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MATSOL 2017 Conference Program

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Thursday Keynote: Jeff Zwiers - Keynote presentation slides
Friday Keynote: Jean-Michel Dissard
- see I Learn America website: ilearnamerica.com

Pre-Conference Institute materials will be emailed to participants.

 

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Thu Jun 1 2017, 8:30am–9:15am, Grand North
Abstract

In this practice-oriented session for secondary teachers, presenters share specific text analysis, reading comprehension, and writing strategies focused on helping ELLs comprehend high school science content. Explicit teaching of disciplinary language associated with high school science scaffolds all students’ understanding of content and provides pathways to science-based careers.

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Best Practices in Instruction

Presenter/organizer
John Levasseur, Springfield Public Schools
Presenters
Mrs. Jean Marvel, Springfield Public Schools
Thu Jun 1 2017, 8:30am–9:15am, Grande Centre
Abstract

Setting high expectations for English Learners drives our work. ELs must access language vis-a-vis content through rigorous learning. The Boston Public Schools ensures that Cognitively Demanding Tasks (CDTs) are embedded in all instruction. Our ELD Framework has been developed with CDTs as the cornerstone of instruction.

Session Type

Discussion Session (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Academic Language in Content Areas

Presenter/organizer
Dr. Frances Esparza, Boston Public Schools
Presenters
Vivan Tam, Boston Public Schools
Priya Tahiliani, Office of English Language Learners, Boston Public Schools
Thu Jun 1 2017, 8:30am–9:15am, Middlesex East
Abstract

Inspired by the Writing Workshop model and the opportunity to extend students’ language acquisition through digital literacy, students were engaged in a digital memoir project. They shared personal experiences, making sense of their past through the creation of i-Movies.  This workshop provides tools for implementing digital memoirs in your classroom.

 

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Best Practices in Instruction

Presenter/organizer
Ms Carrie Powers, Lowell Public Schools
Presenters
Mrs. Carmen Blasini, Sullivan Middle School
Dr. Stefanie Lowe, Ph.D, Sullivan Middle School
Mrs. Veronique Roberts, Lowell Public Schools
Session Materials
  • DIGITIZING THE MEMOIRS OF OUR JOURNEY: NEWCOMERS TELL THEIR STORIES
Thu Jun 1 2017, 8:30am–9:15am, Carlisle
Abstract

Looking for ways to build literacy in your SLIFE class? This session provides SLIFE teachers with concrete ideas for creating and expanding upon the Language Experience Approach (LEA) to build literacy routines in the classroom.  Walk away with strategies you can use for a variety of content areas.

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Specific Populations (ELLs with disabilities, SLIFE, etc.)

Presenter/organizer
Mrs. Elizabeth Nibberich, Boston Public Schools and Boston International High School
Presenters
None
Thu Jun 1 2017, 8:30am–9:15am, Sudbury
Abstract

In this session, participants will engage in a hands-on activity related to the development and implementation of culturally and linguistically responsive numeracy assessments for the identification of students with limited or interrupted formal education (SLIFE).

Session Type

INVITED SPEAKER (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Specific Populations (ELLs with disabilities, SLIFE, etc.)

Presenter/organizer
David Valade, DESE- Office of English Language Acquisition and Academic Achievement
Presenters
Sara Nino, DESE- Office of English Language Acquisition and Academic Achievement
Meto Raha, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Session Materials
Thu Jun 1 2017, 8:30am–9:15am, Wayland
Abstract
Youth whose First Language is Not English (FLNE) represent the fastest growing segment of the United States public school population. In Massachusetts, where one in five students is FLNE, the high school graduation rate for this key sub-group stands at just above 70 percent.
 
The Center for Promise utilized multiple methods to analyze data from over 13,000 FLNE student across the state and in depth group interviews with Latinx students in five school districts to better understand the experiences that support or hinder FLNE student academic persistence. This presentation will highlight the findings and the implications in I Came Here to Learn. The authors will also facilitate an interactive discussion about how to support FLNE students through graduation.
 
Session Type

INVITED SPEAKER (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Knowing our Students

Presenter/organizer
Shannon Varge, PhD, Center for Promise - Boston University School of Education
Presenters
None
Thu Jun 1 2017, 8:30am–9:15am, Boardroom
Abstract

In this session, the speakers describe their work in developing and facilitating a student-run literary journal for second language writers. The speakers offer reflections on the benefits of celebrating and publishing second language writing, and engage the audience in considering how a similar project might be implemented in their programs. 

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Reading, Writing, Literacy

Presenter/organizer
Andrea Paquin, M.Ed. TESOL, University of New Hampshire
Presenters
Kristin Roberts Raymond, M.A. TESOL, University of New Hampshire
Denise Desrosiers Solomon, M.A. TESOL, University of New Hampshire
Carolyn Hutton, M.A. English Literature, University of New Hampshire
Session Materials
Thu Jun 1 2017, 8:30am–9:15am, Grand South
Abstract

While incredibly valuable, academic oral discourse is often neglected in classrooms, with priority given to reading and writing.  However, oral language essential in pushing students to work together to negotiate meaning.  This session presents an instructional framework to scaffold academic oral language discourse with newcomer ELLs in a secondary setting.  

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Academic Language in Content Areas

Presenter/organizer
Joseph Burkett, Lawrence Public Schools
Presenters
None
Thu Jun 1 2017, 8:30am–9:15am, Ashland
Abstract

With the increase of inclusive classrooms, ESL and ELA teachers must find ways to support students' acquisition of English as well as mastery of ELA standards. Unfortunately, that can be challenging in many schools. This session provides resources and strategies to develop productive collaboration that benefits ELLs.

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Best Practices in Instruction

Presenter/organizer
Miss Gladys Marie Valle, MATESL Candidate, Nathaniel Bowditch School
Presenters
Sonia Lowe, MAT, Nathaniel Bowditch School
Thu Jun 1 2017, 8:30am–9:15am, Concord
Abstract

The session presents research from the past 15 years on teachers' beliefs about ELLs and their perceptions of their preparedness to teach ELLs.  The session will include a presentation of findings and invite discussion on how language teachers observe and talk with colleagues about the intersection of beliefs and practice.

