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Responsive Schooling for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST

Responsive Schooling for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students

Presented by Dr. Debbie Zacarian, Founder, Zacarian & Associates
Moderated by Carol Chambers Collins, Editor, Norton Books in Education

Sponsored by Norton Books in Education

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This edWebinar looks at the big picture in what we teach so that it matches who we teach and is inclusive, responsive, and sustaining for our dynamically diverse student populations. It highlights the urgency to put just as much emphasis on students and their families’ home and community languages and cultures to honor and promote their identities, self-value and worth, and current and future contributions so they can flourish in school and their lives. Our interactive approach engages participants in using practices that reinforce mutual trust, value and competence in online, in-person, and hybrid settings.

Viewers will collaboratively explore research perspectives and K-12, higher education, service learning, and community examples to be able to:

  • Draw from a research-based perspective in seeing the urgent need to move away from a teaching approach that uses an overfocus on academic language
  • Become more aware of the central tenets of culturally responsive teaching that infuse sociocultural consciousness and caring for students into all that we do
  • Practice using tools to create a balanced approach in which students’ home languages and cultures are seen as foundational for learning and where students’ interactions and contributions, and lots of them, are key for successful learning

This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to K-12 teachers and school and district leaders. 


Debbie ZacarianAbout the Presenters

Dr. Debbie Zacarian, Founder of Zacarian & Associates, is known for her expertise in strengths-based leadership, instructional practices, and partnerships with culturally and linguistically diverse student and family populations. With over three decades of combined experience as a district administrator, university faculty member, and educational service agency leader, she has been providing professional development throughout the United States. She has written many books, more than 100 journal articles, and district and state policies focused on leadership and instructional practices with diverse learners—including English learners, academic language learners, and students living with adversity. She is the co-author of Responsive Schooling for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students (co-written with Dr. Ivannia Soto).


Carol Chambers CollinsAbout the Moderator

Carol Chambers Collins has been in education publishing for three decades, building notable lists in literacy, social-emotional learning, and teacher research for several leading presses. Since 2017 she has continued the work of bringing excellent resources to teachers and school leaders at Norton Professional Books, which feels like the editorial home she has been seeking all along. The daughter of a teacher and a musician, and a Manhattan native, Carol now lives with her mediator/professor/musician husband in South Salem, NY. When not reading a proposal or editing a manuscript, she can be found playing string quartets, gardening, cooking, bird watching, or attempting approximations of yoga poses.


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Wednesday, January 27, 2021
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST
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