Conferences & Institutes

The Language Series

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The 2020 Language Series, “Anti-Racist Language Teaching,” will be held on October 24 as a virtual space for educators to share their design of learning experiences for language-minoritized children and nurture our understandings of curriculum and pedagogy that validate the language practices of all children.

The event will feature keynote speaker Dr. Nelson Flores, Associate Professor of Educational Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, followed by four rounds of workshops with content in Early Childhood, Childhood/Elementary, Middle Grades/Secondary, Teacher Education, and Family and Community Partnerships.

Teachers, parents, and leaders will expand their repertoire of effective and developmentally appropriate language learning skills at the day-long conference. You will choose breakout sessions for hands-on learning opportunities and discuss topics relevant to progressive language learning. Led by experts in the field, you’ll explore teaching tools such as music, movement, and drama and learn how they will excite your students as they develop their ability to learn English or another language.

As a participant, you will:

  • Learn to create transformative moments of language growth in the classroom
  • Re-energize your practice with developmentally appropriate tools and techniques
  • Choose from interactive, hands-on sessions that match your personal interests
  • Meet and network with peers and explore an exchange of progressive ideas together

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Dr. Nelson Flores

Translanguaging into Anti-Racist Language Teaching

Featuring Keynote Speaker Dr. Nelson Flores
Nelson Flores is an associate professor of educational linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania. His research examines the intersection of language, race, and the political economy in shaping U.S. educational policies and practices. His current research projects include a longitudinal study of students in a dual language charter school in a predominately low-income Latinx area of Philadelphia that seeks to challenge deficit perspectives by documenting the complex linguistic practices these students engage in on a daily basis and a book project that examines the institutionalization of bilingual education in the post-Civil Rights era. Dr. Flores has been the recipient of many academic awards including the 2017 AERA Bilingual Education SIG Early Career Award, a 2017 Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship, and the 2019 James Atlas Prize for Research on Language Planning and Policy in Educational Contexts. He also serves on several editorial boards including The International Journal of the Sociology of Language, Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, and Multilingua.
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The discussion with my peers on oral language, building language, and project-based learning was and continues to deepen my understandings of language and literacy development for my students.
A.J.
Museum Magnet School
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Networking and sharing ideas and experiences with teachers at my grade level and others were extremely useful. Engaging with the presenters and doing hands-on activities in my workshops was the best way for my to experiment and learn. Thank you for a wonderful experience!
M.L.
The Cathedral School
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The use of different media including PowerPoint, posters, and pocket charts with word/sentence strips made the presentations very engaging. The descriptions of specific procedures given in the handouts and presentation materials gave me a wealth of ideas I can use for creating charts in my mini lessons or use as references for my students during independent workshop activities.
E.V.T.
PS 17, Queens
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I am overwhelmed with the amount of good, practical information!
P.T.
Bank Street Graduate School Student
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Everything was interesting and engaging. I got ideas that I will implement immediately, like a workshop for parents to help them help their children. I also learned about things I want to explore further.
M.C.
The Family School 443X
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I have never been to Bank Street before, only know of its wonderful reputation. It has been a treat to attend. Thanks for the opportunity!
A.L.
Plainedge, Long Island
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Can’t wait for next year!
M.C.
George Washington School, White Plains, NY