Literacy and Language in Action 2019

Agenda

    • Thursday, May 9, 2019
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      7:00 AM  -  8:30 AM
      Continental Breakfast
      Exhibitors Hall
      7:00 AM  -  8:15 AM
      Registration
      Lobby of Dearborn Ballroom
      7:30 AM  -  4:00 PM
      Exhibitors Hall
      Fairlane Room
      8:00 AM  -  8:15 AM
      Welcome Address
      Dearborn Ballroom
      8:15 AM  -  9:30 AM
      Keynote Address - Boosting Achievement of Under Schooled English Learners
      Dearborn Ballroom
      Do you want to maximize progress for students who are new to the target language? How about students who are missing formal education and may not have literacy in their heritage language? This talk will offer practical advice for capitalizing on the gifts of these students and deepening the learning of the entire class
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      9:30 AM  -  10:30 AM
      Morning Break
      Exhibitors Hall
      9:45 AM  -  10:45 AM
      They Can Do It! Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education at Grade Level
      Salon I
      Which strategies support our SLIFE language learners AND make sense for upper elementary and secondary classrooms? The content of this workshop will be delivered using techniques that propel literacy for SLIFE in the ESL and the content area classroom
      Speakers:
      9:45 AM  -  10:45 AM
      Developing Language in the Mathematics Classroom: Using Discussion and Journaling to Embed Language
      Salon II
      Attendees will explore the use of discussion and journaling to embed language objectives into the mathematics classroom. Through expanded strategies to lead discourse, attendees will have more confidence in leading classroom discussions in order to increase the mathematical competence of every student. Attendees will explore examples of how to incorporate journaling using tasks and prompts with multiple entry points in order to solidify both mathematical and language understanding.
      9:45 AM  -  11:45 AM
      Mitigating Culturally Sensitive Trauma - 2 hour session
      Alexandria Ballroom
      This workshop is specifically designed for educators who do or will service refugee and immigrant Newcomer ELL students and families, though the highlighted practices can benefit all learners. Participants will explore childhood stress, particularly as it relates to Newcomer transition shock. We will analyze how significant stress can impact brain development and language learning, and how educators can work to mitigate the influences of trauma in the school setting- especially in the context of limited English classrooms. The session is crafted to promote healthy cultures of socio-academic learning.
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      9:45 AM  -  10:45 AM
      Please, Come In: A Year of Home Visits With Newcomer and Multilingual Families
      Salon III
      Culturally Responsive Teaching requires a deep understanding of our students’ cultures and home lives. In this session, we share our experiences planning for home visits, visiting families in their homes, and reflections on implementing what we learned into the classroom. Participants will learn the benefits of home visits and how to use discovered Funds of Knowledge to drive instruction and ultimately help students succeed in school.
      9:45 AM  -  11:45 AM
      Unpacking the SIOP Word Works Strategy - 2 hour session
      Salon IV
      The SIOP Word Works Strategy is a comprehensive one-stop strategy. It includes reading, writing, vocabulary, predictions, student schema, independent and paired readings. All students can participate in this strategy regardless of their English proficiency or ability levels. As a bonus, it serves as a wonderful tool to use during teacher evaluations. I will unpack it and show how it benefits almost any learning environment.
      Speakers:
      9:45 AM  -  11:45 AM
      Utilizing online programs to teach academic vocabulary and content to young DLL students
      Firestone Room
      Learn how to use interactive, bilingual online program to create engaging lessons that teach academic vocabulary and standards based content. This session is for teachers and administrators who work with young ELL/DLL students in preschool through second grade. Participants will learn practical strategies and tools that can be implemented immediately in classrooms to help address academic and social needs of bilingual students.
      Speakers:
      11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
      They Can Do It! Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education at Grade Level (Repeat)
      Salon I
      Which strategies support our SLIFE language learners AND make sense for upper elementary and secondary classrooms? The content of this workshop will be delivered using techniques that propel literacy for SLIFE in the ESL and the content area classroom
      Speakers:
      11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
      MDE Updates - English Learner Vision Document
      Salon II
      Kelly Alvarez and Jen Paul from the Michigan Department of Education will unveil the statewide English Learner vision document. This guiding set of principles aims to provide Michigan educators and communities with a common set of expectations. They will additionally share updates from MDE focused on multilingual learners. Educators should come prepared to be actively engaged in this interactive session.
