The Language Series: 2016

Building on students’ linguistic and cultural assets for academic success


The 17th Annual Language Series will be held November 18th and 19th and feature a keynote presentation by:

Ofelia García

The Language Series supports educators in understanding the critical role that language plays in the social and academic success of all students. The focus of the coming Fall 2016 Language Series is on how to use the social language of our students for academic language development. By building on students’ linguistic and cultural assets, the school community both strengthens and affirms the social language that students bring to school. This creates a strong foundation for academic language development. A strong predictor of academic success is the ability of a teacher to draw upon a student’s background and social language. If done well, this serves as a bridge to developing a deeper understanding and appreciation of content knowledge and academic language.

Some of the questions we will explore:

  • How can we make space for students to utilize their linguistic resources to negotiate academic content?
  • How can we provide multiple points of access to the curriculum through rigorous cognitive engagement?
  • How can we design curriculum that encourages students to use their home and school language(s) to make meaning?
  • How can we create classroom and school environments that celebrate students’ linguistic and cultural assets?

Dr. Ofelia García, Professor in the Ph.D. programs of Urban Education and of Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (read more), will be our keynote speaker on Friday night. Saturday workshops with experienced practitioners and researchers will inspire and engage you through hands-on activities. Participants will take away concrete ideas for immediate implementation in your settings.

Come and re-energize your practice by learning from the experts in the field. They will share multiple ways to create and support social and academic language growth in today's diverse educational settings that include English as a new language (ENL) learners as well as English native speakers.

Check back for workshop and registration information!