CANCELED: CESA 2 Language & Culture Center Book & Media Study - Book 1 Only, The Distance Between Us: A Memoir

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Registration Closed.
Last Date to Register: 10/15/2020 12:01 AM
Last Date to Cancel: 10/19/2020 12:01 AM
Agency: CESA 2
Agency Contact: Audrey Lesondak
Agency Assistant: Kayla Kolstad 262-473-1473
Location: Zoom Link
Facility: Web Link
10/22/2020 03:00 PM - 05:30 PM
11/5/2020 03:00 PM - 05:30 PM



Description: Sign up for a season pass (full year, 6 books) or an individual study (1 book).

Looking for a new approach to Educator Professional Development?  Join CESA 2 LCC Book & Media Study -- Crossing Paths Series.

The art of storytelling will serve as our medium to learn about the language and cultures of our multilingual students and their families. 

This 6- book series builds educators awareness for supporting linguistically and culturally diverse learners and aligns with culturally responsive teaching standards for speakers of other languages.

  • The books have been chosen for their ease of access for busy educators and include the voices and perspectives of authors who have lived these experiences.

  • A collection of resources will accompany each book. These collections will include poems, essays, articles, data, podcasts, videos and materials for classroom use.  

  • Participants will have opportunities to engage in dialog, share ideas, and reflect, and to follow up on central ideas developed within the narratives.

Location: For each book, we will meet twice for  1 ½ - 2 hours. Sessions in 2020 will be held via Zoom from 3:30 to 5:30. Sessions are not recorded.

Credit Option: 1, 2, or 3 credit options available through Concordia University at $160 per credit.  For each credit, participants must attend 2 book seminars within the series and complete applicable assignments.


Book 1 :The Distance Between Us: A Memoir by Reyna Grande. REGISTER HERE

Kick -off email: Thursday, October 8, 2020  - Introduction, timeline and discussion questions.

Session 1: Thursday, October 22, 2020 Afternoon 3:00 - 5:30 via Zoom.

Session 2: Thursday, November 5, 2020 Afternoon 3:00 - 5:30  via Zoom

Participants will be required to obtain a copy of the book in a format that works best for them. (graphic-novel, paperback, hardcopy, audio MP3, or ebook.)


Cost: Participants are encouraged to participate in the whole series. However, users may sign up for individual books.

  • $69 for CESA 2 Title III Consortium Members
  • $95 for all others

There is a 15% discount if you sign up as a team of 5 from the same school or district. Email if you wish to use this discount.


About the Seminar Facilitator: Audrey Lesondak joins CESA 2 as a consultant in the Language and Culture Center of Excellence after serving eight years as a consultant at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). There, she implemented programs to support English Learners/Multilingual Learners including the ESEA Title III-A grant, the ACCESS for ELLs English Language Proficiency (ELP) Assessment, Immigrant Children and Youth Discretionary Grant, Seal of Biliteracy, and the Bilingual Bicultural Grant. Audrey has been engaged in cross-cultural work and experiences for more than 20 years. Growing up in Chicago, traveling, and working within the fields of education, and in the arenas of teaching English to speakers of other languages, affordable housing, and community development, she has engaged in teaching and learning (a lifelong process) through multicultural, cultural awareness, and culturally-responsive approaches.



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