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Cultural Competence and English Learners

05/30/2019 at 8:30AM - 3:00PM EST
Location: LEARN, 44 Hatchetts Hill Road, Old Lyme, CT 06371


This professional learning opportunity is funded through Title III statewide activities funds. 

Audience: Classroom teachers PreK-12, TESOL/bilingual teachers, coordinators, coaches, and administrators.

Session Description:
Understanding our own and our students’ racial, cultural, economic, linguistic, and religious identities is challenging and deep work, and yet, it is at the foundation of culturally competent communication and instruction. In this session, we will explore some of the deeper factors of our systems, institutions, and selves that impact the experiences of our English Learners in Connecticut schools. We will discuss the most essential components of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy, what it looks like, and why it is important for all of our students and essential for our English Learners.

Learning Outcomes:
Participants will become more aware of and knowledgeable about the many factors that comprise identity and understand that culturally competent teachers are aware of their own beliefs, attitudes, and biases.  During the session, educators will explore how to create lesson materials and deliver content that affirm, integrate, and allow students to use their own cultural identities, perspectives, experiential referents, and worldviews in learning (Gay, 2010) and ways to empower students and families in their institutions and instruction for social and academic success (Gay, 2010; Ladson-Billings, 1995). Participants will engage in discussions about how culturally relevant teachers and their students engage in critiquing cultural norms, values, content, and constructs that maintain social inequities and encourage students to change oppressive structures (Ladson-Billings, 1995).

This series is focused on enhancing academic outcomes for English learners (ELs) by increasing the capacity of school and district professionals to effectively meet the needs of ELs through research-based and effective practices and strategies and adherence to federal and state policies.