Session Type

Paper/Report (45 minutes)

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Teacher Education/Professional Development

Presenter/organizer
Caitlin E Long, Boston College, Lynch School of Education
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Presenters
None
Thu Jun 1 2017, 8:30am–10:00am, Middlesex West
Abstract

 

This presentation will look at co-teaching strategies to make a high school Humanities curriculum engaging, relevant, and rigorous for ELD 1 and 2 students. There will be discussion of co-planning techniques, sharing of student work, and opportunities to brainstorm with colleagues about using co-teaching in your practice.

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (90 minutes)

Topic Strand

Best Practices in Instruction

Presenter/organizer
Saskia Fabricant, Fenway High School, Boston Public Schools
Presenters
Bonnie McBride, Fenway High School, Boston Public Schools
Thu Jun 1 2017, 9:30am–10:15am, Wayland
Abstract

Engaging in informal dramatic performance, especially in the form of mock trials and readers’ theater, ESL and Humanities students work together to achieve a number of course-specific goals including improved English language skills and a deeper critical examination of character, motivation and conflict.

Session Type

Panel (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Listening, Speaking, Pronunciation

Presenter/organizer
Geraldine E Wagner, Johnson & Wales University
Presenters
Ann Schroth, Johnson & Wales University
Anne Shaw, Johnson & Wales University
Thu Jun 1 2017, 9:30am–10:15am, Grand South
Abstract

Presenters will share their work in how teaching a successful social emotional learning program can help students engage in academic conversations and learn academic language from one another.  Presenters will share strategies for classroom community building as well as language learning activities that rely on social competencies.

Session Type

Paper/Report (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Academic Language in Content Areas

Presenter/organizer
Antonella D'Eramo, Framingham Public Schools
Presenters
Talia Cossin, Barbieri School, Framingham Public Schools
Session Materials
Thu Jun 1 2017, 9:30am–10:15am, Concord
Abstract

English Language Learners in a high-poverty urban high school, and students in an affluent suburban school who were studying Spanish, engaged in a year-long bilingual letter exchange and ultimate face-to-face meeting. This session features student work samples, video, and teaching materials plus an analysis of challenges, pitfalls, and ultimate successes.

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Family and Community Connections

Presenter/organizer
Patricia Brady, Lawrence High School
Presenters
Christina Toro, Arlington Public Schools
Thu Jun 1 2017, 9:30am–10:15am, Sudbury
Abstract

Cultivating Oral Language and Literacy Talent in Students (COLLTS), a bilingual preschool curriculum, promotes the development of emergent literacy, oral language, and background and conceptual knowledge through the use of interactive reading. Session attendees will be introduced to the research base for COLLTS and an overview of the curriculum materials.

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Panel (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Reading, Writing, Literacy

Presenter/organizer
Alexandra Anastos, American Institutes for Research
Presenters
None
Thu Jun 1 2017, 9:30am–10:15am, Ashland
Abstract

Taking the view that cultural curiosity is a prerequisite to successful teaching of ELLs, a bicultural group of Salem educators developed a workshop on the history, culture, immigration patterns, and self-identity of the people of the Dominican Republic for mainstream teachers. Learn how this collaborative effort grew, flowered, and spread.

 

Session Type

Panel (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Knowing our Students

Presenter/organizer
Nancy M. Meacham, M.Ed., Salem Public Schools
Presenters
Luz G. Villarreal, M.Ed., Salem Public Schools
Perla R Peguero, MSW, Salem Public Schools
Berta Tavares, B.A.Ed., Salem Public Schools
Thu Jun 1 2017, 9:30am–10:15am, Boardroom
Abstract

The language of quantitative reasoning is challenging for ELLs because of the specialized vocabulary and grammatical knowledge that is required. In this workshop, we will identify specific word- and sentence-level features utilized when reading and writing about quantitative information. We will then provide ideas for the instruction of these features.

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Academic Language in Content Areas

Presenter/organizer
Dr. Melissa Latham Keh, Bridgewater State University
Presenters
Dr. Mary Hughes, PhD, Boston University
Thu Jun 1 2017, 9:30am–10:15am, Grande Centre
Abstract

During this interactive session, participants will have an opportunity to explore recent ESE Department guidance related to English learning students with disabilities (EL/SWDs) and those English learners (ELs) suspected of having disabilities, such as high incidence learning disabilities.

Session Type

INVITED SPEAKER (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Specific Populations (ELLs with disabilities, SLIFE, etc.)

Presenter/organizer
Sara Nino, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Presenters
None
Session Materials
  • Meeting the Unique Needs of English Learners With or Suspected of Having Disabilities
Thu Jun 1 2017, 9:30am–10:15am, Carlisle
Abstract

Addressing the specific needs of SLIFE and beginner ELs while holding them to high expectations poses a great challenge for educators, especially as schools face ongoing enrollment. This session aims to introduce a curriculum model that has proven to be effective with SLIFE and beginner ELs at the secondary level.

 

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Specific Populations (ELLs with disabilities, SLIFE, etc.)

Presenter/organizer
Nicoleta Filimon, International High School, Lawrence Public Schools
Presenters
Christi Cartwright-Lacerda, International High School Lawrence
Thu Jun 1 2017, 9:30am–10:15am, Middlesex East
Abstract

Students will present about the positive impact that comes from changing the designation English Language Learner to Multilingual Student and advocate for schools to adopt a “strengths based” outlook on multilingualism. Students will lead participants through activities that will challenge perceptions around Multilingual Students.

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Knowing our Students

Presenter/organizer
Christine Olsen, Seven Hills Charter Public School
Presenters
None
Thu Jun 1 2017, 9:30am–11:00am, Grand North
Abstract

According to the National Survey of Children’s Health (2014), half of the nation’s student population are experiencing trauma, violence and chronic stress. Learn research-based ways to create a comprehensive and collaborative approach for building an instructional environment and practice that supports families’ assets and students’ strengths and academic achievement.

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (90 minutes)

Topic Strand

Specific Populations (ELLs with disabilities, SLIFE, etc.)

Presenter/organizer
Debbie Zacarian, Ed.D., Debbie Zacarian, Ed.D. & Associates, LLC
Presenters
Dr. Lourdes Alvarez-Ortiz, Ph.D., Consultant, School Psychologist and Education
Session Materials
Thu Jun 1 2017, 10:30am–11:15am, Middlesex West
Abstract

This year, I piloted an AP English class for ESL students who scored a 4.5 or higher on their overall 2015-2016 ACCESS scores. Students advocated for themselves and are set to take the AP test in May 2017. Students will present obstacles and victories. 

