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Preparing ALL Teachers to Educate ELLs/Bilingual Learners

A public talk by Dr. Rebecca Freeman will will discuss the challenges that educators face as they strive to address the needs of an increasingly linguistically and culturally diverse student population and examine the foundational knowledge and instructional skills that 21st century educators develop to address these challenges.

When: Feb 21, 2013 from 07:00 PM to 08:30 PM

Where: Foster Auditorium

Contact: Laura A. Katunich, , 814-865-0488

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The Diversity & Community Enhancement Committee (DCEC) in the College of Education is presenting panel discussions, speakers, and workshops pertaining to multilingualism in our classrooms and communities.

In U.S. public schools, the number of students that speak languages other than English at home and who are developing proficiency in English at school is rapidly increasing. Already, more than 85% of schools in PA include English learners and the numbers are much higher in other regions of the country. This semester, the DCEC is organizing a series of events to offer some insights and learning opportunities concerning our role as educators in working with multilingual and multicultural students.

The second event, Preparing ALL Teachers to Educate ELLs/Bilingual Learners, is a public talk by Dr. Rebecca Freeman Field, a sociolinguist and language educator dedicated to the professional development of teachers that work with language learners. Dr. Field will consider equity and achievement for all students, particularly English language/bilingual learners. Drawing upon her work with rural and urban school districts across the country, she will discuss the challenges that educators face as they strive to address the needs of an increasingly linguistically and culturally diverse student population. She will examine the foundational knowledge (research, theory, policy, practice) and instructional skills (e.g., sheltering and differentiating instruction and assessment; developing academic English; special education considerations; promoting bi/multilingualism and biliteracy) that 21st century educators develop to address these challenges.

The series of events are sponsors by: the College of Education Diversity and Community Enhancement Committee, Office of Multicultural Programs, the departments of Curriculum and Instruction and Education Policy Studies, and the Education and Behavioral Sciences Library