Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Wednesday Sessions At a Glance

Registration & Breakfast: 7:00 am – 8:30 am

Welcome & Keynote Address: 8:30 am – 10:15 am

Keynote Address:
What If?

Jeff Charbonneau, 2013 National Teacher of the Year

Location: Arizona Ballroom

Keynote Description
High powered rockets, robotics, 3-D printers, laser cutters, college credit for high school courses; all of these started by the power of asking “What if…” If it can be done in Zillah, Washington, then it can be done in your school. The bigger question is: When your “what if” comes true, will you be ready?

Presenter Information
Jeff Charbonneau
was named the 2013 National Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief State School Officers. He teaches physics, chemistry, and engineering at Zillah High School (Washington), the same school he attended. Jeff is a big proponent of STEM/STEAM education. He runs a statewide robotics competition, while also serving as the school’s yearbook advisor and assistant drama director. He helped transform his small school into a place where nearly every student graduates with some college credit.

Breakout Session 1: 10:30 am – 11:45 am

Building Sentence Sense in Struggling Writers (Repeat Session) +
William van Cleave, W.V.C.ED Consulting

Session Location: Tucson A-B

Session Description
More often than not, students struggle at the sentence level far more than they struggle at the paragraph level; teachers ignore this fact if they move directly to practicing prompts for assessments. This workshop, aligned with the Language section of the Common Core State Standards, will focus on parts of speech and sentence parts as they apply to the act of writing. Participants will learn about the components of a good lesson and strategies for developing sentence sense in student writers. They will examine parts of speech as a method of understanding the way words interact with each other and sentence parts as building blocks for creating different kinds of sentences. They will practice with the elements introduced and model the strategies suggested. They will leave the workshop with many strategies they can implement the very next day!

Presenter Information
William van Cleave
is an educational consultant and nationally recognized speaker, who has presented on effective teaching practices at conferences and schools around the country for two decades. The author of three books and a number of educational tools and activities, William has served as a classroom teacher, tutor, and administrator. Amongst his current projects are providing P.D. for a S.I.G. Grant in Oklahoma, serving as an expert on the Pennsylvania RtII/SLD Writing Committee, and authoring a series of workbooks.

Handout:   Building Sentence Sense in Struggling Writers

How are You Teaching Your ELLs 2,000-3,000 New Vocabulary Words a Year? (Repeat Session) +
Susan Hall, 95 Percent Group Inc.

Session Location: Tucson C-D

Session Description
To keep up with grade level, students should be learning 2,000-3,000 new words a year. Yet most teachers report only instructing on 10 vocabulary words a week, which is less than 400 a year. Where will the other 2,600 come from? Although students learn the most vocabulary words from independent reading, many ELLs are not reading widely in English. Teachers need to show ELLs how to figure out what an unknown word means based on context clues and the meaning of the roots, prefixes, and suffixes. Presenter will show techniques for teaching these word learning skills.

Presenter Information
Susan Hall
, EdD, is a consultant specializing in teacher training and early reading. She is founder and president of an educational consulting company called 95 Percent Group Inc. The company provides professional development for districts and schools in Response to Intervention (RTI) in reading. Susan is a nationally certified trainer of DIBELS and LETRS. She is author of several books including “I’ve DIBEL’d, Now What?” and “Implementing Response to Intervention: A Principal’s Guide.”

Handout:   How are You Teaching Your ELLs 2,000-3,000 New Vocabulary Words a Year?

Teacher Mediator of Text: Moving from Grammar Instruction to Text Application (Repeat Session) +
Heidi Koski, Heidi Koski Consulting

Session Location: Tucson E

Session Description
Do you know the meaning of that phrase – Teacher Mediator of Text? Come to this session and learn how the methods are preparing your students to be linguistically informed readers and how you can mediate syntaxically challenging sentences / passages. Publishers can’t address the language demands during close reading activities when using complex texts, but this presenter can! Leave with a step-by-step process of how to attack the first steps of close reading with EL learners by learning how to mediate the text. A perfect session for grammar and reading teachers.

Presenter Information
Heidi Koski
is a nationally recognized expert on grammar-based EL D instruction for elementary grade students. She has worked with thousands of teachers and administrators across the country for more than a decade to implement high-engagement methods for building discrete English language grammar skills. You might recognize her from IDEAL, where you can find 30-hour video-based ELD methods training curriculum for the state of Arizona featuring various ELD methods. Heidi’s background in reading literacy coupled with grammar expertise empowers her to present cutting edge information in reading comprehension strategies. Heidi also has a legion of ELD coaches across the country with whom she has worked to prepare them for leadership roles in their respective schools, districts, county offices and state-level education agencies.

