Debbie Zacarian, Ed.D. & Associates, LLC is a woman-owned consulting business specializing in policy and practice, strategic planning, evaluation, coaching, innovation, and professional development for educators and professionals working with culturally and linguistically diverse populations (including students living with trauma, violence and chronic stress, multilingual learners, students living in poverty and students who do not yet possess the academic language skills needed to be successful in school).  Our ‘credo’ is achievement through access, equity, and engagement and our mission is to provide expertise to school districts, state and federal education agencies, professional and research organizations, universities, and others seeking sustained solutions in strengthening achievement and outcomes.

Debbie Zacarian

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Dr. Debbie Zacarian, founder of Zacarian & Associates, is known for her expertise in strengths-based leadership, instructional practices, evaluation, and partnerships with culturally and linguistically diverse student and family populations.  With over three decades of combined experience as a district administrator, university faculty member, and educational service agency leader, she has been providing professional development throughout the United States.  She has written many books and more than 100 journal articles and district, and state policies focused on leadership and instructional practices with diverse learners- including English learners, academic language learners, and students living with adversity.

Her professional books include

An expert in policies and practices, Dr. Zacarian:

    • Was a consultant for the Massachusetts Parent Information Resource Center and Federation for Children with Special Needs

    • Wrote the Boston Public Schools’ policies for English learners as well as  policies for many urban, suburban, and rural school districts

For over a decade, Dr. Zacarian served on the faculty of University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She was also the founder and director of the Center for English Language Education and Advancing Student Achievement at the Collaborative for Educational Services and the founding director of Amherst Public Schools bilingual and English learner program where she and the district received many local, state and national honors for its work with English learners.