I have spent the past two decades in education, learning and serving as an ESL and bilingual teacher, instructional coach and district-level administrator. I am truly in my joy when working with educators to hone their craft! I believe that multilingualism is the gold standard for education. Multilingual learners are not students in need of fixing but rather they are a group of learners who are positioned to contribute greatly to society if our pedagogy, curricula and practices reflect a multilingual norm. By updating our practices to reflect a global society, we leverage the assets of MLLs, deepen learning and engagement for students and educators, and contribute to a greater humanity.
"There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they're falling in."
~Archbishop Desmond Tutu
UpRiver Education was inspired by these words. We challenge ourselves and our district partners to #thinkupriver and create that place where the beliefs and conditions are in place to tap into the capacity of all students to achieve at the highest level. UpRiver is not just a consulting firm; it is a mindset and a philosophy. When we stop advocating for downriver interventions we tap into the capacity and brilliance of all students.
Together, we can implement systems, agreements and practices so we stop waiting, dutifully at the end of the river to pull students out of the rapids. Let's ignite the brilliance of our mutilingual learners and in the educators who serve them to ensure no one falls in.
Where can UpRiver take you?
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