Handout:   Teacher Mediator of Text

Introducing AZELLA Sample Tests for Stages III-V (Repeat Session)
Marlene Johnston, Director of English Language Learner Assessments, ADE
Lisa Oliver,
English Language Learner Assessment Development Coordinator, ADE
Session Location: Tucson F
Session Description
This session will provide an introduction and overview of the new AZELLA Sample Tests for Stages III-V.

Presenter Information
Marlene Johnston
is the Director of English Language Learner Assessments for the Assessment Section of the Arizona Department of Education (ADE). Ms. Johnston has been in state service since 2000 and has focused on ELL issues for ADE since 2005. Arizona’s English language proficiency assessment, the AZELLA, is the current focus of her work.

Presenter Information
Lisa Oliver
is the English Language Learner Assessment Development Coordinator for the Assessment Section of the Arizona Department of Education (ADE). Ms. Oliver has served as an ambassador to the English Language Learner community since 1999, and has now focused her talents on the item development for Arizona’s English language proficiency assessment, AZELLA.

Making Sense of ILLPs and Mathematics (Grades 6-12) +
Andrea Grabow, OELAS Program Specialist, ADE
Tracy Fazio,
Math Content Specialist, ADE

Session Location: Tucson G-H

Session Description
This session will allow participants to make connections between the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) and the Arizona College and Career Readiness Standards (AZCCRS) in Mathematics content and practice standards. Arizona Department of Education OELAS and K-12 Mathematics Standards staff will share instructional strategies on how to support secondary ELL students in a mathematics classroom. Guidance will be shared on how to select performance indicators from the ELPS to provide Oral English Conversation and Vocabulary support to students on an ILLP that connects to mathematics lessons.

Presenter Information
Andrea Grabow
has been active in the field of Applied Linguistics and ELL instruction for several years as a classroom teacher, teacher mentor, and academic coach. She is currently an Education Program Specialist working on professional development in the Office of English Language Acquisition Services.
Presenter Information

Tracy Fazio has been active in the K-12 mathematics community as a classroom teacher, academic coach, and a program coordinator. She is currently an Education Program Specialist working on professional development in the K-12 Academic Standards Division at ADE.

Handout:   Characteristics of Mathematically Proficient Students  |   ELD Strategies in Mathematics   |   ILLP Guidance Document  |   Language for Classroom Discussion   |   Math Practices  |   Sample Lesson

Dramatic Play
Lauren Zbyszinski, Early Childhood Program Specialist, ADE

Session Location: Tucson I-J

Session Description
In this interactive session participants will learn the importance of dramatic play and the teacher’s role in setting up a quality scenario. In addition, to understand that children’s involvement in Dramatic Play contributes to their success in multiple domains of learning: Social & Emotional, Approaches to Learning, and Language & Literacy Development…further preparing them to be successful in their academic career. A dramatic play plan will be reviewed and participants will use the plan to develop a dramatic play scenario for their classrooms.

Presenter Information
Lauren Zbyszinski
works as a Program Specialist and Professional Development Coordinator in the Early Childhood division at the Arizona Department of Education. Her background includes teaching preschool, kindergarten, and first grade. Her research interests include the Arizona Early Learning Standards and College and Career Ready Standards, with a special focus on the Social Emotional standard and development in the preschool and kindergarten years.

Helping Refugee Youth Succeed at School
Violetta Lopez, International Rescue Committee

Session Location: Arizona 8-9

Session Description
What are the struggles refugee parents have with their children and the new school setting they find themselves in? We will discuss perceptions from parents, students and schools, as this new journey of integrating into the mainstream US school system takes place. Strategies of how schools can be effective in assisting refugee families and students integrate and navigate the school system will be shared, as well as current resources that are available for schools and families in the valley. This presentation will also briefly touch on the situation with the unaccompanied alien children here in Arizona, and explain how that process takes place and clarify the main differences from refugee children and the unaccompanied alien children.

Presenter Information
Violetta Lopez
currently serves as the Education and Learning Program Manager with the International Rescue Committee in Phoenix, AZ. She oversees the educational programs that are offered at IRC Phoenix including adult education and educational services for youth and families. One of her roles is to serve as the Maricopa Refugee-School Coordinator. She works closely with the Arizona Refugee Resettlement Program and the Arizona Department of Education to support K-12 school districts who are serving a significant number of refugee students. Before joining IRC, Violetta worked in the public school system in Arizona for nine years. During that period her experience primarily focused on working with and advocating for English language learners at the secondary level. Some of the roles she held in the public school sector include guidance counselor, ELL coordinator, Family Literacy teacher, and summer school administrator.

