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EDUCATORS

WHO I AM is endorsed by a variety of researchers, authors, and consultants. In addition, WHO I AM has had the unique opportunity to work and/or collaborate with a plethora of some of the most inspiring educators and leaders from around the globe. Listed below are pioneers in the field of mother tongue development, linguistic identity, multi-literacies, international mindedness, language policy, and multicultural literature for youth.  To learn more about them and their work, just click on their profile. We would like to introduce these people to you as you may also wish to invite them to your school to inspire your students, staff, and parents!

AUTHOR
DA CHEN

Author of “Colors of the Mountain,” Chen is also an international guest speaker. His survival of the Chinese Cultural Revolution and successfully integrating into American society as a teenager, inspires students on the theme of acceptance and cultural identity.

Click here for more information about Da Chen:
www.dachen.org

My identity is my life and without it I cannot live fully, the earth will not tolerate my gait, my words, my humanity.

Ismahel Beah

AUTHOR
ISHMAEL BEAH


Author of a “Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Solder,” Beah is also a world renowned speaker on the theme of Children in War.  He has dedicated his life to stop the use of child soldiers by raising awareness, and setting up a foundation to help former child soldiers reintegrate back into society.  Beah is an honorary committee member of WHO I AM.

Click here for more information about Ishmael Beah:
www.beahfound.org

AUTHOR
DR. MAURICE CARDER

Dr. Carder is the author of “Bilingualism in International Schools: A Model for Enriching Language Education.” He has written countless articles on the theme of multiliteracies and mother tongue. He has been a consultant for developing mother tongue programs in schools, and WHO I AM has used much of Carder’s research about the use of mother tongue literacy.

Click here for more information about Maurice Carder:
www.mauricecarder.net

AUTHOR
DR. ANITA HEISS


“The Diary of Mary Talence, Sydney 1937” was the inspiration that helped create the concept of WHO I AM. Specializing in Indigenous literature, Dr. Heiss is also a lecturer, writer, and guest speaker for a variety of audiences around the world.

Click here for more information about Anita Heiss:
www.anitaheiss.com

AUTHOR
EITHNE GALLAGHER

Author of the book Equal Rights to the Curriculum: Many languages, one message, Gallagher is an international consultant specialized in assisting schools to become more internationally minded and develop language policies. WHO I AM uses much of Gallagher’s research in our publications and presentations.

Click here for more information about Eithne Gallagher:
www.eithnegallagher.net

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