Low Ebb Today

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  1. Great timing. I am on a “curriculum day” today and am unleashing the social justice piece in my documents, along with …DUH… “The fact is that there is only one way people learn languages, via comprehensible input functioning on a largely unconscious level as the learner focuses on the meaning and not the language.”

    Heh. Take that NEASC.

      1. It’s not really a “piece” but just the idea that everyone acquires language and we are teaching everyone rather than just the top honor roll students like in the past. I wrote something about this in one of the curriculum documents (that is what I mean by “unleashing”) so that there is complete transparency in what I offer. In all likelihood my position will be cut (budget cuts plus just got news that the city will be taking over the school finances, and there is talk about the ultimate goal for the city to close this school and institute vouchers). but if it is not cut I want to create an equitable program where kids acquire language and learn to communicate face to face.

      2. I see the social justice aspect of CI in a few ways:

        One, how Grant puts it. In the article that I pasted the link below, he writes:

        Dr. Baggett shares the results of a study she conducted of more than 200 secondary schools in North Carolina. Her study confirms disparities in language learning opportunity and achievement for students of color:
        Students of color are underrepresented in language courses.
        Students of color are underrepresented in AP classes.
        Schools with majority students of color have fewer language options.
        African American and Latino males are underrepresented in upper levels.
        White female students are overrepresented in upper levels.

        http://stacieberdan.com/creating-a-nationofadvocates-from-90-target-language-to-90-retention/

        Two, the content of our lessons. Do we explicitly include anti-racist topics and information? Do we actively work to reduce stereotypes? Do we make explicit anti-racist statements? Do the topics of the lessons reflect the students’ cultures and interests?

        1. I just remembered Ben that Wade will be at the Equity planning meeting before the workshop in St. Louis next month. I cannot wait to see him again and plan for the Equity sessions at Cascadia CI in June. Life just gets more and more better.

          1. I will be there. That planning meeting is Sunday, right? Then the St. Louis workshop is Monday through Wed. the 27th – 29th? Do I have that right?

  2. Alisa Shapiro-Rosenberg

    There’s a wonderful T/CI team, Rachelle Adams and Anna Gilcher who’ve been presenting at our conferences. The focus is on eliminating bias and stereotyping in our stories and banter – they were at the summer confs and at Midwest Comprehensible. Here’s a link to their prezi. If anyone has a chance to see the team present it is well worth it. They are lovely people, too.

    https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1N3tJxoh6XD5GOAQ2P4kdvl_I8GAyndqsmKVyhXz1XNM/edit#slide=id.p

      1. I just realized that Anna Gilcher is coming out here in a week and a half! To visit my classes! I cannot wait to see her now that I know she is doing this equity work. I will ask her to go out with me after school and talk about it! I hope to have a full report.

  3. Tina ask her to come to Portland and if she can, St. Louis as well when we meet with the equity team that is coming to Portland to present at Cascadia. I love the idea that this June conference will have as one its focus not just non-targeted work but also equity.

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