George Lucas Educational Foundation

Cristina Santamaria Graff

Assistant Professor of Special Education

Cristina Santamaria Graff, Ph.D, is an assistant professor in special education at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Her expertise is in bilingual special education, and her area of interest is collaborating with parents and families of children with disabilities. Her work focuses on parents’ expertise as stakeholders in the educational decision-making processes that involve their children. She believes repositioning families’ assets and strengths as core components in developing curriculum and instruction is a critical step toward transformative, systemic change.

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