Spread Thin & Moving Fast

A tale of adventure, exploring new worlds, and meeting crazy characters. After growing up in an Irish-Mexican family, Ed became a restless street kid and adventurous teen. As a young adult he was thrown out of schools, became a golf hustler, hung out with artists, pimps, and actors, got drugs for friends, escaped from many petty scrapes, and followed his first love to the University of California.

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About Ed De Avila

Without either a high school diploma or GED, Ed De Avila obtained a Ph.D. in developmental psychology and has published widely on issues relating to language, culture, and schooling. He has lectured at major American universities, testified before congress on national assessment issues, served as a senior consultant to state and federal educational agencies, including the US Office of Civil Rights. Dr. De Avila has won grants and awards from the Ford Foundation, Canada Council, US Office of Education, produced an award winning national children’s television series (Villa Alegre), and coauthored language proficiency tests (Language Proficiency Scales) in the United States, published nationally and internationally.

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