Due to unforeseen circumstances, the 2023 OELAS Conference will be put on hold this year. Additionally, we will not be honoring an EL Teacher of the Year or Student Success Stories. We plan to host our full conference event next year in December 2024. In place of the annual conference this year, OELAS will focus on providing teacher and instructional leader workshops centered around Effective SEI Instructional Practices.
2023 OELAS Symposium Details:
December 4-6, 2023 | 8:00am-4:00pm each day
Monday, December 4 - Tuesday, December 5 | Educators 8:00am-4:00pm
A two-day event for educators of English learners!
Wednesday, December 6 | Instructional Leaders 8:00am-4:00pm
A single-day event for instructional leaders that oversee and support instructional programs for English learners!
Desert Willow Conference Center 4340 E Cotton Center Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85040
In the absence of our annual OELAS conference this year, our team is excited to host a Symposium on Effective SEI Instruction! These two symposium events are designed to be highly engaging and practical days of learning that reflect our goals of providing sessions that are grounded in our Language Development Approach (LDA) Principles 2 & 3 and applicable learning that will enhance instruction in order to push ELs in their English language proficiency!
Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in breakout sessions that will be not only engaging but also very practical. Topic will include but are not limited to the following:
Continued Supports for Reclassified Fluent English Proficient (RFEP) Students
Effective ELD Programs
Effective Integrated Instruction
Effective Targeted ELD Instruction
Effective Use of the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS)
Language Scaffolds and Differentiation for ELs
Teachers of English learners (Targeted and Integrated teachers), School, Charter, and District Instructional Leaders, Teacher Leaders, and Instructional Coaches
Born and raised in a small, borderside barrio of Laredo, Texas, Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch conquered the challenges of poverty, discrimination and illiteracy. Raised without material wealth, Consuelo learned from her immigrant parents that their wealth was in culture, tradition, values, and faith.
The values Consuelo learned as a child were reinforced throughout her career in the United States military. After graduating from Hardin Simmons University, Consuelo entered the U.S. Army as an o cer and served for two decades. During that time, she broke barriers and set records when she became the highest-ranking Mexican-American woman in the Combat Support Field of the U.S. Army.
When selected to assume a command post, Consuelo disrupted her advancement by deciding to retire. She chose instead to honor her mother’s dying wish – for her to return to her roots and become a community leader. In 1996, Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch founded the human development company, Educational Achievement Services, Inc. (EAS, Inc.), to fulﬁll her mission of preparing tomorrow’s leaders through grassroots leadership development.
Consuelo Kickbusch a rms that her greatest achievement stems from motherhood. She loves spending time with her husband, ﬁve daughters and six grandchildren.
The importance of Respecting, Supporting and Valuing!
Jim Wichman is a highly accomplished education administrator with over 25 years of experience in both urban and rural public school settings. Having grown up in poverty and even experiencing homelessness, Jim is acutely aware of the challenges that students and educators face every day. His wealth of experience at various levels of education and in diverse settings has provided him with a specialist perspective.
Throughout his career, Jim has demonstrated a deep commitment to fostering collective efficacy within each school he has served. His innovative and dedicated approach, focused on “Respecting, Supporting, and Valuing,” has led to ongoing improvements for students, staff, parents and systems. As the former principal of a middle school serving 1100 students, Jim left an indelible mark on the institution, “shaking the as he went by.”
In addition to his exemplary work as an education administrator, Jum has also established himself as a highly sought-after speaker and leadership coach, with engagements across the country from Arizona to New York. His expertise in organizational culture and employer/employee relationships has been instrumental in transforming school cultures and improving educational outcomes. Jim’s commitment to education is evident in his service to Iowa’s NASSP State Coordinator for four year, where he worked with elected officials to advance education policies.
Jim and his wife, Amy, who is also a lifelong educator, have three children, EmmaKate, Evallyn, and Everhett. Together, they form a family dedicates to supporting education and improving outcomes for all students.
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