Session Type

Panel (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Reading, Writing, Literacy

Presenter/organizer
asha chana, Revere High School
Presenters
None
Thu Jun 1 2017, 10:30am–11:15am, Ashland
Abstract

Do you have questions about your students' rights and their families' rights in the immigration system? Is the current immigration environment impacting the students in your classroom? Learn what rights immigrants - including children - have in the immigration system, how to spot common issues, and where to turn for help. 

Session Type

INVITED SPEAKER (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Policy and Advocacy

Presenter/organizer
Elena Noureddine, Esq., PAIR Project
Presenters
None
Thu Jun 1 2017, 10:30am–11:15am, Carlisle
Abstract

Pronunciation is an essential aspect of learning the English language. However; how do we teach students sounds he/she cannot hear? This research-based presentation will explore techniques teachers can use in classrooms to aid students with their pronunciation. This will show speech-language pathology pronunciation techniques altered to fit an ESL classroom.

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Listening, Speaking, Pronunciation

Presenter/organizer
Gabrielle Martineau, University of Southern Maine
Presenters
None
Thu Jun 1 2017, 10:30am–11:15am, Boardroom
Abstract

This session presents research- and practice-based insights into robust professional training focusing on linguistically responsive pedagogy that can serve as a powerful means for improving ELLs’ academic achievement. Particularly, four essential components of effective professional development for mainstream teachers will be explored.

Session Type

Discussion Session (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Teacher Education/Professional Development

Presenter/organizer
Alexandra Dema, Bridgewater State University
Presenters
None
Thu Jun 1 2017, 10:30am–11:15am, Sudbury
Abstract

Teachers will examine how explicitly teaching signal words in the upper grades gives ELs access to grade level content and connects to academic discourse and grammar. Teachers will identify signal words to break down the language demands of a unit and brainstorm ways signal words can enhance units of study.

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Academic Language in Content Areas

Presenter/organizer
Kristen T Leathers, Boston Public Schools-Brighton High School
Presenters
Martha Boisselle, Boston Public Schools
Victoria Barbato, Boston Public Schools
Thu Jun 1 2017, 10:30am–11:15am, Middlesex East
Abstract

How are language and culture intertwined in the postmodern ESL classroom? Come learn about the sociocultural theory and its practical ramifications for the 21st century classroom. Based on new interpretations of Vygotsky’s works, we will offer specific ideas for pedagogy, research, and assessment that you will be able to use.

Session Type

Paper/Report (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Teacher Education/Professional Development

Presenter/organizer
Alec Lapidus, University of Southern Maine
Presenters
None
Thu Jun 1 2017, 10:30am–11:15am, Concord
Abstract

We are eager to share our ten years of experience using storytelling/story acting in Kindergarten with all those searching for an authentic method to increase oral language development. We will share video examples from our classrooms, instructions on how to get going, and tools to monitor language development.

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Best Practices in Instruction

Presenter/organizer
Elika Fredrickson, Ed.M., Amigos
Presenters
Noelle Danian, Amigos
Ms. Suzette Abbott, MA-Early Childhood, Literacy, Cambridge Public Schools
Thu Jun 1 2017, 10:30am–11:15am, Wayland
Abstract

The language needed to engage in academic discourse can seem out of reach for beginning ELLs and SLIFE. This session aims to demonstrate how the effective use of sentence stems at the secondary level can be integrated into rigorous interactive activities that facilitate academic language acquisition.

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Listening, Speaking, Pronunciation

Presenter/organizer
Christi Cartwright-Lacerda, International High School Lawrence
Presenters
None
Thu Jun 1 2017, 2:30pm–3:15pm, Grand North
Abstract

For an English Learner, there are many other socio-cultural factors that impact a student's learning in the classroom. This session will explore what it means to be culturally responsive educators, espcially in today's politically charged nation, so that students feel affirmed in the classroom cultures we cultivate. 

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Teacher Education/Professional Development

Presenter/organizer
Esther Jeong, Lawrence High School
Presenters
None
Session Materials
Thu Jun 1 2017, 2:30pm–3:15pm, Middlesex East
Abstract

Is "immigrant" a bad word? Rhetoric says yes, data says no. Teachers can better serve immigrant students when they know them and when they work with an asset-based perspective of what immigrants can accomplish. The latest research will introduce the many contributions immigrants make through data, stories and reflection.

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Knowing our Students

Presenter/organizer
Denzil Mohammed, The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc.
Presenters
None
Thu Jun 1 2017, 2:30pm–3:15pm, Sudbury
Abstract

International students now test with PTE Academic instead of TOEFL or IELTS to support their applications to universities.  PTE preparation genuinely helps students improve English skills, not just test-taking skills. 

This session introduces how Massachusetts administrators and teachers can prepare students for PTE Academic.

Session Type

Commercial Presentation (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Program Administration

Presenter/organizer
Puck Fernsten, PTE Academic (Pearson)
Presenters
None
Thu Jun 1 2017, 2:30pm–3:15pm, Concord
Abstract

Pronunciation is integrally related to other language skills but is hard to teach. Technology can facilitate pronunciation teaching and integrate these closely connected skills that are otherwise taught in isolation. This presentation proposes steps to bring about the necessary progression to a technology and pronunciation based integrated skills classroom.

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Listening, Speaking, Pronunciation

Presenter/organizer
Di Liu, Boston University
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Presenters
None
Thu Jun 1 2017, 2:30pm–3:15pm, Middlesex West
Abstract

In 2016, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth began offering a four-course, add-on certification program for ESL. This presentation discusses the development process, some of the lessons learned from the initial roll-out of the courses, and feedback from the first teacher cohort to complete the certificate.

Session Type

Discussion Session (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Teacher Education/Professional Development

Presenter/organizer
Karen Terrell, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Presenters
Dr. Shakhnoza Kayumova, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Thu Jun 1 2017, 2:30pm–3:15pm, Grande Centre
Abstract

In this interactive workshop, sponsored by the Massachusetts Reading Association, teachers will learn how to increase reading comprehension through two guided inquiry tools (RAN and Data Chart).  These tools are used, in turn, to empower students to write notes and summaries in response to their own questions. 

