Aida Walqui
Director, Teacher Professional Development Program


  • English language learners
  • Professional development

Aída Walqui joined WestEd in 1999 to initiate the Teacher Professional Development Program. As director, she is responsible for collaborating with ongoing WestEd teacher professional development efforts and leading the evolution of an organizational commitment to supporting teachers throughout their careers. Previously, Walqui taught at the University of California, Santa Cruz and Stanford University. She has also taught in other universities in Peru, Mexico, England, and the U.S. She has authored two books for the study of Spanish for Spanish speakers in American schools; a book for teachers of Spanish as a second language in Andean countries; a book on the teaching of indigenous languages in intercultural, bilingual programs; an ethnographic study of immigrant students in secondary schools in the U.S.; and a number of articles in journals and edited volumes. A native of Peru, Walqui received her undergraduate degree in literature from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos. She holds a master’s in sociolinguistics from Georgetown University and a doctorate in language, literacy and culture from Stanford.