MONDAY, DEC 4, 2017

1:00 PM

Code-Meshing as Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy
Presented By: Pamela Jones It is the rare person who speaks a single language variety! As our students come to us with a range of language resources, we must adopt frames of mind and pedagogical approaches designed to utilize their full linguistic repertoires and challenge approaches that privilege Standard English at the expense of students’ heritage languages. In this workshop, we will expand our notions of what constitutes a language, examine our language biases, consider how to delve deeply into our students’ language knowledge, and use code-meshing to increase points of entry for our students. Young, Martinez, and Naviaux (2011) define code-meshing as a way to “promote the linguistic democracy of English and to increase the acquisition and egalitarian, effective use of English in school…” (p. xx). I consider code-meshing to be what Paris (2012) calls a culturally sustaining pedagogy, which he contends “seeks to perpetuate and foster—to sustain—linguistic, literate, and cultural pluralism as part of the democratic project of schooling” (p. 93). Working through a lens whereby code-meshing encourages students to “blend language and identities” (Young, Martinez, & Naviaux, p. xxiv), participants in this workshop will analyze samples of code-meshing, practice generating code-meshing samples from their own language systems, and consider how to apply code-meshing to an aspect of their teaching practice. Strand: ELL Instruction Suggested Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, ELL Teachers, Deans/Coaches, School Leaders, Related Service Providers, Social Workers/Counselors, Paraprofessionals Suggested Grade Level: All

Dec. 4, 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM


NYC Charter School Center 111 Broadway, Suite 604 New York, NY 10006 (6th Floor) Take a right off the elevator; we're at the end of the hallway


Patrick Keyes