Mariela Páez’s research assists a particular group of learners and their needs: bilingual children. She has investigated early childhood education, literacy development, bilingualism, and immigration.
In 2013, Páez was appointed to the Early Literacy Expert Panel of Massachusetts, and she helps develop recommendations for improving reading proficiency among students in the state. She has contributed to numerous journals—including the American Educational Research Journal and Equity & Excellence in Education; she is also is co-editor of Latinos: Remaking America.
In addition to researching early education, Páez is involved in practically improving educational institutions. She has conducted professional development related to educating dual language learners for early childhood principals and teachers, including those involved with Head Start programs. Currently, Páez is conducting a study that investigates early childhood exemplary teachers and classrooms for dual language learners.
Páez was invited to participate in the National English Language Learners Literacy Research Committee and the National Academies Workshop on the Role of Language in School. She is also a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Society for Research in Child Development.