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Friday, January 26

1:15pm PST

Building and Developing Anti-Racist Dual Language Programs
Restrictive language policies in schools have a devastating impact on individuals and cultures. Among other policies and practices, they have perpetuated institutional racism in our schools and beyond. By bringing a language, in addition to English, into the center of educational experience, Dual Language programs have the potential to be a powerful anti-racist practice in our schools. However, unless carefully and intentionally designed with anti-racism in mind, Dual Language programs may a neutral impact on student outcomes, or even re-inforce patterns of privilege and oppression in schools. This session will provide an overview of this topic with relevant research, and engage participants in conversation to lead to action steps in building and developing anti-racist Dual Language programs.

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Bernard Koontz

Executive Director of Teaching, Learning and Leadership, Highline Public Schools
Bernard is a Seattle area school administrator and language learning advocate

Friday January 26, 2018 1:15pm - 3:15pm PST
Heritage E

1:15pm PST

Engaging Bilingual Students in a Culturally Relevant Curriculum
Have you ever been challenged by the difficulty of providing students a culturally relevant curriculum in a  dual language program? This session offers educators an opportunity to investigate an innovative approach to curriculum development that rethinks traditional monolingual/monocultural perspectives. This approach provides  empowering academic experiences that better meet the  learning needs of dual language students. In this session, we will discuss the process of creating a collaborative curriculum that embeds literacy instructional practice across ELA and  Social Studies courses. This reciprocal process reinforces literacy skills by leveraging relevant content goals in both ELA and Social Studies. The development of the curriculum is informed by social justice theory and pedagogy. Through the curriculum, students develop a strong academic identity and play an active role in the school and community using their knowledge leveraging their biliteracy, bilingualism, and multiculturalism.


Elizabeth Churape-García

Mt. Vernon School District
Elizabeth Churape-García: 6th Grade Spanish and English Literacy and 7th Grade English Language Arts Teacher. Teaches at LaVenture Middle School since 2014.

María Cortés-Zamora

Mt. Vernon School District
María Cortés-Zamora: Grades 6-8 Social Studies Dual Language Teacher. Teaches at LaVenture Middle School since 2013.

Nora Nuñez-Gonzalez

Mt. Vernon School District
Nora Nuñez-Gonzalez: 7th and 8th Grade Dual Language Spanish and English Literacy Teacher. A teacher at LaVenture Middle School for the past two years. Prior to teaching, I worked as a para-educator and as an afterschool coordinator. I have been working in education for the past... Read More →

Friday January 26, 2018 1:15pm - 3:15pm PST
Heritage D