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Reading, Writing, Literacy

Presenter/organizer
Pamela Reed Shufro, Ed.D., Massachusetts Reading Association
Presenters
Andrea Cayson, Ph.D., Bridgewater State University
Session Materials
Thu Jun 1 2017, 2:30pm–3:15pm, Grand South
Abstract

Oral language development is crucial to the development of a second language. For our elementary and secondary English Learner students, the use of oracy - strong, academic oral language - allows them to build competency in all domains of language. By focusing on oral language development students make linguistic leaps to fluency.

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Best Practices in Instruction

Presenter/organizer
Mr. Andrew J Lord, IV, MA, Burlington School District
Presenters
None
Session Materials
Thu Jun 1 2017, 2:30pm–4:00pm, Ashland
Abstract

At the International High School at Lafayette, a Brooklyn public high school dedicated to newly arrived immigrants from all over the world, five teenagers strive to master English, adapt to families they haven't seen in years, and create a future of their own while coming of age in a new land. A documentary film by Jean-Michel Dissard & Gitte Peng.

Session Type

FILM SCREENING (90 minutes)

Topic Strand

Knowing our Students

Thu Jun 1 2017, 2:30pm–4:00pm, Carlisle
Abstract

Administrators and teachers familiar with DESE SLIFE Guidance will learn how to move to practical implementation. All aspects of program development and curriculum design will be addressed. Participants will also create individual/group plans; a laptop is encouraged, but not required.

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (90 minutes)

Topic Strand

Specific Populations (ELLs with disabilities, SLIFE, etc.)

Presenter/organizer
Jennifer LaBollita, Framingham Public Schools
Presenters
Ms. Rebecca Daigle, M. Ed, Framingham Public Schools
Session Materials
Thu Jun 1 2017, 2:30pm–4:00pm, Wayland
Abstract

In this workshop for mainstream and ELL teachers, participants will learn about a scaffolded approach to teaching content and language at the same time. They will then be guided through the initial steps of designing a unit that supports diverse students’ disciplinary literacy development. Sample materials will be provided.

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (90 minutes)

Topic Strand

Reading, Writing, Literacy

Presenter/organizer
Kathryn Accurso, Mount Holyoke College
Presenters
Bevan Brunelle, Kelly Full Service Community School & Mount Holyoke College
Kate O'Donnell, Kelly Full Service Community School & Mount Holyoke College
Steph Isabelle, Mount Holyoke College/Holyoke Public Schools
Thu Jun 1 2017, 3:30pm–4:15pm, Grand North
Abstract

This session will explore ways to familiarize students with the ACCESS assessment. Learn how to prepare students for the exam by unpacking the ACCESS rubrics and creating authentic ACCESS style assessments that support your curriculum.

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Best Practices in Instruction

Presenter/organizer
Courtney Aseltine, Lawrence High School
Presenters
None
Thu Jun 1 2017, 3:30pm–4:15pm, Middlesex West
Abstract

This session provides a forum for the discussion of current issues in teacher education for ESL and SEI. Faculty from various teacher preparation programs initiate conversations about preparing K-12 teachers to meet the needs of English learners and the changing roles and expectations of licensed ESL and SEI endorsed teachers.

Session Type

MATSOL SESSION (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Teacher Education/Professional Development

Presenter/organizer
Paul Abraham, Simmons College
Presenters
Michaela Colombo, Ed.D., UMass Lowell
Christine M. Leider, Ph.D., Boston University
Janet Chumley, Simmons College
Thu Jun 1 2017, 3:30pm–4:15pm, Grande Centre
Abstract

Graphic novels offer high-interest books combining reading and visuals. This combination supports comprehension while emphasizing incidental learning. In this session, we explore the ways we have used graphic novels with intermediate to advanced learners in grades 6-9, discussing a broad range of novels from classics to memoirs to historical topics.

Session Type

Panel (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Reading, Writing, Literacy

Presenter/organizer
Jim Meyer, Josiah Quincy Upper School, Boston Public Schools, Boston, MA
Presenters
Ashley Compagna, Josiah Quincy Upper School, Boston Public Schools, Boston, MA
Thu-Hang Tran-Peou, Josiah Quincy Upper School, Boston Public Schools, Boston, MA
Stephen Zani, Gordon College
Session Materials
Thu Jun 1 2017, 3:30pm–4:15pm, Middlesex East
Abstract

Learn how you can enhance English language teaching capacity abroad through 10-month paid teaching fellowships designed by U.S. Embassies for experienced U.S. TESOL professionals. As an English Language Fellow, you can provide English language instruction, conduct teacher training, and develop resources. Join us to hear from program staff and alumni.

Session Type

Discussion Session (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Teacher Education/Professional Development

Presenter/organizer
Rebecca Copeland, US Department of State English Language Fellow Program
Presenters
None
Thu Jun 1 2017, 3:30pm–4:15pm, Concord
Abstract

Fifty percent of what learners do is listen. In this theoretically-driven, qualitative study, 4 experienced ELTs from university-based IEPs were observed and interviewed to examine what kind of attention they give to teaching this imperative skill within integrated-skills classes. Findings reveal a mismatch between theory and practice, and solutions are explored.

Session Type

Paper/Report (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Listening, Speaking, Pronunciation

Presenter/organizer
Jennifer Lacroix, (Ed.D.), Boston University School of Education
Presenters
None
Thu Jun 1 2017, 3:30pm–4:15pm, Boardroom
Abstract

New England Arts for Literacy Project is a dynamic initiative that provides teachers with tools like The Performance Cycle framework. The framework engages students by building a classroom community of learners centered on meaningful text. ESL teachers connect literacy and arts creating a positive climate and high quality arts-integrated units.

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Teacher Education/Professional Development

Presenter/organizer
Mrs Vivian V McNeeley, Andover Public Schools
Presenters
Ms Ruth Tarbox, Andover Public Schools
Molly Swanson, Andover Public Schools
Thu Jun 1 2017, 3:30pm–4:15pm, Grand South
Abstract

This presentation will highlight principles and practices for increasing elementary ELs’ writing achievement beyond sentence and paragraph frames. Specific examples will be shared that develop writers at various proficiency levels and grade levels. The successful implementation of these principles and practices in a Summer Program for ELs will be shared.

