Our topic this week is connecting with students when their language and culture differ from the dominant one of the school district. Beth’s guest is Monica Bergmann Perez who draws on her twenty years of experience in the field of bilingual speech pathology and Early Intervention Education to address this growing challenge to Oregon educators.
Monica explains the difficulties that students face when they must navigate different languages and social norms between school and home. She offers suggestions for all grade levels and encourages educators to broaden their inclusion of varying cultures in the classroom. Monica encourages viewing what might seem a hurdle as a strength for the bilingual child with the flexibility to code switch, and also an educational opportunity for everyone in the class.