As the demography of international schools continues to change with the result that every classroom has more multilingual learners of varying language proficiencies than ever before, it is necessary to rethink paradigms, programs, and practices of the past so that all school leaders and teachers develop responsive mindsets and actions. First and foremost is the need for EAL specialists to shift from ‘fixers of learners to coaches of teachers’ in order to build and sustain asset-focused Pre-K through 12 classrooms where language learners’ ‘funds of knowledge’ are a part of everyday instruction and assessment. These four sessions recap ‘success’ variables for multilingual learners.
Multilingual Learners’ Advocacy Rubric (provided by Dr. Rojas)
Leans into the macro-paradigm shifts of what is termed in the research The Multilingual Turn to consider resultant micro-changes impacting the success of elite multilinguals in international-school settings (and understanding why now needs to be different than before)
Jumps into the principles of CLIL – content and language integrated learning - where subjects are taught through a second language with dual-focused aims, namely the learning of content and the simultaneous acquisition of another language.
Deep dives into systemic functional linguistics (SFL) as a means for teaching academic language in PK-12 classrooms
Revisits instruction and assessment tools to scaffold multilingual learners’ achievement in high-challenge learning environments
Multilingual Learners’ Coaching Inventory (provided by Dr. Rojas)
Shares participants’ values, models, tools, and responsibilities of thinking and working like a coach in order to celebrate participants’ PEERS coaching goal and self-growth plan to build sustainable advocacy and capacity for change
  • Pre K-12 EAL teachers and school leaders interested in advocating and improving learning in a school with majority multilingual populations.
  • Pre K-12 classroom teachers with a passion for inquiring into multilingual learners’ school success or considering a career shift.
Dr. Rojas conducted professional development sessions, job-embedded coaching, and language-in-education program audits in over 350 international schools before ‘semi-retiring’ to live in Mexico in December 2020 where she teaches neighborhood children and adults to read in Spanish and English.

Dr. Rojas currently teaches the EAL certification program in partnership with the Teacher’s Training Center (https://www.theptc.org/eal-training-center). She was also a faculty member for the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD).

Before working internationally, Dr. Rojas was a bilingual teacher in New Jersey and New York, the Director of the Office of Bilingual Education for the New Jersey State Department of Higher Education, and one of the founders of the EAL international certification program for The College of New Jersey. She was inducted into the AAIE (Association for Advancement of International Education) Hall of Fame in February 2016.

13th, 20th, 27th April, 4th, 11th May 2023

Each session is for 2 hours.

Only 11th May session is for 90 minutes.

Mexico 5:00 am | New York 7:00 am | London 12:00 pm | Zurich 1:00 pm | Dubai 3:00 pm | India 4:30 pm
Hong Kong 7:00 pm | Melbourne 9:00 pm

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Note: This workshop will be not recorded
USD 500 Per Participant
INCLUDES: Certificate of Participation for 10 Professional Development hours.
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