ECIS ESLMT Conference Copenhagen (2-5 March, 2017)
"The Power of Multilingual Classrooms in International Education: Implications for Curriculum Design, Teaching and Learning" 
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Friday, March 3 • 13:30 - 14:30
Literacy Initiative Designed to Bring Multiliteracies and a Sense of Identity Into Elementary Classrooms FILLING

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As a highly diverse and multicultural international school with 80% non-native English speaking students and a robust Mother Tongue program, NIST introduced a literacy initiative designed to bring multiliteracies and a sense of identity into our elementary classrooms through the lens of reading and writing. With the support of a Literacy Coach and visiting experts, we reviewed our current practice from Early Years to Year 6 and found opportunities for translanguaging, identity mapping, and exploring culturally relevant texts that offer mirrors, windows, and doors for children to see themselves in the world around them. By redesigning our approach to reading and writing workshop, we systematically uncovered the cultural and linguistic assets that our multilingual students bring to the classroom, making the learning experience more authentic and responsive for all students.The success of this project relied on the successful collaboration between homeroom and specialist teachers, school leadership and our parent community.

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Margo Gottlieb

Margo Gottlieb, Ph.D., is co-founder and lead developer of WIDA at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, University of Wisconsin-Madison, a consortium of 39 state education agencies in the US and 270 international schools worldwide. Over the last decade she has engaged in the... Read More →

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Sara K. Ahmed

Elementary Literacy Coach, NIST International School
Literacy CoachNIST International
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Beth Queeney-Dressler

Deputy Head of Elementary/PYP Coordinator, NIST International School
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Kristin Simmers

Elementary EAL Team Leader & Teacher, NIST International School
Kristin Simmers is an advocate for all learners and believes teachers deserve access to the best evidence-based pedagogy to support inclusion and neurodiversity in our schools. Kristin holds an M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction, M.S in Elementary Education, as well as several teaching... Read More →

Friday March 3, 2017 13:30 - 14:30 CET