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How to be Awesome: Step 1 – Learn Another Language!

Spotlight On TMI Artists Mini-course Series, Student Engagement And Differentiation

An immersion teacher shares the advantages of language learning - brain science is awesome!

Session Objectives: 

  • connect language learning with brain health
  • connect language learning with cognitive, academic, and economic benefits

  • connect language learning with cultural awareness and humility as well as greater empathy and cultural responsiveness

Presenter: Susan Richardson (NBCT) fell in love with languages during her undergraduate studies at Carthage College in Kenosha. After living and teaching ESL/EFL in Germany for 8 years, she received her MA in German Language and Linguistics from UW Milwaukee while teaching at the UWM-School of Continuing Education. Richardson employs language learning strategies while immersing her students in various cultures in her current third grade classroom at Milwaukee German Immersion School. Passionate about teaching the whole child, Richardson coordinates an Art Club and chairs her school’s transition to a green playground. Through her role as Wisconsin 2021 Teacher of Year, she promotes the cognitive and social benefits of language acquisition and its connection to cultural responsiveness. Richardson is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Education with an emphasis on teaching future educators.

Time: 45 Minutes



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