Designing Focused Writing Instruction for English Language Learners (Repeat Session)
Rob Robertson, Arizona Science Center

Session Location: Arizona 10-11

Session Description
Participants will learn how to develop focused writing instruction and rubrics for their English language learners. By analyzing writing on key criteria that are foundational for English language learners, participants will learn how to focus their writing instruction and feedback as well as where to drill down into key grammatical, lexical, syntactic and semantic components to meet the individual needs of their students. They will come away with a deeper understanding of how to measure ELL writing and how to design their own writing rubrics to meet each proficiency level.

Presenter Information
Rob Robertson
has worked as an ELL teacher, coordinator and professional development facilitator for over 20 years in both the U.S. and Europe. He holds a bachelor’s degree in French and English, a Master’s degree in Bilingual Education and a doctorate degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on English linguistics and ELL writing. He currently works with the Arizona Science Center as Director of Professional Learning and Development in Flagstaff. He supports systemic school reform for districts and schools across Arizona through Common Core instructional strategies, STEM education, and one on one coaching support to teachers. He specializes in working with ELD teachers to incorporate literacy and grammar into science and math instruction.

The “What” and “How” of Foundational Reading and Writing Instruction +
Becky Rapier, English Language Arts Program Specialist, ADE

Session Location: San Luis I & II

Session Description
In support of Move On When Reading legislation, AZ READS, and the implementation of the ELP Standards and the AZCCRS, this overview will provide basic content knowledge and evidenced based instructional strategies that are necessary in developing reading skills , academic vocabulary and deep comprehension in students. These skills are important components of an effective comprehensive reading and writing program designed to develop proficient readers, competent writers and critical thinkers.

Presenter Information
Becky Rapier
has 25 years in the education field with 15 years classroom experience working with Title I, ELD and SPED students. She is currently an ELA Program Specialist with the K-12 Academic Standards unit of the Arizona Department of Education.

Handout:   Brain and Scarborough  |   Standards and Appendix A   |   Shifts in English Language Arts  |   Text Dependent Quest   |   Choosing Vocabulary Words  |   Vocabulary Instruction – essential components   |   Grammar Scaffold – Blank  |   Elements of Expository Text   |   Informational Text Structure Template  |   Two Column Notes

Breakout Session 2: 1:15 pm – 2:30 pm

Introducing AZELLA Sample Tests for Stages III-V (Repeat Session)
Marlene Johnston, Director of English Language Learner Assessments, ADE
Lisa Oliver,
English Language Learner Assessment Development Coordinator, ADE
Session Location: Tucson A-B
Session Description
This session will provide an introduction and overview of the new AZELLA Sample Tests for Stages III-V.

Presenter Information
Marlene Johnston
is the Director of English Language Learner Assessments for the Assessment Section of the Arizona Department of Education (ADE). Ms. Johnston has been in state service since 2000 and has focused on ELL issues for ADE since 2005. Arizona’s English language proficiency assessment, the AZELLA, is the current focus of her work.

Presenter Information
Lisa Oliver
is the English Language Learner Assessment Development Coordinator for the Assessment Section of the Arizona Department of Education (ADE). Ms. Oliver has served as an ambassador to the English Language Learner community since 1999, and has now focused her talents on the item development for Arizona’s English language proficiency assessment, AZELLA.

Understanding ELLs with Disabilities (Repeat Session)
Vitaliy Shyyan, Research Associate, National Center on Educational Outcomes
Laurene Christensen,
Research Associate, National Center on Educational Outcomes

Session Location: Tucson C-D

Session Description
Presenters will take an interactive approach to focus on understanding the educational needs of English language learners with disabilities. This session will highlight the 2014 U.S. Department of Education guidance regarding inclusion of English language learners with disabilities in English language proficiency (ELP) assessments and Title III Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives. The session will also feature a framework for conceptualizing the English language and disability related needs of these students. Additionally, we will explore tools that contextualize meaningful instruction and assessment approaches for this student population.

Presenter Information
Vitaliy Shyyan
is a Research Associate at the National Center on Educational Outcomes. In this position, he works with state departments of education to improve outcomes for diverse students, including students with disabilities, English language learners, and English language learners with disabilities. Dr. Shyyan’s research and technical assistance priorities entail overseeing the Center’s leadership and coordination efforts; conducting research and evaluation that inform the improvement of accountability assessments for states and consortia; collaborating with the Center’s personnel on publications, products, tools, and services; and designing and delivering technical assistance to states and assessment consortia. Dr. Shyyan has expertise in large-scale assessments, accessibility and accommodations, research and evaluation design, language acquisition, and intercultural education.

