I had the pleasure of interviewing author and educator, Dr. Denise Furlong. What a treat to talk with such a passionate advocate. Scroll down to see the resources she is sharing to help you serve Newcomer students.
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I have been following Denise for years and I appreciate her passion for supporting newcomers. She is a teacher educator currently serving in what she calls her dream job at Georgian Court University in New Jersey. In addition to her work at the university, Denise offers professional development and consulting through Furlong Educational Consulting. She is very active on Twitter where I have been following her for years. Denise came on to share some tips for serving Newcomers and also to share about her new book, Voices of Newcomers; Experiences of Multilingual Learners.
I had many takeaways from this conversation. Denise is one of the people you want in your PLN to remind you that our newcomers and #SLIFE students can do SO much if we create the right conditions. As you can tell if you listen to this episode, Dr. Furlong and I are very like-minded. We talk about keeping an asset lens for all students and we also offer ideas for inclusion in language arts classrooms. She talks about how the students don’t need to read word-for-word to be engaged meaningfully in text (thank you!). When we spoke about writing, you can hear the passion in Dr. Furlong’s tone. A favorite quote is “…they may be at the word level, it might be at the paragraph or the drawing level… but whatever they are producing, it is VALUABLE.” This is so true! She says that anything they are producing is a representation of their voice. That is the lens we need as we include students WHILE they are gaining literacy and language.
The following was sent to me by Dr. Furlong for readers/listeners to be able to use immediately. You can also access the following graphics and information in a Google folder right here.
Here are a few words Denise sent over to me to include in the notes:
If you would like further professional learning on MLs, my book is Voices of Newcomers: Experiences of Multilingual Learners: https://amzn.to/321ilqi
Link to Dr. Winokur’s book: https://journeys2belonging.com/3C5Ojig
If you prefer a signed copy, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mention that you listened to Dr. Salva’s podcast and I will give you a 20% discount.
If you would like to start a book club in your district, there are bulk discounts on books available through EduMatch Publishing: https://bit.ly/3If2HY9 I can set up a Zoom meeting with your book club at the end to discuss your findings and questions if you are interested.
Link to Georgian Court University, Lakewood, NJ: https://georgian.edu/academics/graduate-programs/education/ We have many graduate programs that are entirely online with access to caring, knowledgeable professors who work in the field. If you and your colleagues are interested in setting up a cohort of ten or more adding ESL or Reading Specialist endorsements to your current teaching certs, we can talk!
Thank you for all you do to meet the diverse needs of all your learners! We all need you to elevate your voices and your advocacies for our students.
-Dr. Denise Furlong
In this show, I also mentioned Pam Broussard and her Leading ELLs Facebook group. Pam is a fierce advocate for moving students into positions of leadership. I hope to have Pam on the show soon! Check out her website.
I want to say another big thanks to Dr. Denise Furlong. How fabulous that she is offering a discount to readers and listeners of this show!? Dr. Furlong gives so much to the field. I am so happy to know her and so happy she decided to write a book to amplify the voices of newcomers, their teachers, and their families.
I closed this show by mentioning a few places we can connect IRL. Here are links to those events:
FREE EVENT on April 21: I will be sharing some of my findings from my dissertation at this zoom event sponsored by CALD and Seidlitz Education.
I am the keynote speaker for Colorado TESOL’s Spring Conference on April 23 in Colorado Springs. This is a very affordable, in-person event:
Also, mark your calendar for November 4 & 5th. The TEXTESOL conference will be in Houston, Texas and I will be the keynote speaker for that one. Follow TEXTESOL IV for updates that will be coming soon. Come to TEXAS! It’s going to be amazing!
Thank you again to Dr. Furlong and as always, thank YOU for listening or reading or both. You’re going above and beyond here. And you are really helping my learning.