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Fall 2016 Course news

FALL COURSE INFO

The design for the fall course is still in progress. The working title is: “Language and Culture in Schools and Schooling: A Glocal Perspective.”  It’s going to be slightly different from the other courses in that it will feature multicultural book/film circles and lots of guest speakers. Of course there will still be a community involved component. We will be involved with some local and statewide programs addressing resettlement, integration, and linking “integration of newcomers” to larger issues of inclusion and excellence for all students.  The GC team will be reviewing the work GC participants have done so far –and analyzing the areas that seem to need attention.  These identified areas will inform some of the assignments.

We are going to welcome back members who took Teaching Multilingual Learners and split the large cohort into two groups: Nashua & Manchester/Concord.  During the weeks that Nashua is meeting as whole class, Manchester/Concord will meet in PLCs and vice versa. When Manchester/Concord is meeting as a whole class, Nashua will be meeting as PLCs.

Manchester/Concord classes will meet in Manchester. Hope this makes life easier for folks. And maybe sometimes, this cohort can meet in Concord!

I will be starting a reading list by the end of May and will be taking suggestions for films and books for the literature/film circles.  You can expect to read 2 books and view 2 films (minimum).  If people have some titles they’d like to recommend and lead a discussion on, that would be fantastic! We’ll also be reading and discussing articles/policy briefs on integration policies, intercultural citizenship, and community-school partnerships.  The “glocal perspective” in the subtitle of the course means that will be thinking about how our local stories/contexts match up against global stories and contexts.  We’ll be thinking about how to value local knowledge while also valuing global awareness.

There will be fewer graded assignments — hope that makes life easier for folks. As always, people will be encouraged to work collaboratively on projects.

Looking forward to it!


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