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Day One: Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Current Session Grid as of 4-28-2022


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8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. 

Opening Session – Keynote: Jeff Zwiers 

From Pseudo-Communication to Authentic Communication in Every Lesson  


Explore the need and power of fostering authentic communication in every activity of every lesson. By creating purposeful learning experiences that motivate students to clarify and support their ideas, they tend to learn language, content and skills much more effectively. 


9:30 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. 


Double the Success in a Bilingual Classroom 

Geri Ross, Ritenour School District 

Room 329 

Learn about the successes and lessons learned from the pilot bilingual classroom at Marion Elementary. Bilingual instruction produced incredible results that speak to its academic, socio-emotional, economic and cultural value. As I tell my students every day...being bilingual is a superpower! 

Literacy Through Pictures: Using Photos to Develop Literacy Skills 

Lonni Long, Lincoln Co. R-III School District (Troy) 

Room 325 

Newcomer students can create their own graphics using the Photos app on many devices. By using their graphics and Keynote or Pages, students' ideas can come to life. When you blend sight words, specific vocabulary and graphics, student literacy blooms through their own creativity. 


Tools for Reclassifying ELs Participating in Alternate ACCESS 

Heather Tuckson, St. Louis Public Schools 
Elena Okanovic, St. Louis Public Schools 

Room 323 

The St. Louis Public School's ESOL program has developed a process to reclassify ELs participating in Alternate ACCESS.  Explore a variety of resources and tools to support creating your own reclassification process for dually-identified students in your district. 

Raising Equity by Raising Rigor and Filling the Knowledge Gap 

Gelene Strecker-Sayer, Rockwood School District 

Room 331 

Often we try to lift struggling students by focusing on skill remediation, but unfortunately, gaps still exist. Explore the paradigm shift of increasing rigor and closing the knowledge gap. Come cross the rigor divide! It is EASIER than you think!  


Practical Strategies to Promote Translanguaging 

Rob Greenhaw, EducationPlus 

Room 346 

Translanguaging allows students to use their full linguistic repertoire when learning challenging content and academic language (Garcia, 2013). Learn practical ways to boost use of home language in the classroom, promote biliteracy, make content comprehensible and empower multilingual students. 


10:30 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. 


Preparing Students for Academic Conversations with Structured Interactions 

Jeff Zwiers, Keynote Speaker 

Room 346 

Learn several oral communication activities that participants can use the next day in their lessons. Explore classroom video analysis along with experiencing instructional routines and how they can be used to provide students with the content and skills they need for extended back-and-forth conversations with others.  


A Compassionate Lens: Dialect, Language, Diversity 

Julia Smythe, Mehlville School District 

Room 329 

Explore how languages form, the importance of recognizing dialects as valuable, translanguaging practices at school, basic accommodations any teacher can implement and current law involving our ELs. Gain ideas and examples for the classroom. 

Leading with Parents 

Ted Huff, EducationPlus 

Room 325 

Learn how to engage and connect with families to increase participation and community awareness. Brainstorm solutions for overcoming common barriers related to EL family engagement. Learn how to make families feel welcomed and become more involved in the school community.  


Developing Scientific Literacy for K-2 ELs 

Julie Antill, Southeast RPDC 

Room 323 

Open the door to young scientists! Discover how the 5Es can help develop both the interpretive and expressive communication modes in K-2 ELs. Roll up your sleeves for this active hands-on/minds-on session. 


11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. 


12:30 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. 


Scaffolding Academic Conversations 

Jeff Zwiers, Keynote Speaker 

Room 346 

Explore different strategies for improving the quantity and quality of student conversations in the classroom and beyond. Participants will engage in conversation activities, analyze video clips and conversations in order to identify what students need to continue doing and what needs improvement in order to get the most out of talking with others in pairs, small groups and whole class discussions. 


Personalized Learning for EL Students 

Julie Ellis, Istation 

Room 329 

Overcome language plateaus in your EL students with a supplemental program based on the science of reading. Istation provides progress monitoring ORF and RAN including a blended model of online and teacher-directed lessons. 


Number Talks 

Kati Quinn, EducationPlus 

Room 325 

Are you looking for a way to increase discourse in your math classroom? "Number Talks" is an easy-to-implement routine that can be used in grades K-12 to promote number sense, fluency and dialog in the classroom. 
Developing Scientific Literacy for 3-5 ELs 

Julie Antill, Southeast RPDC 

Room 323 

How can science help elementary students make gains in language acquisition? See how the 5Es (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate and Evaluate) can help develop both the interpretive and expressive communication modes in grades 3-5 ELs. Roll up your sleeves because this is an active hands-on/minds-on session. 


1:30 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. 

Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk 

DeAun Blumberg, EducationPlus 

Room 325 

We know how important student voice is for engagement and learning. How can we ensure that all students have the opportunity to engage as well as the responsibility to share? Discover scaffolding strategies and supports that can help students successfully share their voice. 


Making EL Program Evaluation Actionable 

Alla Gonzalez Del Castillo, St. Louis Public Schools 

Room 323 

Evaluating the effectiveness of a district's EL Program is a federal requirement. Explore approaches for combining continuous program improvement and innovation. Learn strategies for differentiating and prioritizing EL Program development opportunities. 


Sketchnoting Across Content 

Amanda Wyatt, Mehlville School District 

Room 346 

Explore the benefits of adding Sketchnotes to your lessons. From retelling stories to annotating text, Sketchnotes make strong connections to academic content. All doodling skill levels welcome! 


Designing for the Success of ELs 

Cammy Goucher, Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education Plus 

Room 329 

Discover resources to assist districts in using ACCESS data and student demographics to identify best practices and enhance program design. 


Unpacking ISTE Standards for EL Educators 

Stephanie Madlinger, EducationPlus 

Room 331 

Technology integration can occur with minor modification to your current EL lessons. Unpack the ISTE Standards for Students while exploring different features of lesson design. By analyzing criteria, playlists and instructional methods we'll enhance teaching and learning for all. 


2:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. 


Threads: Content and Language for Secondary ELs 

Sandra Cox, School District of University City 

Room 323 

Threading academic language with content is crucial for secondary EL success. Explore sample activities and learn how to write language activities for secondary content. Practice examples will be shared in Google Docs. 


Curious About Co-Teaching? 

Lauren Bax, Hazelwood School District 

Michele Lashly, Hazelwood School District 

Room 325 

Learn how to get started, or move further along, with your co-teaching journey. Two co-teachers will model one of their classroom lessons that demonstrates all of the CoTEL6. They will also share tips about what makes their co-teaching so successful.  


How Do They Fit? ELs and the Science of Reading 

Daisy Skelly, Wright City R-II School District 

Rob Greenhaw, EducationPlus 

Room 346 

The Science of Reading has replaced balanced literacy in many classrooms in the US. What is the Science of Reading and how will this affect how reading is taught to ELs? Learn strategies and best practices for teaching reading to ELs using the Science of Reading. 


The EL Program Puzzle: What’s Your Missing Piece 

Merica Clinkenbeard, Springfield Public Schools 

Laura McBride, Springfield Public Schools 

Lindsey Sukany, Springfield Public Schools 

Room 329 

Using four critical areas for teachers of English Learners as a framework, this interactive hands-on session will guide participants in analyzing their current programs and practices to make critical decisions on next step implementation for successful EL programs. 


Strengths-Based Instruction for ELs in ELA 

Sherri Kulpa, EducationPlus 

Room 331 

Explore how to make the ELA classroom a place where everyone builds upon their strengths.  Discover how to maximize what students can do while engaging them in low-floor, high-ceiling activities in reading and writing. 


3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

Closing Session