associate at the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL), and served as a school leader and educator. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Ph.D. in Educational Administration, Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction and Bachelor’s in Deaf Education. Her research interests focus on issues of equity and culturally responsive schooling and leadership. In addition to her work at the University, she works with educators in the field to develop culturally responsive schools and classrooms.


Email: PG16@txstate.edu

Phone: 512.245.4240

Office: ASBS 313

Fax: 512.245.8872

 

 

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  • Ph.D., Educational Administration, The University of Texas at Austin

    M.A., Curriculum and Instruction, The University of Texas at Austin

    B.S., Education of the Deaf, The University of Texas at Austin

  • EDCL 5347 Understanding Environments: Social, Political, Economic, Legal, and Technological

    EDCL 5339 Understanding Self: Developing a Personal Vision of Leadership

    ED 7364 Team Development in Education

    ED 7334 Models of Educational Assessment

    ED 7363 Curriculum Design

    EDA 6342 Curriculum Design

    EDA 5348 Supervision of Instruction

    EDA 5345 Understanding People

    EDA 6343 Continuous School Improvement

    EDA 6358 Integrative Seminar

    EDA 6388 Practicum Internship in Educational Leadership

    EDA 6387 Practicum Internship in Educational Leadership

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  • Cotman, A. M., Enyioha, J., Guerra, P. L., & Holmes, A. L. (2019). A counselor’s tale: The need for cultural awareness. Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, Advanced Online Publication. https://doi.org/doi: 10.1177/1555458919884714

    Baker, M., Guerra, P. L., & Baray, S. W. (2018). Assistant principal dilemma: Walking the line between compliance and leadership. Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership. https://doi.org/10.1177/155548917723952

    Murray-Johnson, K., & Guerra, P. L. (2017). Ready for change? Emotions and resistance in the face of social justice leadership. Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 1–18. https://doi.org/10.1177/155545891773904

    Guerra, P. L., & Wubbena, Z. (2017). Teacher beliefs and classroom practices: Cognitive dissonance in high stakes test-influenced environments. Issues in Teacher Education, 26, 35–51.

    Guerra, P. L., & Pazey, B. (2016). Transforming educational leadership preparation: Starting with ourselves. The Qualitative Reporter, 21(10), 1751–1784.

    Robertson-Courtney, P. M., & Guerra, P. L. (2016). The voice of one–the power of many: Advancing social justice one individual at a time. Notes and Abstracts in American and International Education (pp. 1–27).

    Robertson-Courtney, P. M., & Guerra, P. L. (2016). The voice of one–the power of many: Advancing social justice one individual at a time. Multicultural Education, 23(2), 2–12.

    Nelson, S. W., & Guerra, P. L. (2014). Educator beliefs and cultural knowledge: Implications for school improvement efforts. Educational Administration Quarterly. https://doi.org/10.1177/0013161X13488595

    Guerra, P. L. (2014). Chapter six: Reducing teacher bias to gain better student learning. In L. A. Valverde (Ed.), Improving schools for Latinos: Creating better learning environments. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Education.

    Jacobs, J., Yamamura, E. K., Guerra, P. L., & Nelson, S. W. (2013). Emerging leaders for social justice: Negotiating the journey through action research. Journal of School Leadership, 23(1), 91–121.

    Guerra, P. L., & Nelson, S. W. (2013). Latino parent involvement: Seeing what has always been there. Journal of School Leadership, 23(3), 424–455.

    Guerra, P. L., Nelson, S. W., Jacobs, J., & Yamamura, E. (2013). Developing educational leaders for social justice: Programmatic elements that work and need improvement. Education Research and Perspectives, 40, 124–149. Retrieved from http://erpjournal.net/?page_id=2978

    Guerra, P. L., & Nelson, S. W. (2012). Cultural proficiency means having the courage to act despite risks. Journal of Staff Development, 33(2), 51–52.

