Marjorie Faulstich Orellana: New Blog Focuses on Learning and Social Transformation

The UCLA professor of education shares perspectives on educational theory and practice.

Marjorie Faulstich Orellana, professor of education at UCLA Ed & IS, has launched an eponymous blog to share her experiences and perspectives on the daily lives of the children of immigrants in urban schools and communities. Her research examines language, literacy and learning in new immigrant communities, with particular attention to the work that the children of immigrants do as language and culture brokers for others.

In her blog, Orellana plans to chronicle some of the work she will be doing this year, leading a team of 17 students as they prepare to become teachers in Los Angeles, and as they apprentice at an after-school program she directs called “B-Club.” Work in the after-school program is contextualized within Orellana’s 30 years of work in this community; this is detailed in a forthcoming book, “Immigrant Children in Transcultural Spaces: Language, Learning and Love” (Routledge, forthcoming, August 2015).

Professor Orellana is a Fellow of the Sudikoff Family Institute for Education & New Media, an initiative that supports the public engagement of faculty at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. Her book, “Translating Childhoods: Immigrant Youth, Language and Culture” (Rutgers University Press 2009), explores the role that immigrant children play as language brokers at home, school, and in public places.

Professor Orellana’s interest in children, language, literacy, migration, and social justice took hold while working as a bilingual third grade public school teacher in Los Angeles from 1983-1993. Prior to joining the faculty of UCLA’s Department of Education in 2003, she served on the faculty of the School of Education & Social Policy at Northwestern University. A graduate of Brown University, Orellana earned her Ph.D. at the University of Southern California in 1994 and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley from 1995 to 1998.