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Brenda Oriana Aranda, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Department:

Curriculum and Instruction

Education:

Ph.D. - University of Texas at El Paso. Teaching, Learning, and Culture
MS.Ed. - University of Texas at El Paso.  Instructional Specialist in Bilingual Education
Curso de Literatura Infantil y Juvenil Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
B.S. - University of Texas at El Paso. Interdisciplinary Studies, Bilingual Generalist EC-4
A.A. - El Paso Community College. Early Childhood Specialization

Areas of Research and Teaching Interests: 

Bilingual Education; Language and Identity; Dual Language; Ethnography; Literacy Development; Early Childhood Education; Teacher Education; Sociocultural Theory

Publications:

  • Soto Mas, F., Ji, M., Fuentes, B. O., & Tinajero, J. (2014). The health literacy & ESL study: A community-based intervention for Spanish speaking adults. Journal of Health Communication; doi:10.1080/10810730.2014.965368 (Forthcoming).
  • Soto Mas, F., Fuentes, B.O., Mein, E., Arnal, P., & Tinajero, J. (2013). Health Literacy & ESL Curriculum. MedEdPORTAL. Available from:www.mededportal.org/publication/9420.
  • Soto Mas, F., Mein, E., Fuentes, B. O., Thatcher, B., & Balcazar, H. (2013). Integrating Health Literacy & ESL: An Interdisciplinary Curriculum for Hispanic Immigrants. Health Promotion Practice, 14(2), 263-273. Winner of 2014 Sarah Mazelis Paper of the Year Award A from the Society for Public Health Education.
  • Mein, E., Fuentes, B. O., Soto Mas, F., & Muro, A. (2012). Incorporating digital health literacy into adult ESL education on the U.S.-Mexico border. Rhetoric, Professional Communication and Globalization, 3(1), 162-174.
  • Fuentes, B. O., Soto Mas, F., Mein, E. & Jacobson, H. (2011). Un currículo interdisciplinario de base teórica para enseñar inglés como segunda lengua. Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal, 13(2), 60-73.
  • Review of Americans by Heart: Undocumented Students and the Promise of Higher Education, by William Pérez. Latino Studies, June 2014.

Presentations:

  • Fuentes, B. O. (September, 2015). Linguistic identities and pedagogy of bilingual teachers: Transnational perspectives and practices. World Education Research Association Conference. Budapest, Hungary. 
  • Lopez, P. D., & Fuentes, B. O. (April, 2015). Towards a race-radical vision in bilingual education policy and advocacy in Texas. American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference. Chicago, Illinois.
  • Fuentes, B. O. (November, 2014). Dual language teachers: Juxtaposing linguistic identities and pedagogical practices along the U.S.-Mexico border. Scotland Educational Research Association (SERA) Annual Conference. Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • Fuentes, B. O. (December, 2013). Indigenous literacy narratives of Central American teachers on the U.S.-Mexico border. Literacy Research Association (LRA) Conference. Dallas, Texas.
  • Fuentes, B. O. (April, 2013). Bilingual teachers in Central America: Perspectives about language, identity, and teaching. American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting. San Francisco, California.
  • Fuentes, B. O. (June, 2012). Central American female bilingual teachers rescue their Indigenous culture. Conference for International Research on Cross-cultural Learning in Education (CIRCLE). El Paso, Texas.
  • Fuentes, B. O. (April, 2012). Meaningful curriculum development: Teach ESL by integrating health literacy. The New Mexico Association of Bilingual Education (NMABE). Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • Fuentes, B. O. & Valenzuela, A. (July, 2011). Professional development: Exploring the experiences and perceptions of culturally responsive teachers from Central America and the Caribbean. International Symposium on Bilingualism and Bilingual Education in Latin America. Oaxaca, Mexico.
  • Fuentes, B. O. & Valenzuela, A. (June, 2011). Multicutural rural teachers: A narrative experience about a professional development program. Conference for International Research on Cross-cultural Learning in Education (CIRCLE). El Paso, Texas.
  • Fuentes, B. O., Soto Mas, F., Mein, E., Tinajero, J., & Muro, A. (March, 2011). Innovative ESL/health literacy curriculum to build authentic learning experiences for adults. The International Sun Conference on Teaching and Learning. El Paso, Texas.
  • Soto Mas, F., Fuentes, B. O., Mein, E., Tinajero, J., & Muro, A. (October, 2010). An integrated curriculum for improving health literacy among Hispanic adults. DiversityRx. Bethesda, Maryland.
  • Fuentes, B. O., Felix, S., & Varela, I. (March, 2009). Estrategias para desarrollar una mente creativa. Bilingual Educators Emphasizing and Mastering Standards (BEEMS) Conference. El Paso, Texas.
  • Fuentes, B. O., Felix, S., & Chavez, P. (October, 2008). Estrategias para desarrollar el lenguaje y la creatividad.Texas Association of Bilingual Education (TABE) Conference. Arlington, Texas.
  • Fuentes, B. O., Plaza, J., & Tolentino, V. (March, 2007). Experiences of teaching ESL in China. Bilingual Educators Emphasizing and Mastering Standards (BEEMS). El Paso, Texas.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Literacy Research Association 2015
  • United Teacher Education Doctoral Students 2012-present
  • American Educational Research Association 2011-present
  • Bilingual Educators Emphasizing and Mastering Standards 2008-2009
  • Cambridge Who’s Who 2008-2009
  • Association of Texas Professional Educators 2005-2009
  • Bilingual Education Student Organization 2004-2005

Brenda Fuentes

Contact

815-753-5741
baranda@niu.edu
Graham Hall 119B

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Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Gabel Hall 147
815-753-8556
815-753-8563 (fax)
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