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Building From Strengths: Centering Multilingual Learners’ Cultures and Language Practices

Tuesday, September 19, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

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Presented by Dr. Luz Yadira Herrera, Author, Assistant Professor of Bilingual Education, California State University Channel Islands; and Dr. Giselle Carpio-Williams, Senior Director of Content and Multilingual Advancement, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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Join Dr. Luz Yadira Herrera and Dr. Giselle Carpio-Williams for a learning session and discussion about honoring and building upon multilingual learners’ existing strengths. They provide actionable information and practical strategies for instruction that starts with strengths.

Viewers can expect a collaborative discussion on:

  • Recognizing the value of and creating space for students’ critical multilingual literacies
  • The importance of the Three T’s—Topics, Texts, and Translanguaging
  • Strategies and practical examples for incorporating these practices for elementary, middle, and high school teachers

This recorded edLeader Panel is of interest to teachers and school leaders of the elementary through high school grades.

Luz Yadira Herrera

About the Presenters

Luz Yadira Herrera, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Bilingual Education at California State University Channel Islands. Dr. Herrera’s teaching and research are in culturally and linguistically sustaining pedagogy, translanguaging, critical pedagogies, and bilingual education policy. She is the co-author of En Comunidad: Lessons for Centering the Voices and Experiences of Bilingual Latinx Students and The Translanguaging Collections: Affirming Bilingual and Multilingual Learners Handbook, and co-founder of the En Comunidad Collective with Dr. Carla España.

Giselle Carpio-Williams

A lifelong educator, Dr. Giselle Carpio-Williams is committed to supporting educational excellence for all students, with a passion for elevating multilingual learners. She began as an educator and advocate for multilingual learners in a dual-language school, followed by roles in coaching and leadership. Dr. Carpio-Williams earned her doctorate in educational leadership with her research emphasis on English language learners. Her current role as Senior Director of Content and Multilingual Advancement at HMH combines her passion for elevating multilingual students with her knowledge of educational trends to inform schools’ selections of programs that support success for all students.

Dr. Carpio-Williams is the Founder and Co-chair of the Employee Resource Group HMH Unidos, which focuses on the education, professional growth, and celebration of employees who identify as Latinx and/or Hispanic. She is a frequent speaker at educational and diversity conferences; her most recent presentation was Ensuring Educational Equity for Multilinguals at the NABE conference.

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