Multistate Association for Bilingual Education, Northeast

A nonprofit organization for  educators, families, and policy makers

(formerly known as Massachusetts Association for Bilingual Education)

Culturally Responsive Teaching for Dual Language Classrooms

Facilitators: Bertha-Elena Rojas, Psy.D.; M.Ed.; Humanity Advanced, LLC 

and Lee Yonika, M.Ed; Worcester Public Schools
DATE: Wednesday August 15th and Thursday August 16th, 2018

What does it truly mean to be a culturally responsive teacher? Come join us on this two day study of what this means for you within your Dual Language classroom and school environment. We will spend time looking at components of culturally responsive teaching, engage in activities to broaden your understanding and increase your repertoire of tools and strategies in working with culturally and linguistically diverse students.

Session content and activities will be anchored in two frameworks, both based in the neuroscience of education:

-Ready 4 Rigor designed by Zaretta Hammond

-Universal Design for Learning designed by CAST

As we interact with each framework, participants will learn how to construct a learning environment and design effective lessons that increases students access to content, while maximizing effective learning and overall engagement.


Registration fee: $460 MABE Members, $505 General (non-members) 

Participant #s: 

  • Minimum # of Participants to Hold Event: 20
  •  Maximum # of Participants: 30
  • Registration April 1 - June 15, 2018

Time: 2 Full Days, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, includes breakfast and lunch

Location:Worcester State University, Sheehan Hall, Sheehan Multi-Purpose Room, Worcester, MA

Certificate of PDP’s will be awarded.

Lee Yonika has been an educator for the Worcester Public Schools in Massachusetts for the past thirty three years. She has had many wonderful opportunities working within the district. She was a teacher of the Deaf, an ESL teacher, a Title III Implementation Coach as well as a Universal Design for Learning Coach (UDL). Currently, she is the ESL/Special education teacher for the city. Lee has had the honor and pleasure to work alongside CAST as the district began their UDL implementation. She immediately recognized the power behind the theory and practice and has been a strong advocate to continue to spread this work throughout the district. She was a facilitator at Harvard Graduate School of Education’s UDL Summer Institute.

Dr. Bertha-Elena Rojas is a speaker, consultant and coach. She uses her extensive experience as a licensed clinical psychologist, clinical neuropsychologist, educator and large systems leader to development comprehensive paradigms about life-long learning, growth, transformation and change. She integrates her expertise in cultural and linguistic competency, bilingual education and parent engagement in her work with individuals, groups and organizations. She is the Founder of Humanity Advanced, LLC, a consulting and coaching firm. She is also the New England Representative of the Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE).

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