Presenter Information
Laurene Christensen
is a Research Associate at the National Center on Educational Outcomes. In this position, she works with states to improve outcomes for students with disabilities and English language learners, particularly in the area of assessment accommodations. Recent projects at NCEO have involved analyzing issues that have emerged from the federal standards and assessments peer review. Dr. Christensen has expertise in large-scale assessments, school accountability, English language learners, language acquisition, research design, and transition/postsecondary issues. Dr. Christensen is the author of a number of publications on accommodations for students with disabilities. She has also written and published materials on assessment issues for English language learners, both with and without disabilities.

Teacher Mediator of Text: Moving from Grammar Instruction to Text Application (Repeat Session) +
Heidi Koski, Heidi Koski Consulting

Session Location: Tucson E

Session Description
Do you know the meaning of that phrase – Teacher Mediator of Text? Come to this session and learn how the methods are preparing your students to be linguistically informed readers and how you can mediate syntaxically challenging sentences / passages. Publishers can’t address the language demands during close reading activities when using complex texts, but this presenter can! Leave with a step-by-step process of how to attack the first steps of close reading with EL learners by learning how to mediate the text. A perfect session for grammar and reading teachers.

Presenter Information
Heidi Koski
is a nationally recognized expert on grammar-based EL D instruction for elementary grade students. She has worked with thousands of teachers and administrators across the country for more than a decade to implement high-engagement methods for building discrete English language grammar skills. You might recognize her from IDEAL, where you can find 30-hour video-based ELD methods training curriculum for the state of Arizona featuring various ELD methods. Heidi’s background in reading literacy coupled with grammar expertise empowers her to present cutting edge information in reading comprehension strategies. Heidi also has a legion of ELD coaches across the country with whom she has worked to prepare them for leadership roles in their respective schools, districts, county offices and state-level education agencies.

Handout:   Teacher Mediator of Text

Fast Track Students to Read Multisyllable Words in Five Minutes a Day! +
Susan Hall, 95 Percent Group Inc.

Session Location: Tucson F

Session Description
Reading multisyllabic words is a persistent issue for most struggling readers. Many ELLs need help identifying the syllable breaks, and then pronouncing each syllable. Yet trying to figure out whether to pronounce the vowel with its long or short sound is what stumps many ELLs. Come learn an easy technique for using the syllable type to show students which vowel sound is correct. The presenter will demonstrate an interactive approach students use to quickly recognize the syllable type using gestures, and then say the syllable with the accurate vowel sound on the first try.

Presenter Information
Susan Hall
, EdD, is a consultant specializing in teacher training and early reading. She is founder and president of an educational consulting company called 95 Percent Group Inc. The company provides professional development for districts and schools in Response to Intervention (RTI) in reading. Susan is a nationally certified trainer of DIBELS and LETRS. She is author of several books including “I’ve DIBEL’d, Now What?” and “Implementing Response to Intervention: A Principal’s Guide.”

Handout:   Fast Track Students to Read Multisyllable Words in Five Minutes a Day!

Building Capacity Through Teacher Leadership
Alejandrina (Alex) Garcia, Cartwright School District
Vanessa Zurita,
Cartwright School District

Session Location: Tucson C-D

Session Description
Participants will learn effective ways for building capacity of SEI teacher leaders within a school district. Presenters will share the process of developing SEI Model Classrooms and iClass21 Classrooms, along with the purpose of each of these classrooms. SEI Model Classrooms serve as district models of SEI compliance, first best practices in the four-hour block, consistent application of SEI strategies, and technology integration to support language development. iClass21 Classrooms serve as district models of technology integration in SEI. These rooms will be equipped with one-to-one iPads and other equipment to integrate into SEI classrooms using the blended learning model. Technology will be used to support language development and impact student achievement.

Presenter Information
Alejandrina (Alex) Garcia
is currently an English Language Development Content Specialist for Cartwright School District in Phoenix, Arizona. She provides support in the compliance and implementation of the 4-hour block. Alex coaches teachers in implementing SEI strategies conducive to language acquisition.

Presenter Information
Vanessa Zurita
is currently an English Language Development Technology Specialist for Cartwright School District in Phoenix, Arizona. She works with teachers and students grades kindergarten through eighth-grade to meaningfully integrate technology into the curriculum.

Let’s Talk: Engaging Children in Conversation
Lauren Zbyszinski, Early Childhood Program Specialist, ADE

Session Location: Tucson I-J

Session Description
Engaging children in conversations fosters cognitive and social development for children. These benefits are greatly impacted by the quality of what is said in the conversation. So, understanding that having extended conversations with children supports their cognitive development and increases positive interactions, the objective of this workshop is:
1. To learn the key elements of meaningful conversations with young children
2. To identify the benefits of teachers engaging in conversations with young children
3. To understand strategies teachers can use to engage children in conversations
4. To identify opportunities in the classroom to have conversations with children

Presenter Information
Lauren Zbyszinski
works as a Program Specialist and Professional Development Coordinator in the Early Childhood division at the Arizona Department of Education. Her background includes teaching preschool, kindergarten, and first grade. Her research interests include the Arizona Early Learning Standards and College and Career Ready Standards, with a special focus on the Social Emotional standard and development in the preschool and kindergarten years.

