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Partnering for Progress: Parents and Educators Advancing Equitable Global Learning for All

It is only through this type of stakeholder collaboration that we will be able to build our leaders of tomorrow.
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Partnering for Progress: Parents and Educators Advancing Equitable Global Learning for All

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Jul 22, 4:00 PM EDT
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Language learning must be a central part of program models that create global citizens. In this conversation, parents, educators, and administrators will discuss the ways we can best engage young learners in language learning that helps yield global perspective. It is only through this type of stakeholder collaboration that we will be able to build our leaders of tomorrow.  

MEET THE PANELISTS:

MICHELLE OLAH

President, NNELL 

Michelle is a passionate advocate for early language learners and is the current President for NNELL (National Network for Early Language Learning). She is also currently serving as a SCOLT (Southern Conference on Language Teaching) board member and works as the Lead Instructional Strategist for Professional Development at Wayside Publishing where she supports secondary teachers with professional development and instructional design to positively impact student language learning. Michelle is also a frequent presenter at state, regional and national world language conferences where she enjoys connecting and collaborating with world language educators.

PAULA NINO KEHR

Co-Founder and Co-Host of Entre Dos Podcast 

Paula Niño Kehr is the co-founder and co-host of Entre Dos Podcast, a podcast for parents raising bilingual children. A native of Colombia, she is passionate about passing on her language and culture to her daughter. Currently, Paula is a freelance writer in Houston, Texas.

MONIKA Z. LEAL

Co-Founder and Co-Host of Entre Dos Podcast 

Monika Z. Leal is the co-founder and co-host of Entre Dos, a podcast about raising bilingual children. She is an award-winning journalist and librarian in Miami, FL, where she is raising a bilingual, bicultural daughter

KRISSY BROWN

Principal of the Mount Rose K-8 School of Languages, Reno, NV

Ms. Brown is currently the Principal of the Mount Rose K-8 School of Languages, a National Blue Ribbon dual-immersion school in Washoe County School District in Reno, Nevada.  She  has maintained and grown her dual-immersion program by seeking community partners that understand the benefits of learning language in the primary grades.  Ms. Brown is an advocate for early language and dual language education and has attended multiple world language professional conferences throughout the United States to grow her understanding of second language acquisition. She  is also an active member of ATDLE (Association of Two-Way and Dual Language Education).  Ms. Brown implemented AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) at her school three years ago to strengthen the instruction in the dual-immersion classrooms.  Her students are now participating in college and career exploration using their target language.  Because of the rigorous instruction at her school, parents have consistently placed their children on waiting lists to get a spot in her school. She is a passionate advocate for early language learning and a role model for other dual language and early language programs.

BARBARA BARNETT

K-5 Department Head for World Languages, Wellesley Public Schools, MA

Bárbara Barnett is an avid believer that every child can and should learn more than one language.  All children have the right to access high-quality language instruction; regardless of learning styles, achievement levels, race/ethnic origin, socioeconomic status, home language, or future academic goals.  Bárbara has been teaching and leading professional growth for over twenty years, in Kindergarten to 12th-grade world language programs.  Committed and passionate about giving back to the profession, Bárbara frequently presents on various topics relating to elementary world language education such as social justice, curriculum development, best practices, proficiency journey, and student engagement.

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