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Best Practices in Instruction

Presenter/organizer
Cami Condie, Ed.D., Salem State University
Presenters
None
Thu Jun 1 2017, 4:30pm–5:15pm, Grand North
Abstract

This presentation will highlight current data on ELs including demographics, achievement, and trends. This will be followed up with updates on current and future projects from OELAAA including all things RETELL, WIDA, Title III and other topics.

Session Type

INVITED SPEAKER (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Policy and Advocacy

Presenter/organizer
Paul J. Aguiar, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Presenters
None
Session Materials
Fri Jun 2 2017, 8:30am–9:15am, Carlisle
Abstract

Drawing on eighteen semesters of experience mentoring student teachers, the presenter shares examples, strategies, and tips for maximizing the experience for everyone involved. How do you balance responsibilities to your students and the student teacher? Participants will also have a chance to share their own questions, frustrations, and ideas.

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Best Practices in Instruction

Presenter/organizer
Christina Michaud, Boston University College of Arts and Sciences Writing Program
Presenters
None
Session Materials
Fri Jun 2 2017, 8:30am–9:15am, Middlesex East
Abstract

Hybrid courses offer English-as-a-second-language students the opportunity to experience what it’s like to take a course online and face-to-face. They have the benefit of building connections in the classroom and increasing their skills in self-directed learning, thus creating greater learner autonomy, and preparing them for university in America, and beyond.

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Media and Technology

Presenter/organizer
Judithann Walz, Massachusetts International Academy
Presenters
None
Session Materials
Fri Jun 2 2017, 8:30am–9:15am, Ashland
Abstract

This panel will report on the implementation of the ESL Model Curriculum Units in their districts. Panelists will describe the status of implementation in their districts, and then discuss the rewards, challenges, and promises of implementation and answer questions from the audience.

Session Type

INVITED SPEAKER (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Best Practices in Instruction

Presenter/organizer
Vula Roumis, Brockton Public Schools
Presenters
Bonnie Baer-Simahk, M.Ed, Fitchburg Public Schools
Kerri Lamprey, Burlington Public Schools
Fri Jun 2 2017, 8:30am–9:15am, Sudbury
Abstract

Academic conversations not only help build an EL’s vocabulary and language but also result in deeper discussions and understanding of the material discussed. This session provides a format to implement academic conversations in the classroom, ways to assess academic conversations, and the impact academic conversations have had in one community.

 

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Best Practices in Instruction

Presenter/organizer
Emily Smyth, M.Ed, Hudson Public Schools
Presenters
None
Session Materials
Fri Jun 2 2017, 8:30am–9:15am, Grande Centre
Abstract

This workshop highlights the preliminary findings from a Design-Based Research study to promote active participation, critical thinking, and empathy with reference to the notions of local and global citizenship for English Language Learners using instructional scaffolding strategies in whole-class, text-based discussions in a fifth-grade mainstream classroom.

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Best Practices in Instruction

Presenter/organizer
Mr. Michael F. Murphy, M.S.Ed., Watertown Public Schools
Presenters
Ms. Stephanie Mikelis, M.A./A.B.D., Boston University School of Education
Fri Jun 2 2017, 8:30am–9:15am, Boardroom
Abstract

This session chronicles the journey the Rafael Hernández PreK-8 Dual Language School has taken to implement a cohesive Bridging instructional approach. Bridging is a student-centered, teacher-designed approach that allows for bilingual students to build metalinguistic connections across both languages.  After attending the MABE 2016 Conference, we designed and launched a school-wide Phased Bridging Implementation Process to explore, align, and integrate Bridging strategies to support the Spanish and English language development of our bilingual learners.

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Best Practices in Instruction

Presenter/organizer
Paulina Mitropoulos, Boston Public Schools
Presenters
Ana Tavares, Boston Public Schools
Fri Jun 2 2017, 8:30am–9:15am, Concord
Abstract

Salem High School’s program for English Learners has undergone significant changes during the past two years. In this session, participants will learn the backwards planning that has occurred to drive three levers in the direction of change: data driven instruction, parent and community engagement, and improved school culture.

Session Type

Panel (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Program Administration

Presenter/organizer
Ashlen Fidalgo, Salem Public Schools
Presenters
Deborah Jackson, Salem Public Schools
Fri Jun 2 2017, 8:30am–9:15am, Grand North
Abstract

Our weekly Robotics Club for third-grade ELLs integrates English Language Development and social emotional learning with robotics (programming and building LEGO Mindstorms EV-3 Robots).  During this interactive workshop, students will present their robots, programs and literacy portfolios.  Curriculum based on WIDA key uses, robotics and SEL will also be shared.

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Best Practices in Instruction

Presenter/organizer
Jennifer Otto, Seven Hills Charter Public School
Presenters
None
Session Materials
Fri Jun 2 2017, 8:30am–9:15am, Grand South
Abstract

Based on new book by Jana Echevarria, No More Low Expectations, this session will take participants through scaffolding practices that enable students to have grade level experiences at any ELD level.

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Standards Implementation (CCSS, WIDA, etc.)

Presenter/organizer
maria campanario, BA; MEd; CAGS, Educational Consultant
Presenters
None
Fri Jun 2 2017, 8:30am–9:15am, Wayland
Abstract

Participants will become familiar with how to create digital stories with ELLs. This presentation provides the rationale of utilizing digital stories and gives step-by-step guidance in bringing this culturally competent, instructional strategy into one’s classroom. Digital stories can be used in any content and with a range of linguistic abilities. 

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Teacher Education/Professional Development

Presenter/organizer
Dr. Elizabeth P. Tonogbanua, Ed.D., UMass Boston and Boston Public Schools
Presenters
None
Fri Jun 2 2017, 9:30am–10:15am, Ashland
Abstract

Responding to text-dependent questions in the social studies class can be extremely overwhelming for beginner English learners, especially SLIFE, due to text complexity. This session aims to demonstrate effective strategies that enable beginner ELs and SLIFE to read, comprehend and apply content material while developing higher-order thinking skills.

 

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Specific Populations (ELLs with disabilities, SLIFE, etc.)

Presenter/organizer
Mrs Michelle Gilman-Verzi, International High School, Lawrence Public Schools
Presenters
None
Fri Jun 2 2017, 9:30am–10:15am, Wayland
Abstract

This seminar addresses ways to teach L2 learners to be active, critical readers of literary texts. We will demonstrate how to teach better reading and vocabulary acquisition strategies, facilitate effective discussions of readings, and guide learners toward more in-depth analysis of the text.

