Alexandria Silva

Famer Education
TEMPE
Clinical Assistant Professor
Faculty
POLY Campus
Mailcode
2680
Clinical Asst Professor
Faculty
POLY Campus
Mailcode
2680

Biography

Alexandria T. Silva's research interests involve the 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. 

Research Interests

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. Silva 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. 
  • As a educator in teacher preparation, Dr. Silva is interested in examining the trajectory for students who decide to enter the Bilingual/English as a Second Language (BLE/ESL) Program. Dr. Silva is interested in understanding the experiences and understandings that have led these future teachers to select this program. 
  • Dr. Silva 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 include 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 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
BLE 408SEI for Linguistically Diverse
BLE 411Sci Curr Instr Assess BLE/ESL
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
BLE 322Reading Methods BLE/ESL
BLE 335Language Diversity-Classrooms
BLE 413Language Arts in BLE/ESL Sett
BLE 481Reading Practicum
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
BLE 220Foundations of SEI
SPF 301Culture and Schooling
BLE 404Inst Design for CLD Students
BLE 411Sci Curr Instr Assess BLE/ESL
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SPF 301Culture and Schooling
BLE 322Reading Methods BLE/ESL
BLE 413Language Arts in BLE/ESL Sett
MCE 447Diversity in Multicultural Set
BLE 481Reading Practicum
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
BLE 220Foundations of SEI
BLE 335Language Diversity-Classrooms
BLE 404Inst Design for CLD Students
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
BLE 322Reading Methods BLE/ESL
BLE 408SEI for Linguistically Diverse
BLE 413Language Arts in BLE/ESL Sett
MCE 447Diversity in Multicultural Set
BLE 481Reading Practicum
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
BLE 220Foundations of SEI
BLE 335Language Diversity-Classrooms
BLE 408SEI for Linguistically Diverse
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
BLE 322Reading Methods BLE/ESL
BLE 413Language Arts in BLE/ESL Sett
MCE 447Diversity in Multicultural Set
BLE 481Reading Practicum
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
BLE 220Foundations of SEI
BLE 335Language Diversity-Classrooms
BLE 408SEI for Linguistically Diverse
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
BLE 220Foundations of SEI
BLE 322Reading Methods BLE/ESL
BLE 413Language Arts in BLE/ESL Sett
MCE 447Diversity in Multicultural Set
BLE 481Reading Practicum