Dr. Carola Matera focuses on advancing the early learning field through research and practice focused on culturally and linguistically responsive teaching practices for young children. Her teaching centers on preparing teachers to support language and literacy development in children who are dual language learners, engaging families, and promoting children to use learning strategies that will contribute to their long-term success in school and in life.
Prior to working for CSUCI, Dr. Matera worked as a learning specialist for the Migrant Head Start Project in Washington, DC and as a consultant for the National Center for Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness, Preschool California/Transitional Kindergarten efforts and other school districts, Head Start agencies and early childhood programs in California, Oklahoma and South Dakota. Currently, Dr. Matera is a Center Scholar at the Center for Equity for English Learners at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA and an advisory board member of First 5 Santa Barbara.
Early learning and development, culture and language, professional development, dual language learners