Program Director, Early Childhood Education, M.Ed.
Dr. Mariela Páez is Associate Professor at the Lynch School of Education, Boston College. She has a doctorate in Human Development and Psychology from the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. Her research interests include bilingualism, children’s language and literacy development, and early childhood education. She has training in quantitative and qualitative methodologies, child development, psychology, and linguistics.
Dr. Páez has taught courses in second language and literacy learning, child development, and methods of early childhood teaching. In addition, she has carried out professional development related to the education of ELL/DLLs with early childhood principals and teachers including Head Start programs. From 2000 to 2005, she was the Co-Investigator of the Early Childhood Study of Language and Literacy Development of Spanish-speaking Children, which investigated the factors that influence the course of English and Spanish literacy development for young Spanish-speaking children from low-socioeconomic backgrounds. From 2007-2011, she was the Principal Investigator for the Early Childhood Intervention Study: Improving the Language and Literacy Skills of Spanish-English Bilingual Kindergartners, another federally funded longitudinal intervention study designed to improve the language and literacy development of young bilingual students.
In addition, Dr. Páez was Co-Principal Investigator for the project Teaching Academic Language in the Content Areas: Enhancing Achievement for English Language Learners, a national professional development grant. 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.
Currently, she is conducting a study investigating practices of exemplary teachers for DLLs across different early childhood programs (i.e., public, private and Head Start). She is author of numerous articles and has published in leading journals including Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, American Educational Research Journal, Topics in Language Disorders, and Equity & Excellence in Education. She is also co-editor of Latinos: Remaking America (with Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, 2002, 2008).