Tell Me a Tale: The Art of Storytelling to Increase English Learners’ Oral Language & Written Expression Skills (Repeat Session)
Dr. Jennifer Fontenot, Grand Canyon University College of Education
Dr. Marjaneh Gilpatrick,
Grand Canyon University College of Education

Session Location: Arizona 8-9

Session Description
Come join us and celebrate the use of Oral Tradition for assisting your students in developing oral language & written expressive skills, recall, fluency, and vocabulary development. All of this and more, while meeting the English Language Proficiency as well as Arizona College and Career Ready Standards in grades K-3.

The content of this workshop will include:
1. Fables, presented interactively, that illustrate methods for enhancing student language development and auditory processing skills
2. Hand jives and manipulatives that enhance understanding of a story’s structure and aid in teaching young students story grammar (elements of narrative stories), and also promote their imagination development
3. A Simple 1,2,3 process to teach students to write a story in any of the genres included in the narrative text type.

Presenters will model interactive storytelling strategies with the help of volunteers from the audience. Workshop participants will then break out into groups to create and share their own stories. Each group will share results with all participants. All workshop participants will then write their own personal story! Workshop participants will receive handouts and view a Prezi-developed visual presentation.

Presenter Information
Dr. Jennifer Fontenot
is a new resident of the State of Arizona and a member of the faculty of the College of Education at Grand Canyon University where she is instructing courses in Sheltered English Immersion Methods, early childhood education and literacy as an Associate Professor of Education. Dr. Fontenot is a 30-year veteran teacher consultant in public education, a former adjunct faculty member in the Department of Special Education at Eastern Michigan University and has also served as an Assistant Professor of Special Education at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She has been given the Michigan Teacher Educator of the Year Award for her work in teacher training programs and development. In addition, she is a Michigan Department of Education Writing Consultant and continues to provide systemic training across the State.

Presenter Information
Dr. Marjaneh Gilpatrick
is the Executive Director of Educational Outreach and Chair of the Master’s in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) in the College of Education (COE) at Grand Canyon University (GCU). Additionally, she is the counselor for GCU’s Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education as well as GCU’s Future Educators’ Association (FEA). In her role she oversees the Adjunct Faculty and Lopes for Literacy which is the College’s service outreach initiative. She has fulfilled a variety of roles as an educator for over 20 years. At the beginning of her career, she was a third and fourth grade English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher. Prior to joining GCU, she was the Instructional Specialist, Chair of the Reading Department and Coordinator for Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) at a junior high school. Furthermore, she was an adjunct instructor at Maricopa County Community Colleges where she taught the Art of Storytelling, English as Second Language courses as well as Education courses to pre-service teachers.

Designing Focused Writing Instruction for English Language Learners (Repeat Session)
Rob Robertson, Arizona Science Center

Session Location: Arizona 10-11

Session Description
Participants will learn how to develop focused writing instruction and rubrics for their English language learners. By analyzing writing on key criteria that are foundational for English language learners, participants will learn how to focus their writing instruction and feedback as well as where to drill down into key grammatical, lexical, syntactic and semantic components to meet the individual needs of their students. They will come away with a deeper understanding of how to measure ELL writing and how to design their own writing rubrics to meet each proficiency level.

Presenter Information
Rob Robertson
has worked as an ELL teacher, coordinator and professional development facilitator for over 20 years in both the U.S. and Europe. He holds a bachelor’s degree in French and English, a Master’s degree in Bilingual Education and a doctorate degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on English linguistics and ELL writing. He currently works with the Arizona Science Center as Director of Professional Learning and Development in Flagstaff. He supports systemic school reform for districts and schools across Arizona through Common Core instructional strategies, STEM education, and one on one coaching support to teachers. He specializes in working with ELD teachers to incorporate literacy and grammar into science and math instruction.

Demystifying the SEI Budget
Lin Murnane, OELAS Director of Professional Development, ADE
Alexandra Miller,
OELAS Program and Project Specialist, ADE

Session Location: Arizona 8-9

Session Description
The process of applying for SEI Budget funds can be puzzling and overwhelming. Come to this session to break through all that confusion. This session will guide you in understanding the phases of the budget process and how you can use SEI Budget funds to help your ELL students. We will walk through the Incremental Teacher Spreadsheets and Budget Application, help you calculate your incremental costs, and provide guidance on appropriate expenses.

