Mariana Castro

WCER Deputy Director

Mariana Castro serves as the current Deputy Director at WCER. She brings more than 25 years of experience in education to her research and development work. Her extensive service to the field of education includes curriculum and instruction, language development, teacher preparation and professional learning. In her research, Mariana integrates her background as an educator, her passion for working with multilingual children, youth and their teachers, and her commitment for social justice.  Mariana started with WIDA in 2006 as a professional learning delivery specialist and since then has held positions coordinating, managing and directing Professional Development, the Standards Department, and as a researcher focused on language development.  She has also lead the development of WIDA Standards and related initiatives for early years and K-12 in English and Spanish.  

Mariana has a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a M.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.   She currently serves as the PI for research related to language practices of multilingual students, curriculum and instruction in dual language immersion programs, teacher professional learning and family engagement.  

Contact info:, 608-263-3976

Contact Information
Phone: (608) 263-3976
Office: 785A Ed Sciences

Current Projects

Director's Office & Communications

Completed Projects

ASSETS: Assessment Services Supporting ELs through Technology Systems