What's New

Posted on January 23, 2020

Middle School-High School What's New

Join WestEd at the annual NABE conference

Strong educators are always in search of new ways to tap the rich cultural and linguistic strengths of their students while at the same time supporting their academic growth. This February, attendees of the National Association of Bilingual Education (NABE) conference in Las Vegas are invited to join us and learn new ways to support English learners.

As a bilingual student, teacher and education leader, Sharon Sáez has experienced the joys and challenges of speaking multiple languages while also excelling in academic settings that are created for monolingual settings. Born in Puerto Rico and growing up in a military family that traveled extensively, she was confronted with very different education systems while on the U.S. mainland and the island. Each system offered “one size fits all,” but none of the classrooms represented her reality as a child growing up in a dual language and cultural environment. As a teacher, she tried to bring her experience as a dual language learner to the classroom. “I so appreciate the Reading Apprenticeship approach,” says Sáez, “because it is a strengths-based approach that allows teachers to find new ways to get students talking about how they are making sense of text and problems – this really helps students access, express and demonstrate new and different ways of thinking, and it especially helps students learning English.”

Diana Mansour, an educator at Fordson High School in Dearborn, MI, adds that her district has made great strides serving students from varied backgrounds, “Our faculty have shifted their practice to access the strengths of a student population that has many English learners. Reading Apprenticeship has given our teachers new strategies that help students engage in conversation that relates to their own experience as well as text-based problem solving.”

Come meet Sharon, Diana and other professional learning experts at NABE. Check out WestEd’s presentations and be sure to visit the WestEd booths (#715 and #717) in the exhibit hall.

If you can’t make it to the conference, but want to learn more about teaching routines and classroom environments that support the learning of linguistically diverse students, check out these free resources:

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