ERIC Number: EJ1089845
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
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Amplifying Their Voices
Roxas, Kevin; Gabriel, María L.
Educational Leadership, v73 n5 p78-81 Feb 2016
Feeling emotionally safe and having a way to connect learning to life are conditions that boost achievement. The authors' immigrant English language-learning students have told them these emotional supports are crucial. Mountain Valley School District in Colorado, which has recently increased the number of its immigrant students, took these principles seriously in considering how best to teach immigrant learners. Partnering with a local university, the district implemented "photovoice"--a process that lets participants tell their own stories through photography and text. Roxas and Gabriel describe how students attended sessions in which they learned principles of photography, then took photos of images that depicted key elements of their lives and home cultures, added short text, and shaped their images into polished posters. All posters were exhibited in a central location; students presented their posters and talked about their home cultures to a gathered audience. The authors share lessons they learned through doing the project and note how much it helped second language-learning students feel welcomed and ready to learn.
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Immigrants, School Districts, College School Cooperation, Second Language Instruction, Photography, Social Action, Personal Narratives, Exhibits, Learning Readiness
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Colorado