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Critical Bilingual Literacies: From Language Ideologies to Teaching with Translingual Texts

Presented By Carla EspaƱa and Luz Yadira Herrera

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Date and Time

Four, 75-minute webinar sessions from 6:30pm to 7:45pm Eastern Time (ET).

  • Wednesday, April 14, 2021
  • Wednesday, April 21, 2021
  • Wednesday, April 28, 2021
  • Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Please note that this webinar series is scheduled for Eastern Time (ET). If you are in a different time zone, please plan your schedule accordingly.


In En Comunidad, Carla España and Luz Yadira Herrera guide educators in examining their language practices, ideologies, and teaching of bilingual/multilingual students. They develop a critical bilingual literacies approach for self-reflection, unlearning racialized language ideologies, analyzing linguistic practices and their relation to power, and celebrating children's translanguaging practices.

The webinar series begins by guiding participants in applying a critical bilingual literacies approach in their teaching. Participants will also learn ways to design multimodal and translingual lessons to examine language practices and identities. Participants will then explore translanguaging in children's literature and apply a translingual lens in engaging with children's, middle-grade, and young adult literature. This series culminates by supporting participants in applying the En Comunidad reflecting and revising cycle in their pedagogy.

Learning Objectives


  • Reflect on how our identities, experiences, and schooling inform our teaching
  • Examine practices that center the voices and experiences of bilingual and multilingual students
  • Explore a critical bilingual literacies approach


  • Examine multimodal texts to understand the connections between language practices and identities
  • Identify our own stance on the practices and learning experiences of bilingual/multilingual students
  • Design a multimodal, translingual lesson to examine language and identity


  • Explore translanguaging in texts
  • Apply a translingual lens to children's, middle-grade, and young adult literature
  • Analyze the language of author's craft to support students' multimodal text responses


  • Apply the En Comunidad reflecting and revising cycle
  • Build a community of practice to develop critical bilingual literacies

About the Presenters

Carla España, PhD, is an instructor and fieldwork advisor at Bank Street Graduate School of Education. She teaches in the bilingual and teaching English to speakers of other languages graduate programs and partners with K-12 schools and university teacher preparation programs to support preservice and inservice teachers, coaches, and administrators. As a former middle-grade bilingual teacher and literacy coach, she has over ten years of curriculum development in K-12 settings across schools in the United States, Mexico, Chile, and Colombia. Her teaching, writing, research, and workshops live at the intersections of critical literacy, bilingual/multilingual education, children's literature, translanguaging, language ideologies, and teacher education. Find her on Twitter @ProfesoraEspana.

Luz Yadira Herrera, PhD, is an assistant professor of multilingual education in the Kremen School of Education and Human Development at California State University, Fresno. She has over fifteen years of experience in the education of emergent bilinguals in both mainstream and bilingual settings. Dr. Herrera's teaching and research are in culturally and linguistically sustaining pedagogy, translanguaging, critical pedagogies, and bilingual education policy. Find her on Twitter @Dra_LuzYadira.

Who should participate?

Classroom teachers of grades K-12 in both bilingual/multilingual and monolingual settings, literacy coaches, reading and language arts specialists, curriculum coordinators, and administrators.

Special 2021 Tuition Fee

The cost of this four-part webinar series is $125.00 per person. Tuition also includes access to the webinar series recording for 60 days.

Related Book

To support your learning in this webinar, we highly recommend En Comunidad: Lessons for Centering the Voices and Experiences of Bilingual Latinx Students.


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Upcoming Dates & Locations

04/14/2021-05/05/2021 - Starts April 14, 2021- 6:30-7:45pm EST

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Availability: Available When: 04/14/2021 - 05/05/2021* Where: Online

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