      11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
      Conferring with Confidence: Supporting ELL Readers
      Salon III
      Make the most out of your small group and one on one reading conferring with students! This session will give you easy, low-prep tools and strategies that will help you confer with confidence. Learn how to coach students "on the go" and increase student gains in reading and literacy.
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      12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM
      LUNCH
      12:15 PM  -  1:15 PM
      Book Signing - Carol Salva and Michelle Yzquidero
      Exhibitors Hall
      Grab your copy of Boosting Achievement or Pathways To Greatness and have them signed by the authors!
      12:15 PM  -  1:15 PM
      MABE Membership Meeting - Lunch and Learn
      Salon I
      1:15 PM  -  2:15 PM
      Education for Social Justice... what is it, why do it, and how to include all students
      Salon II
      In this session, we'll explore some of the core concepts of education for social justice. We'll also discuss some reasons why this approach to education is important for all students, and then think in particular about the needs of our students who are English Learners. Participants will then engage in an activity that demonstrates what this kind of education can look like using an example that could be applied in either ELA or Social Studies, and that includes strategies to include English Learners.
      Speakers:
      1:15 PM  -  3:15 PM
      Yes, Cultural Intelligence (CQ) is Actually a Thing - 2 hour session
      Alexandria Ballroom
      Children from ethnically and linguistically diverse backgrounds need educators who are culturally competent and have the skills and ability to successfully teach students who come from a culture or cultures other than their own. This valuable and timely presentation will clearly define the components of cultural proficiency, outline the cultural proficiency continuum and provide participants with ideas on how to increase their cultural proficiency and cultural intelligence (CQ).
      Speakers:
      1:15 PM  -  2:15 PM
      Creating Online Portfolios to Capture Student Progress
      Salon III
      In this session, participants will learn how to use innovative ways to engage students in the four domains; reading, writing, speaking and listening by using Seesaw. Seesaw is a free student-driven digital portfolio that is easy to use and captures learning throughout the year. Teachers can empower students to create, reflect, share, and collaborate. Students accelerate communication skills by “showing what they know” using photos, videos, voice recordings, drawings, text, PDFs, and links. It’s simple to get student work in one place and share with families, and nothing is shared without teacher approval.
      Speakers:
      1:15 PM  -  3:15 PM
      Scaffold: Don’t Spoon Feed. Trigger student thinking without doing it for them - 2 hour session
      Salon I
      We have all been in the position when a student is struggling to get to an answer. In an effort to support his/her thinking, we begin to offer help. While scaffolding is a critical part of the learning process, we should use the least amount necessary to maintain a high level of cognitive demand. If you think prompts and cues are the same thing - prepare to have your own "aha" moment. This session will focus on the question-prompt-cue sequence of scaffolding to prevent spoon-feeding information to students. We will explore types of prompts that activate prior knowledge and four kinds of cues that trigger recent learning. Session will be helpful for classroom teachers and instructional coaches.
      Speakers:
      1:15 PM  -  2:15 PM
      Supporting ELL's with Content-and Thematic-based Instruction
      Firestone Room
      ELL's face a dual challenge of acquiring English and academic content knowledge; high interest books and instructional resources can help meet that dual challenge with Learning A-Z's Raz-Plus ELL Edition. Supportive and Standards-correlated resources help with explicit instruction and level-appropriate practice. ELL Comic Conversation, as an example, will be discussed during the session to demonstrate social and academic vocabulary and role-playing to build confidence with speaking skills.
      Speakers:
      1:15 PM  -  2:15 PM
      Where to Begin: Celebrating and Supporting Beginner ELLs
      Salon IV
      Beginner English language learners need a place to "begin" in class and teachers need this too. This session will focus on where to "begin" and the importance of celebrating and supporting beginner English language learners. You will learn about resources and ideas to help celebrate and support beginner English language learners.
