Stella Villalba divides her everyday life teaching English language learners for one part of the day as she has been doing for over 20 years. The other part of her day includes collaborating and coaching teachers across the Dublin, Ohio, school district, bridging understandings regarding teaching ELLs. Stella is a Lead Ambassador for NCTE. She is passionate about languages, literacy, and culture. You can keep up with her on Twitter @stellavillalba, Instagram @stellavillalba, or at her blog, Listening and Learning: A Teaching and Coaching Life.
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Stella Villalba noticed her students were so busy writing quickly, they were not paying attention to crafting language. A student, Gabriela, turns to a book and asks for help to make her writing sound like the book. Stella uses this moment to slow down the class and create space to be inspired to write in beautiful ways.
Stella Villalba guides us to expand the counter-narrative texts we use in our classrooms. Counter-narrative texts challenge the stereotypes often seen about a group of people, and counter-narrative texts celebrate the joy and resilience of a community. Stella provides a list of critical questions that allow us to deeply explore texts, as well as suggestions of books to read.
Crafting a Vision of Teaching and Learning Rooted in the Strength of Multilingual Learners (Part II)
In this second installment of a two-part series, Stella Villalba gives more examples of how to sustain a vision for teaching and learning that is rooted in the strength of multilingual learners. It is essential that we reflect on our practices to learn, unlearn, and rethink what is essential for students.
Stella Villalba calls us all to action in leading a vision for teaching and learning that is rooted in the strength of multilingual learners. It is essential that we reflect on our practices to learn, unlearn, and rethink what is essential for students.
Stella Villalba reminds us that the language spoken at home is a gift. She offers some ways to honor each student’s linguistic heritage.
Stella Villalba offers five compelling tips to making parent-teacher conference conversations more joyful, useful, and hopeful.
Stella Villalba questioned her choice for silent writing time when she began listening to students. In this thought-provoking article, Stella gives direction in how to meet the needs of all students—those who need time to talk and those who need a quiet writing space.
Stella Villalba is passionate about centering the beauty, brilliance, and genius of all students in our classrooms. She shares an inclusive booklist to inspire and support other educators in doing the same.
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