Fernando (Ferran) Rodríguez-Valls is a professor at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). Dr. Rodríguez-Valls has created partnerships with school districts and local educational agencies to develop and implement community-based [bi/multi]literacy programs. At CSUF, Dr. Rodríguez-Valls coordinates the Bilingual Authorization Program and the World Languages Program. In this capacity, he recruits and prepares future educators to design, implement, and evaluate asset-based and heteroglossic practices. Dr. Rodríguez-Valls’s publications, including his first book, Teaching and Supporting Migrant Children of Farm Worker Families: A Cultural Proficiency Approach (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016), focus on equitable and linguistically inclusive methodologies for emergent plurilingual, newcomer, and [im]migrant students as well as on the sociocultural factors affecting their academic achievement, educational continuity, and school engagement.
Dr. Rodríguez-Valls has directed and co-directs grant projects in which teacher candidates have the opportunity to create brave learning spaces where teaching overpowers instruction, where learning surpasses drilling, where languages conquer monolingualism, and where critical thinking eradicates fanaticism and a fake sense of monoglossic and univocal identity.