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      2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
      Afternoon Break
      Exhibitors Hall
      2:30 PM  -  3:30 PM
      Facilitating Authentic Relationships with LEP Families
      Salon II
      This session will address explore our legal obligations to Limited English Proficient (LEP) parents and provide solutions for achieving effective parent-school collaboration, especially where significant cultural and socio-linguistic barriers are present. We will determine the criticality of parent engagement specific to the success of newcomer ELLs; identify the four core beliefs of LEP parent interaction and the pillars for effective LEP family engagement; and explore implementable strategies to authentically engage LEP families.
      Speakers:
      2:30 PM  -  3:30 PM
      Arab American History and Culture
      Salon III
      Through education and cultural interaction, the Arab American National Museum (AANM) is dedicated to sharing the history, culture and contributions of Arab Americans with the world. In this session, educators from the AANM will present on the history of immigration and culture of the Arab American community. Participants will walk away with a better understanding of the Arab American community through an educational presentation, resources for educators to utilize in their classroom and a hands-on workshop.
      Speakers:
      2:30 PM  -  3:30 PM
      Get Engaged with ESSA Ready Resources for ELLs - Pearson
      Firestone Room
      Engage with evidence-based technology that unlocks the potential for ELLs through hands-on experiences, transformative technology, and instructional strategies. Come learn how technology can transform the classroom to accelerate literacy for newcomers and long-term English Language learners. We will share digital first reading, writing, speaking, and listening resources with SEL culturally relevant lessons and embedded SIOP® (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol) strategies.
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      2:30 PM  -  3:30 PM
      Latin Dancing Culture
      Salon IV
      Speakers:
      7:30 PM  -  8:30 PM
      Latin Dancing Lesson/Demonstration
      Alexandria Ballroom
      Speakers:
      8:30 PM  -  11:30 PM
      MABE Institute Reception
      Alexandria Ballroom
    • Friday, May 10, 2019
    •  
      7:00 AM  -  8:30 AM
      Continental Breakfast
      7:00 AM  -  8:15 AM
      Registration
      Lobby of Dearborn Ballroom
      7:30 AM  -  4:00 PM
      Exhibitors Hall
      Exhibitors Hall
      Fairlane Room
      8:00 AM  -  8:15 AM
      Welcome Address
      Dearborn Ballroom
      8:15 AM  -  9:30 AM
      Keynote Speaker Connie Hamilton
      Dearborn Ballroom
      The first step to effective communication is to establish a clear message to be delivered. Having clarity in learning goals and sharing them with students promotes a partnership between teachers and students. Connie Hamilton will enlighten you on the importance of lesson purpose and wide alignment of that purpose. Explore multiple ways to maximize instruction with intentional teaching to support all learners.
      Speakers:
      9:30 AM  -  10:30 AM
      Morning Break
      Exhibitors Hall
      9:45 AM  -  11:45 AM
      Special Session - Developing Academic Language and Vocabulary for English Learners - 2 hour session
      Alexandria Ballroom
      In this session, we will explore a variety of effective techniques for developing English learners' academic language, vocabulary, and content knowledge, via the SIOP Model. Use-tomorrow ideas and activities will be modeled and a comprehensive handout will be distributed.
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      9:45 AM  -  10:45 AM
      Using Teacher Clarity for Assessments and Feedback
      Salon I
      Let's go from the 10,000 foot view to a more focused lens on teacher clarity. Two areas of instruction that commonly show misalignment to the learning target are the assessments we use and how we craft feedback. In this session, we will roll up our sleeves and analyze assessments. What are they truly revealing about what students know or don't know? How might language or background knowledge be interfering with giving you valid evidence? You will practice selecting and prioritizing feedback for students with multiple gaps. Let's put those learning targets to work
      Speakers:
      9:45 AM  -  10:45 AM
      Pathways to Greatness for EL Newcomers
      Salon II
      Newcomer ELs face a complex and daunting set of challenges. How can educators appropriately lend support to this population? Based on research of the social, emotional, and academic needs of newcomer immigrant students, this session will provide educators of all content areas with useful strategies and techniques to meet the immediate needs of this ever‑increasing population, including candid and poignant advice collected from students on how to best support them those first few crucial months.
