Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership
Dr. Hayes-Fondation returned to the United States in 1976 after a two-year stint in the Peace Corps. Her goal was to get a M.A. in Latin American studies (UCLA) so she could continue her work with indigenous peoples in Latin America. As a classroom observer for a national evaluation of Head Start bilingual-bicultural curricula, she was able to apply the observational skills of the anthropologist. She has directed research and evaluation studies in bilingual education, parent engagement and involvement, special education, early childhood education and school climate. Her social justice focus has not changed as most of her research focuses on immigrant populations in the United States. She is most knowledgeable about qualitative and mixed method research, having received a Ph.D. from UCLA in Research Methods with a Qualitative emphasis. She has taught research methods classes at various universities since 1992 and has mentored students at Walden University since January 2011. Her Ed.D. graduates have conducted research in: Professional Learning Communities (PLC); literacy for English Language learners; alternative curricula for early childhood education; reading instruction for Students with Disabilities (SWD); second grade reading and math instruction; and the integration of STEM across the curriculum.