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Reading, Writing, Literacy

Presenter/organizer
Christina Michaud, Boston University College of Arts and Sciences Writing Program
Presenters
None
Session Materials
Fri Jun 2 2017, 9:30am–10:15am, Grand South
Abstract

Students become active members of a learning community by engaging in conversation, partner work, self and group reflection in learning tasks with compelling topics found in authentic texts.  Using cooperative structures allow students to participate in collaboration, show respect, and build trust while engaging in academic discourse.  

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Best Practices in Instruction

Presenter/organizer
Wendy Seger, Center for the Collaborative Classroom is a nonprofit organization dedicated to students’ growth as critical thinkers who learn from, care for, and respect one another.
Presenters
Andrea Frasier, MEd, Center for the Collaborative Classroom is a nonprofit organization dedicated to students’ growth as critical thinkers who learn from, care for, and respect one another.
Fri Jun 2 2017, 9:30am–10:15am, Boardroom
Abstract

This presentation shares findings from a study of six exemplary preschool classrooms for young DLLs across three program types: public Pre-K, Head Start, and private programs.  Drawing on interviews, observations, and videotaped model lessons, study findings show how exemplary teachers hold asset-oriented beliefs that drive intentional practices for young DLLs.

Session Type

Paper/Report (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Best Practices in Instruction

Presenter/organizer
Megina Baker, Lynch School of Education, Boston College; Harvard Graduate School of Education
Presenters
Mariela Páez, Lynch School of Education, Boston College
Fri Jun 2 2017, 9:30am–10:15am, Middlesex West
Abstract

ELL teachers in low-incidence schools often face ‘visibility’ problems: working in multiple schools, teaching in ‘closets,’ dealing with insufficient budgets, and encountering skepticism from classroom teachers.  This presentation offers concrete suggestions for raising awareness of ELL’s critical role among classroom teachers, the administration, and other school employees.

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Teacher Education/Professional Development

Presenter/organizer
Charlotte Johnson, MATESL, ELL Consultant in Vermont and New Hampshire; Plymouth State University Graduate Teaching Lecturer
Presenters
Mary Quinton-Barry, MATESL, Lebanon High School, Lebanon, NH
Fri Jun 2 2017, 9:30am–10:15am, Carlisle
Abstract

Participants will discuss ways to close foundational language gaps for newcomers, transient and SLIFE students through a peer tutoring program. Participants will review the initial identification process, participate in vocabulary and language interventions led by students, and discuss the success of the program by analyzing pre and post assessments.

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Best Practices in Instruction

Presenter/organizer
Arlyn Madsen-Bond, Spark Academy and Lawrence Public Schools
Presenters
None
Session Materials
Fri Jun 2 2017, 9:30am–10:15am, Grande Centre
Abstract

In this presentation we will deliver updates on EL Curriculum, Professional Development, and RETELL.

Session Type

INVITED SPEAKER (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Standards Implementation (CCSS, WIDA, etc.)

Presenter/organizer
Fernanda Kray, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Presenters
Audrey Mangone, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Fri Jun 2 2017, 9:30am–10:15am, Sudbury
Abstract
As ESL teachers, we have the unique opportunities to explore other cultures and their many different perceptions which can help us maintain our diversity and our Democracy. Amy Kwei will speak on this topic through the lens of her new book, "Under the Red Moon - A Chinese Family in Diaspora." 
Session Type

INVITED SPEAKER (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Knowing our Students

Presenter/organizer
Amy Kwei, Independent Author
Presenters
None
Fri Jun 2 2017, 9:30am–10:15am, Concord
Abstract

What will pre-service teachers list as concerns/anxieties and alternately favorable/promising aspects of teaching the EL population? Analysis of more than 800 responses yields the converging elements of beliefs, perceptions, and attitudes towards the EL population and implications for teacher behavior and student achievement suggesting significant implications for credential preparation programs.

Session Type

Paper/Report (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Teacher Education/Professional Development

Presenter/organizer
Todd A Morano, Ed.D., Gordon College
Presenters
None
Fri Jun 2 2017, 9:30am–10:15am, Middlesex East
Abstract

Gain an awareness of the educational and social contexts of your Chinese, Korean, and Japanese students, and the experiences they bring. Learn how to consider cultural context to better integrate these populations of students into your classroom, and to support them and their families.

Session Type

Discussion Session (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Knowing our Students

Presenter/organizer
Yuiko Shimazu, Bridge Elementary School and Lexington Public Schools
Presenters
Ms. Deirdre Q Schadler, M.Ed., Bridge Elementary School and Lexington Public Schools
Session Materials
Fri Jun 2 2017, 9:30am–11:00am, Grand North
Abstract

Many educators are adept at implementing instructional strategies at the word and sentence levels of language. This workshop will build upon that knowledge by delving into the discourse (or message) level. Participants will have the opportunity to analyze examples of authentic communication tasks and work collaboratively to design their own.

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (90 minutes)

Topic Strand

Academic Language in Content Areas

Presenter/organizer
Joseph Santiago-Silvestri, Framingham Public Schools
Presenters
None
Fri Jun 2 2017, 10:30am–11:15am, Middlesex East
Abstract

This presentation provides practical methods for integrating tasks, small projects and routines into the academic environment to promote linguistic and cultural identity. Participants will see a showcase of examples of easily-implementable techniques that help students feel safe enough to take necessary risks and acquire concrete strategies for the classroom.

Session Type

Paper/Report (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Best Practices in Instruction

Presenter/organizer
Chris Meoli, Teaching House Boston / Ethical Education
Presenters
Molly Mowery, Peabody Public Schools
Christine Olsen, Seven Hills Charter Public Schools
Fri Jun 2 2017, 10:30am–11:15am, Boardroom
Abstract

Understanding relationships between sociopolitical perspectives/climate and education is a crucial component of the teaching profession. This workshop presents an assignment where Teacher Candidates critically discuss and apply current events, policies, and perspectives on teaching bilingual students. Participants will complete a sample assignment and discuss its utility in ESL/SEI Teacher Education.

