On June 8, 2018, Dr. Kim Song and I presented one of the plenary talks at the Cambio de Colores – Change of Colores annual conference in Kansas City, Missouri. In the Cambio Center’s own words: “Cambio de Colores is a multistate conference about integration of immigrants in new destinations. People from various fields who work with Latinos and immigrant communities come together to share research and best practices that facilitate the integration of newcomers.” It’s one of my favorite conferences because it brings together researchers and practitioners from a huge variety of fields: truly the only way we can solve the grand challenges of our society is to collaborate across fields and social agencies, and Cambio de Colores is a space that helps us do this!
Kim and I were asked to provide the education-focused plenary, and so we decided to share the background and framework for our current project, SEE-TEL: Strengthening Equity and Effectiveness for Teachers of English Learners. We felt it was important to highlight key terms (why we might prefer the phrase “emerging bilinguals” over “English Learners”), describe our own histories and how we came to work together, explain the goals of our current grant, and then conclude with two key pillars we believe are essential in helping educators, immigrant families, and their children succeed: Collaboration and Translanguaging.
Take a look at our presentation here and then please join us in our journey to enhance equity and excellence for all of our students! 2018 Cambio Plenary Dorner Song