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The Metalanguage Mindset: The First Step to Disrupting Linguistic Bias and Building Connections in Multilingual Classrooms

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

The Metalanguage Mindset: The First Step to Disrupting Linguistic Bias and Building Connections in Multilingual Classrooms

Presented by Dr. Lillian Ardell, Founder, Language Matters; and Maya Goodall, Chief Marketing Officer, CORE Learning

Sponsored by CORE Learning

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Words matter—especially in the classroom. When teachers and students come from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds, the language we choose can become a bridge. Our classrooms are vibrant communities where diverse languages and cultures meet. Recognizing and leveraging this diversity helps us understand and meet the needs of multilingual students and strengthens trust and connection between the student and teacher. The first step to creating the bridge is awareness.

How can you develop this awareness? It begins with adopting a metalanguage mindset. Join CORE Learning’s Maya Goodall for a conversation with Dr. Lillian Ardell, founder of Language Matters, as they discuss the power of the metalanguage mindset for teachers in language-diverse classrooms and how small changes in how we talk and listen can make a big difference.

In this first session of CORE Learning’s Structured Literacy and Language Diversity Week: Spring ’24 Series, learn how a metalanguage mindset can help you:

  • Connect Deeply with Students: Learn how to consciously use language that positively frames linguistic diversity as an asset.
  • Identify and Reduce Biases: Spot and mitigate unconscious linguistic biases to create a more fair and welcoming classroom.
  • Implement Inclusive Teaching Practices: Ensure every student receives the instruction they need and deserve.

This edWebinar will be of interest to PreK-12 teachers, school leaders, and district leaders. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.

Lillian Ardell

About the Presenters

Dr. Lillian Ardell is a trailblazer in bilingual education who is deeply committed to changing how we teach languages. She started her career as an Amigos de las Americas corps member, where she improved her Spanish in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. This experience sparked her lifelong dedication to language advocacy. After studying Latin American studies and Spanish literature at Boston University, she tackled the challenges of English-only policies with the goal of pushing for effective multilingual education.

Dr. Ardell spent eight impactful years in New York City’s South Bronx as both a classroom teacher and a biliteracy coach. She has also dedicated over a decade to applied linguistics, studying how teachers perceive language and its influence on learning. Now, Dr. Ardell directs, a platform she founded to enhance literacy education for multilingual learners globally. Her efforts are redefining traditional practices and introducing innovative strategies that leverage the unique linguistic backgrounds of students.

Maya Goodall

Maya Valencia Goodall is a visionary entrepreneur in education who brings over two decades of expertise to the intersection of bilingual literacy, language acquisition, and educational technology. As Co-founder of OL&LA at CORE Learning, her focus is on developing literacy professional development that seamlessly integrates structured literacy with second language acquisition to help educators deliver equitable literacy instruction to all learners. Her expertise spans educational theory, LX design, and practical classroom application, always with a focus on honoring students’ diverse language backgrounds and experiences.

Before CORE Learning, Maya co-founded Lingual Learning, a curriculum company committed to empowering students to become confidently bilingual. This venture was later acquired by Rosetta Stone/Lexia Learning, where Maya and team developed the award-winning program, Lexia English—recognized for using speech recognition technology and culturally relevant avatars with authentic accents to immerse students in English learning through conversation. Maya’s academic background, a Master of Arts in education AND a Master of Education in applied linguistics, lays the foundation for her innovative educational solutions dedicated to equity and intersectionality.

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CORE Learning

For 25+ years, CORE has pioneered evidence-based and research-grounded professional learning experiences and school supports that equip educators with the tools they need to advance rigorous instruction, high-quality materials, and effective assessments. CORE partners with educators to strengthen the foundations of teaching and learning, ensuring all students experience a rigorous, relevant, and inclusive public education.


Language Matters

Inclusive Teaching, Diverse Learning

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