Well-implemented dual language programs are effective at supporting the education of racialized, minoritized bilingual students. Yet programs are shaped by colonial and racist histories; there is mounting evidence that dual language programs need to focus explicitly and consistently on equity. This workshop will focus on “historicizing communities” and “critical listening” as tools for promoting raciolinguistic justice. Participants will come away with greater skills to identify where and how to focus on equity in dual language education.

After this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • define critical consciousness;
  • explain the importance of historicizing and critical listening;
  • identify opportunities for historicizing and critical listening in their context;
  • plan for questioning and interrupting current inequitable practices; and
  • develop action steps for moving toward critical consciousness in their program.

Deb Palmer is a Professor in Equity, Bilingualism and Biliteracy at the University of Colorado Boulder. She was previously a two-way dual language bilingual teacher in Redwood City, CA, and received her Ph.D. at UC Berkeley. She conducts qualitative research in culturally and linguistically diverse settings.
Liliana Rodriguez is a highly experienced Dual Language Immersion Program Coordinator with Minneapolis Public Schools. She has a Certificate in Immersion and Dual Language from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Education (M.Ed.) from Hamline University.
Manny Godoy is a proud first-generation, bilingual, Peruvian American who was born and raised on the north side of Chicago, IL. He is currently the Associate Director of Equity at Beloved Community, in New Orleans, LA. Manny has also worked for the past 12 years in Milwaukee, WI as a teacher, coach, and Assistant Principal.
Amy Young is the EL Education Specialist for School and Educator Support at the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE). Previously she has worked as a building principal, Director of Teaching and Learning, District EL Coordinator, and ESL, dual language, and Spanish teacher.

Target Audience: This workshop is targeted for K-12 educators and administrators in one-way, two-way, developmental bilingual, and indigenous dual language programs.

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