Teacher, Author, and Professional Speaker on Multicultural and Immigrant Education
“Dr. Igoa’s scholarship helps my students appreciate that the students they are tutoring, whether they come from Asia, Africa, Latin America, or Central Europe, experience a profound personal and cultural transition when they come to America.”
Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D
Senior Vice President
Strategic Development Assistant Professor
English Georgetown University
Cristina Igoa, Ed.D. is a teacher/researcher, author, and adjunct professor of Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California. Her doctoral degree is in the field of multicultural education and second language acquisition. As an NGO delegate, she participated in the United Nations 2011 Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), for which the theme was “The Empowerment of Women and Education of Children.” Dr. Igoa is an active member of this Commission. She participated in the United Nation’s 2012 event and at the United Nations 2013 Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in March she will be presenting the extensive research from her book, The Inner World of the Immigrant Child.
Her best selling book, The Inner World of the Immigrant Child (originally published in 1995) is now being reprinted by Routledge of Taylor and Francis Group. The book explores the feelings and thoughts of immigrant children who had no voice and no choice in being uprooted from their native culture.
As a young teacher, Dr. Igoa had the opportunity to run a pull-out center for immigrant children. An immigrant child herself, she recognized the overwhelming sense of hopelessness and helplessness of children who felt unable to express themselves in their mainstream classrooms, thus blocking their progress in moving forward in their new world. In the book, Dr. Igoa describes how this early experience inspired her to develop a series of interventions that she used with great success to help immigrant children “come alive” and achieve the strong literacy skills that empower them to thrive both academically and socially.
Presently she is working on an epilogue for a new edition of the book that will include the findings of a 15 year longitudinal study of some of the immigrant children. The voices of these now young adult immigrants will help parents, teachers and other immigrant children worldwide understand that quickly getting up to grade level reading skills in a new language is indeed a challenge, but not an insurmountable one given a systematic approach such as the one Dr. Igoa has continued to hone over the last decade.
Today, she is teaching in a self-contained classroom of third grade students in Hayward Unified School District, which is home to children of more than 100 languages and cultures. Her work with primary grade students is summarized in her new DVD documentary: The Importance of Home-School Connection.