Creating Equitable Spaces in Multilingual Classrooms

Creating Equitable Spaces in Multilingual Classrooms

Queer/gender affirming, anti racist, and culturally responsive practices are key components in creating equitable classroom spaces. However, there is little analysis on how these core concepts intersect with multilingual classrooms and identities. In this session, we will unpack why it’s important to weave these concepts in our multilingual spaces and explore practices that we can bring back to our classroom.

These three core foundations will ground us during this session, and we will take time exploring each of them in depth and how they intersect with one another. However, this session is just the beginning. Participants will utilize planning tools to determine their sphere of influence and create a plan to enact change.

Session Audience:

K-12 classroom teachers/specialists

Session Goals/Outcomes:

  • Examine one’s positionality within the scope of education
  • Explore strategies to create inclusive multilingual spaces that are anti-racist, queer affirming, and culturally responsive
  • Understand the importance of intersectionality within multicultural spaces
  • Learn how language plays a key factor in identity

Presenter Bio:

Justin (they/them) is from Tohono O’odham land currently known as Phoenix, Arizona. Over the past ten years, they have taught in over four countries. They have dedicated their teaching career to creating equitable spaces in classrooms that explore the intersection of anti-racism, queerness, and multilingualism. They reside in Chiang Mai, Thailand, with their husband Barrak and dog, Boomer.