Learning Opportunity

Welcoming Newcomer Families to your school community

This session has been completed.
Facilitator: Stephanie Dodyk
Date:September 11, 2023
Time:4:00 pm to 5:30 pm MTN
No Charge
Location: Virtual
Session Code: 24-LL-151
Focus: Assessment English Language Arts, Literacy and Literature

Target Audience

K-12 Teachers, Administrators

About this Learning Opportunity

"Schools are not islands in themselves; they are connected to communities." - Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2020)

As Alberta's population continues to become more diverse, it becomes increasingly important for schools to explore ways to build partnerships with multlingual families. Newcomer families may not be familiar with Canadian school expectations or communication patterns, or may just assume the school structures are the same as their home country.

This session will explore five strategies related to fostering multilingual family engagement and collaboarting with multilingual communities.

This session addresses the LQS competencies

  • #2: Modeling Commitment to Professional Learning
  • #4: Leading a Learning Community

This session addresses the TQS competencies

  • #2: Engaging in Career-Long Learning
  • #3: Demonstrating a Professional Body of Knowledge
  • #4: Establishing Inclusive Learning Environments

About the Facilitator

Stephanie Dodyk

Stephanie Dodyk is a Language Consultant with over 15 years experience in teaching and resource roles.  After completing a Bachelor of Education degree in Secondary Mathematics and a Bachelor of Arts degree in German Literature, Stephanie later went on to finish a Master of Education specializing in Teaching English as an Additional Language. In her work, Stephanie... Read more »