Presenter Information
Lin Murnane
is the Director of Professional Development for OELAS and recently served as a program coordinator in a local school district. She has also served as a building level administrator and has taught grades 7-12, both in the mainstream and in Special Education.

Presenter Information
Alexandra Miller
started her professional life as an archaeologist focusing on early modern humans in France and Spain; in that capacity, she published numerous scholarly articles and presented at international professional conferences. Alex earned a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a M.A. from Arizona State University. She has taught Anthropology courses at Glendale Community College, Scottsdale Community College, and ASU. For the last 3 years, she has worked in the Office of English Language Acquisition Services at ADE as a Program and Project Specialist focusing on Title III grants, SEI Budget, and educational technology.

Breakout Session 3: 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm

Word Smarts: Using Roots & Affixes to Develop Vocabulary and Decoding Skills +
William van Cleave, W.V.C.ED Consulting

Session Location: Tucson A-B

Session Description
Recognizing that most schooling provides decoding at only the primary level, this workshop picks up where basic word attack leaves off. All too soon students are introduced to textbooks filled with longer, multisyllabic words. Even with effective basic phonics instruction, readers are often unable to handle both the increased quantity of text and its complexity. An understanding of morphology, or the meaning parts that comprise words, is valuable for the development of vocabulary and word attack skills. In this interactive, hands-on workshop, Van Cleave engages participants in a brief overview of the origins of our language and characteristics of the major languages of influence, an introduction to morphemic awareness, and then a study of advanced word decoding strategies. Participants practice with each concept and learn tools useful for helping students understand and decode unfamiliar words.

Presenter Information
William van Cleave
is an educational consultant and nationally recognized speaker, who has presented on effective teaching practices at conferences and schools around the country for two decades. The author of three books and a number of educational tools and activities, William has served as a classroom teacher, tutor, and administrator. Amongst his current projects are providing P.D. for a S.I.G. Grant in Oklahoma, serving as an expert on the Pennsylvania RtII/SLD Writing Committee, and authoring a series of workbooks.

Handout:   Word Smarts

Understanding ELLs with Disabilities (Repeat Session)
Vitaliy Shyyan, Research Associate, National Center on Educational Outcomes
Laurene Christensen,
Research Associate, National Center on Educational Outcomes

Session Location: Tucson C-D

Session Description
Presenters will take an interactive approach to focus on understanding the educational needs of English language learners with disabilities. This session will highlight the 2014 U.S. Department of Education guidance regarding inclusion of English language learners with disabilities in English language proficiency (ELP) assessments and Title III Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives. The session will also feature a framework for conceptualizing the English language and disability related needs of these students. Additionally, we will explore tools that contextualize meaningful instruction and assessment approaches for this student population.

Presenter Information
Vitaliy Shyyan
is a Research Associate at the National Center on Educational Outcomes. In this position, he works with state departments of education to improve outcomes for diverse students, including students with disabilities, English language learners, and English language learners with disabilities. Dr. Shyyan’s research and technical assistance priorities entail overseeing the Center’s leadership and coordination efforts; conducting research and evaluation that inform the improvement of accountability assessments for states and consortia; collaborating with the Center’s personnel on publications, products, tools, and services; and designing and delivering technical assistance to states and assessment consortia. Dr. Shyyan has expertise in large-scale assessments, accessibility and accommodations, research and evaluation design, language acquisition, and intercultural education.

Presenter Information
Laurene Christensen
is a Research Associate at the National Center on Educational Outcomes. In this position, she works with states to improve outcomes for students with disabilities and English language learners, particularly in the area of assessment accommodations. Recent projects at NCEO have involved analyzing issues that have emerged from the federal standards and assessments peer review. Dr. Christensen has expertise in large-scale assessments, school accountability, English language learners, language acquisition, research design, and transition/postsecondary issues. Dr. Christensen is the author of a number of publications on accommodations for students with disabilities. She has also written and published materials on assessment issues for English language learners, both with and without disabilities.

…Just don’t look at our writing scores: The Dirty Secret School Districts Have Been Avoiding for Too Long and How to Fix It
(Repeat Session)
+
Bradley Williams, Kevin Clark Consulting and Training, Inc.

Session Location: Tucson E

Session Description
We all have a good side that we try to accentuate when possible and a side that we hope no one notices. Many districts have found success in recent years in reading assessments while writing scores plummeted. In this fast-paced session we will expose the dirty secrets that are keeping students from writing academically. Participants will leave understanding how to push students to write at their reading level.

