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Communities across the nation long for partnerships with schools that empower students, families, and neighborhoods with effective educational practices and relationships. K-12 English language arts teachers can expand their knowledge of the literacy practices of English language learning students when they engage with their students’ communities in meaningful ways. In this Web seminar, join Steven Alvarez, author of Community Literacies en Confianza: Learning from Bilingual After-School Programs (coming spring 2017), in considering how the strengths of after-school community programs—connecting with language-minoritized communities in ways that build relationships of trust, or confianza, between parents, extended families, and caring adults in neighborhoods—can inform our practices as teachers of English language learners.

Participants will:

  • Learn from the stories of a community-publishing venture for emergent bilingual high school students in Kentucky that built bridges of creativity between schools and the lived experiences of students and their families.
  • Brainstorm ideas for potential community writing projects that engage parents and local communities in conversations about educational goals, motivations, and the ways reading and writing are used expressively in the community and via social media.
  • Leave this session with concrete writing activities that draw upon funds of knowledge provided by immigrant families as they navigate English acquisition.


Steven Alvarez is an assistant professor of English and director of the First-Year Writing Program at St. John's University. He earned his PhD in English from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His ethnographic research examines how literacy and bilingual mentorship affect school involvement among Latin American immigrant families in New York City and Kentucky. Dr. Alvarez has a decade of experience teaching writing to students ranging from kindergarten through college in communities across the country and more recently in China and Mexico.


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