Manuel Vazquez Cano

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Managing Researcher, Multilingual Learners

Manuel’s background as an immigrant influenced his experience with the U.S. education system and, ultimately, his work. He migrated to the United States from Mexico and learned English at schools that—like many schools serving predominantly immigrant and Latinx communities—were under resourced. Manuel’s research is motivated by the urgent need for improved practices and educational opportunities for a community he belongs to. He aims to help educators and policymakers make decisions that improve outcomes for multilingual and immigrant students while honoring their linguistic and cultural assets.

Manuel has worked in education most of his professional life. As an undergraduate, he was a peer advisor to first generation high school students to help them navigate the college application process. Shortly after graduating, he worked as a substitute teacher and for three years led a supplemental after-school program that aimed to support struggling students. Manuel explored international development for a brief period, going as far as working in Myanmar, but decided that he had more to contribute to education policy and research. Education research has been his home for the last seven years.


  • Ph.D., Quantitative Research Methods in Education (in progress), University of Oregon
  • M.A., International Affairs – Economic Development, Columbia University
  • B.A., Sociology and Global Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

At family get togethers, you can find me...

Eating all the carne asada

I don't trust people who don't like...

Ice cream

My favorite villain in a book, movie, or TV show is...

Ernesto de la Cruz from Coco

Manuel Vazquez Cano

Areas of Expertise

  • Multilingual students
  • Quasi-experimental design

Blog Posts
Case Briefs & Publications

A Community-Driven Equity Review

Astoria decided to begin by reviewing equity across the district, then use the evidence to prioritize their work on key focus areas. They hired Education Northwest to lead an equity review and uncover opportunities to promote equity for everyone in the district.

Preparing Educators to Teach Multilingual Learners

An increasing number of U.S. students are multilingual learners, but teachers prepared to serve these students are almost always in short supply. A five-year partnership trains teachers to meet multilingual students' needs.

Evergreen Equity Audit

Evergreen Public Schools (EPS) is in the process of a district-wide equity transformation. As part of this effort, EPS partnered with Education Northwest to conduct an equity audit.