Zeynep F. Beykont is an independent researcher in the field of minority education. She studies policies, programs, and practices that support minority students' biliteracy development and STEM success and offers research-based guidance to the ministries of education, aid organizations, and nongovernmental organizations in the U.S. and beyond. Currently, she is leading a study of effective instructional practices in secondary STEM and ELA classes in enrichment bilingual programs in FL. She is also advising an international educational initiative that aims to improve the quality of refugee education in Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey. Throughout her career, she has worked with K-16 language learners as a teacher, research director, program evaluator, educational advisor, and associate professor of educational sociology. Beykont earned a doctoral degree in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard Graduate School of Education and pursued postdoctoral research in the Department of Urban Studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.