Leveraging the Linguistic and Cultural Strengths of Recently Arrived Multilingual Learners
This presentation is a workshop for educators who support recently arrived multilingual learners, also known as Newcomers. Using research on best practices, participants will engage in hands-on activities to build cultural competence to strategically welcome Newcomers into our schools, leverage their linguistic and cultural strengths, and support them in learning content and language simultaneously. Participants will walk away with high-yield strategies for welcoming Newcomers and their families into the school community; a deeper understanding of ways to get to know their students’ linguistic and cultural strengths and backgrounds; the conversational capacity to address colleagues’ misconceptions regarding the education of recently arrived students; and a comprehensive plan to welcome, know, and support the Newcomers in their own learning environments.
Dr. Jo Hawke is an English Language Development Partner with Tulsa Public Schools and also currently teaches online master’s degree classes in literacy for The College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY. She has been in education for 25 years, teaching high school English for 20 years and then working with K-12 multilingual learners as an English Language Specialist. Dr. Hawke holds a Ph.D. in literacy from St. John’s University, New York, NY; an M.Ed. in TESOL from Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA; and a B.A. in English, journalism and communications from Averett University, Danville, VA. Her research is generally focused at the intersection of language, literacy, and culture—especially in the areas of culturally responsive pedagogy, multiliteracies, teacher efficacy, language acquisition and connecting current research with classroom practices.