CANCELLED: Language & Culture Center Book & Media Study - Summer Season: Crossing Paths: Exploring Culture through Stories


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Registration Closed.
Last Date to Register: 6/10/2021 12:01 AM
Last Date to Cancel: 6/14/2021 12:01 AM
Agency: CESA 2
Agency Contact: Audrey Lesondak
Agency Assistant: Kayla Kolstad 262-473-1473
Location: Zoom Link
Facility: Web Link
6/17/2021 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
7/15/2021 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
8/19/2021 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Description: Looking for a new take on professional learning around supporting your multilingual learners? Join CESA 2 LCC Summer 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 3- book series builds educators awareness for supporting linguistically and culturally diverse learners. They include the voices of authors who have lived these experiences. A collection of resources will accompany each book. These collections include artifacts such as poems, essays, articles, data, podcasts, videos and materials for classroom use. On the day of the book discussion, participants will have opportunities to engage in dialog, share ideas, and reflect. This professional learning supports culturally responsive teaching standards for speakers of other languages.

For each book, we will meet for a two-hour interactive book discussion. Sessions will be held via Zoom from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Sessions are not recorded. A link to relevant resources for the will be sent the first of the month for that month’s featured book.

Sign up for a season summer pass (3 books) or an individual study (1 book). See links below to individual registration.

June 17, 2021 - Book 1: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
July 15, 2021 - Book 2 :The Distance Between Us: A Memoir by Reyna Grande
August 19, 2021 - Book 3: Call Me American by Abdi Nor Iftin

Cost:  $65 for the series. $25 per session. Book not included.

Credit Option: 1 credit option available through Concordia University at $160 per credit. For credit participants must attend 2 seminars within the series and complete applicable assignments.


About the 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.



In-Person Events: Participants who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear a mask when attending events at CESA 2. Participants who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask when attending events at CESA 2. Please be respectful of other participants’ comfort levels. Until further notice, workshops will be limited to 50 participants. Social distancing should be self-monitored at each participant’s comfort level.

Cancellation Policy: Registered participants will receive a refund if they cancel prior to 3 working days before an event, minus any material costs that have already been incurred. Cancellations must either be made on MyQuickReg or by emailing Because of our commitment to the presenter and the food vendor, participants who cancel less than 3 working days prior to the event or who do not attend the event, will be billed the full fee. CESA 2 reserves the right to cancel any event. Registered participants will be notified via phone and email if a cancellation occurs and will receive a full refund. 

Inclement Weather Policy: Every effort will be made to hold an event. CESA 2 will notify participants via email as soon as possible if an event has been cancelled due to weather conditions.

Disclaimer: CESA 2 will do its best to accommodate general dietary requests; if your dietary need is very specific or severe, you may want to bring your own lunch to ensure your comfort and health. CESA 2 does not assume liability for adverse reactions to food consumed or items one may come into contact with while eating at a CESA 2 event. If you have a dietary need or food allergy, please go into your MyQuickReg profile and update the special accommodations section. Notice of a special dietary need must be made 2 weeks in advance of the event.

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