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Teacher Education/Professional Development

Presenter/organizer
Christine Leider, Boston University
Presenters
None
Fri Jun 2 2017, 10:30am–11:15am, Sudbury
Abstract

Boost student talk time with hands-on games that use dice, poker chips, and beach balls. With a combined twenty years of experience in ESL classrooms, the presenters will teach 6 fun, foolproof activities to get students moving and speaking with greater fluency and accuracy about topics relevant to their lives. 

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Best Practices in Instruction

Presenter/organizer
Chris Elliott and Janelle Rivers, International Language Institute of Massachusetts
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Presenters
None
Session Materials
Fri Jun 2 2017, 10:30am–11:15am, Concord
Abstract

For ELLs, recognizing and remembering science vocabulary is insufficient in reaching the CCSS, NGSS, and WIDA demands. Rather, in-depth word knowledge is fundamental to demonstrate standard mastery. This workshop introduces strategies for comprehensive science vocabulary instruction. Such strategies can benefit ELLs as they help understand, learn, and communicate science content.

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Academic Language in Content Areas

Presenter/organizer
Alexandra Dema, Bridgewater State University
Presenters
Tracy Spies, Ph.D., University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Fri Jun 2 2017, 10:30am–11:15am, Ashland
Abstract

Immigrants face many new challenges under a Trump Administration. It is hard for many students to understand the changes and to separate fact from rumor. This workshop will look to cut through the confusion, examine how policy changes will impact students’ lives, and what they can do to protect themselves.

Session Type

INVITED SPEAKER (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Policy and Advocacy

Presenter/organizer
Sarang Sekhavat, MA Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy (MIRA) Coalition
Presenters
None
Fri Jun 2 2017, 10:30am–11:15am, Middlesex West
Abstract

In this session, the speakers report on comparative classroom research with international college students and U.S. resident multilingual high school students. The study considered how students might learn to build writing stamina and produce longer written texts through methods that combined systemic functional linguistics and creative writing.

Session Type

Paper/Report (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Reading, Writing, Literacy

Presenter/organizer
Kristin Roberts Raymond, M.A. TESOL, University of New Hampshire
Presenters
Christina Ortmeier-Hooper, University of New Hampshire
Liz Kirwan, MA Ed, Manchester High School West
Fri Jun 2 2017, 10:30am–11:15am, Wayland
Abstract

Explore the advantages of explicit attention to language form and function in the content classroom while learning ways to authentically integrate language into the math, science, and social studies classroom. This session will explore ways that combining content and language can help students meet the demands of the Common Core.

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Academic Language in Content Areas

Presenter/organizer
Courtney Aseltine, Lawrence High School
Presenters
Anne McDonough, Lawrence High School
Fri Jun 2 2017, 10:30am–11:15am, Carlisle
Abstract

Accessing classic works of literature is integral to academic success, especially in high school. This session aims to demonstrate effective strategies that enable SLIFE and beginner ELs to access and comprehend great works of literature. Specific attention will be given to developing literacy skills and building confidence.

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Specific Populations (ELLs with disabilities, SLIFE, etc.)

Presenter/organizer
Mary DeFelice, International High School Lawrence
Presenters
None
Fri Jun 2 2017, 2:30pm–3:15pm, Middlesex East
Abstract

In this session, members of the MATSOL Community College Faculty Network will facilitate a discussion of topics relevant to Massachusetts community college ESL programs. Topics include: ESL services and resources at our colleges; changes to curriculum, levels, or awarding of credit; advocating for ESL students and faculty; and the future of community college ESL in Massachusetts. Anyone interested in community college or related higher education issues is welcome!

Session Type

MATSOL SESSION (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Policy and Advocacy

Fri Jun 2 2017, 2:30pm–3:15pm, Grande Centre
Abstract

It is essential that ESL teachers and General Education teachers collaborate to develop students’ language through content.  This presentation will feature two ESL teachers and two general education teachers who will share information about the integration model that is used in their district as well as their successful collaboration techniques.

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Best Practices in Instruction

Presenter/organizer
Wendy M. Anderson, M.Ed., Hudson Public Schools
Presenters
Anna Gallo Knight, M.Ed., Hudson Public Schools
Christine Lange, Hudson Public Schools
Kimberly Gaffney, Hudson Public Schools
Session Materials
Fri Jun 2 2017, 2:30pm–3:15pm, Grand North
Abstract

Working in pairs, content area and ESL teachers created WIDA-aligned units based on the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Collaboration Tool. Units were developed using Understanding By Design (UBD) planning and technology-based supports for interaction among partners and teams, including Google Classroom and the video conferencing system, Zoom. 

Session Type

Panel (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Academic Language in Content Areas

Presenter/organizer
Bonnie Baer-Simahk, M.Ed, Fitchburg Public Schools
Presenters
Dani K. Matern, Fitchburg Public Schools
Deborah A. Hooper, Fitchburg Public Schools
Nicole Cooper, Fitchburg Public Schools
Fri Jun 2 2017, 2:30pm–3:15pm, Concord
Abstract

We will share findings from a survey of graduates of a TESOL Masters program, with a focus on how schools and teacher mentors can continue the learning of new ESOL teachers with bridges from what new teachers already know and believe to practical application and ongoing reflection in the classroom.

Session Type

Paper/Report (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Teacher Education/Professional Development

Presenter/organizer
Dr. Melissa Latham Keh, Bridgewater State University
Presenters
Dr. Yulia Stakhnevich, PhD, Bridgewater State University
Fri Jun 2 2017, 2:30pm–3:15pm, Middlesex West
Abstract

Have you considered offering electives to give ELLs more choices and increase motivation? Learn what should happen for Electives to be meaningful for level progression; what to keep in mind when creating Electives, registering students, and grading SLOs and assessments; and the tangible benefits of Electives, based on real evidence.

Session Type

Paper/Report (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Best Practices in Instruction

Presenter/organizer
Eden Bradshaw Kaiser, PhD, Massachusetts International Academy
Presenters
None
Session Materials
Fri Jun 2 2017, 2:30pm–3:15pm, Wayland
Abstract

For teachers of English Language Learners, this presentation will model ways to develop oral academic vocabulary in English through scaffolded, engaging discussions about fine art images and real-world photos from around the globe and across time. Strategies will be demonstrated and practical handouts will be shared.

