Equity & Language

September/October 2020

On the topic of Equity

Addressing Equity for students learning English

As we begin the new school year, Equity for all students is one topic that many educators want to address. In this newsletter, we present topics that address how Equity might be considered in our work with students who are culturally and linguistically diverse from the majority of students in our schools.

We introduce these topics and resources, knowing that the information provided here is not limitless. Both our learning and new ways to improve supports and access to students is constantly evolving as we learn how to engage in new learning, reflect, and possibly revise our thinking.

You may access personal letters from Heartland AEA's ESL/Diversity consultants below to read their personal perspectives on how equity relates to our work with students learning English.

A letter from Janet Hiatt

Please click on the title to read a letter on equity and language from Heartland AEA ESL/Diversity Consultant, Janet Hiatt.

A letter from Cindra Porter

Please click on the title to read a letter on equity and language from Heartland AEA ESL/Diversity Consultant, Cindra Porter.

Equity and Equality

Webinars: Supporting Students Learning English through Distance Learning

NCELA webinars

NCELA Webinars provide participants from around the country an opportunity to hear expert speakers present research on all aspects of ELL education. Archived Webinars and PDFs available.

Gardner, Susan K. (2019, August 19). Equity and Equality. [Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/nCS7Rus4_-Y

Nappy graphics website

I just found out about this graphic-source website, but as a white person, the word "nappy" set off alarm bells for me. I wasn't sure this is a respectful term, and I certainly wasn't sure I should promote a website using this name.

Then I went to the site and read their "Why" - "to provide beautiful, high-res photos of black and brown people to startups, brands, agencies, and everyone else. Nappy makes it easy for companies to be purposeful about representation in their designs, presentations, and advertisements."

And then at the end of their page on "Why" they said this - "Share this with everyone (photographers and non-photographers) you know and let’s tackle diversity and representation one photo at a time."

And I am all about promoting equitable representation in all our websites, newsletters, slide decks; in every place and situation of learning, I want to do my part to promote equitable and positive representation of people of color. I hope you find that this inspired website with free graphics supports your work on equitable representation in your work!

Calendar of Observances 20-21

Calendar of Observances from ADL

2020 -2021

The increasingly pluralistic population of the United States is made up of many different ethnic, cultural, faith and religious communities. To enhance mutual understanding among groups and promote inclusive communities, the Anti-Defemation League (ADL) has created an Observances Calendar to increase awareness of and respect for religious obligations and ethnic and cultural festivities that may affect students, colleagues and neighbors in your community. For more information about ADL's work, click on the link in this paragraph to be directed to their current newsletter.

ADL Calendar of Observances 2020

ADL Calendar of Observances 2021

"candles" by rogerglenn is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

Lets stop talking about diversity and start working towards equity | Paloma Medina | TEDxPortland
TEDxTalks, (2019, September 12). Let's stop talking about diversity and start working towards equity. |Paloma Medina| TEDx Portland. [Video File] Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deYUUfak08Y
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Podcast: A Discussion on Linguistic Equity

A 45 minute podcast provided by Barbara Kennedy, Ed.D on topics of dual language, multilingual educators, world language and supporting language acquisition in our schools.

English Language Learners: Culture, Equity and Language

While this video does not provide all the answers on how to guarantee equity for our students learning English, it does highlight the rationale of why we need to strive to provide equitable learning opportunities for our students as they acquire their academic English language.

NEAPrioritySchools, (2012, January 12). English Language Learners: Culture, Equity and Language. [Video File] Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HU80AxmP-U

Books that Promote Anti-Racism, Equity, and Social Justice

Please note that the author of this SMORE has not read all books listed in this newsletter. It is recommended that educators thoroughly read all books that might potentially be used with students in our schools.

Hats Of Faith

Natural Edge Media Ltd, (2017, September 13). Hats of Faith. [Video File] Retrieved from https://youtu.be/_J5GSa4fxdA

Books for Secondary Students

"Library Reading Lounge" by Jeremy Levine Design is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Click the Heartland Library SMORE button above to find more literary resources on multicultural and social justice topics.


Classnotes episode 150

This podcast addresses the civil rights of English Learners in U.S. schools, citing federal legislation.

NJDOE Bilingual/ESL Podcast

The New Jersey DOE podcast designed to educate teachers and other school staff who work with English-language learners. The podcast has discussed the importance of equity for ELs and explores best practices for working with newcomer students.

So You Want to Change the World Podcast

“I am a white person. I am also an educator. I'm someone who has power.” When Lucy set out to become an urban school teacher, her motivations extended beyond the call to close the achievement gap. Liberation, not test score increases, was her goal.