Dr Aida Walqui 

WestEd, San Francisco, U.S.A.

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AĆ­da Walqui directs WestEd's Teacher Professional Development Program as well as the Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL) project. As Director of the Teacher Professional Development Program, she is responsible for collaborating with ongoing WestEd teacher professional development efforts and leading the agency's commitment to supporting teachers throughout their careers, from preservice through lifelong learning and teacher leadership.

Walqui has taught in high school and university settings, including the School of Education at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Stanford University, where she coordinated the cross-cultural, linguistic, and academic development emphasis in the STEP program. She has also taught in other universities in Peru, Mexico, England, and the United States. Walqui is a member of several national and international teacher professional development advisory boards, Walqui is frequently invited to speak on teacher growth in school contexts characterized by cultural and linguistic diversity.