      Speakers:
      9:45 AM  -  11:45 AM
      Best Practices and Instructional Strategies in Teaching Math to ELs - 2 hour session
      Salon III
      In the first session, participants will experience engaging, interactive math lessons utilizing best practices and instructional strategies so that during the 2nd session, they will have the prior knowledge to prepare them for an overview of these same practices and strategies, including: Whole Brain Teaching, Kagan/Cooperative Learning, Thinking Maps (visual representations of thinking), Number Talks, and AVMR (Add+Vantage Math Recovery)/bead racks.
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      9:45 AM  -  10:45 AM
      Cultural Awareness in Academic Writing
      Salon IV
      Cultural Awareness in Academic Writing; how to promote culture and identity through the implementation of practical and inclusive writing strategies.
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      9:45 AM  -  10:45 AM
      Doing Dual Dynamically: Effective Practices for Dual Language Implementations
      Firestone Room
      During this interactive session, attendees will review research-informed best practices, strategies and resources to support and enhance the effectiveness of Dual Language programs (Spanish/English). Attendees will become familiar with the three pillars of dual language, examine program structures and the positive academic outcomes attributed to biliteracy. Attendees will be provided access to printable and digital resources to encourage and enhance academic discourse during and after the presentation.
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      11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
      Cultural Responsiveness - Getting to Know Your Arab Students
      Salon I
      This presentation will examine the mismatch between Arab home culture and US school culture in order to support the advancement of educational equity in the classroom. Participants will develop an understanding of the cultural capital students bring and how implementation of culturally responsive practices can impact social and academic success.
      Speakers:
      11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
      My Way! The Effects of Culturally Defined Behaviors in Schools and Classrooms
      Salon II
      Coming from a different cultural background than your peers and teachers can be challenging, especially when you don't have the words to express yourself. This session will explore how behavior is culturally defined and its effect on student/teacher relationships as well as school performance.
      Speakers:
      11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
      English Learners with Suspected Disabilities: A Brief Overview
      Firestone Room
      English Learners are one of the fastest growing student groups in Michigan. Across the state districts are over- and under- identifying English Learners as students with disabilities. It is likely that you have been called upon to problem solve about an English Learner with learning difficulties. In this session you will be introduced to a guidance document and tools designed to assist educational teams in knowing what to do when an EL has learning difficulties.
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      11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
      Immersion Special Interest Group
      Salon IV
      12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM
      LUNCH
      12:15 PM  -  1:15 PM
      Developing Biliteracy Through the Use of English Spanish Paired Guided Reading Texts - Lunch & Learn
      Firestone Room
      Supporting learners to see themselves as competent thinkers and talkers goes beyond just asking great questions. Much depends on how our learners are positioned to read, think, speak, and write in learning situations. This session will focus on the role of teacher facilitation with emergent bilinguals in meaning-making while also extending their linguistic repertoire. Additionally, implications for cross language transfer will be shared.
      Speakers:
      12:15 PM  -  1:15 PM
      Featured Speaker Panel Discussion - Lunch and Learn
      Alexandria Ballroom
      1:15 PM  -  2:15 PM
      Developing English Learners’ Reading Comprehension of Narrative and Expository Texts
      Alexandria Ballroom
      Description: In this interactive session, we will explore two instructional techniques for developing English learners (and other students’) comprehension of narrative/fiction texts (DR-TA), and expository/informational texts (SQP2RS: Squeepers). These powerful activities are not only effective but they’re also empowering and fun for students!
      Speakers:
      1:15 PM  -  2:15 PM
      Language and Culture: Creating Cultural Ambassadors
      Salon I
      Who is a cultural ambassador? This session will explore and define the role of an ESL/ELD teacher as a cultural ambassador. Teachers will learn how to use opportunities of cultural exchange to facilitate English language development in a fun and dynamic way that simultaneously enriches their cultural awareness and establishes deep connections with their ELLs.
