This switch to remote learning has given rise to many questions. Outside of sending home work packets, what are different ways for families to supporting learning at home? Specifically for our MLL/ELL families, what are culturally responsive ways that we can support learning at home? In this national panel discussion, hear from teachers across the country about creative and innovative ways to engage MLL/ELL families as partners in learning.
Sara Arranz: A native of Valladolid, Spain, Sara came to the District of Columbia with a wealth of teaching experience. She has worked as an educator in London, England, and in Asturias, Spain, and Washington, D.C. Sara has dedicated her life to education, but more significantly to ensuring equity for students who might otherwise be underserved. Sara has just been awarded by the Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs (MOLA) Hispanic Heritage Month SOMOS Awards 2019-2020, which celebrates outstanding individuals and organizations committed to serving the Latino community and improving the lives of D.C. residents through the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.
Jamey Olney: For the past 25 years, Jamey has taught grades K-8 and has served as an instructional coach and school administrator in underserved communities throughout Northern California. She currently teaches 7th and 8th grade English Language Development at Glick Middle School, a CA League of Middle Schools School to Watch. She serves as the English Language Development site coordinator, founded and coordinates the Young Men and Women Empowerment mentor program, and advises the Hispanic Youth Leadership Council. In 2019-2020, she served as a California Teach Plus Policy Fellow and was recognized as a 2020 California League of Middle Schools Educator of the Year.
Sarah Webb: Sarah Webb is the Senior Curriculum Designer for Multilingual Learners for the Humanities Department of Great Minds. Before joining Great Minds, she was a middle school English learner teacher and instructional coach. She has a masters degree in Literacy from the University of Dayton where she also taught pre-service teachers as an adjunct instructor.
Margaret Marcus: Dr. Margaret S. Marcus (moderator), is currently a Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, and the Director of the World Language program. She co-manages the EL Virtual Learning Forum with Conor Williams as a consultant with The Century Foundation.