I will be presenting at the ELLSA PD Day this April. My talk is called "We Make the Road by Walking: Deconstructing Deficit Systems and Mindsets-One Co-taught Classroom at a Time."
Workshop Description: When our perceived co-teaching is steeped in medical model deficit mindsets of "support and services" we will always be bound by "caseloads" and fear of emergent bilinguals. When our co-teaching embraces shifting mindsets, capacity building translanguaging pedagogies, multilingual ecologies, and scaffolding with promise we have the opportunity to transform ourselves and our classes with love. Many school structures and systems build upon unconscious and conscious bias reinforce inequitable educational experiences for our multilingual students in the classroom. And yet...the charge is real. As EAL specialists how do we make grassroots change to system one co-taught classroom at a time. This presentation will explore multilingual mindsets, co-planning, structures, and storytelling methods to make the road by walking.
I am an EAL specialist, coach, and educational consultant that is dedicated to building a more transformative educational landscape that honors linguistic diversity and challenges societal paradigms.