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COVID-19 & Cities: Multilingual Learners & Families
Please join the Boston University Initiative on Cities and the Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development for a webinar to learn about the challenges of remote learning on multilingual learners and their families, and what's being done to support them. We'll be joined by:

— Christine Leider, Clinical Assistant Professor Language Education & Program Director for Bilingual Education & TESOL Licensure at Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development
— Rani Pan, K2 (Kindergarten) Inclusion Teacher, Boston Public Schools
— Jocelyn Lee, Head of the Language Acquisition Department & Grade 5 ESL Teacher at Match Community Day Charter Public School; Part-Time Instructor at Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development
— Emily Blitz, English Learner Education Department Chair at Somerville High School

Dr. Leider will moderate the discussion. She is in the process of initiating two projects in response to COVID-19: One surveys ESL teachers on how English learners are being supported in distance education; the other seeks to understand how equity of outcomes and opportunities drive decisions made for high school curriculum, and how these have evolved during COVID-19. Dr. Leider works with student teachers and practicing teachers in developing the theoretical foundations, critical perspectives, and research-based instructional tools for working with culturally and linguistically diverse students. Her research focuses on bilingual language and literacy practices; policy and civil rights issues regarding teacher training and multilingual learners’ access to education; teacher beliefs about language; and developing bilingual models of reading comprehension.


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