5th Annual Dual Language Conference

January 31, 2014 | FAME Martin Luther King Community Center | Seattle, WA


The Center for Linguistic and Cultural Democracy, the King County Dual Language Taskforce, and Goddard College present the 5th Annual Dual Language Conference to be held Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 9:00 am to 5:00pm at the Goddard Education Program Seattle Residency. The location is the FAME Martin Luther King Community Center, 3201 East Republican, Seattle, WA 98112.  The theme for the 5th Annual Dual Language Conference is the Bilingual-Special Education Interface. The featured speakers will be Rebecca Hawley and Nahaan.

Dr. Hawley has worked in the field of Early Childhood Education, focusing on Early Intervention/Special Education, Family Support Services, and Head Start/Early Head Start Federal programming for over 15 years. Nahaan is an activist, singer, song composer, Tlingit language teacher; Tlingit tattoo artist and designer, storyteller, published poet, spoken word artist, hunter, fisher, dancer, carver, and ceremony facilitator. Goddard students, staff, faculty, and alumni will be among the workshop presenters.

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Participants will choose from eight afternoon Sessions. These include:  

  • Session 1: Addressing Bias and Practicing Freedom through Music, Dance, and Theater
  • Session 2: Building the Foundation
  • Session 3: Capoeira, Resistance, and Embodiment
  • Session 4: The History and Practice of Special Education
  • Session 5: Indigenous Languages - Honoring the Spirit of our Ancestors through Effective and Authentic Teaching Strategies
  • Session 6: Through the Eyes of a Child: Understanding how Children Perceive and are Affected by their Social Interactions
  • Session 7: Culturally Relevant Anti-Bias Approaches and Inclusion in the Soy Bilingüe Preschool Classroom
  • Session 8: Disability Justice: Transforming Stigma and Power

Many of the sessions will be conducted bilingually and may have simultaneous translation. Cultural expression, a staple at the Dual Language Conference, will include Bomba from Puerto Rico with Ángel “Balancé” Reyes and Grupo Bayano, Lion Dancers from the Mak Fai Washington Kung Fu Club, and Kutt N Up Hip Hop. The day’s activities will close with a full group reflective session.

The Multicultural Village will include a vibrant range of linguistic, cultural, and information booths and venders. A continental breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack will be provided. Proceeds from the Dual Language Conference will go to support CLCD members who are working on their BA or MA degrees with a focus on children, language, and culture. The conference is from 10:00:00 to 5:00; registration begins at 9:00. Clock Hours and STARS Hours are available for this conference. College Credit is available with prior arrangements. The cost of the conference is $140.  

The Schedule

9:00         Registration, Continental Breakfast, and Multicultural Village

10:00       Mak Fai Washington Kung Fu Club Lion Dancers

10:15       Welcome and Opening (Tribute to Ancestors)

10:30       Keynote Speaker Nahaan

11:00       Cultural Performance Kuttin’Up HipHop, Grupo Bayano, & Ángel Reyes

11:30       Keynote Speaker Rebecca Hawley

12:00       Lunch, Discussion, and Multicultural Village

1:00         Breakout Sessions

4:00         Break, Snack, and Multicultural Village

4:15         Reflections

5:00         Closure

Workshop Session Descriptions (3 hours each   1:00 – 4:00pm):

Session 1: Addressing Bias and Practicing Freedom through Music, Dance, and Theater with Axel Valles, Hortencia Mercado, Ángel Reyes, Daniel Pérez Gibson, and Luisa Nayeli Mercado

Description: This forward moving group of performing artists, community organizers, and cultural workers will collaborate in using music, dance, and theater to explore and engage with strategies of addressing bias and practicing freedom. Theater of the Oppressed, Puerto Rican Bomba, and Purépecha dance will be shared as strategies for embodied work. Two of the facilitators are Goddard graduating students; one student, Axel Valles, will include their final product presentations as a part of this session. Graduating student, Daniel Perez Gibson, will present Sunday morning just prior to the Goddard Graduation Ceremony at the Duwamish Cultural Center.

Session 2: Building the Foundation with Carrol Ann Leonard-Perry and Lenore Rubin

Description: This session is designed to assist educators in building Executive Function skills in children that teach to the whole child and encompass daily doses of compassion, flexibility, communication, imagination, and the willingness to try new approaches for delivering information in ways that support children's growth and development.

