Teaching Language, Culture and Diversity

Connecting, rethinking, and learning virtually

Online teaching has changed the way we do education. Students still need one thing whether they are virtual or in person: authentic relationships. Educators set the tone in the building, classroom, and on the computer. Yes, you can establish a true connection through camera. This article "Online teaching can be culturally responsive" echos our Departments belief that in order for students to learn, you have to be culturally responsive. 

Family Engagement is key

This article "Rethinking Family Engagement During School Closures" 

ELL and ELD Distance Learning. 
Here are just a few resources for teachers that are working with EL students online:

"National Hispanic Heritage Month traditionally honors the cultures and contributions of both Hispanic and Latino Americans as we celebrate heritage rooted in all Latin American countries."

You can view resources for the National website here 

For more information on our local Utah Chamber of Commerce, you can visit the website. 

Please share with our department how you are honoring the various cultures in Latino Heritage. 

“School Thanksgiving activities often mean dressing children in “Indian” headdresses and paper feathers as they sing “My Country ’Tis of Thee” or “Mr. Turkey.” Some teachers might even ask their students to draw themselves as Native Americans from the past, complete with feather-adorned headbands and buckskin clothing. These activities might seem friendly and fun, unless you are aware of how damaging this imagery is to perceptions of contemporary Native peoples. This imagery contributes to the indoctrination of American youth into a false narrative that relegates indigenous peoples to the past and turns real human beings into costumes for a few days a year. It’s not just bad pedagogy; it’s socially irresponsible. Teaching about Thanksgiving in a socially responsible way means that educators accept the ethical obligation to provide students with accurate information and to reject traditions that sustain harmful stereotypes about indigenous peoples. Thankfully, there are excellent online resources that can help educators interested in disrupting the hegemonic Thanksgiving story.” You can find ideas at: Teaching Thanksgiving in a socially responsible way

From the WIDA website. 
Updated Parent/Guardian Resources
WIDA has five new or refreshed flyers that you can share with parents, guardians, and families. These flyers, available in 13 languages, can be found in the Resource Library on the WIDA website, and on the Family Engagement page.
  • *NEW* What is Language Testing? – This flyer explains what language testing is, and why language testing is important to help students build academic English language skills.
  • Explaining ELL Status – This flyer explains to families what it means to be identified as an English language learner, how their child was identified, and what the family should expect in terms of assessment and instructional support.
  • What is ACCESS for ELLs? – This handout helps parents and families understand the ACCESS for ELLs assessment and its components. It replaces the ACCESS for ELLs and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Parent Handouts.
  • ACCESS for ELLs: Understanding Your Child's Scores – This flyer, which replaces the Parent Guide for ACCESS for ELLs Score Reports, helps parents and families understand the Individual Student Report in a more comprehensible format.
  • The Alternate ACCESS for ELLs: Understanding Your Child's Scores flyer replaces the Parent Guide for Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Score Reports and presents the information in the Individual Student Report in a more comprehensible format.
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