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      1:15 PM  -  2:15 PM
      Best Practices in Vocabulary Instruction: Meeting the Needs of All Learners
      Firestone Room
      A session grounded in best practices research in vocabulary instruction. During this session, participants experience a number of interactive activities including a model lesson, collaborative reflection, and a video of a vocabulary lesson in action. The session is designed to support participants’ reflections and understandings of the latest research and standards related to vocabulary instruction in addition to considering the implications for their own classroom instruction
      Speakers:
      1:15 PM  -  2:15 PM
      Book Signing - Carol Salva and Michelle Yzquidero
      Exhibitors Hall
      Grab your copy of Boosting Achievement or Pathways To Greatness and have them signed by the authors!
      1:15 PM  -  2:15 PM
      Effective Engagement Strategies in the Early Childhood Classroom
      Salon II
      Attendees will learn about effective strategies to engage young learners, while taking with them practical ideas and tools that they can easily implement in their own classrooms.
      Speakers:
      1:15 PM  -  3:15 PM
      Knowledge + Understanding of the Essential Instructional Practices in Literacy Leads- 2 hour session
      Salon III
      We as educators are the LEADERS of literacy and have a sense urgency of to improve literacy in every district across the state. The work of GELN Early Literacy Task Force is focused on the Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy for Pre-K, K-3 4-5 and the School-wide and Center-wide Essentials which are the foundation grounding our collective work to address Michigan’s sense of urgency regarding literacy achievement. This set of research-supported instructional practices, when used in every classroom every day with every child should make a measurable positive difference in the State’s literacy achievement. Participants will have the opportunity to dive into the Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy for K-3 and the School-wide and Center-wide Essentials Everyone will walk away with the deeper understanding of these documents and how they support positive changes in core instruction.
      Speakers:
      1:15 PM  -  3:15 PM
      Visual Learning Strategies for Newcomer and Continuing ELs - 2 hour session
      Salon IV
      In this session you will engage in hands-on visual graphic organizers and vocabulary enhancers while understanding the importance of making connections for students where they would not be able to make them on their own.
      Speakers:
      2:30 PM  -  3:30 PM
      Cultural Responsive Teaching: Getting to Know You Strategies
      Alexandria Ballroom
      The foundation of a successful classroom and particularly one that includes English Learners is one that intentionally builds positive relationships. Teachers and students must learn about each other’s experiences and backgrounds in order to build a trusting and collaborative environment. This session will apply several interactive strategies that create a classroom community that cultivates relationships, shared values, beliefs, and attitudes about learning.
      Speakers:
      2:30 PM  -  3:30 PM
      Reclaiming Our Stories: Using an Anti-Bias Framework To Pick Stories for Your Students
      Salon I
      English Learners (ELs) constitute a sizable population of the public school student demographic. This makes it increasingly important to transform the classroom and school curriculum so that it is inclusive of students' diverse identities. This session will address how diverse classroom literature can foster inclusive classrooms while also building students' literacy abilities. Participants will leave with an anti-bias framework to help them plan how to pick culturally relevant and appropriate texts.
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      2:30 PM  -  3:30 PM
      "So, you have an EL student? This is what you need to know- EL 101: The Very Basics"
      Salon II
      As English Learning students continue to increase in number, supports, staff, and resources don’t always follow suit. Many districts are beginning to see an influx of ELs and are not sure how to address this. Many general education teachers are for the first time finding EL students in their classrooms and they are unsure how to deliver effective instruction to them. In this session participants will learn how to lay the foundation for educators to be empowered and effective in their classrooms. They will learn who their EL students are, how to serve them, what supports are available to them and and how to advocate for them.
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      2:30 PM  -  3:30 PM
      Using Improvement Science to Impact Dual Language Outcomes: A Leadership Session
      Firestone Room
      Bilingual Program Stakeholders will read about and discuss inequity plaguing Dual Language Programs across the country and use Improvement Science methods to begin identifying problem based action plans centered on the Pillars of Dual Language Education with a focus on literacy achievement and authentic materials, assessment and instruction.
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