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Changes are coming in our local language instruction ecosystems. Administrators who are paying attention to what happens in their buildings have become openly concerned about the lack of equity in language education in the United States.
When administrators understand that method is important (it isn’t important in all subject areas) and shifting method (which we can do if we have a growth mindset instead of a fixed mindset) can increase results, they begin to understand that the goal of comprehension based language teachers is not a personal vendetta against colleagues who do things differently.
Rather, it’s about college readiness for more students by getting more and more people of all shapes and sizes through second year language classes and into the upper levels. It’s about growing, changing and adapting as professional educators to improve what we do for the benefit of our students.
Darcy Pippin, a teacher-leader in Oklahoma, has some…

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  1. Thank you, Martina for posting this. Darcy, thank you for your numbers! It’s important that the push for equity in education reach global languages programs. It’s important that dialogue around moving our subject area into the 21st century have real and tangible goals. If we truly believe that all students can acquire language (and 99.9% have done a pretty darn good job with their first language) then those of us in public education are obligated to seek out and apply those approaches, methods and strategies that will make students want to continue to learn in our programs and beyond.

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  2. Thank you Martina for posting this. Darcy, thank you for your numbers! It’s important that the push for equity in education reach global languages programs. It’s important that dialogue around moving our subject area into the 21st century have real and tangible goals. If we truly believe that all students can acquire language (and 99.9% have done a pretty darn good job with their first language) then those of us in public education are obligated to seek out and apply those approaches, methods and strategies that will make students want to continue to learn in our programs and beyond.

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