Through the Lens of Social Justice
July 17–21, 2017
Beth Wassell, Pamela Wesely, and Cassandra Glynn
Teaching for and about social justice positively influences all students, yet social justice education can be challenging to integrate into the language classroom. In the first part of this institute, participants will examine the principles of social justice education and identify ways that these principles can support our standards, objectives, and targeted skills in contemporary foreign language education. This discussion and reflection will help teachers to identify their own interests and strengths in becoming language educators for social justice.
In the second part of the institute, the participants will build on this foundation to adapt, develop, and create learning opportunities for their foreign language students. A collaborative, creative set of experiences will help participants go from big ideas to activities and assessments for their classroom, all while teaching for and about social justice.
You will learn how to:
- Identify and describe basic principles of social justice education;
- Create a classroom environment that fosters social justice education;
- Design original foreign language units that integrate topics of social justice;
- Adapt textbooks and other classroom materials to incorporate social justice principles; and
- Engage in self-assessment and reflection regarding social justice education.
Cassandra Glynn is assistant professor and director of the Master of Education in World Language Instruction at Concordia College. Prior to working in teacher education, she taught middle and high school German and French in Minnesota and North Dakota.
Beth Wassell is professor in the Department of Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Education at Rowan University in New Jersey. Prior to her work in teacher education, she worked as a Spanish teacher at the high school, elementary and community college levels.
Pamela Wesely is associate professor of Foreign Language and ESL Education at the University of Iowa. Her research addresses the K–12 world language classroom and its stakeholders. She was previously a middle school French teacher for eight years.
Target Audience: Elementary to postsecondary foreign language teachers, immersion educators, English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers, and teacher educators. This institute is NOT intended for ESL teachers.