Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Please note that links with content are colored in Red!
Registration and Breakfast 7:00 AM- 8:30 AM
Welcome, Announcements, Keynote 8:30 AM – 10:15 AM
Marlene Johnston, Linda Harvey; ADE
How Can English Language Learners Possibly Do This? Meeting the Literacy Teaching Challenges of the Common Core (session repeats)
Universal Design for Learning: Beyond Retrofitting to Maximizing Learning Opportunities for ALL Students
Jennifer Huber, ADE
Get With the Program! Use Today’s Technology to Engage your English Language Learners and Increase Learning (repeats Friday)
Laurene Christensen, National Center on Educational Outcomes
When students can discuss issues using academic language and articulate arguments with claims, reasoning and evidence, they can read essays and persuasive text with more thoughtfulness and write about these topics with more clarity. Research in this area is demonstrating that these academic discussions are particularly effective for ELL students (Snow et al, 2010). E.L.P. and A.C.C.R. standards reflect this research with curriculum and instruction shifts that bring a new focus to interdisciplinary academic language development and argumentative reasoning.
Erin Ruegg, Isaac Public Schools
Cindy Daniels, Arizona State Board of Education
San Luis I & II
Breakout Session II 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Vocabulary and Background Knowledge that Unlocks Comprehension: You’ve Got To Know Stuff To Learn Stuff
How Can English Language Learners Possibly Do This? Meeting the Literacy Teaching Challenges of the Common Core (repeat session)
This session is for anyone wanting to learn more about developing and evaluating K-2 instructional units/lessons with English language learners in mind. A team of Arizona SEI teachers gathered to develop instructional units focused on language while meeting the requirements of the SEI Models and supported with content. Join us as we share the process for using a rubric similar to the one used by your mainstream colleagues to evaluate quality and prepare SEI classrooms for the demands of college and career ready.
Inez Ramirez, Angela Ebner
Move those 3-ring binders from your bookshelf to a virtual space where you can share your favorite sites and documents with friends, students and colleagues around the world.
LiveBinders allows you to:
*create online binders with tabs and sub-tabs containing your favorite websites, documents and videos
*house a list of websites organized in categories or subcategories
*post PDF and Word documents within the binders
*create assignments and lessons for your students
*upload files up to 5MB in size
The goal for this session is that all participants will walk away with a working knowledge of how to search for “shared” Livebinders and build one of their own. Cautionary note: Livebinders can become habit forming…
Kim Thomas, Madison School District
This session will focus on effective strategies schools use to enhance the educational success of Refugee, Migrant and Homeless students with interrupted education. The session will provide in-depth background information on these students — who they are and how schools are supporting these students at beating the odds. This session will be particularly useful for administrators.
Frank Migali, Mary Haluska, Violetta Lopez
Laurene Christensen, National Center on Educational Outcomes
Breakout Session III 2:45 PM – 4:00 PM
English language learners must do “double the work” – learning the content while they are still learning the language. In middle and high school especially, where the language demands are high, this is a tall order for both teachers and students. The Common Core State Standards are clear – content area teachers must integrate a focus on literacy in their instruction. For teachers of ELL students, this means helping students learn abstract and complex concepts as well as the language they need to talk, read and write about them. In this session, participants engage in a variety of ways to integrate instruction of academic vocabulary and language across a rigorous, grade-level curriculum. This presentation is especially useful for middle and high school teachers.
This session offers cutting edge concepts of utilizing well known ELD methods as the anchor for initial writing instruction. Learn how ‘Verb Tense Study,’ ‘Syntax Surgery,’ and ‘This or That’ springboard from the Oral English/Conversation and Vocabulary hour and the Grammar hour into the powerful Writing hour. Leave with three sensible strategies for writing development. You will leave energized and smiling! This session is an overview and is especially useful for primary teachers.
The Talking Classroom: Embracing your Students with Words: Language Development Activities within the Classroom (repeat session)
During this session you will learn and practice simple, engaging and interactive activities designed to develop speaking and listening skills in students with limited language. They will emphasize attention and engagement, the development of vocabulary, background knowledge and active listening and speaking within the classroom setting. Come and have fun while we talk and discover together ways to help our children develop their abilities in the area of oral language and build a strong foundation for literacy.
Learning grammar rules and then applying them in spontaneous writing is the apogee of second language mastery. This session shows in detail two methods for getting students to move from reciting rules and formulas to applying them in writing. It’s not easy, but it works!
OELAS Staff will be available to answer any questions you may have. This will be an informal session so please feel free to come in, pull up a chair at the table of your choice, and chat or just listen to others. Bring your Title III, Monitoring, AZELLA, Professional Development, Budget and any other concerns or questions you may have.
Participants will learn how to use effective strategies in order for meaningful learning to occur when using technology in the classroom. Presenters will connect strategies and demonstrate how they can support each domain/strand of the English Language Proficiency Standards and Arizona College and Career Readiness Standards. Presenters will connect media techniques to each of the instructional hours of the four-hour block. Handouts will be provided for participants to take and apply strategies.
Alejandrina Garcia, Vanessa Zurita; Cartwright School District
The Cartwright School District describes how Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) have supported the Response to Intervention (RtI) process and how structures and systems have been created to support all learners. District leaders will explain how they built shared knowledge and created common understanding amongst all stakeholders in the RtI process. Tiers I, II, and III have been collaboratively developed while along the way explicitly making connections to current systems of operating as a PLC.
Sonia Bustamante, Patricia Lopez, Dr. Cecilia Sanchez; Cartwright School District
This session will provide Kindergarten Structured English Immersion teachers with an overview of the Kinder Academy webinar series. This series has used English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards to plan for explicit English Language Development instruction for English language learners in an SEI kindergarten classroom. The SEI Models require SEI teachers to provide daily ELD in Reading, Writing, Oral English Conversation and Vocabulary, and Grammar. Participants will walk away with ideas for instruction and assessment in these areas. This session is appropriate for beginners as well as those who want a refresher or seek clarification.
Laura Zeleznak, Secily Meza Downes, Lauren Preston; ADE