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Pedro Pedraza

B.A. , Sociology, 1968, Occidental College, Los Angeles, California ABD, Sociology, 1973, Columbia University. Pedro Pedraza is on the board of the Youth Action Program and The East Harlem Tutorial Program and the advisory board to the After School Corporation and New Visions.

He has been a researcher at the Centro since 1973 in what was originally the Language Policy Task Force. Conceptualized, organized and implemented with outside funding major interdisciplinary studies of the bilingual nature of the Puerto Rican community in 1970’s through mid 1980’s. Since then has focused research on education in the community and now in alternative school settings. Latest publication related to this work is The Spirit of Transformation: An Education Reform Movement In a New York City Latino/a Community in Sonia Nieto’s book Puerto Rican Students in U.S. Schools.

Pedraza is currently working with El Puente a CBO in Brooklyn in developing participatory research projects at their alternative high school the Academy for Peace and Justice supported by the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University. In addition to addressing important educational issues the work is also aimed at supporting the process of community development in general. Related to this is a project creating ties between community groups in the Caribbean and New York attempting the same kind of positive community development. In addition we have a grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation to form a national Latino/a education research agenda bringing together the different stakeholders from our community e.g. academics, teacher trainers, practitioners, community advocates, funders and governmental agency representatives.