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Areas of Expertise
Maria Montalvo-Balbed is the director of ELL programs for Metro RESA in Atlanta, Ga., and an education consultant with expertise in the area of culturally relevant education for linguistically and culturally diverse populations. She is a member of ASCD’s FIT Teaching™ Cadre, and as such has been involved in two long-term professional learning implementations working with principals, central office administrators, other school-based leaders, and teachers. Montalvo-Balbed has 33 years of experience in the education field, in U.S. schools and American schools overseas. She has worked in teaching and administrative positions including classroom teacher of Spanish and English for speakers of other languages (ESOL), director of language, minority achievement specialist, ESOL coordinator, and assistant principal.
Along with Montalvo-Balbed’s ASCD Faculty work, she has served as the content expert for the Educating English Learners: Connecting Language, Literacy, and Culture DVD series. She coauthored an online course on the implications of the Common Core for English Learners with Bernadette Musetti and cofacilitated a webinar on the same topic. Most recently, Montalvo-Balbed and Denise Huddlestun cofacilitated an ASCD webinar on literacy in mathematics. Montalvo-Balbed has presented at conferences nationally and internationally for organizations including AERA, NCTM, and Learning Forward on topics related to educating diverse populations.
Montalvo-Balbed completed her doctorate in inclusive education at Kennesaw State University, where she focused her research on empowering schooling practices for English learners. She holds an MA in TESOL from Teachers College at Columbia University and a BA from Queens College with a major in Spanish/secondary education and applied linguistics. She completed the principal certification program through the University of Virginia.
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