Presenter Information
Bradley Williams
is the Director of Client Services for Clark Consulting and Training, Inc. and works nationally with school leaders to design and implement accelerated language-teaching programs. Bradley brings a unique blend of teaching, administrative and policy background to his role as an ELD trainer and consultant. As a teacher, Bradley has taught students from lower primary through junior high in classrooms that featured high levels of linguistic diversity. He used that experience to advise district leaders on policy, program design and instructional issues related to English learner education in his prior role as a district-level research analyst. His strong foundation in quantitative sciences has helped him to stay current of research trends and themes in the field of language teaching and learning. His quick wit, range of experience and participant-centered training style make him both popular and effective in his work across the country with teachers and administrators.

Handout:   …Just don’t look at our writing scores…

How are You Teaching Your ELLs 2,000-3,000 New Vocabulary Words a Year? (Repeat Session) +
Susan Hall, 95 Percent Group Inc.

Session Location: Tucson F

Session Description
To keep up with grade level, students should be learning 2,000-3,000 new words a year. Yet most teachers report only instructing on 10 vocabulary words a week, which is less than 400 a year. Where will the other 2,600 come from? Although students learn the most vocabulary words from independent reading, many ELLs are not reading widely in English. Teachers need to show ELLs how to figure out what an unknown word means based on context clues and the meaning of the roots, prefixes, and suffixes. Presenter will show techniques for teaching these word learning skills.

Presenter Information
Susan Hall
, EdD, is a consultant specializing in teacher training and early reading. She is founder and president of an educational consulting company called 95 Percent Group Inc. The company provides professional development for districts and schools in Response to Intervention (RTI) in reading. Susan is a nationally certified trainer of DIBELS and LETRS. She is author of several books including “I’ve DIBEL’d, Now What?” and “Implementing Response to Intervention: A Principal’s Guide.”

Handout:   How are You Teaching your ELLs 2,000-3,000 New Vocabulary Words a Year?

”Tech-ing” Out the 4-Hour Block
Tara Smith, Cartwright School District, 2013 ELL Teacher of the Year
Stefanie Daley,
Cartwright School District

Session Location: Tucson G-H

Session Description
Participants will discover how to integrate technology that supports the 4-hour block by exploring strategies for using technology tools to enhance SEI instruction, differentiation and student achievement. Presenters will also share the process of developing iClass21 classrooms, along with the purpose of these classrooms.
iClass21 Classrooms serve as district models of technology integration in SEI. These rooms will be equipped with one-to-one iPads and other equipment to integrate into SEI classrooms using the blended learning model. Technology will be used to support language development and impact student achievement.

Presenter Information
Tara Smith
earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Arizona State University West, and her Master’s Degree in Education-Curriculum and Instruction from Arizona State University. Tara has been teaching for 14 years at Holiday Park Elementary School in Phoenix, Arizona. She has taught English Language Learners (ELLs) for all 14 years. She was awarded ELL Teacher of the Year in 2013. Tara Smith has been using 1:1 devices in her classroom for the past four years. She currently serves as an iClass21 classroom teacher in the Cartwright School District working with Instructional Technology Specialists and collaborating with a cohort of teachers striving to successfully integrate technology by transforming their classrooms into a blended learning environment.

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Stefanie Daley
earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a triple minor in language arts, bilingual-bicultural education and Spanish from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, MI. She earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. Stefanie is a National Board Certified teacher currently working as an English Language Development Technology Specialist for the Cartwright School District in Phoenix, AZ. Stefanie previously taught 3rd grade in the district for 6 years. During that time she also served as the 21st Century classroom teacher, as well as the iTecs (instructional technology for the education of Cartwright students) representative. As an Instructional Technology Specialist, she currently works with teachers and students in the K-8 school setting to meaningfully integrate technology into the curriculum. She also serves as a National Board Ambassador for the Arizona K-12 Center in downtown Phoenix.

To Compliance and Beyond!
Rita Tantillo, Paradise Valley Unified School District

Session Location: Tucson I-J

Session Description
Come along with this team of educators on a 75-minute journey highlighting the trek of Paradise Valley Unified School District on the road to program compliance. District staff and coaches will walk you through the development and implementation of a Performance Based Coaching model with an emphasis on meeting state compliance. Participants will leave the session with identifiable steps that will assist in development of a plan to deliver high quality ELD instruction that meets state compliance.

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Rita Tantillo
works as the Director of Language Acquisition for Paradise Valley Unified School District. She is also a former Title 1 District Coordinator.

Tell Me a Tale: The Art of Storytelling to Increase English Learners’ Oral Language & Written Expression Skills (Repeat Session)
Dr. Jennifer Fontenot, Grand Canyon University College of Education
Dr. Marjaneh Gilpatrick,
Grand Canyon University College of Education

Session Location: Arizona 8-9

Session Description
Come join us and celebrate the use of Oral Tradition for assisting your students in developing oral language & written expressive skills, recall, fluency, and vocabulary development. All of this and more, while meeting the English Language Proficiency as well as Arizona College and Career Ready Standards in grades K-3.