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Best Practices in Instruction

Presenter/organizer
Barbara Genovese-Fraracci, M.A., Hacienda La Puente Unified School District, La Puente, California
Presenters
None
Fri Jun 2 2017, 2:30pm–3:15pm, Sudbury
Abstract

This session will provide an overview of the Next-Generation Interactive Solution for English Language Learners. Preview this fully online content available for your students anytime, any place using a desktop, laptop,tablet or smart phone. Take a look at the Innovative Writing Evaluation Technology, e-rater now available in English Discoveries OnLine.

Session Type

Commercial Presentation (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Reading, Writing, Literacy

Presenter/organizer
Ms. Debra Blake, EDUsoft, a subsidary of ETS
Presenters
None
Fri Jun 2 2017, 2:30pm–3:15pm, Carlisle
Abstract

SLIFE and beginner ELs who successfully overcome the immense challenges of building English proficiency in newcomer programs often face additional academic and socio-emotional setbacks when transitioning into mainstream classrooms. This session aims to introduce an effective model for ensuring a successful transition for students through collaboration, awareness, and professional development.

 

Session Type

Panel (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Policy and Advocacy

Presenter/organizer
Nicoleta Filimon, International High School, Lawrence Public Schools
Presenters
BarriAnn Alonzo, International High School, Lawrence Public Schools
Geraldo Acosta, International High School, Lawrence Public Schools
Laurie Hartwick, Lawrence Public Schools
Fri Jun 2 2017, 2:30pm–4:00pm, Grand South
Abstract

This interactive workshop will explore aspects of Haitian educational culture that are helpful to teachers working with Haitian immigrant students here. Learn ways to support students and connect with their families from a teacher who has traveled to Haiti and is building a partnership with a community there.

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (90 minutes)

Topic Strand

Best Practices in Instruction

Presenter/organizer
Mr. Paul Degenkolb, Malden Public Schools
Presenters
None
Fri Jun 2 2017, 2:30pm–4:00pm, Ashland
Abstract

At the International High School at Lafayette, a Brooklyn public high school dedicated to newly arrived immigrants from all over the world, five teenagers strive to master English, adapt to families they haven't seen in years, and create a future of their own while coming of age in a new land. A documentary film by Jean-Michel Dissard & Gitte Peng.

Session Type

FILM SCREENING (90 minutes)

Topic Strand

Knowing our Students

Fri Jun 2 2017, 2:30pm–4:00pm, Boardroom
Abstract

Using the Attaining Core Content for English Language Learners (ACCELL) approach, this session will introduce participants to the use of scaffolding techniques, in particular, for background knowledge, vocabulary, and interactive, text-dependent discussions, to help English learners better comprehend more complex text. Session includes reflections on applicability to one's own setting.

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (90 minutes)

Topic Strand

Reading, Writing, Literacy

Presenter/organizer
Alexandra Anastos, American Institutes for Research
Presenters
None
Session Materials
Fri Jun 2 2017, 3:30pm–4:15pm, Middlesex West
Abstract

Making the leap from awesome classroom teacher to school or program administrator presents numerous unforeseen challenges. Learn the keys to navigating this stressful transition and mastering your new roles and responsibilities. Or come and learn how to support your staff when you promote them to leadership positions.

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Program Administration

Presenter/organizer
Brian Pfeifer, Kings Education
Presenters
None
Fri Jun 2 2017, 3:30pm–4:15pm, Carlisle
Abstract

MATSOL Advocacy Update

Session Type

MATSOL SESSION (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Policy and Advocacy

Fri Jun 2 2017, 3:30pm–4:15pm, Middlesex East
Abstract

This presentation will focus on how one district uses Title III funds to support qualified English learner students who are interested in attending college. The district will discuss the program supported, the outcomes that students have demonstrated as a result of participating, and future plans using Title III funds.

Session Type

INVITED SPEAKER (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Program Administration

Presenter/organizer
Melanie Manares, MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Presenters
Mary M Wohler, Taunton Public Schools
Session Materials
Fri Jun 2 2017, 3:30pm–4:15pm, Wayland
Abstract

Teachers from Lawrence High School's ENLACE Academy present their experiences creating programming for SLIFE (Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education) & ELLs with disabilities.  This session will focus on program design, authenticity through project-based learning, differentiation for all students, building background knowledge, holding academic expectations, and socio-emotional support.

Session Type

Panel (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Specific Populations (ELLs with disabilities, SLIFE, etc.)

Presenter/organizer
Matt Clements, Lawrence High School, ENLACE Academy
Presenters
None
Fri Jun 2 2017, 3:30pm–4:15pm, Sudbury
Abstract

Students approaching bilingualism should be offered the opportunity to engage in the study of classic, carefully chosen American literature. Using literature as the anchor to language and cultural study, teachers will learn how to plan lessons that expect oral production, grammatical review, vocabulary growth, and reading for evidence.

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Reading, Writing, Literacy

Presenter/organizer
Mr Stuart Salomon, MAT, IB, AP, School for International Training, Global Educators Benchmarking Group
Presenters
None
Fri Jun 2 2017, 3:30pm–4:15pm, Grand North
Abstract

This presentation examines the ability to learn and retain high level vocabulary words by ELLs from low SES in the context of dialogic teaching. The high-level vocabulary words, considered important for academic subjects, were supported by projected art and photographs images and taught systematically through discussion in oral modality only. 

Session Type

Paper/Report (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Best Practices in Instruction

Presenter/organizer
Dr Elena Zaretsky, Ph.D., Department of Psychology and Clark University
Presenters
None
Fri Jun 2 2017, 3:30pm–4:15pm, Concord
Abstract

In this research presentation, I share results of a qualitative study that examined teachers' instrucional choices and classroom interactions with their ELs. Study results indicated a disconnect between what teachers thought they did in the classroom and how their ELs actually perceived the instruction. 

Session Type

Paper/Report (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Knowing our Students

Presenter/organizer
Jeanne O'Hearn, Masconomet Regional School District
Presenters
None
Fri Jun 2 2017, 3:30pm–4:15pm, Grande Centre
Abstract

Our classrooms are full of talk, but are teachers or students doing most of the talking?  This session will get participants discussing and thinking about the state of talk in their classrooms and schools.  Participants will also discover practical, research-based strategies for building students' capacity to engage in academic conversation.

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Best Practices in Instruction

Presenter/organizer
Joshua Benjamin, Community Day Arlington Elementary School (Lawrence, MA)
Presenters
None
Session Materials