ASSETS is an original podcast series hosted by Dr. Jobi Lawrence. Follow along as she takes a deep dive into the educational realities of multilingual learners across the country. Dr. Lawrence focuses on the opportunities and inherent challenges of meeting the needs of our nation's multilingual learners to ensure that they reach English proficiency.
Each month, Dr. Lawrence welcomes a new guest with unique insight into serving our nation’s multilingual learners and their families. ASSETS is funded in part by the United States Department of Education under a National Professional Development Program grant. All episodes are available at no cost on Spotify and Apple podcasts.
Disclaimer: The thoughts and ideas expressed in this program are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of any entity associated with this podcast.
The Importance of Immersive Cultural Experiences
This month, Dr. Lawrence welcomes the Executive Producer, Host, and Creator of Afro-Latino Travels, Kim Haaas. Listen as Kim shares her experiences traveling throughout Latin America, her involvement in Afro-Latino issues, and how her work has translated into the media and communications world. Kim explains the importance of immersive cultural experiences and how they change our perceptions of different cultures. Follow along as Kim shares her unique experiences, including meeting a bellhop in Rio and the unforgettable lesson he taught her.
Challenges and Opportunities for Bilingual Teachers
This month, Dr. Lawrence welcomes Dr. Christy Lao, an Associate Professor of
Education at San Francisco State University who has been actively involved in
Chinese bilingual education for the past 20 years. Dr. Lao has provided
professional development in Chinese as a Second Language (CSL) to Chinese
bilingual teachers in the U.S. and many parts of the world, focusing on Chinese
literacy development. Follow along as Dr. Lawrence and Dr. Lao discuss the
challenges and opportunities faced by bilingual teachers.
Turning Challenge into Opportunity for Multilingual Learners
This month on ASSETS, we welcome the “Jim Carrey with a Ph.D.,” Dr. Danny Brassell. Dr.
Brassell has spoken to over 3,500 audiences worldwide and authored 16 books, including his latest, Leadership Begins with Motivation. He is the co-founder of www.theREADINGhabit.com, the world’s top reading engagement program. Follow along as Dr. Lawrence and Dr. Brassell discuss tried and true methods for turning challenges into opportunities.
Addressing the Social and Academic Needs of EL/ML Students
This month on ASSETS, Dr. Lawrence welcomes a special guest, Silvia Dorta-Duque de Reyes. Ms. Reyes is an expert in biliteracy, focusing on academic writing and teaching Spanish-to-English cross-linguistic transfer. She is a national biliteracy consultant and author for Benchmark Education. Follow along as Ms. Reyes and Dr. Lawrence discuss newcomer students' social and academic needs and what it means to provide students with asset-based instruction.
The Science of Reading- Bright Spots for Multilingual Learners
This month we welcome Dr. Claude Goldenberg, a Nomellini & Olivier Professor of Education, emeritus, at Stanford University. Goldenberg received his A.B. in history from Princeton University and M. A. and Ph.D. from UCLA’s Graduate School of Education. A native of Argentina, his research areas centered on promoting academic achievement among language minority students, particularly those from Spanish-speaking backgrounds, and he is the author and co-author of several award-winning books, including the co-editor of Language and Literacy Development in Bilingual Settings (Guilford). Follow along as Dr. Lawrence and Dr. Goldenberg dive into the hot topic of The Science of Reading and highlight the bright spots for Multilingual Learners.
Technology and Language Education
In this episode of ASSETS, Dr. Lawrence welcomes Virtual Reality (VR) in Teacher training, reading in SLA, accents, and linguistic racism, as well as heritage language development researcher Nooshan Ashtari. Follow along as they discuss technology and language, Ashtari’s experiences conducting research in various countries worldwide, and the time she was furiously yelled at by her Tae Kwon Do coach for letting her opponent win a match.
I want to say that this podcast has so many little nuggets of knowledge, but that’s not even doing it justice. The entire episodes feel like a mini, actionable PD session. Go listen and get the notes section of your phone ready when you do!
Abundance of info!
All of the guests on this podcast have a wealth of knowledge as does Dr. Jobi Lawrence! I ALWAYS gain so much information and share it with my colleagues. This is the kind of professional development that I love because it’s so meaningful to me!❤️❤️❤️
Thank you so much!
Susie (EL teacher in Omaha, NE)
Dr. Lawrence is very knowledgeable and gives so many insights on how to help English Learners and create meaningful relationships with the families. I recommend for any educator!