Wednesday Sessions

logoWednesday, December 11, 2013

 General Session | Session I  |  Session II  | Session III  |  Wednesday At-a-Glance  | Wednesday Bios

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Registration and Breakfast     7:00 AM- 8:30 AM

Welcome, Announcements, Keynote      8:30 AM – 10:15 AM                                   

The Common Core State Standards are requiring schools to teach students using texts with more complex language than in the past. Additionally, teachers are being discouraged from doing as much teaching “out of level” or at students’ “instructional levels.” This presentation will explore the kinds of language supports and scaffolding that teachers will need to learn to provide if students are going to learn from text that in the past would have been labeled as being at the students’ frustration levels. How can we teach ELLs, and all students, to read such challenging texts successfully?

Tim Shanahan
Arizona Ballroom
PowerPoint

 
Breakout Session I       10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

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.

Judi Dodson
Tucson A-B
PowerPoint

If only you had a year-long Grammar Scope and Sequence Guide that detailed out weekly discrete grammar skills that need to be taught during your grammar hour. Look no more! This session is for you! Learn how to organize and build a logical and coherent year-long Grammar Scope and Sequence Guide for language learners based on ELP and Common Core Standards. Beware! This two part session will be similar to a construction zone….busy, busy, busy! Bring plenty of paper and pencils! This session is for educators at all grade levels.

Heidi Koski
Tucson C-D
Handouts- Part 1 and Part 2

This is an informational session that will assist testers in the smooth, efficient administration of the AZELLA Spring 2014 Reassessment and ELL educators in the interpretation and use of AZELLA results.

Marlene Johnston, Linda Harvey; ADE
Tucson E

The Common Core State Standards for the English Language Arts represent a dramatic departure from past standards. Perhaps the biggest change in the literacy curriculum is the requirement that students be taught with challenging text. In the past, teachers have tried to teach students at their “instructional level” or within their “zones of proximal development.” Guided reading and book rooms have proliferated. But the new standards are discouraging such practices. Does this change make any sense? This presentation will explore the research on these issues and will provide practical instructional advice that will allow English learners to make greater progress and to succeed with the Common Core.

Tim Shanahan
Tucson F
PowerPoint

This session will define Universal Design for Learning and provide interactive activities that allow participants to explore its use in school environments so that traditionally marginalized students have access and opportunity in learning.

Jennifer Huber, ADE
Tucson G-H

This presentation will demonstrate for participants how to take advantage of the technology that is available to engage learners and increase learning. Participants will be shown what resources are available and how to use technology resources such as Smartboards, PowerPoints, the internet, and even a simple phone camera to bring learning to life and realia into the classroom. Video clips of actual classrooms using technology will be used to illustrate how to Get With the Program and use technology to make sure that all students are learning.

Jennifer Glueck, Madison Camelview Elementary
Tucson I-J
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This presentation shares key findings from a collaborative project between the Arizona Department of Education, the National Center on Educational Outcomes, and four other states. The goal of this project was to improve educators’ understanding of English language learners who have disabilities in order to make more appropriate decisions about what assessments they take and what accommodations they use.

Laurene Christensen, National Center on Educational Outcomes
Arizona 8-9

Junk food: Should it be sold in school? Should students be paid to do well in school? Today’s news: information or entertainment? Should students be required to learn a second language? In this workshop you will learn how to develop academic language through student-to-student discourse in an S.E.I. listening and speaking block as well as math, social studies, and science content classes. Academic language discussion enhances almost any lesson. Strategies include teacher talk moves that use questioning to enhance student engagement, teaching students to question, clarify, build-onto an argument, and present evidence-based counter arguments. Additional strategies include guiding students to create, clarify, fortify, and negotiate their ideas using academic language.
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
Arizona 10-11

This session will review the A.R.S. 15-701 statute and discuss the interpretation of the law and the meaning it has for the students affected by it. This is a comprehensive session which will be especially useful for administrators.

