About the Researcher

Dr. Reza received her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) in May 2013. Her thesis topic explored the experiences and expectations of immigrant Pakistani parents regarding parental involvement in U.S. schools and highlighted the social justice shortcomings that have been faced by these parents in the light of recent world events. While enrolled in the doctoral program, she completed a parallel research study on teacher perspectives on Assessment Strategies and Professional Development for Transitional Kindergarten, under a grant from the Lucile-Packard Foundation. She has also co-conducted a research study regarding the perceptions towards girls’ education, which involved a multisite case study with teachers and administrators of Pakistani elementary schools. Results from this study were presented at the 2015 American Educational Research Association (AERA) in Washington DC. Other studies explored the implications of the Common Core State Standards for the field of Pre-k education, accepted for presentation at the 2017 AERA conference; and successes and challenges in retaining girls in Pakistani schools, accepted for publication in the Forum on Public Policy and presented at the 2018 Oxford International Round Table Symposium.

Dr. Reza has written research based articles that address social justice issues of immigrant parents and students in several journals. Her first book, The Effects of the September 11 Terrorist Attack on Pakistani-American Parental Involvement in U.S. Schools, was released by Lexington books in 2015. She also co-authored a chapter, Cultural literacy practices in U.S. public schools: Voices of Pakistani immigrant parents in Reconceptualizing Literacy in the New Age of Multiculturalism and Pluralism by Information Age Publishing (2015). Dr. Reza was also featured in the Women of Distinction Magazine in the October 2015 issue.

In 2019, Austin Macauley Publishers in the United Kingdom published Dr. Reza's first children's book, Mary and Her New Friends, which addresses themes related to South Asian culture and at the same time helps young children develop empathy for those with special needs. At the end of the book, there are some coloring pages based on henna patterns for readers to color and enjoy.

Dr. Reza completed her Masters in Early Childhood Education from CSULB in 2008. She has a Montessori diploma from Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) and has conducted extensive research on the benefits of Montessori schools during her Masters and Doctoral studies. She is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), AMI, Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI), and the National Academic Honor Societies Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Theta Kappa and Pi Lambda Theta. She holds an Early Childhood Education Teacher and Director permit from the State of California and often leads workshops on early childhood issues.

Dr. Reza serves as the Diversity and Inclusion Faculty Advisor and Adjunct Faculty at the American College of Education in Indiana, USA where she develops initiatives promoting greater cultural competence within staff and faculty and also teaches online graduate and undergraduate courses. She also serves as a University Supervisor for Brandman University, wherein she evaluates the performance and progress of candidate teachers via formative and summative assessments.



Even though our society has made significant strides towards racial equality, many minorities and immigrant citizens remained concerned that their needs are not addressed by their children’s schools

Books

by Dr. Reza

The Effects of the September 11 Terrorist Attack on Pakistani-American Parental Involvement in U.S. Schools

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Cultural Literacy Practices in U.S. Public Schools: Voices of Pakistani Immigrant Parents, in Reconceptualizing Literacy in the New Age of Multiculturalism and Pluralism (Second Edition)

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Mary and Her New Friends
Dr. Reza’s Book Page

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Videos

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Introduction to Book

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Book Publicity Tour 2016


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OPEN-Silicon Valley Forum, 2016

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Trailer for Mary and Her New Friends


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Official Trailer from Austin Macauley Publishers

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Public Talk about Diversity and Inclusion, Publicity for Mary and Her New Friends

News & Reviews

Publications

  1. Reza, F. (2019, April 16). 3 discussion questions to introduce Ramadan to your students. Retrieved from the American College of Education Blog, https://www.ace.edu/blog/post/2019/04/16/3-discussion-questions-to-introduce-ramadan-to-your-students
  2. Reza, F (2019). The effects of the September 11 terrorist attack on Pakistani-American parental involvement in U.S. schools. Belizean International Symposium on Education (BISE), Belize City, Belize.
  3. Reza, F. (2018). Is education a basic right for all? A glimpse into the successes and challenges in enrolling a marginalized population. Forum on Public Policy, 2018(1). Also presented at the 2018 Oxford International Round Table, Harris Manchester College.
  4. Reza, F. (2018). Roadblocks in educating girls in Pakistan: Successes and challenges. Belizean International Symposium on Education (BISE), Belize City, Belize
  5. Reza, F. & Pattnaik, J. (2017). ECE professionals’ perspectives on the implications of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for the field of ECE. American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual conference, San Antonio, TX
  6. Reza, F. (2017). Building bridges for girl’s education in Pakistan: Challenges and recommendations. Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) annual conference, Washington, DC.
  7. Reza, F. (Contribution to article by L. Derman-Sparks, 2016). Why we practice anti-bias education. Anti-Bias Education Exchange July/August 2016
  8. Reza, F. (2015). The effects of the September 11 terrorist attack on Pakistani-American parental involvement in U.S. schools. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
  9. Reza, F. & Pattnaik, J. (2015). Cultural literacy practices in U.S. public schools: Voices of Pakistani immigrant parents. In Schmidt, P. (Ed) Reconceptualizing Literacy in the New Age of Multiculturalism and Pluralism, 2nd ed., p. 317–342. Information Age Publishing.
  10. Reza, F. (2014). Do schools perpetuate racial profiling? A qualitative study on immigrant Pakistani parents. Race Equality Teaching, 33(1), 22-26.
  11. Reza, F. (2013). Teacher perspectives on assessment strategies and professional development for Transitional Kindergarten. David and Lucile Packard Foundation Ed.D. Fellowship Program, California State University. Long Beach, CA
    1. https://www.calstate.edu/edd/program-dissertation.shtml
    2. http://www.ced.csulb.edu/packard-fellow-dr-fawzia-reza-investigates-teacher-perspectives-transitional-kindergarten-programs
  12. Reza, F. (2013). Experiences and expectations of immigrant Pakistani parents regarding parental involvement in schools. (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach.
  13. Reza, F. & Pattnaik, J. (2015). Perceptions towards girls ‘education: A multisite case study with teachers and administrators of Pakistani elementary schools. American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual conference, Washington DC
  14. Reza, F. (2014). Experiences and expectations of immigrant Pakistani parents regarding parental involvement in schools. American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual conference, Philadelphia.
    1. https://www.ced.csulb.edu/early-childhood-education-graduates-present-aera-conference
    2. AERA(2014)
  15. Reza, F. (2014). Is my child really behind? The Transitional Kindergarten Program. Parent-Teacher Workshop, Un Mundo De Amigos Preschool, Long Beach, Ca (multiple dates)
  16. Reza, F. (2013). Social justice issues in public schools: A qualitative study of experiences of immigrant Pakistani parents in US schools. Paper presentation, 2013 Emerging Scholars Conference, Chapman University.
  17. Reza, F. (2013). Transitional kindergarten. Invited lecture at EDEC 621, Research Seminar on Early Childhood Development, California State University, Long Beach
  18. Reza, F. (2013). Experiences and expectations of Pakistani parents. Poster presentation, 2013 Educational Leadership Symposium, California State University, Long Beach

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