George Lucas Educational Foundation

Lourenco Garcia

Dr. Lourenco Garcia is an international educator with more than twenty years of teaching, research, administrative, and consultancy experience. He has completed his studies in Russia, Cape Verde, and the United States, having received his Doctorate in Leadership in Urban Schools and Special Education and Disability Policy from UMass Boston.

Furthermore, Dr. Garcia has worked as an Adjunct Professor at UMass Boston, teaching "The Culture of Urban Schools" in the Graduate School of Education. Currently, he works as an Adjunct Professor at Northeastern University in Boston, teaching "The Socio-cultural Context of Teaching and Learning" and as a Principal of Revere High School where he provides school-wide leadership.

As a principal, he has restructured the school by designing and implementing innovative, student-centered, and results-driven structures and programs rooted in the 21st century learning model. Dr. Garcia is a polyglot with a burning interest in learning other languages and cultures -- he is fluent in six languages, including Cape Verdean, Portuguese, English, Spanish, Russian, and French, and proficient in Romanian and Italian. He is a firm believer in the constructionist learning theory, as a paradigm for teaching and learning, and an admirer of Paulo Freire -- one of the central architects of critical pedagogy worldwide.

His areas of expertise include urban educational leadership, school redesign, curriculum, instruction, and assessment, sociolinguistics, critical pedagogy, second-language acquisition, cross-cultural and inter-cultural communication, politics and education, and special education and disability policy. Dr. Garcia has extensively written and presented on these themes.