Diversity Talks wants to provide K–12 school districts and higher education institutions with student-led professional development on approaching culturally sensitive topics. Founded in 2016, the company includes two students—cofounders Taliq Tillman and Taiwo Demola, both high school seniors in Rhode Island. Kiara Butler, the CEO and third cofounder, believes that for these conversations to be “truly personalized” and “truly student-centered,” students have to be “at the table.”
A newly created video series, Supporting English Language Learners, provides a self-guided professional learning experience for educators at any level who have English learners in their classroom. In the videos, an ESL instructor/literacy consultant in Alberta, Canada, shares foundational ESL principles, as well as practical tips and high-impact strategies for creating a supportive environment and helping students to develop language proficiency.
“Introduction to Dual Language Education: Key Features and Best Practices” is a new self-paced online course from the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) and Santillana USA. This interactive online course presents a comprehensive introduction to the ThreePillars of dual language education used by successful programs: Bilingualism and Biliteracy; Grade Level Academic Achievement; and Cross-Cultural Competency.
The Shadow a Student Challenge is an engaging, illuminating, and supportive journey where school leaders come together to empathize with their students and take new kinds of action at their school. The challenge is an initiative of IDEO’s SchoolRetool, a professional development fellowship that helps school leaders redesign their school cultures using the small, scrappy experiments called “hacks” introduced in the Shadow a Student Challenge.