Alexandria Estrella-Bridges

Famer Education
TEMPE
Clinical Assistant Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
5411
Clinical Assistant Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
5411

Biography

Alexandria T. Estrella research interests involve literacy development among students from non-dominant communities and English learners. She is highly interested in aspects of policy and classroom practices that impact the experiences of culturally and linguistically diverse students in school. She is currently researching the experiences of preservice teachers transitioning from teacher preparation programs to their first-year teaching. This research highlights the experiences of teachers within linguistically and culturally diverse classrooms. She is an educator in teacher preparation interested in examining the trajectory for students who decide to enter the Bilingual/English as a Second Language (BLE/ESL) program. She is interested in understanding the experiences that have led these future teachers to select this program. She is currently researching the experiences of scholars of color in academia. This qualitative research specifically addresses the experiences of scholars, researchers, and professors in teacher preparation. This research also includes linguistic and cultural ties that scholars of color maintain and negotiate throughout their experiences in academia. 

Education

Education

  • Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction, Language & Literacy, Arizona State University 2012 
  • M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction, Arizona State University 2004
  • B.A. Elementary Education, Arizona State University 2002

Research Interests

As an educator in teacher preparation, Dr. Estrella is interested in examining the trajectory for students who decide to enter the Bilingual/English as a Second Language (BLE/ESL) Program. Dr. Estrella is interested in understanding the experiences and understandings that have led these future teachers to select this program. 

Guiding Research Questions:

  • How can we support the literacy and language development of ELLs in an English-Only State?
  • What can we learn from first-year teachers in linguistically and culturally diverse classrooms?
  • How do scholars of color negotiate linguistic and cultural ties in academic settings? 

Current Research Projects:

  • Dr. Estrella is currently researching the experiences of preservice teachers transitioning from teacher preparation programs to their first-year teaching. This research highlights the experiences of teachers within linguistically and culturally diverse classrooms. 
  • Dr. Estrella is currently researching the experiences of scholars of color in academia. This qualitative research specifically addresses the experiences of scholars, researchers, and professors in teacher preparation. This research also includes the linguistic and cultural ties that scholars of color maintain and negotiate throughout their experiences in academia. 

Publications

  • Silva, A., Flores, T., & Jimenez-Silva, M. (2017). Examining our own language stories and their impact as scholars in bilingual education. Paper under consideration for the American Educational Research, San Antonio, TX. 
  • Flores, T., Roy, B., Jimenez-Silva, M., Silva, A., & Salas, R. (2017).  Teaching for Our Lives: Creating Inclusive Spaces for English Learners and their Families in Schools and Universities. Presentation at the Arizona English Teachers Association, Phoenix, AZ. 

Courses

Fall 2021
Course Number Course Title
BLE 404 Inst Design for CLD Students
Spring 2021
Course Number Course Title
BLE 322 Reading Methods BLE/ESL
BLE 335 Language Diversity-Classrooms
BLE 481 Reading Practicum
Fall 2020
Course Number Course Title
BLE 404 Inst Design for CLD Students
BLE 407 SEI for Secondary Students
ELL 515 Structured Engl Immersion (SEI
Summer 2020
Course Number Course Title
ELL 515 Structured Engl Immersion (SEI
Spring 2020
Course Number Course Title
BLE 322 Reading Methods BLE/ESL
BLE 481 Reading Practicum
ELL 515 Structured Engl Immersion (SEI
Fall 2019
Course Number Course Title
BLE 324 Soc Studies/Diverse Lang Clsrm
BLE 408 SEI for Linguistically Diverse
Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
BLE 322 Reading Methods BLE/ESL
BLE 335 Language Diversity-Classrooms
BLE 407 SEI for Secondary Students
BLE 481 Reading Practicum
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
BLE 408 SEI for Linguistically Diverse
BLE 411 Sci Curr Instr Assess BLE/ESL
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
BLE 322 Reading Methods BLE/ESL
BLE 335 Language Diversity-Classrooms
BLE 413 Language Arts in BLE/ESL Sett
BLE 481 Reading Practicum
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
BLE 220 Foundations of SEI
SPF 301 Culture and Schooling
BLE 404 Inst Design for CLD Students
BLE 411 Sci Curr Instr Assess BLE/ESL
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
SPF 301 Culture and Schooling
BLE 322 Reading Methods BLE/ESL
BLE 413 Language Arts in BLE/ESL Sett
MCE 447 Diversity in Multicultural Set
BLE 481 Reading Practicum

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