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Cultivating Belonging for Multilingual Learners
Wednesday, October 25, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
Presented by Denise Soler Cox, Activist Filmmaker, Podcaster, Speaker, and Author
Moderated by Cassandra Wheeler, Director of Lexia LETRS® State Success, Lexia Learning
Sponsored by Lexia Learning
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Our emergent bilingual and multilingual students face challenges in English-speaking classrooms their monolinguals peers might not—academically, socially, and emotionally. It’s imperative that educators ensure all students feel welcome and included at school.
For Denise Soler Cox, co-producing and co-directing the award-winning film Being Eñye revealed a foundational truth: Belonging is a universal human need. Worldwide audience reaction to Being Eñye reinforced that the desire to belong, feel included, and valued is not limited to a group or minority. It is a desire in the hearts of everyone. What began as her personal project became a crusade to positively impact individuals, companies, and communities. Project Eñye has one single and simple purpose… to transform how we think and speak about culture, identity and what it means to belong.
In this session, viewers heard directly from Denise, gaining insight into her research-driven program, which emphasizes why belonging matters to us personally and collectively, and walked away with a blueprint that improves lives and relationships, as well as special access to watch the emotional documentary Being Eñye.
This edWebinar was of interest to PreK-12 teachers, ELL and ESOL specialists, librarians, school and district leaders, and education technology leaders.
This edWebinar was part of Emergent Bilingual Week: A New Era in Multilingualism.
This five-day event, October 23rd – 27th was designed to inspire educators and leaders in service of our 5 million+ multilingual students across the country. Our expert-led panel discussions brought you the latest research, strategies, and tools to celebrate the assets every student brings to the classroom.
About the Presenter
Denise Soler Cox is an award-winning activist filmmaker, top podcaster, speaker, and author. She has spoken on hundreds of stages and worked with major brands like Microsoft, Starbucks, and L’Oréal to name a few. Denise’s work with Project Eñye has been featured on NBC Nightly News, Forbes.com, and CNN, among others. She is a distinguished member of the Stanford Latino Leaders Entrepreneur Program and was honored with the 2018 Bridge Builder Award in Education from the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Denise is currently producing her second feature-length documentary and writing a book on belonging.
About the Moderator
Cassandra Wheeler completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham before returning home to Montgomery Public Schools and beginning her career as an educator at Morningview Elementary School. After earning her master’s degree and administrative certification, Cassandra joined the Alabama Reading Initiative, where she authored Alabama’s Reading First Initiative grant and managed Alabama’s statewide DIBELS® pilot. After serving the children of Alabama for 10 years, Cassandra expanded her outreach to impact students everywhere by joining the (then) Voyager Expanded Learning organization and, finally, Lexia®, where she serves as the first Director of Lexia LETRS® State Success.
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Lexia®, a Cambium Learning Group company, is the Structured Literacy expert. For nearly 40 years, the company has focused solely on literacy, and today provides science of reading-based solutions for both students and educators. With robust offerings for differentiated instruction, personalized learning, assessment, and professional learning, Lexia helps more learners read, write, and speak with confidence. For more information, visit www.lexialearning.com.