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PhD, University of Colorado, Boulder; MA, Arizona State University

Author/Co-author of: Connected Learning: An Agenda for Research and Design (2013); Teachers ACT Up! Creating Multicultural Learning Communities Through Theatre (2010); Learning and Expanding with Activity Theory (2009)

Dr. Kris Gutiérrez is Professor of Language, Literacy, and Culture in the Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley. Previously she was Provost’s Chair and Distinguished Professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder. The emphasis of Dr. Gutiérrez’s work has been in literacy, learning sciences, and interpretive and design-based approaches to inquiry.

Her research examines learning in designed learning environments, with attention to students from non-dominant communities and English Learners. With equity and excellence as recurrent themes in her work, Gutiérrez has used her expertise to improve the educational condition of immigrant and underserved students and to design effective models for teacher preparation.

Gutiérrez has served on numerous policymaking and advisory boards, including as a member of both the U.S. Department of Education Reading First Advisory Committee and the National Board for the Institute of Education Sciences, for which she was appointed by President Obama. Gutiérrez is a member of the National Academy of Education and is the past president of both the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the National Conference on Research in Language and Literacy.

Gutiérrez has received numerous awards, including the 2014 Distinguished Contributions to Social Contexts in Education Research – Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2014 Henry T. Trueba Award for Research Leading to the Transformation of the Social Contexts of Education, and the 2005 AERA Sylvia Scribner Award for influencing the field of learning and instruction. She was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences; an AERA and NEPC Fellow; and an Osher Fellow, Exploratorium Museum of Science. Gutiérrez was identified as one of the 2009 Top 100 influential Hispanics in the nation by Hispanic Business Magazine.

Kappa Delta Pi invited her to join the Laureate Chapter in 2015.

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