Georgia Garcia (Inducted 2021)
Dr. Georgia Earnest García currently is Professor Emerita in the Departments of Curriculum and Instruction and Latina/Latino Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Since 2019, she has been a member of the WestED Reading Team, which is updating the 2026 NAEP Reading Framework. Her research focuses on the literacy development, instruction, and assessment of students (k-8) from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, with much of it on bilingual students. She has published her work in the American Educational Research Journal, Bilingual Research Journal, Journal of Literacy Research, Reading Research Quarterly, Research in the Teaching of English, The Elementary School Journal, and The Reading Teacher. In 2015, Georgia and Kay Stahl published a book on children’s reading comprehension instruction in preK-grade 2. They currently have another book in press on children’s reading comprehension instruction in grades 3-6. Georgia lives part of the year in Napa, California, and part of the year in Urbana, IL. Prior to the pandemic, she conducted collaborative research with dual-language teachers and principals on the literacy instruction and assessment of bilingual students, which she hopes to resume again in the near future.