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Dr. Cristina Alfaro - President

Tony Alfaro - Vice-President

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Better Teachers Narrow The Achievement Gap

Mayan Consulting Inc. provides a variety of workshops for the purpose of raising student academic achievement.  In existence since 1996, Mayan Consulting, Inc. has been assisting districts, private entities and universities.

Led by a team of experienced educators, Mayan Consulting is familiar with the educational landscape of California’s diverse student population.  Our team is prepared to assist any educational institution meet the accountability standards that are demanded in today’s high stakes learning environment.
Led by Cristina Alfaro, Ph.D, staff development sessions are always informative, engaging and relevant.  Dr. Cristina Alfaro has been with San Diego State University since 1985 to the present.  Prior to her association with SDSU she was an elementary school teacher and administrator with San Diego Unified School District.  She has been the director of International Programs in the Policy Studies Department at San Diego State University for the past 20 years.  Students in her SDSU classes are sought after by county districts due to the professional development she provides prior to them getting into the teaching profession.  Over the years, student evaluations consistently rate Dr. Alfaro as an innovative and motivational force in their careers.
Vice-President, Tony Alfaro, provides 39 years of experience in the field of secondary education. His work as a teacher, counselor and administrator provides clients with a wealth of information, which in turn supports the work of raising student achievement and closing the achievement gap.  His expertise provides insights to be able to overcome the challenges of raising student achievement in Middle and High Schools, particularly in low socio economic areas.
2011 - San Diego State University, Policy Studies Department, selected "Most Influential Faculty" Award

2010 - SDSU College of Education, received "Excellence in Teaching" Award

San Diego State University International Education Programs

Dr. Alfaro as a panelist at an International Education Conference in Queretaro, Mexico

Areas where Mayan Consulting can assist your organization:

·         Preparing Dual Language Elementary and Secondary Teachers

·      Providing International Education Experiences & Program Development

·      Preparing teachers for state exams such as the RICA, PACT

·      Staff Development for Teachers keying in on raising student achievement

·      Staff Development on California Common Core Standards

·      Curriculum Development and Teacher Innovations

·      Developing and implementing Small Learning Communities

·      Becoming a Charter School

·      Dual Language Program Start Up-K-8

·      One on one professional coaching of teachers and/or administrators

·      Work with school districts in curriculum development for diverse communities, particularly English Language Learners

·      School program evaluation


Dr. Alfaro’s Abbreviated Vitae:

In-Service Teacher Professional Development Workshops
Alfaro, C. (2009). Guiding Principles for Dual Language Programs. Sherman Elementary, San Diego City Schools.

Alfaro, C. (August, 2008). Call to Action Through Deliberative Forums: Teacher and Parent Community Leaders. San Diego County Office of Education. San Diego, CA.

Articles in Refereed Journals
Alfaro, C. & Quezada R.  (2009). International Teacher Professional Development: Teacher Stories of Authentic Teaching and Learning Experiences. Journal of Teaching Education.

Alfaro, C.  (2008). Global Student Teaching Stories of Significant
Experiences: A Cultural and Inter-cultural Experience of Difference. Multicultural Education.
15(4), 20-26.

Chapters in Edited Books            

Alfaro, C. ( 2008).  Re-Inventing Teacher Education---The Role of
Deliberative Pedagogy in the K-6 Classroom
.  Dienstfrey, H. (Ed.), in Deliberation and the Work of
Higher Education:  Democratic Innovations for the Classroom, the Campus, and the Community
Kettering Foundation: Dayton, OH.

Alfaro, C. (2008). Developing Ideological Clarity: One Teacher’s Journey.  In Bartolome, L. (Ed), Ideologies in Education: Unmasking the Trap of Teacher Nuetrality. Vol. 319 (pp. 231-250) Peter Lang Publishing Group.

Refereed Papers Before Professional Conferences

Alfaro, C. (2009). Inquiry Verses Compliance: Performance Assessment for California Teachers.
National Reading Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Alfaro, C. (2008). Bridging Ideological Borders--International Teacher Professional Development: Authentic Teaching and Learning: A Linguistic and Cultural Journey. California Council on Teacher Education (CCTE). San Diego, CA.

Dr. Alfaro doing a Dual Language staff development for teacher in the Fallbrook and San Ysidro Elementary School Districts


Scholarly Book

Alfaro, C. (2003). Transforming Teacher Education: Developing Ideological Clarity as a Means for Teaching with Courage, Solidarity and Ethics. Dissertation Submitted to the Faculties of Claremont Graduate University & San Diego State University.

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