The content of this workshop will include:
1. Fables, presented interactively, that illustrate methods for enhancing student language development and auditory processing skills
2. Hand jives and manipulatives that enhance understanding of a story’s structure and aid in teaching young students story grammar (elements of narrative stories), and also promote their imagination development
3. A Simple 1,2,3 process to teach students to write a story in any of the genres included in the narrative text type.

Presenters will model interactive storytelling strategies with the help of volunteers from the audience. Workshop participants will then break out into groups to create and share their own stories. Each group will share results with all participants. All workshop participants will then write their own personal story! Workshop participants will receive handouts and view a Prezi-developed visual presentation.

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Dr. Jennifer Fontenot
is a new resident of the State of Arizona and a member of the faculty of the College of Education at Grand Canyon University where she is instructing courses in Sheltered English Immersion Methods, early childhood education and literacy as an Associate Professor of Education. Dr. Fontenot is a 30-year veteran teacher consultant in public education, a former adjunct faculty member in the Department of Special Education at Eastern Michigan University and has also served as an Assistant Professor of Special Education at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She has been given the Michigan Teacher Educator of the Year Award for her work in teacher training programs and development. In addition, she is a Michigan Department of Education Writing Consultant and continues to provide systemic training across the State.

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Dr. Marjaneh Gilpatrick
is the Executive Director of Educational Outreach and Chair of the Master’s in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) in the College of Education (COE) at Grand Canyon University (GCU). Additionally, she is the counselor for GCU’s Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education as well as GCU’s Future Educators’ Association (FEA). In her role she oversees the Adjunct Faculty and Lopes for Literacy which is the College’s service outreach initiative. She has fulfilled a variety of roles as an educator for over 20 years. At the beginning of her career, she was a third and fourth grade English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher. Prior to joining GCU, she was the Instructional Specialist, Chair of the Reading Department and Coordinator for Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) at a junior high school. Furthermore, she was an adjunct instructor at Maricopa County Community Colleges where she taught the Art of Storytelling, English as Second Language courses as well as Education courses to pre-service teachers.

An ELP Standards Pacing Guide for ELL Stages I-IV
Inna Duarte, Roosevelt School District
Dr. Catherine Lowdermilk,
Roosevelt School District

Session Location: Arizona 10-11

Session Description
The Roosevelt School District has designed a valuable ELP Standards Pacing Guide for SEI classroom teachers. The ELP Standards Pacing Guide outlines in detail the expectations for ELP Standards Performance Indicators (PIs) that must be covered during each instructional quarter. During this session, participants will examine the various sections of the pacing guide and its value in the design, development and implementation of English language Development (ELD) instruction for English Language Learners (ELLs). In addition, this guide provides recommendations for incorporating ELD Methodologies and Syntax Rules when targeting specific ELP Standards’ Performance Indicators. It will similarly help ILLP teachers to strategically identify PIs to be used for differentiated instruction of ELLs in the mainstream classroom. Participants will be provided access to the ELP Standards Pacing Guide for ELL Stages I, II, II and IV.

Presenter Information
Inna Duarte
is an ELL Coach/Program Specialist and Professional Development trainer for the Roosevelt School District. Among her varied responsibilities, she is instrumental to the design and development of professional development opportunities for SEI teachers in the district.

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Dr. Catherine Lowdermilk
was an ELL teacher for 11 years and has a Doctorate in Education Administration and is currently working as an ELL coach / Program Specialist and AZELLA Test Coordinator for the Roosevelt School District.

AZDash – Bringing Data to Life! +
Lori Ventura, AELAS Outreach Manager, ADE

Session Location: San Luis I & II

Session Description
AELAS is Arizona’s comprehensive technology initiative to provide all levels of the educational community with the tools and data necessary to support education transformation, academic growth, and accountability while dramatically reducing costs. The Arizona Education Learning and Accountability System includes ADE’s premier dashboard system, AZDash. Participants will get an inside look at longitudinal LEA assessment trends, view enrollment history, and catch a glimpse of powerful teacher dashboards. If you are a data user, please don’t miss this exciting session.

Presenter Information
Lori Ventura
has spent her career in education, including middle/high school math teacher, curriculum design and development for a nationally recognized online program and finally landing at ADE in the IT department creating relationships between the agency and LEAs on all things AELAS. She’s an avid reader, loves to swim and is often surprised by the antics of her teenaged son and her 3 dogs, Cash, Comet, and Charley.

Handout:   AELAS  |   PowerPoint