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

Directive Regarding the AZELLA Resolution Agreement



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



2011 ELL Student Success Stories

2011 ELL Student Success Story honorees
Please click on link below to see details for each student

Paloma Villa
Racheal Baxter
Rita Baxter
Sebastian Ramos
Ivana Garcia
Sebastian Flores
Hussein Yasser
Say Reh
Zainab Jabbar
Mohamed Noor













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Conference Logistics-2012


The Office of English Language Acquisition Services (OELAS) 2012 conference ‘ELLs: Transitioning to Tomorrow’ will begin at 8:30AM on Wednesday, December 12 and conclude after lunch on Friday, December 14, 2012. On-site registration will be offered on Tuesday evening from 5:00PM-6:30PM and on Wednesday starting at 7:00AM. Information Desks will be available throughout the conference.


JW Marriott Starr Pass Tucson
3800 W. Starr Pass Boulevard
Tucson, Arizona 85745

Guestroom Reservations

Call toll-free at 1-877-622-3140 to make guestroom reservations.
General Information is available at 1-520-792-3500
Guest rooms are available at $83.00 per night plus tax and based on availability. Be sure to make your reservations prior to November 12, 2012 to secure this rate and mention the OELAS conference when making your reservations.


Breakfast and lunch are provided on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  Dinner is provided with the Wednesday ELL Teacher of  the Year Awards Banquet.

Conference Timeline

Tuesday, December 11 5:00PM-6:30PM Registration
Wednesday, December 12 7:00AM-8:30AM Registration
Wednesday, December 12 8:30AM-4:00PM Keynote, Sessions
Wednesday, December 12 6:00PM-8:00PM ELL Teacher of the Year
Thursday, December 13 8:00AM-3:00PM Keynote, Sessions
Thursday, December 13 3:00PM-4:30PM ELL Success Stories
Friday, December 14 8:00AM-12:30PM Keynote, Sessions


  • Registration will be processed exclusively online and will open on September 1 and close on November 23, 2012.
  • Please note that you are not considered registered for the conference unless you receive an online confirmation number.
    A purchase order serves as backup for billing but does not register you for the conference.
  • Please input your name and organization under “Information About You” exactly as you want them to appear on your conference badge. Be sure to list your district name and address under “Payment Information.”
  • Online registration will close on November 23, 2012. After November 23, registration will be accepted only at the conference location on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you have not already registered online, you must bring a purchase order or check with you.
  • Once registered online, you are responsible for all conference fees even if you fail to attend the conference unless you cancel in writing on or before the November 30, 2012 deadline.

Conference Fees

Fees are $395 per person and cover materials, continental breakfast, breaks, lunch and the ELL Teacher of the Year banquet. Your general conference registration fee includes the ELL Teacher of the Year Award Banquet but only with prior online registration for this event (a separate registration online). Please enter your conference registration confirmation number under ‘Check Number’ to show that you are eligible to attend the banquet at no additional cost. Your registration fee supports the ELL Teacher of the Year Award.

Payment and Purchase Order Information

  • Registrations will not be accepted without a Requisition, Purchase Order or Check Number.
  • Check Payments or Purchase Orders should be made out to the Arizona Department of Education and mailed to: ADE; Office of English Language Acquisition Services; Bin 31; 1535 W. Jefferson,Phoenix,AZ85007or faxed Attn: Office of English Language Acquisition Services (OELAS) @ 602-542-3050.
  • Please enter the District or entity name and address under “Payment” Information. (not your personal/school location–unless they are the same).


  • All requests must be made in writing and sent by email to , no later than November 30, 2012.
  • Emails will receive a return confirmation verifying the change or cancellation. This is your proof of cancellation.
  • If you do not cancel prior to the deadline, you are responsible for all conference fees even if you fail to attend the conference.

Name Changes

Sending changes prior to the conference will greatly facilitate paperwork and badge changes for attendees. You may fax changes Attn: Office of English Language Acquisition Services at 602-542-3050 or email to All name changes must be received before November 23; otherwise, bring them with you to the Conference Registration Desk.


  • Your confirmation number is your proof of registration; please bring it with you to the conference.
  • Please do not press the ‘submit/registration’ button more than once.
  • Be sure to go completely through the online registration process and press ‘save’.
  • Any duplicate registrations will automatically be deleted from the system.


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 Advisory Committee

The Office of English Language Acquisition Services (OELAS) of the Arizona Department of Education is in the process of assembling a committee to serve in an advisory capacity on matters regarding Arizona’s English Language Learner (ELL) students. OELAS looks forward to receiving input from constituents on how OELAS can serve Arizona’s districts and charter schools in the best manner possible.

The Office of English Language Acquisition Services is seeking representatives from diverse parts of Arizona, who have experience in the education of ELL students, to serve on the committee. A minimum of six years of teaching experience is required for selection to the committee.

The committee is expected to be in place by the fall semester of the 2012-2013 school year and will meet on an as-needed basis with flexibility. 
The application should be returned by email to the attention of Gerry Haskins at no later than August 31.

ELL Advisory Committee Application

ELL Advisory Committee Notification

Fall 2011 AZELLA Field Test