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The Guiding Principles and the Critical Third Pillar: Sociocultural Competence

The Guiding Principles and the Critical Third Pillar: Sociocultural Competence

February 9, 2021

Why the change from cross-cultural understanding to sociocultural competence? Why not have a separate strand for sociocultural competence? This post takes a look at these questions through the lens of the 3 pillars of dual language (DL) education as expressed in the Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education, 3rd edition (Howard, et al., 2018). 

Sustainable Virtual PD for Educators of Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students

Sustainable Virtual PD for Educators of Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students

January 25, 2021

After nearly a year of facilitating online professional development for educators across the U.S., Canada, and in international schools, I have learned that figuring out online teaching tools is akin to the language learning experience itself. With enough practice, you gain confidence, proficiency, and get to interact with people you otherwise might not meet at home.

Fortunately for educators of linguistically and culturally diverse students, students can practice and apply all four language domains—reading, writing, listening, and speaking–using online technology.

How We Talk About Climate Change

How We Talk About Climate Change

October 5, 2020

There is an ideological war of words waging in America. The Power of Narrative: Climate Skepticism and the Deconstruction of Science, released October 1, 2020 by coauthors are Raul P. Lejano and CAL Board of Trustee, Shondel J. Nero, pulls from science and technology studies, narrative and discourse theory, and public policy to examine the strength of climate skepticism as a story, offering a thoughtful analysis and comparison of anti-climate science narratives over time and across geographic boundaries.