Our world language students are exploring and igniting their curiosities through their experiences and content being presented to them in the real world. As teachers, we have a responsibility to meet our students where they are at and prepare them for a journey of life experiences. Therefore, we must examine ourselves, reflect on our current mindsets, and transform our practice to one that centers diversity, equity, and inclusion in our classroom communities.
Kia is a passionate educator, writer, and advocate for equity by way of representation in the world language curriculum. She carries seventeen years of experience in the classroom, and has taught Spanish to second language learners, native, and heritage speakers, for all grade levels K-12. She currently teaches Spanish to 5th and 6th grade students, and works in an additional capacity as a DEI Coordinator in her school community. As an active board member of ICTFL (Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages), she co-developed and co-leads the Affinity Groups for ICTFL. Kia has provided workshops and webinars focused on student representation, the African Diaspora, and intercultural competence. As a writer of comprehensible short stories and articles, she successfully designs a rich curriculum filled with victories and stories of African identities, DEI, and student representation!