Patricia Gandara is Associate Professor of Education at University of California, Davis. She teaches in both Educational Psychology and Educational Policy Studies. Formerly, Dr. Gandara was an Associate Social Scientist with the RAND Corp. and diretor of education research in the California Legislature. Her research interests include academic achievement of limited English proficient, and other minority students and school reform. She is the author of Over the Ivy Walls (SUNY, 1995), and is currently working on a book entitled The Dimension of Time and the Challenge of School Reform.