Attend our free webinars: Supporting multilingual learners

And enter to win $1500 of multilingual books and tools

10% of students are English Language Learners but less than 1% of public school teachers are ESL instructors. How can educators support these learners despite the challenges of funding, access to tools, and educator workload?

Explore this topic with experts in the field of multilingualism. These webinars are for educators and administrators that want to expand their knowledge about multilingual learning and discover creative ideas for diverse and inclusive teaching. Register below.

All attendees will get free trial access to 700+ books in 64 languages with Polylino, but three attendees from within North America will win $1500 worth of Polylino for students & teachers at their school.

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Benefits of bilingualism

September 14th, 2022 at 7pm ET
This webinar is for educators and administrators that want to:

  • Meet Dr. Carola Oliva-Olsen, Executive Director of Language Justice and Multilingual Education at the Institute for Racial Equity and Excellence
  • Leave better prepared to teach in a diverse and inclusive classroom
  • Welcome newcomers into your school and classroom
  • Understand the benefits of being bilingual in a learning environment
  • Enter to win $1500 worth of Polylino for their school (for attendees within North America)
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How to combat heritage language loss through literature and art

September 21st, 2022 at 7pm ET
This webinar is for educators and administrators that want to:

  • Meet Dr. Adriana Oniță, Multilingual Educator, Poet, Artist, and Researcher
  • Understand heritage language loss and shift across generations in Canada
  • Learn how incorporating literature and art in the classroom can help with family language maintenance
  • Acquire arts-based strategies to support young learners’ language and literacy aspirations
  • Enter to win $1500 worth of Polylino for their school (for attendees within North America)
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Why multilingualism matters & how to support Dual Language Learners

October 12th, 2022 at 7pm ET
This webinar is for educators and administrators that want to:

  • Meet Mary Jane Begin, Author, Illustrator & Professor and Andrea Koutsares Chen, Curriculum Specialist
  • Understand the role of stories in facilitating Dual Language Learners’ voices
  • Learn what works best to get Dual Language Learners engaged in reading
  • Ensure that literacy is equitable both technologically and through the love of reading
  • Enter to win $1500 worth of Polylino for their school (for attendees within North America)
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Read alouds with your children – early steps of literacy through home engagement

November 2nd, 2022 at 7pm ET
This webinar is for educators and administrators that want to:

  • Meet Dr. Olenka Bilash, award-winning professor, researcher, former Associate Dean, parent & grandparent
  • Understand signs of pre-school literacy development
  • Learn how to encourage child interaction while reading aloud
  • Acquire strategies for supporting young learners’ language and literacy aspirations through home engagement
  • Enter to win $1500 worth of Polylino for their school (for attendees within North America)
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Featured speaker: Mary Jane Begin

Mary Jane Begin is an award-winning children’s book illustrator, author, and professor. She collaborated with Hasbro and Little Brown and Company to create the picture books Under the Sparkling Sea and Dragons on Dazzle Island for Hasbro’s My Little Pony franchise. She’s worked with Celestial Seasonings, Mead Johnson and Disney, and has received multiple awards for her picture books, Willow Buds, The Tale of Toad and Badger and Ping Meets Pang.

Read her full bio here.

Featured speaker: Andrea Chen

Andrea has over 10 years of experience teaching multilingual learners and worked within historically underserved populations in New York City and San Francisco. She partners with school leaders and educators to write and revise effective curricula, and most recently implemented new social emotional curriculum across her district. Andrea holds her Masters in Childhood Education from Hunter College and a Masters in TESOL from St. John’s University. She is passionate about engaging local community to create inclusive and welcoming learning environments, and applies this passion to her roles as a volunteer for Earth Love United Foundation and as a co-leader for an organization aimed at training and retaining new teachers.

Featured speaker: Dr. Carola Oliva-Olson

Dr. Carola Oliva-Olson is the Executive Director of Language Justice and Multilingual Education at the Institute for Racial Equity and Excellence. Dr. Carola Oliva-Olson has over 30 years of experience in early childhood education with a focus on advancing equity and quality in education for all children. She’s a leading expert on multilingualism and in applying her experience to workforce development and preparing early childhood education professionals for teaching in diverse and inclusive classrooms. Carola was appointed to the California Governor’s Early Childhood Policy Council and has been instrumental in advancing multilingual education in early childhood education in California classrooms.

Featured speaker: Dr. Adriana Oniță

Adriana Oniță is a multilingual educator, poet, artist, and researcher. She holds a PhD in language education from the University of Alberta, where she researched how youth can maintain their heritage languages through arts-based practices. Having taught languages and pedagogy for 14 years in Canada, Italy, Spain, and Romania, Adriana is passionate about building and sustaining creative multilingual learning spaces for children, teens, adults, and seniors. (You’ll want to read our full conversation with Adriana about this topic). She is the founding editor of The Polyglot, which has published over 160 poets and artists working in 45 languages. Adriana writes în limba română, English, español, français, and italiano, and was recently shortlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize with her bilingual (Romanian/English) poetry. Discover her pedagogy and publications on her website adrianaonita.com.

Featured speaker: Dr. Olenka Bilash

Dr. Olenka Bilash is an award-winning educator, researcher, practitioner, and former Associate Dean at the University of Alberta. She has been on the frontier of several new fields of practice in education: immersion bilingual pedagogy, Aboriginal language education, and Heritage/International languages. She was awarded the Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the Faculty of Education Undergraduate Teaching Award at the University of Alberta, Northern Alberta Heritage Language Association 20th Anniversary Award and the Tribal Chiefs´ Association Award for her contribution to Developing Cree Language Materials, among other awards. She is also the recipient of the prestigious 3M Teaching Fellow award.

Read our conversation with her, here!

Save your spot & get free Polylino access

Share some quick information with us to save a spot for our fall webinar series. We’ll be in touch with dates, times, and more details in August. In the meantime, you’ll get free access to Polylino for 30 days to start exploring ways you can support your multilingual learners.

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