Session 3: Capoeira, Resistance, and Embodiment with Erin Bree Heuermann, Santiago Crosby-Vega, and Dominique Vijarro

Description: Perfect for the kinesthetic learner and those that enjoy learning and engaging through music, movement, and motion, this session will explore the intersection between bilingual education and special education actively. It will be grounded in the art from of Brazilian capoeira covering the history, social and political context of its emergence, and its role in resistance to physical and psychological oppression. Come ready to move around (comfortable clothing and water bottles). We will explore, discuss, and engage with concepts of embodiment, able-bodies, differing abilities, and addressing ableismThis session will include the final production presentation by Goddard graduating student Erin Bree Heuermann.

Session 4: The History and Practice of Special Education with Rebecca Hawley, Dominique Alex-Tade, Man Wai Chiu, and Susan Fleming

Description: This session will build on the keynote presentation by Dr. Rebecca Hawley and will cover the historical, social, cultural, and political conditions in which special education in the United States emerged. This will include an examination and discussion on the struggles for equality among people with differing abilities and the connection of this struggle to the civil rights movement. The intersections and interface between bilingual education and special education will be further explored. Participants will engage with two culturally grounded case studies to review ways to put this into action. The session will also address Implications for our work with differing needs, language, culture, children, and families.

Session 5: Indigenous Languages - Honoring the Spirit of our Ancestors through Effective and Authentic Teaching Strategies with Matt Remle (Lakota) and Nahaan (Tlingit/ Iñupiaq/ Paiute)

Description: This half-day afternoon workshop offers a rich discussion about the preservation and revitalization of indigenous languages that have resisted the detrimental effects of colonization, historical trauma and educational policy. Speakers will share their recommendations and strategies for culturally responsive family and community engagement for authentic language integration and cultural sharing in educational settings. They will also share insights on current educational policy that result in bias and discrimination in the intersection of dual-language learners and students identified with learning disabilities. Speakers in this session include Seattle-based language instructors, activists, and authors, Matt Remle (Lakota) and Nahaan (Tlingit/ Iñupiaq/ Paiute)of the October 2014 City Council Resolution to celebrate Indigenous People’s Day in place of Columbus Day. Other Speakers may join this presentation team. This strand is for teachers, parents, community representatives, support workers, and other community stakeholders interested in discovering, restoring, and maintaining critical dual-language program components in Tribal communities.

Session 6: Through the Eyes of a Child: Understanding how Children Perceive and are Affected by their Social Interactions with Lana Stuart, Daniel Cilenti, Cecilia Espinosa, and Lionel Cantu

Description: This is an interactive presentation where participants will get role-play experience evaluating communication and other children’s behaviors through the eyes of a child. Participants will have an opportunity “to be” a child and to be an observer. There will be several different activities to allow the participants to apply, analyize, and interpret the actions and communications between children and how the children’s interpretations may lead to “behaviors” that need guidance.  Participants will be able to recognize ways that children perceive other children’s behaviors in social communication and explore best practices for guidngand interacting using demonstrated best practices. The session will also provide a brief overview of the work of Inspire Development Centers, particularly their exchanges with La Universidad Tecnológia de la Mixteca working with Mixteco speaking families in a summer exchange program.

Session 7: Culturally Relevant Anti-Bias Approaches and Inclusion in the Soy Bilingüe Preschool Classroom with Sharon Cronin, David Williams, Theressa Lenear, ZamZam Mohamed,and Noemi Teofilo-Rivera

Description: This will be a hands-on practical session for exploring approaches and strategies for developing an inclusive, loving, culturally responsive, and anti-bias working classroom community for preschool children, families, and teachers of all abilities. We will use a demonstration classroom, El Jardincito, to view and explore an inclusive environment. Participants will be able to see, discuss, and try out culturally relevant anti-bias approaches and inclusion strategies within dual language preschool settings. This will include discussions about bilingual and multilingual settings, focusing particularly on Somali, Japanese, Spanish, Ebonics, and English language groups. This session will include the final product presentation by Goddard graduating student David Williams.

Session 8: Disability Justice: Transforming Stigma and Power with Carly Campbell

Description: In this workshop we will explore the political framework of Disability Justice and its practical implementations in community and educational settings.  Disability Justice is an intersectional analysis of power structures that has been developed by disabled people themselves.  In this workshop we will ask questions like: how do we go beyond words like “inclusion” and “modification” to truly create an environment in which everyone’s needs are respected from the outset? We will learn about the main models of disability that dominate the discourses, and make room for new models.  We will also talk about "universal design" and do some visioning exercises to create educational spaces that are set up to be receptive and adaptable to needs and desires across race, gender, sexuality, and ability.

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