Dr. Walter Secada

Walter Secada

Dr. Walter Secada, University of Miami - Dr. Secada is Professor of Teaching and Learning and Senior Associate Dean of the School of Education at the University of Miami (UM).  Since joining the UM faculty in fall 2003, Dr. Secada has been associate director and Co-PI of Promoting Science among English Language Learners (P-SELL) with a High-Stakes Testing Environment, an NSF-funded quasi-experimental study on effective science instruction for Haitian-Creole or Spanish-speaking third through fifth graders; associate director and co-PI of Science Made Sensible an NSF-funded fellowship training program that pairs doctoral students in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields with middle-school teachers; director and PI of Language in Mathematics an IES-funded research and development project intended to create a professional development intervention that will help grade 4-8 teachers better teach mathematics to their English language learners; and Chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning.  

Prior to coming to UM, Dr. Secada was professor of curriculum and instruction at the University of Wisconsin—Madison; director of Diversity in Mathematics Education, a fellowship-training Center on Learning and Teaching; director of teacher-training and technical assistance centers devoted to teachers of students who received Title 1 federal funding, migrant education, bilingual education, and/or American Indian education; and former associate dean of the School of Education.  

As director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Hispanic Dropout Project, he was senior author of its final report, No More Excuses, released at a White House press conference by then-Vice President Gore and Secretary of Education Riley.  Professor Secada’s research interests include equity in education, mathematics education, bilingual education, school restructuring, professional development of teachers, student engagement, and reform.  

Dr. Secada is a fluent speaker of Spanish.  Dr. Secada earned a Ph.D. in education from Northwestern University.  He was recently awarded an honorary professorship at the University of La Salle in Arequipa, Peru.