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Edward M. Olivos

Critical and Sociocultural Studies in Education, Curriculum & Teaching, Curriculum and Teacher Education, Educational Foundations, IRES, Latinx
Phone: 541-346-2983
Office: 1600 Millrace Dr
Research Interests: The Relationship Between Bicultural Parents and Schools, the Development of Bilingual Educators


Edward M. Olivos is a professor specializing in bilingual education and bicultural parent involvement. His research focuses on the relationship between bicultural parents and schools as well as the development of bilingual educators. He is the author of The Power of Parents: A Critical Perspective of Bicultural Parent Involvement in Public Schools (2006, Peter Lang Publishers, Inc.) and co-editor of Bicultural Parent Engagement: Advocacy and Empowerment (2011, Teachers College Press).

Olivos has published work in the areas of policy studies, school reform, parent participation, critical pedagogy, teacher credentialing, and biliteracy issues of K-12 classrooms. He is PI and Director of the Education Leaders for Oregon English Learners (ELOEL) grant, a 5-year $3 million dollar grant that offers an online ESOL endorsement pathway for Oregon teachers. He is a former San Diego elementary school teacher, where he taught for more than 10 years. 

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Ph.D., 2003, San Diego State University
Major: Education

M.A., 1997, San Diego State University
Major: Spanish

B.A., 1991, San Diego State University
Major: Spanish


Olivos, E.M. & Ochoa, A.M. (2023) Family and community activism in dual language education. In J.A. Freire, C. Alfaro, & E. de Jong (Eds.). The Handbook of Dual Language Bilingual Education.
Olivos, E.M. (2021). Silencing bicultural parental voices through educational satisfaction: What do we need to know? Theory into Practice, 60(1), 72–82. DOI: 10.1080/00405841.2020.1829378 
Olivos, E.M. (2019). Community and school collaborations: Tapping into bicultural parent-led initiatives and re-sources. In Sheldon, S. & Turner-Vorbeck, T.A. (Eds.). Handbook of family, school, community partnerships in edu-cation. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. 
Olivos, E.M. & Lucero, A.M. (2018). Latino parents in dual language immersion programs: Why are they so satis-fied? International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. DOI: 10.1080/13670050.2018.1436520
Olivos, E.M. & Sobko, S. (2017). “Cuentos para dormir”: Bedtime stories by deported parents. Bilingual Review, 33(5), 117–136.
Olivos, E.M., Jiménez-Castellanos, O. & Ochoa, A.M. (Eds.) (2011). Bicultural parent engagement: Operationalizing advocacy and empowerment. New York: Teachers College Press. (Winner of a 2012 American Educational Studies Association Critics Choice Book Award).