Marta Sánchez joined the Center in October 2012 after completing her dissertation on Mexican immigrant fathers who parent at a distance of time and geographical space. Sánchez is a member of the North Carolina-based Latino Child and Family Research Group, with whom she has collaborated on research addressing the educational needs of Latino dual language learners. Additionally, she was project coordinator for Madres para Niños, a research study to facilitate the home-school connection between Latino immigrant parents and school personnel with the goal of narrowing the achievement gap of Latino children. She has served as a consultant to national literacy organizations and, prior to moving to North Carolina, Sánchez worked in family literacy and early childhood education with immigrant populations.
As part of that work, she helped develop Parenting towards Literacy/Abriendo camino hacia la lectoescritura, a literacy-based curriculum and questionnaire. A graduate of the University of North Carolina’s School of Education, Sánchez joins Leslie Babinski and other researchers on the IES-funded study, Developing Consultation and Collaboration Skills: ESL and Classroom Teachers Working Together with Students and Families.
- Family-School Relationships
- Latino family life
- Transnational family structures
- Mexican Studies
- Qualitative Research
- Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - 2012
Recent Publications (More Publications)
- Barac, R., Bialystok, E., Castro, D., & Sánchez, M. (Submitted, Winter, 2014). The cognitive development of young dual language learners: A critical review. Early Childhood Research Quarterly. [abs]
- Sánchez, M. (June 28, 2013). Immigration reform: Balancing security, suffering and parental love. (This opinion piece appeared in the Raleigh News & Observer on June 28, 2013 in the "Point of View" feature).
- Sánchez, M., Gillanders, C., & Criolani, Y. (Spring, 2012). With affection and love: Latino families prepare their children for success in school/Con cariño y amor: las familias latinas preparan a sus hijos para alcanzar el éxito en la escuela. Milestones, 12-15.
- Calderón, M., Slavin, R., & Sánchez, M. (Spring, 2011). Effective instruction for English learners. The Future of Children, 21(1). [index.xml]
- Calderón, M., Sánchez, M., Rivera Quiroz, L., Jimenez, K., & Jennings, H. (Spring, 2011). National Institute for Literacy’s publications for Spanish-speaking families on language and literacy development. [nceleprereading]