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Teaching English Language Arts

A series of three photos showing English Teaching students working togetherWe support and inquire with educators and young people as they create, lead, and change their communities through the English language arts.

Creating communities

  • People come together when they read and write, speak and listen, view texts and share in their languages.
  • People build and link communities, which in turn, gives the literacies and the language arts people use both meaning and value.

Leading communities

  • Teachers model and mentor others in how literacies and the language arts can create opportunities and direction for community members to learn together, particularly from one another’s differences.
  • Community leaders help the group set a common direction, name what matters, share power and participation, and draw on each person’s strengths, resources, and cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

Changing communities

  • Change is not forced. Change is made possible by the freedom people offer one another to try different perspectives, to acknowledge and challenge our own assumptions, and to revise our thoughts and actions.
  • The processes of the language arts (of writing, reading, viewing, speaking, listening, and using language) offer multiple invitations for people to invent and innovate, to re-see and re-visit, to be open and curious, and to adapt and reflect.