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Tuesday, March 23 • 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Opening General Session - Educating Multilingual Learners: Whole-School and Classroom-Based Instructional Strategies - Keynote Speaker: Jim Cummins

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The causes of underachievement among multilingual and minoritized students go beyond simply a mismatch between the language of the home and the language of the school. It is obviously essential that schools support students in learning the language of instruction and catching up academically. However, it is equally important that schools respond to (a) socioeconomic factors that potentially limit academic success, and (b) the devaluation of students’ identities that results from societal stereotypes and racism in the wider society.
International research has highlighted seven sets of overlapping instructional strategies that respond directly to the causes of educational disadvantage among linguistically diverse, socially disadvantaged, and marginalized students. These strategies together, instituted across the entire school, provide high challenge and contextualized support for all learners:
• Scaffold comprehension and production of language
• Reinforce academic language across the curriculum
• Engage students’ multilingual repertoires
• Maximize literacy engagement.
• Connect with students’ lives and the knowledge, culture and language of their communities
• Decolonize instruction by means of transformative (culturally sustaining) pedagogies
• Affirm students’ identities by enabling them to use their language and literacy skills to carry out powerful intellectual and creative academic work

The presentation will discuss these instructional strategies and ways that schools can develop school-based language policies that support all students in academic learning.

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Miguel Cardona

US Secretary of Education, US Department of Education
Dr. MIguel Cardona is the newly appointed U.S. Secretary of Education. Prior to this, Cardona served as the Connecticut commissioner of education from 2019 to 2021. He was confirmed by the United States Senate by a vote of 64–33 on March 1, 2021.[1]. A native of Meriden, Connec... Read More →
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Dr. Jim Cummins

Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto
Jim Cummins is a Professor Emeritus at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. His research focuses on literacy development in educational contexts characterized by linguistic diversity. In numerous articles and books he has explored the nature... Read More →

Tuesday March 23, 2021 3:00pm - 3:45pm PDT
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