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DLTL 2018 Graduate, Jessica Fong is featured in the current issue of the Roosevelt Review.
In it, she talks about the need for dual language teachers and leaders to foster bilingualism in the next generation. Jessica is a teacher, wife, mother, leader, and is currently pursuing her principal endorsement in the DLTL Principal Pathway – a unique program that offers DLTL graduates the opportunity to build on the DLTL teacher leader standards and qualify for the principal endorsement in only 3 semesters.
As an administrator, Jessica wants to speak her families’ language — not just Spanish, but their culture and their neighborhood. Now more than ever, childhood education needs both innovation and inclusion to meet diverse student needs.
“I think the biggest piece was creating that dual language community among ourselves. At the end, we were like a family.” —Jessica Fong (MA DLTL, ’18)
Led by Dr. Allison Slade, the two newest DLTL cohorts collaborated on a culturally responsive writing activity in their DLTL 443 class – Academic Language Development Across Content Areas. Using mentor text poem “Where I’m From” each class wrote one poem that expressed their identities and culture. Presented here is the poem written by our Schaumburg DLTL Cohort:
Where I’m From – Schaumburg DLTL Cohort, Summer 2019
I am from a barren land
And scorching sun
From mofongo, parranda, bomba
And coqui, coqui are a voice.
I am from chocolate abuelita con bolillos
And hearing the “paletero bells” right after Sunday mass.
From large extended family parties
And cousins as siblings
Soy del olor a café Prieto a las 5 am
Y del canto del coqui a la hora de dormir.
From where the beaches are beautiful,
And sunlight fills us with energy.
I am from birthday parties, piñatas
From M + M Mcflurries
And matzah ball soup
Yo soy de donde las alas de la mariposa monarca vuelan a tu alrededor
And the windy city airs that blow you away.
I am from the island of eternal summers
And now the land of snow, snow and more snow!
I am from Nacho el yardero
And Chabela la limpia casas.
From Cuidad de México, Neza
And la casa de mi abuelita
I am from my great grandmother’s name
And my grandma’s niña.
From soft grass between my toes
And the fft-fft of the sprinkler.
I am from summer days with my dad
And evenings with my mom.
I am from dirt, construction zones
From motor oil in the asphault
And graffiti spray cans.
I am from roller skating at the Rainbow Roller Rink while my mother watched,
And the DJ played the song “Africa” by Toto
Soy de cruzar el Puente
Y Beall Elementary School
I am from double dutch
And Red Light, Green Light
I am from jelly shoes
And barefoot baths in the sink
From moving trucks
And permanent boxes in the garage
I am from basketball
And Michael Jordan
Yo soy de libertad al aire, baños en la Lluvia
Y corridas en el monte
From the land of fire
And where being naughty is my attire
From menudo on Sunday mornings
And scaring my brother till the chancla came flying towards me.
I am from buying tamariondo candy from my neightbor
And riding my bike by the cornfields
Soy de criarme con muchos animals
Y darle Cristiana sepulture hasta los más pequeñitos.
The newest Schaumburg DLTL Cohort completed their 3 intensive courses in June, 2019, and is currently enjoying a well-deserved summer break!