Cultural and Linguistic Competency: Strategies for Establishing a Learning Environment Based on Students’ Needs

Culture and linguistic competency (CLC) among teachers and staff who work with students who are English language learners (ELL), or from other diverse backgrounds, is an especially important concern within neglect, delinquent, or at-risk education programs.

During this Webinar, Dr. Carlos Rodriguez, Principal Research Scientist at the American Institutes for Research,  discusses effective approaches for increasing engagement among youth from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds and the related barriers. He shares ideas on how to prepare and steer students toward an achievement pathway. Dr. Rodriguez also advises on how learning environments can be created that are attuned and sensitive to students’ needs.

Ms. Ana Diaz-Booz, Principal, School of International Business, Kearny High School Complex in San Diego, California, then discusses the implementation of approaches used to remedy issues related to both ELL and CLC. She describes the demographics within her school and the mechanisms that are in place, and outlines the strategies that her school used to remove the obstacles hindering students’ educational growth and opportunity. Ms. Diaz-Booz identifies the types of approaches for which certain strategies would be best suited.

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Related Topics

Safe & Supportive Learning Environments
Teaching & Learning

Resource Date

August 2011