Steve Leinwand Keynote Video

Steve Leinwand delivers the Friday keynote address at the
2012 OELAS Conference.


Kate Kinsella Keynote Video

Dr. Kate Kinsella delivers the Thursday keynote address at the
2012 OELAS Conference.


Jim Warford Keynote Video

Jim Warford delivers the opening keynote address on Wednesday, December 11, 2012 at the
2012 OELAS Conference.


Recorded Webinars

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To view the webinar media files, you may need to install the GoTo Meeting Codec at no charge.


Individual Language Learner Plan (ILLP) Webinars

Differentiating Instruction for ELLs in the 3-5 Mainstream Classroom   (Webinar Recording)

Differentiating Instruction for ELLs in the K-2 Mainstream Classroom   (Webinar Recording)

ILLP Compliance (Webinar Recording)

ILLP Implementation Training   (PowerPoint)

ILLP Implementation Training – Elementary   (Webinar Recording)
ILLP Implementation Training – Elementary   (PowerPoint)

ILLP Implementation Training – Secondary   (Webinar Recording)
ILLP Implementation Training – Secondary   (PowerPoint)

Making Sense of ILLPs and Math (Webinar Recording)

Making Sense of ILLPs and Science   (Webinar Recording)

Making Sense of ILLPs and Social Studies   (Webinar Recording)

Teaching Reading Standards in the Elementary Mainstream Classroom   (PowerPoint)

Teaching Reading Standards in the ILLP High School    (PowerPoint)

Writing for ELLs in the Middle School Content Classroom   (Webinar Recording)


Kinder Academy Webinar Series

Kinder Academy – Getting Started – Session #1   (Webinar Recording)

Kinder Academy – Oral Conversation/Vocabulary – Session #2   (Webinar Recording)

Kinder Academy – Phonemic Awareness – Session #3   (Webinar Recording)

Kinder Academy – Reading – Session #4   (Webinar Recording)

Kinder Academy – Grammar – Session #5   (Webinar Recording)

Kinder Academy – Writing – Session #6   (Webinar Recording)


Listening and Speaking in the K-5 Classroom Webinar Series

Listening and Speaking in the K-5 Classroom – Session #1 – Phonological Awareness   (Webinar Recording)

Listening and Speaking in the K-5 Classroom – Session #2 – Read Alouds and Presentations   (Webinar Recording)

Listening and Speaking in the K-5 Classroom – Session #3 – Academic Discussion   (Webinar Recording)

Listening and Speaking in the K-5 Classroom – Session #4 – Classroom-Teacher Behaviors, Academic Language and Register   (Webinar Recording)


Other Webinars

2012 OELAS Conference

2012 OELAS Conference
ELLs: Transitioning to Tomorrow
December 12-14, 2012
JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass, Tucson, Arizona

Conference Program and Handouts

In Arizona’s fifth year of implementation of the Structured English Immersion (SEI) Models, the focus of Arizona’s educators will be on meeting 21st century global challenges. Not only must educators ready their students to meet the challenges and demands of the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) but also to transition to the rigor of Arizona’s Common Core Standards. Now more than ever before, it is critical that ELL educators understand how to apply successfully relevant methodologies inside an SEI, ILLP or mainstream classroom. ELL instruction must often be differentiated; how can educators accomplish that? What are text complexity, informational text and academic language, and how do they relate to ELLs, curriculum and instruction. How do educators make the necessary ‘shifts’ to be ready for Arizona’s Common Core standards? How can Arizona’s ELL educators best utilize technology to engage their students? How do Arizona’s educators design their curriculum to create college and career ready students? How will the new assessment tools work? How can we, as ELL educators, best enable our ELL students in successfully transitioning to tomorrow

Online registration for participants will open on September 1, 2012. A separate and optional online pre-registration will be available and required for attendance at the ELL Teacher of the Year awards banquet.

Please see the logistics page for information on reservations, registration, payment and other policies.

The Arizona Department of Education is partnering with the Arizona Educational Representatives Association (AERA) to coordinate exhibits at conferences. Registration for exhibitors will be handled directly through AERA. Please contact Kim Peters at for more information.

ELL Teacher of the Year

Call for Session Proposals

2011 OELAS Conference

ELL Student Success Stories

2012 ELL Student Success Stories Honorees

On Thursday, December 13, 2012, a select group of English Language Learners were introduced to OELAS conference attendees at the JW Marriott Resort in Tucson. These students had been selected from a large group of nominees from throughout Arizona to receive recognition. The awards were presented by Superintendent John Huppenthal and Dr. Jennifer Johnston of the Arizona Department of Education.

The ELL Student Success Stories award was created to honor Arizona ELL students who have made noteworthy achievements as a result of their studies as English Language Learners. 2012 marks the  fifth annual celebration of this event.

See below for the names of the 2012 ELL Success Stories Honoree students. Click the links to see more details and click the graphic to the right to see the video of the award! 
(Click  here to see details about the  2011 ELL Student Success Stories Honorees.)

