Alissa Blair, Ph.D.
Faculty, English as a New Language
Alissa Blair is an Assistant Researcher at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she collaborates with WIDA on research and development initiatives related to English language development, Spanish language development, and family engagement. She has published a number of peer-reviewed articles and teacher resources in these areas. Alissa earned her B.A. in philosophy and Spanish at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana, and her M.Ed. at the University of Notre Dame. Prior to completing her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in ESL and bilingual education, Alissa lived in Chile for five years where she worked as a ChACE (ACE in Chile) teacher at Saint George’s College and teacher trainer at the Chilean Ministry of Education English Opens Doors Program. Alissa is passionate about working with educators and families to make schooling more equitable for linguistically and culturally diverse children and youth. She has teaching experience at the elementary, high school, and college levels, although parenting two young emergent bilingual children most tests everything she knows and believes about education.