“I do think there’s a lot that teachers, across the board, can do in language classrooms to ensure that their environment is inclusive, is inviting, is friendly to any student. And that’s something that’s important for any content area, not just languages, but schools and educators in general, of course; that our students feel that that classroom is a safe place to be, not just physically, but psychologically.”
My guest for Episode 43 is Leslie Baldwin, an insightful and passionate educator. I invite you to listen to my conversation with Leslie and learn more about ways we can create a more inclusive classroom and more about her book, Keys to the Classroom.
Leslie Baldwin’s Bio
Dr. Leslie Baldwin is the World Languages Director for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools in Winston-Salem, NC and the Executive Director of the Southern Conference on Language Teaching. Dr. Baldwin received her doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she is also an adjunct instructor. She is the author of Keys to the Classroom (2nd edition), a handbook for beginning World Language educators. Dr. Baldwin is a frequent presenter at state, regional, and national conferences on a wide range of topics related to language instruction and language immersion programs. She is passionate about facilitating meaningful learning experiences for students and educators.
Language educator colleagues, check out the list below to discover your state and regional language organizations, as well as ACTFL, for quality conferences, professional development, and resources.
- ACTFL www.actfl.org
- Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL) www.nectfl.org
- Pacific Northwest Council for Languages (PNCFL) www.pncfl.org
- Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT) www.scolt.org
- Southwest Conference on Language Teaching (SWCOLT) www.swcolt.org
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