Rethinking Bilingual Education

Rethinking Bilingual Education

Edited By Elizabeth Barbian, Grace Cornell Gonzales, Pilar Mejia

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Rethinking Bilingual Education is an exciting new collection of articles about bringing students’ home languages into our classrooms.

“Breathtaking and bold in these times of racist sound bites and sanctions! Rethinking Bilingual Education promotes equality among language users from many ethnicities and contexts. It offers strategies and stories for bilingual education as part of the larger struggle for human liberation and social transformation—and examples of teaching, learning, and community organizing at their very best.”
Enid Lee, professional development consultant in anti-racist education and educational equity, co-editor of Beyond Heroes and Holidays

“A remarkable book, not only for the depth and breadth of issues related to bilingual education it addresses, but for the clarity sustaining its central premises: language is a human right, an essential aspect of culture, a source of family and community strength, and plays a fundamental role in obtaining social justice.”
Alma Flor Ada, award-winning children’s author, professor emerita, University of San Francisco

“The narratives of teachers, students, and parents that form the core of this inspiring volume demonstrate that sustained bilingual instruction rooted in anti-racism is a prerequisite for ‘effectiveness’ in the education of emergent bilingual students.”
Jim Cummins, professor emeritus, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

“As a teacher and professor of multicultural and multilingual education, I am ecstatic for Rethinking Bilingual Education. Finally, a resource that has grassroots educators and advocates for bilingual education in mind, with clear and applicable next steps from lesson plans to policy.”
Curtis Acosta, former Mexican American Studies teacher, assistant professor of Language and Culture in Education, University of Arizona South

Rethinking Bilingual Education: Introduction
Chapter 1: Language Stories

Colonizing Wild Tongues
Camila Arze Torres Goitia
Uchinaaguchi: The language of my heart
Moé Yonamine
The Death of My Mexican Name
Edith Treviño
Some Languages Are More Equal than Others
Geetha Durairajan
Chicago Stole My Mother’s Yesterdays
Patricia Smith
Chapter 2: Our Bilingual Classrooms

Cultivando sus voces: 1st graders develop their voices learning about farmworkers
Marijke Conklin
“¿Qué es deportar?”: Teaching from students’ lives
Sandra L. Osorio
Questioning Assumptions in Dual Immersion
Nessa Mahmoudi
“Kill the Indian, Kill the Deaf”: Teaching about the residential schools
Wendy Harris
Carrying Our Sacred Language: Teaching in a Mi’kmaq immersion program
Starr Paul and Sherise Paul-Gould, with Anne Murray-Orr and Joanne Tompkins
Aquí y Allá: Exploring our lives through poetry—here and there
Elizabeth Barbian
“Wonders of the City”/“Las maravillas de la ciudad”
Jorge Argueta
Not Too Young: Teaching 6-year-olds about skin color, race, culture, and respect
Rita Tenorio
Rethinking Identity: Exploring Afro-Mexican history with heritage language speakers
Michelle Nicola
Chapter 3: Welcoming Home Languages

Welcoming Kalenna: Making our students feel at home
Laura Linda Negri-Pool
Uncovering the Legacy of Language and Power
Linda Christensen
Language Is a Human Right: An interview with Debbie Wei, veteran activist in the Asian American community
Grace Cornell Gonzales
Putting Out the Linguistic Welcome Mat
Linda Christensen
Ebonics and Culturally Responsive Instruction: What should teachers do?
Lisa Delpit
Mi Love di Way Mi Chat: Patwa and bilingual education in Jamaica
Jacqui Stanford
“Colonization in Reverse”
Louise Bennett-Coverley
Building Bridges: A dual-language experience for high school students
April S. Salerno and Amanda K. Kibler
Ganas Means Desire: An after-school program links Latina/o university students with middle schoolers
Roscoe Caron
Chapter 4: Equity at the Center

La Escuela Fratney: Creating a bilingual school as a greenhouse of democracy
Bob Peterson
Building Bilingual Communities at César Chávez Elementary: An interview with Pilar Mejía
Elizabeth Barbian and Grace Cornell Gonzales
Why Are We Speaking So Much English?: Promoting equity in dual-language classrooms
Deborah Palmer
The Intersection of Language Needs and Disability
Roberto Figueroa
Beyond Bilingual: Including multilingual students in dual-language classrooms
Leah Durán, Michiko Hikida, and Ramón Antonio Martínez
Making Space for Spanish
Alexandra Babino and Carol Wickstrom
El corazón de la escuela/The Heart of the School: The importance of bilingual school libraries
Rachel Cloues
Chapter 5: Families and Communities

Cuentos del corazón/Stories from the Heart: An after-school writing project for bilingual students and their families
Tracey Flores and Jessica Singer Early
Naomi Shihab Nye
Strawberries in Watsonville: Putting family and student knowledge at the center of the curriculum
Peggy Morrison
“When Are You Coming to Visit?”: Home visits and seeing our students
Elizabeth Barbian
“Aren’t You on the Parent Listserv?”: Working for equitable family involvement in a dual-immersion elementary school
Grace Cornell Gonzales
Tellin’ Stories, Changing Lives: How bilingual parent power can complement bilingual education
David Levine
Rethinking Family Literacy in Head Start
Michael Ames Connor
Our Language Lives by What We Do: An interview with Hawaiian educator Kekoa Harman
Grace Cornell Gonzales
Chapter 6: Policy and Advocacy

Are You a Subject or an Object?
Carlos Lenkersdorf
Reflecting on My Mother’s Spanish
Salvador Gabaldón
The Struggle for Bilingual Education: An interview with bilingual education advocate Tony Báez
Bob Peterson
English-Only to the Core: What the Common Core means for emergent bilingual youth
Jeff Bale
What Happened to Spanish?: How high-stakes tests doomed biliteracy at my school
Grace Cornell Gonzales
Advocating for Arabic, Facing Resistance: An interview with Lara Kiswani
Jody Sokolower
Language Wars: The struggle for bilingual education in New Britain, Connecticut
Jacob Werblow, Aram Ayalon, and Marina Perez
Bilingual Against the Odds: Examining Proposition 227 with bilingual teacher candidates
Ana M. Hernández
Recommended Resources


Rethinking Bilingual Education contains a shortened version of “Uncovering the Legacy of Language and Power,” originally published as a chapter in Teaching for Joy and Justice , by Linda Christensen. Materials from this unit are available for download as .pdf files here, or on pp. 218–247 in Teaching for Joy and Justice.


Rethinking Bilingual Education

ISBN: 9781937730734

Publication date: 04/12/2017