8:30 am Registration and Coffee Lobby outside of ED 217
9:00 -10:45 am Welcome and Keynote Address – “Academic Language: Important for ALL, Essential for ELLs” ED 217
Dr. Gisela Ernst-Slavit, Professor of Education and ELL, Washington State University, Vancouver
10:45-11 am Coffee Break Lobby outside of ED 217
11-12:30pm Workshop Session 1 (Sessions repeat in the afternoon)
12:30-1:30 Networking Lunch - Columbia Room, Werner Univ Center
Sandwich Bar, Pasta and Green Salads, and Cookies
While you enjoy your lunch, please sit with members from school districts other than your own and share your experiences with the SPELL and LUISA grants. In addition, participate in our book drawing!
1:30-3pm Workshop Session 2
E. Rob Troyer, English/Linguistics Department, WOU. “Positioning ELLs for Success: Prepositional Phrases and Academic Literacy” ED 244
3:00pm SPELL/LUISA Conference Adjourns
Sessions 1 and 2 - Descriptions
A. Dr. Cheryl Beaver - Making Sense of Problem Solving
Word problems are an essential part of the learning of mathematics and an emphasis in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. We will discuss how to make word problems more a part of your classroom, examine strategies for helping English Language Learners make sense of word problems, and see how solving word problems relates to the Standards for Mathematical Practices
B. Dr. Mary Bucy - Digital Storytelling
Writing and illustrating stories and can enhance learning at any level, from kindergarten through adulthood. For English Language Learners, digital storytelling also offers an opportunity to draw on their cultural strengths and background experiences by incorporating pictures, music, and stories about their cultures. Digital storytelling targets all four literacy skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) while at the same time allowing students to use creative talents beyond those of language skills. It can provide an opportunity to showcase the talents of students who often otherwise feel disadvantaged relative to native speakers. There are hundreds of new, free tools for creating stories in a variety of formats (video, pictures, audio, timeline, etc.). In this session, we will explore a number of these tools and try our hands at creating some digital stories. Session will be held in a computer lab.
C. Dr. Rachel Harrington - Tools for Navigating the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics
We will examine two tools to help teachers navigate the Common Core State Standards for English Language Learners across the K-12 continuum. Teachers will leave with resources that aid in pre-assessment, instruction, and Smarter Balanced test preparation.
D. Dr. Adele Schepige - Science Inquiry, Science Notebooks and Field Notebooks for ELLS (afternoon session only)
How can we teach inquiry-based science and scientific writing to students who are learning English? Science notebooks are modeled after the way scientists do their work. Field Notebooks are modeled after the way field scientists do their work. Participants will discover through hands-on experiences the many non-linguistic ways English Language Learners can demonstrate scientific understanding and skills in science and field notebooks.
E. Dr. Rob Troyer - Positioning ELLs for Success: Prepositional Phrases and Academic Literacy
If ELLs are to develop the ability to comprehend grade level texts, they need sheltered support that provides access to such texts. Instruction in language forms that is meaningful, contextualized, explicit, and productive provides ELLs with the skills and confidence to decode and produce increasingly complex language. This workshop will focus on one significant feature of academic reading and writing: the prepositional phrase. Following an introduction to and review of the form and functions of prepositional phrases, participants will engage in several noticing tasks that will raise their awareness of the significance of prepositional phrases in the texts their students are expected to read, the grade level writing of proficient English speakers, and the challenges that ELLs face in the production of their writing assignments. Participants will leave with several strategies for teaching ELLs to recognize prepositional phrases and use this knowledge to improve their reading comprehension and written communication.