Blocker, Paula

Paula Blocker

  • Coordinator, MATL Program, Mission Valley Regional Center
  • Program Director, CLAD Certificate
  • Phone: 619-563-2820


  • Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership, University of La Verne , La Verne, California, 2005
  • M.A. in Multicultural Education, San Diego State University, San Diego, California, 1979
  • B.A. in Sociology, San Diego State University, San Diego, California 1972


Director of  State and Federal Categorical Programs,   Encinitas Union School District    2000-2008

Coordinator of English Learner Services,  Encinitas Union School District    1987-2000

 Principal, Vice-Principal,    Encinitas Union School District    1979-1999

 Coordinator, Title VII-  Dual-Immersion Program, Encinitas Union School District    1975-81

Classroom Teacher, Capri School, Grades K-3, Encinitas Union School District 1973-1978


Credentials Earned:

  • Administrative Service (Life)-1978
  • Bilingual-Bicultural Competency (Life)-1975
  • Standard Elementary Teaching Credential (Life)-1973


Courses taught:

  • GED 642 Advanced Strategies for English Learners;
  • EDU 601 Language Acquisition and Diverse Populations
  • GED 641 School Communities in a Pluralistic Society
  • GED 688 Bilingual Education Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English



Dr. Blocker's research interests are in the areas of effective second language acquisition strategies , theory, teaching and learning and student achievement  practices that support  teachers serving  English Language Learners and their families.



A study of support mechanisms women experience in the pursuit and perseverance of a leadership role in education; Chair: Dr. Robert Corkrum; C0-Chairs: Dr. Rebecca Sapien-Melchor and Dr. Deborah Blow; University of La Verne, School of Education and Organizational Leadership, August, 2005.



California Subject Matter Project (CSMP) English Learner Development (ELD) Institute; Co-Chair  and Committee Member;

For the last 20 years this organization has provided an annual conference with focus on serving English language learners.  School districts in San Diego, Imperial and Orange County are regular participants. Some of the workshops presented cover Reponse to Intervention (RTI), Content-Area instruction/Strategies for the ELL student, use of technology, Dual-Immersion and second language acquisition and parent education.