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Pre-Conference Workshop Descriptions
Pre-conference workshops will be held on Oct. 14, 2020 from 1:00pm-5:00pm.
To register, click here: 2020 Conference Registration  

Workshop 1

Culturally and Linguistically Responsive, Sustaining, and Sensitive ESL and Content Area Teachers: Academic Language and Collaboration

Dr. Luciana C. de Oliveira, University of Miami (as of July 1: Virginia Commonwealth University)
Dr. Katherine Barko-Alva, William & Mary 

This hands-on pre-conference workshop has been designed to serve pre-service and practicing teachers who want to further understand academic language for various purposes in the content areas - beyond vocabulary. We focus on culturally and linguistically responsive, sustaining, and sensitive practices to build on the skills and expertise ESL and content area educators bring to the classroom, including valuing multilingual learners’ multifaceted linguistic repertoires and collaborating around language and content instruction.

Dr. Luciana C. de Oliveira, Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Miami, Florida. In July, Dr. de Oliveira starts a new position as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. She's Past President (2019-2020) of TESOL International Association. Her research focuses on issues related to teaching multilingual learners at the elementary and secondary levels, including the role of language in learning the content areas and teacher education, advocacy and social justice. She is the author or editor of 24 books and over 200 publications in various outlets. 

Dr. Katherine Barko-Alva is Assistant Professor of ESL/ Bilingual Education at William & Mary, School of Education. Her research agenda focuses on how DLBE/ESL educators make sense of language during instruction. Currently, she serves as a member of the National ESL Advisory Board for iCivics. In addition, she serves on the executive board for the Virginia Dual Language Educators Network (VADLEN). She has been awarded the Virginia Latino Advisory Board Latinx Leadership Award in Education and the Janet Brown Strafer Award at William & Mary, School of Education, recognizing her efforts promoting equitable and inclusive learning spaces.

Workshop 2

The 6 Principles of Exemplary Teaching of English Learners

Dr. Michelle Horner Grau, Christopher Newport University

Abstract: TBA


Workshop 3

Improving Mathematical Literacy: Graphic Organizers, Math Games, and More

Dr. M.M. Rose-McCully, Wenatchee Valley College

Despite what is commonly stated, math is not a universal language. While the numbers themselves have the same value in any language, the fundamental processes students use to solve mathematical problems differ across cultures, grades, classrooms, and even individuals. The complexities of the English language and known mathematical truths collide when standardized tests are laden with story problems. As standards-based exams move to “plain English” for testers, providing appropriate scaffolding for multilingual learners is essential to improving mathematical literacy and empowering students to find success in the high-stakes testing environment.

This interactive workshop will share techniques that can be used in the classroom to help multilingual learners bridge the gap between the mathematical truths they may already know and the mathematical problems they are commonly confronted with on standardized tests. Workshop will include a discussion on the importance of representing mathematical thinking in multiple ways and provide participants the opportunity to share their own experiences with teaching math to ELs and to learn from the experiences of others.

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