Community Building with ENL Students and Families
October 14, 2022
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
5 hours CTLE
Location: Stuyvesant Plaza Tower 4 - Room 407
Facilitator: Tracy Sangaré, NBCT, ENL Teacher, North Colonie CSD
Affirming and welcoming classrooms are built with intention. This professional development will focus on how we create a welcoming environment and build community in our classrooms. There will be a focus on affirming classrooms for ENL students to build relationships that support a sense of connection and belonging, social-emotional wellbeing and academic engagement and growth. We will also discuss strategies for welcoming ENL families in a proactive, positive manner that allows educators to draw upon their “funds of knowledge” to integrate family and community assets into the classroom. Educators will leave with a repertoire of practices to create more humanizing, engaging learning environments that help ENL students build stronger connections to both community and curriculum.
Participants will leave with strategies and practices to build community with ENL students, support ENL students developing positive peer relationships and build a classroom community that is welcoming, inclusive and affirming for all learners.
Participants will understand the importance of clear, supportive and effective communication with parents and families to support the learning and wellbeing of ENL students.
Participants will learn strategies to welcome families’ cultural funds knowledge into the classroom to enrich all students’ learning in positive, affirming ways without resorting to tokenization.
Participants will learn strategies to create a welcoming school environment for ENL students and their families.