International Consortium for Multilingual Excellence in Education | Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education | College of Education and Human Sciences | University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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- [00:00:06.277]I used to think the deficits were with my students because they didn't know English. Now I know the deficits were mine because I didn't know how to support them.
- [00:00:13.727]My practice has changed!
- [00:00:15.767]This is the best professional development I've participated in for over 20 years.
I know what microaggression is now, and I will work hard to ensure my students have a safe space.
- [00:00:24.907]Watching the available videos on teaching multilingual learners gave me a different perspective on effective teaching techniques.
- [00:00:31.727]I've learned how to implement my learning in a simple yet impactful way.
- [00:00:35.337]My students will be better off from the mind-shifts I have made.
- [00:00:38.917]I feel strengthened and empowered!
- [00:00:41.188]These are quotes from people who have participated in our eWorkshops, and are a great way to introduce you to our work.
- [00:00:47.508]Hi! I’m Kara Mitchell-Viesca, and associate professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the leader of the ICMEE project.
- [00:00:53.288]We would like to introduce you to ICMEE, the International Consortium for Multilingual Excellence in Education, and the professional learning experiences we've created.
- [00:01:04.198]With this introduction, we hope you'll understand more about our work, what we have created, and how it might be beneficial for you.
- [00:01:13.098]Multilingual learners have unique pathways of learning that are different from their monolingual peers, and yet, too often, our teaching is grounded in monolingual practices.
- [00:01:20.928]Home languages are often neglected in classrooms, even though they are an important foundation for multilingual student learning in both content and language.
- [00:01:30.108]Our eWorkshops are fundamentally about enhancing, supporting, and expanding multilingualism for all multilingual students, and embracing the unique learning assets they bring to the classroom, and we've had great success doing this!
- [00:02:01.510]Just like we operate on the notion that students bring important assets to the classroom for learning, we believe that teachers do too.
- [00:02:06.909]Therefore, we've developed learning opportunities for teachers that are grounded in furthering their understanding, knowledge, and skills for working with multilingual students.
- [00:02:14.849]This professional learning development uses teacher agency, leadership, and collaboration.
- [00:02:19.905]In our eWorkshops, teacher agency is important. We have provided tools and information for you to explore, and then try ways to make that information work best for you in your professional practice.
- [00:02:30.325]However, we know that you are the expert in your classroom. We can't sit here at the University and pretend to tell you what is best for you and your students
- [00:02:37.195]We encourage you to use your agency to find the most beneficial learning path through the eWorkshop that matters most to you, and will be most beneficial for you and your students.
- [00:02:47.325]Teacher agency in our eWorkshops has led to strong learning outcomes for teachers across the US. One teacher commented, "I don't think of myself so much as just a math teacher now.
- [00:02:56.675]My awareness has been heightened as to the impact that language has while we are working on math."
- [00:03:01.965]Because our eWorkshops are fundamentally designed to support, enhance, and rely on teacher agency, leadership, and collaboration, our eWorkshops are not a traditional type of professional development.
- [00:03:13.555]We have created and curated high-quality multi-media resources and organized them in a way to ensure that each participant can find their own meaningful path forward, while still contributing to the broader learning of the professional learning community.
- [00:03:26.147]Each eWorkshop is organized into six modules with content and learning activities to support the development of a response to the eWorkshop essential question
- [00:03:34.937]Each of the six modules follows a three-part learning cycle that provides a flexible learning path for each eWorkshop participant to answer the guiding question for the module.
- [00:03:44.477]We start with the Explore, where new ideas and content are shared, and then move to Make It Work, where participants are given opportunities to put the ideas from Explore into practice.
- [00:03:55.269]We've designed activities for you to try or tweak, but we also offer you the opportunity to design your own Make It Work approach.
- [00:04:01.639]Finally, eWorkshop participants share their work with their professional learning community, and engage in collaborative conversation about the learning in each module. With this approach to professional learning, teachers are in charge of their own learning.
- [00:04:16.119]This is your chance to have agency, provide leadership, and to learn in collaboration with a group of your peers.
- [00:04:22.715]Even though this learning takes place in an online platform, teachers can collectively work together.
- [00:04:27.695]There are opportunities to ask questions of each other, problem solve together, and share ideas to benefit the practices of all teachers involved.
- [00:04:35.655]Teachers are not working alone in this learning process. Therefore, as a participant, please plan to work on the agreed upon timeline for doing the various components of the eWorkshop.
- [00:04:45.565]By sticking to that timeline, you will be able to provide your leadership to support the learning of others, as well as be a great collaborator and learn from the leadership provided by your peers.
- [00:04:56.250]Our eWorkshops provide the opportunity for teachers to grow with the material together. For this reason, we have deliberately set up the online courses without an instructor, or even someone who is responsible for facilitating the online threaded discussions.
- [00:05:13.320]We believe that you, with your peers, are the best leaders of your learning. Therefore, ICMEE is not here to tell you the answer because there's probably not just one right answer anyway
- [00:05:26.530]The right answer is what is best for you and your students in your classroom-something you're best poised to discover through taking agency and leadership in your professional learning, while also working in collaboration with your peers.
- [00:05:40.976]iHola! And welcome to ICMEE, a new professional learning. We are eager to work with you,
- [00:05:46.946]and we hope that you have a strong learning experience that will grow your professional expertise to work with multilingual students today and into the future.
- [00:05:56.086]Esperamos que les guste esta experiencia.
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