Introducing Joy Peyton (Episode 24)

“”This is the first time that people outside our language community have really wanted to talk to me.”

Joy Peyton listens. Leaders who desire to empower others, to let the voices of others be heard, to engage all who live in a community in the full life of the community: these are the ones who, as we hear in this episode, experience adults crying from the pent-up emotion of relief from finally being validated, valued, and included.

My guest for Episode 24, Joy Peyton, lives those values, and uses her organizational and leadership skills to establish and collaborate in organizations and movements that extend the invitation and open the doors to inclusion.

Connect up with Joy. See her requests below (in Resources) for how to help open doors through your own contribution. Let’s join with her to let all voices be heard.

Joy Peyton’s Bio

Joy Kreeft Peyton – President, Coalition of Community-Based Heritage Language Schools

Joy Kreeft Peyton, PhD, is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL). She has been working on issues of heritage language and mother tongue education for over 30 years. She was a founding member of the Alliance for the Advancement of Heritage Languages, hosted at CAL, and is now president of the Coalition for Community-Based Heritage Language Schools She is co-editor of Heritage Languages in America: Preserving a National Resource and Handbook of Heritage, Community, and Native American Languages in the United States: Research, Educational Practice, and Policy. She has worked in Ethiopia, Nepal, and The Gambia (on projects funded by USAID and the World Bank) to develop educational materials, including leveled readers, in children’s mother tongues, for individual and group reading.


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