Cindy Daniels, Arizona State Board of Education
San Luis I & II
PowerPoint

Breakout Session II       1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Getting students to talk in class is easy, right? At least until we want them to talk about the content they are learning! How do we get students to talk about academic content when they are still learning to describe their family? Developing proficiency in the academic language of school requires multiple opportunities to listen, speak, read and write about academic subjects. This session is designed to help middle and high school teachers plan units that integrate listening, speaking, reading, writing and thinking in meaningful ways. The presenter will highlight the connections between the English Language Proficiency Standards and the Common Core State Standards, using them as resources to plan instruction. Through active participation, video clips and discussion, participants will leave this session with a toolkit of engaging and relevant ways to integrate instruction of academic vocabulary and language across a rigorous, grade-level curriculum. This presentation is especially designed for middle and high school teachers.

Carol Rothenberg
Tucson A-B

If only you had a year long Grammar Scope and Sequence Guide that detailed out weekly discrete grammar skills that need to be taught during your grammar hour. Look no more! This session is for you! Learn how to organize and build a logical and coherent year long Grammar Scope and Sequence Guide for language learners based on ELP and Common Core Standards. Beware! This two part session will be similar to a construction zone….busy, busy, busy! Bring plenty of paper and pencils! This session is for educators at all grade levels. Part 1 should be considered a pre-requisite for Part 2.

Heidi Koski
Tucson C-D
Handouts- Part 1 and Part 2

Do you work with children who have limited vocabulary and background knowledge? Have you struggled with meaningful ways to fill in the gaps that interfere with comprehension in the classroom? This class will explore the importance of vocabulary and background knowledge as a key foundational building block of oral and reading comprehension. We will examine research about the role of vocabulary and background knowledge in the development of comprehension and look at strategies that align with the Common Core State Standards. Come and learn active and engaging approaches that will support you as you develop important background knowledge for your students.

Judi Dodson
Tucson E
PowerPoint

The Common Core State Standards for the English Language Arts represent a dramatic departure from past standards. Perhaps the biggest change in the literacy curriculum is the requirement that students be taught with challenging text. In the past, teachers have tried to teach students at their “instructional level” or within their “zones of proximal development.” Guided reading and book rooms have proliferated. But the new standards are discouraging such practices. Does this change make any sense? This presentation will explore the research on these issues and will provide practical instructional advice that will allow English learners to make greater progress and to succeed with the Common Core.

Tim Shanahan
Tucson F
PowerPoint

Ready to start units but don’t know where to begin? Unsure if you have quality resources for your ELLs? Want to collaborate with your mainstream colleagues but not sure how?
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
Arizona 10-11
PowerPoint

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
Tucson I-J

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
Arizona 8-9

This session will present the development, student results, and most current research on the new Arizona English Language Learner Assessment – Kindergarten Placement Test (AZELLA KPT). It will highlight the results of all of the research ADE is conducting to insure appropriate placement for this population of students including NCEO’s consequential validity study conducted during 2012-2013.

Laurene Christensen, National Center on Educational Outcomes
Arizona 10-11

This session will explore the K-5 English Language Arts (ELA) College and Career Readiness Standards. Many of the students who are at-risk in our schools struggle with even understanding the basic literacy skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening and language). This session will cover the ELA Arizona College and Career Readiness Standards with hands-on and engaging activities to explain the shifts in the standards.

Mary Wennersten, Bette Lovelace; ADE
San Luis I & II
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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.

Carol Rothenberg
Tucson A-B
PowerPoint

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.

Heidi Koski
Tucson C-D
Handouts

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.

Judi Dodson
Tucson E
PowerPoint

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!

Heidi Rochin
Tucson F
Handouts

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.

OELAS Staff
Tucson G-H

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
Tucson I-J

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
Arizona 8-9

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
Arizona 10-11
PowerPoint

This session will explore the K-5 ELA Arizona College and Career Readiness Standards with particular attention to the Language and Writing Standards. It is critical that educators understand the foundations to writing and how to support K-5 students in creating clear coherent responses in writing. Participants will learn strategies to help students to summarize what they have learned and write narrative and informational text.

Mary Wennersten, Bette Lovelace; ADE
San Luis I & II
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