Dr. Slavick is one of the contributors to the National Committee for Effective Literacy’s White paper on Comprehensive Effective Literacy Policy and Instruction for English Learner/Emergent Bilingual Students.

She currently serves as the director of professional development for the Literacy Squared program at the BUENO Center at the University of Colorado Boulder.

She received her Master’s Degree in Bilingual Special Education and her Ph.D. in Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity. Prior to obtaining her Ph.D., Jody worked as a classroom teacher, instructional coach, and district resource teacher in bilingual education and English as a second language programs.

Dr. Slavick shares that there are multi-dimensions of literacy in all grade levels - in order for our students to be literate, our classrooms need to centered around interacting with a variety of languages, even in Engish medium classrooms. 

Students need to be engaged with using their entire linguistic repertoires as much as possible - we need to encourage students to tap into all of the knowledge they have in all of their language.  

All new learning is based on previous learning, and we cannot cut off all of the language learning that is happening outside of the classroom.

Resources:

Office of English Language Acquisition’s Webinar on Effective literacy instruction for multilingual learners: What it is and what it looks like https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_NgyKUOG8SraHziLj4nNL6w

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