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Crafting Linguistic Autobiographies to Build Cultural Knowledge

Crafting Linguistic Autobiographies to Build Cultural Knowledge
May 5, 2022 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EDT
1 hour
Grade Level Grades K-12, Professional Development


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Language and literacy can be broad and deep, spanning academic, social and emotional aspects. Join Anne Harper Charity Hudley, Christine Mallinson, Kimberly Bigelow and Rachel Samuels for a research-based, interactive session to help you engage in conversations about language and culture, and to identify with your students. This session will help you craft your linguistic autobiography and guide your students and colleagues to create theirs so you can richly engage with each other about your linguistic and literary heritages.

We will work on crafting our linguistic autobiographies to build cultural and linguistic knowledge in our schools and communities and to encourage others to share the linguistic and cultural richness we all bring to our learning communities.

This webinar is for teachers of all grade levels and subject areas. It is suggested you view this session before the two related webinars, “Culture and Communication Matter: Affirm and Uplift Students Through a Language and Literacy Equity Audit” and “The Sound of Inclusion: Using Poetry to Teach Language Variation in the Elementary Grades.”

This webinar is part of the AFT's Reading Opens the World initiative. Find more resources and webinars in this community.

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Available for one-hour of PD credit. A certificate of completion will be available for download at the end of your session that you can submit for your school's or district's approval.

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Kimberly has been an educator for sixteen years and currently works in an elementary public school as an assistant principal of literacy in Washington, DC. Kimberly has an M.Ed. in Elementary Education and a Post-graduate certificate in Educational Leadership and Administration, both from The George Washington University. Kimberly is endorsed in elementary education (1-5), special education (PK-12), and educational leadership and administration (K-12). Kim’s areas of interest are in early literacy acquisition, and equity, inclusion, and diversity. Kimberly is currently enrolled as a doctoral student in Educational Leadership and Administration.

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Rachel works in a public school as an elementary literacy and student support specialist. Rachel has an MAEd in Reading, Language, and Literacy and a BA in Linguistics and Elementary Education, both from the College of William & Mary. Rachel is endorsed in elementary education (PreK-6), teaching English to speakers of other languages (K-12), and as a reading specialist (K-12). In 2017, she earned the distinction of National Board Certified Teacher in Early and Middle Childhood Literacy. Rachel was honored as the Virginia State Reading Association’s 2019 Reading Teacher of the Year. Rachel’s interest areas are the interface between literacy and linguistics, multi-tiered systems of support, and school improvement.



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2 Reviews
This webinar was HIGHLY informative, I learned so much from watching it and even took away some cool activities that I can implement with students. I also realized that I was already introducing linguistic autobiographies with students without realizing that's what it was, and gaining that perspective and knowledge is really cool. Thank you to the speakers!
JaMeelah Williams
May 28, 2022
Awesome Autobiography Ideas
I am always interested in my student's feeling about mathematics. Many have strong positive and strong negative feelings. I would like to ask my students to do a math autobiography or maybe a word box with their words they use most.
May 05, 2022

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