Building on students’ linguistic and cultural assets for academic success
Friday, November 18, 4pm - 8pm &
Saturday, November 19, 8am - 4pm
The Language Series supports educators in understanding the critical role that language plays in the social and academic success of all students. The focus of the coming Fall 2016 Language Series is on how to use the social language of our students for academic language development. By building on students’ linguistic and cultural assets, the school community both strengthens and affirms the social language that students bring to school. This creates a strong foundation for academic language development. A strong predictor of academic success is the ability of a teacher to draw upon a student’s background and social language. If done well, this serves as a bridge to developing a deeper understanding and appreciation of content knowledge and academic language.
Some of the questions we will explore:
- How can we create classroom and school environments that celebrate students’ linguistic and cultural assets?
- How can we honor and utilize the linguistic resources that students bring to school to negotiate and acquire academic content?
- How can we provide multiple points of access to the curriculum through rigorous cognitive engagement?
- How can we design curriculum that encourages students to use their home and school language(s) to make meaning?
Dr. Ofelia García will be our keynote speaker on Friday night. Saturday workshops with experienced practitioners and researchers will inspire and engage you through hands-on activities. Participants will take away concrete ideas for immediate implementation in your settings.
Come and re-energize your practice by learning from the experts in the field. They will share multiple ways to create and support social and academic language growth in today's diverse educational settings that include English as a new language (ENL) learners as well as English native speakers.
- Fostering Communication Using Culturally Responsive Practices and Authentic Collaborations with our Youngest Communicators
- Imagination in Language Learning: Building Preschool Curricula around Folk Stories and Role Playing
- Songs and Singing as a Gateway for Language Development in Early Childhood
- Challenging the Dominance of Standard American English: Using Code-Meshing Pedagogy to Take Advantage of Students’ Full Linguistic Repertoires
- Incorporating Translanguaging in Your Classroom
- Language Matters! Supporting Mathematical Discourse in the Classroom
- Oh, The Places We’ll Go! Integrating Movement and Dance into the Curriculum for Meaning Making
Participants have the option to enroll for 1 CEU (10 PD hours) OR enrolling for 1 graduate credit**
**1 graduate credit may be earned by paying the tuition fee, attending the conference and completing online work after the conference. Email us for more information.
CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellations/refunds prior to November 11 will be processed. After November 11, 2016, no cancellations or refunds will be processed.