    Guerra, P. L., & Nelson, S. W. (2012). Culture’s influence on behavior doesn’t stop at the classroom door. Journal of Staff Development, 33(6), 65–66.

    Guerra, P. L., Nelson, S. W., & Arndt, B. (2012). Acknowledge the painful history behind some common expressions –and don’t repeat them. Journal of Staff Development, 33(4), 57–58.

    Nelson, S. W., & Guerra, P. L. (2012). Face-to-face interaction is best for developing cultural literacy. Journal of Staff Development, 33(1), 59–60.

    Nelson, S. W., & Guerra, P. L. (2012). Tap into educators’ sense of purpose to create equitable classrooms and schools. Journal of Staff Development, 33(3), 55–56.

    Nelson, S. W., & Guerra, P. L. (2012). Use lessons in similarities and differences to help students understand diversity. Journal of Staff Development, 33(5), 63–64.

    Guerra, P. L. (2012). Valuing diversity: A well-intended but empty promise. Multicultural Education, 19(3), 44–47.

    Guerra, P. L. (2012). Step 2 success starts with you: Getting in, earning your first degree and considering  graduate school. In L. A. Valverde (Ed.), The Latino student’s guide to college success (pp. 19–39). Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood.

    Nelson, S. W., & Guerra, P. L. (2011). A colleague’s challenge offers a chance to improve our work and extend its impact. Journal of Staff Development, 32(1), 55–56.

    Nelson, S. W., Guerra, P. L., & Henry, G. H. (2011). A connection between moral imperative and  women’s leadership? Administrative Issues Journal: Education, Practice and Research, 1(1), 98–106.

    Nelson, S. W., & Guerra, P. L. (2011). Cultural liasons serve as bridge between community and school. Journal of Staff Development, 32(5), 57–58.

    Guerra, P. L., & Nelson, S. W. (2011). The right facilitator can help teachers make meaningful change to their instructional practices. Journal of Staff Development, 32(3), 66–67.

    Guerra, P. L., & Nelson, S. W. (2011). Inclusive spaces that support everybody can make all the difference for LGBT students. Journal of Staff Development, 32(2), 58–59.

    Guerra, P. L., & Nelson, S. W. (2011). The ability to value diversity requires extensive, ongoing learning experiences. Journal of Staff Development, 32(6), 59–60.

    Nelson, S. W., & Guerra, P. L. (2011). Effective diversity facilitation matches teachers’ cultural knowledge with the learning experience. Journal of Staff Development, 32(4), 73–74.

    Guerra, P. L., & Nelson, S. W. (2010). Carefully planned campus visits encourage middle schoolers to feel college-bound. Journal of Staff Development, 31(4), 61–62.

    Nelson, S. W., & Guerra, P. L. (2010). Eliminate inequities to transform the college prep process in elementary school. Journal of Staff Development, 31(3), 63–64.

    Nelson, S. W., & Guerra, P. L. (2010). Empowered parents partner with schools to meet needs. Journal of Staff Development, 31(1), 67–68.

    Guerra, P. L., & Larrotta, C. (2010). Non-traditional forms of parental involvement in literacy development: The book mobile and other stories. Georgia Journal of Reading, 33(2), 17–27.

    Guerra, P. L., Nelson, S. W., & Ihonvbere, L. (2010). Stay calm and detached, but be clear in response to racist remarks. Journal of Staff Development, 31(6), 65–66.

    Guerra, P. L., Nelson, S. W., & Aguilar, I. (2010). Use a systematic approach for deconstructing and reframing deficit thinking. Journal of Staff Development, 31(2), 55–56.

    Nelson, S. W., & Guerra, P. L. (2010). What culturally responsive educators can do to prepare high school students, parents for college. Journal of Staff Development, 31(5), 61–62.

    Guerra, P. L., Nelson, S. W., & Pastien, T. (2010). Changing professional practice requires changing beliefs. Superintendent’s Briefing Book 2011: Vital information for school district leaders (pp. 1–7). Alexandria,  VA: Education Research Service.

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