ELL Student Success Stories Introduction  
Jonathan Aguilar Ochoa  
Jaqueline Vargas  
Oscar Amaya  
Tung Le  
Saraswati Chhetri  
Ivonne Michel Ruiz  
Pierre E. Madiata Mboungou  







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Photo Gallery-2012 OELAS Conference

 Melanie Conger, ELL Teacher of the Year; John Huppenthal, Superintendent of Public Instruction KathyHrabluk, Arizona Department of Education; Melanie Conger
ELL Teacher of the Year table Melanie Conger; Superintendent Joe Quintana, Glendale Elementary
 Jonothan Ochoa - J O Combs Elementary  Jacqueline Vargas - Gadsden Elementary
Oscar Amaya - Santa Cruz Valley Saraswati Chhetri-Amphitheater High School
Tung Le - Marana Unified District Pierre E. Madiata Mboungou - Arizona School for Integrated Academics and Technology
Ivonne Michelle Ruiz - Nogales USD  Dr. Jennifer Johnson, Arizona Department of Education

Conference Handouts-2012 OELAS Conference

The handouts for session listed below will be available ONLY online.  Please plan ahead  to print your preferred handouts and bring with you or plan to view by computer online. Handouts will be posted as they become available.
Scroll down to see more interactive sessions for which a limited quantity of handouts will be available at the conference.

Title Day Speaker
 Preparing ELL Students for the Changing World of the Common Core Standards Wednesday Keynote Jim Warford
 Rigor and Relevance: Your ELL Bridge to the Common Core State Standards Wednesday Breakout Jim Warford
 Developing Mastery of High-Utility Academic Vocabulary for Common Core Competencies Wednesday Institute Kate Kinsella
Disrupting Classroom Discourse: Preparing English Learners for Common Core Academic Language Demands  Thursday Keynote Kate Kinsella
 Tools to Structure Academic Interaction for Career and College Readiness  Thursday Institute Kate Kinsella
 Shifting Instruction to Strengthen the Opportunity to Learn Both Content and English  Friday Keynote Steve Leinwand
Building Language Rich Math Classrooms for ELL Students  Friday Breakout Steve Leinwand

The following sessions will have a limited quantity of handouts available at the conference. However, we still encourage you to view your handouts online during the session or bring them with you.  Handouts will be posted as they become available.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Developing ELL Writing through Metacognition…Rob Robertson

Threading a Teaching Theme throughout the Four-Hour Block … Heidi Koski

The Common Core and Move on When Reading … Mary Wennersten, Bette Lovelace

Writing for ELLs in the Middle School Content Classroom…Secily Downes, Tammara Ragsdale

Verb Tense Study-Advanced…Bradley Williams

How to Get Children Engaged in Academic Vocabulary… Powerpoint …Handout…Mary Wennersten, Bette Lovelace

Conversational Writing:  Helping ELLs Link What We Say with What We Write…Rob Robertson

Targeted Instruction:  Using the Method Four Picture Story Frames to Practice Reading Comprehension … Heidi Koski (Wednesday and Thursday)

Lights, Sound, Action!  Use Technology to Engage your English Language Learners…Handout, Reference Materials , Smartboard_Activity…Jennifer Glueck, Carol Keough(Wednesday and Friday)

Text-Cavating to Increase Reading Comprehension…Bradley Williams

A Collaborative Approach to Students with Dual Labels…Sandra Laine, Gerry Haskins

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Grammar-Based Writing in the Early Primary Grades…Heidi Rochin (Thursday and Friday)

A Complete Look at Complete Sentences…Kevin Clark

Coaching for ELD Instructional Excellence…Kevin Clark, Heidi Rochin

Help!  I’m a Mainstream Classroom Teacher with One Student on an ILLP!…Handout, Reference…Jennifer Glueck, Carol Keough

Shifting Culture from Teaching to Learning — Handout 1, Handout 2 Sid Bailey

Write Up the Genius Ladder … Deb Weigel (Thursday and Friday)

Monitoring: Everything You Want to Know…Kathie Mooney

Making Language Learning a “Piece of Cake” for High School ELLs…Downes, Ragsdale

Playing with Parts of Speech…Power Point, Handout…Alissa Thelen, SaraBeth George, Laveen Elementary

Friday, December 14, 2012

Dramatic Play…Terry Doolan

Informational Text and the Common Core Standards…Patricia Cunningham

Gesture Your Way to Improved Language Learning…Heidi Rochin

ELL Performance in Structured English Immersion…Hildie Cohen

Plays, Poetry, Fluency and the Common Core: Lesson Frameworks that Engage Your ELL Students…Patricia Cunningham

Use of Data as Part of Educator Evaluation…Carrie Giovannone

ELL Students in the A-F and AMAO Accountability System…Hildie Cohen

Conference Handouts and Keynote Videos-2012 OELAS Conference

Featured Speakers

Session Agenda

2012 OELAS Conference – ELLs: Transitioning to Tomorrow

2012 OELAS Conference-ELLs: Transitioning to Tomorrow

Registration and Information (Registration opens September 1)


Conference Program and Handouts

ELL Teacher of the Year

ELL Student Success Stories

Call for Session Proposals Proposal Application and Information