As I’ve said before, the Cambio de Colores (Change of Colores) conference is one of my all time favorite gatherings of community service providers, researchers, activists, students, (im)migrants, extension specialists, and everything in between! This year, our plenary speaker for education was Dr. Ted Hamann, who spoke about the new(ish) Latino/a diaspora and the need for action in these spaces of new(ish) migration. Meanwhile, I caught up on my language brokering research and presented narratives from research with Mexican American brokers and the turning points and tensions that they experience as they move through their 20s (https://prezi.com/qjyqy9gguiwm/turning-points-and-tensions-emerging-adulthood-for-language/). It was also an honor to hear critical studies from my colleagues, including David Aguayo on parent engagement and Sujin Kim on the ways that different school districts across Missouri frame and welcome diversity and new student populations. I hope to see you at Cambio next year! For more updates about the conference, please visit Twitter at #CdeC16.
Join colleagues and I on April 12 at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meetings, as we interrogate the climates of multi-language schools from the perspectives of students, parents, teachers, and administrators. Meeting AERA’s mission to promote research that improves education and serves the public good, we’ve put together a symposium that is designed for those interested in the culture and climate of multilingual schools: spaces where either students have multiple language backgrounds, or educational programs aim to develop bilingualism. Our symposium’s research presentations include views from diverse stakeholders who shape school climate and analysis of its key dimensions. The first two papers will explore the institutional environment and relationships at new language immersion schools, from children and parent perspectives; the next paper will examine how teachers can establish multilingual contexts for literacy learning in English-as-a-Second-Language and general-education classes, and the final one analyzes how school leaders ensure the welcome/safety of undocumented student populations. See you there!
Change is local. Join me on November 14, 2015, for the annual neighborhood conference hosted by the St. Louis Association of Community Organizations. You can still register at http://www.slaco-mo.org/conference.html. Our panel at 11 am discusses how to “Adopt Your Neighborhood School and Vice Versa!” Other panels address local government, lessons learned from Ferguson, and youth engagement. See you there!
On November 20-21, 2014, at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Dr. Kim Song, colleagues, and I will host “Bridges to Dual Language Learning.” English language and bilingual teachers from across the state will have opportunities to visit The Spanish School (www.sllis.org) and join a series of workshops:
- Dual Language Immersion Models and Reading Strategies (Marisela Rodriguez, American Reading Company)
- Dual Language Immersion for Academic Achievement (Griselda Pirtle, ELL Director, CCSD59, Illinois)
- Effective Language Learning Strategies
- Biliteracy and ELLs’ Academic Language Learning
Immigrant Family Lives and Schools’ Responsibilities: From Federal to Local Policies
- Co-teaching and Online Coaching for Transforming Teachers of Linguistically Diverse Students
JOIN US! For more information, please email coppersmiths @ umsl.edu.
In June 2015, colleagues and I joined together at the annual Cambio de Colores conference. New this year: an entire ‘track’ of presentations on dual language and English Learners (EL) education. I was especially excited to be part of a panel discussing the development and challenges of dual language programs in Kansas City and Carthage, Missouri and community bilingual outreach at libraries in Springfield. There is great work happening – and great needs – across the state. Join us to discuss the “cambiodecolores.org” – Change of Colors – in Missouri and the Midwest.