Featured Speakers

Chris Fontana and Ganae McAlpin | Workshop Speaker

Democratic & Collective Classroom Leadership to Prepare Global Citizens

Chris Fontana, Executive Director of Full Circle Leadership Center & Ganae McApin Instructional Coach & History Educator at ETHS, co-facilitate this interactive workshop which engages educators to explore hands-on restorative strategies to build democratic classrooms. Immediate Take-Aways include: Agreements, Class Meetings, Community Building on the Positive, & Class Jobs/Roles. By decentering whiteness and addressing white supremacy culture and by shifting from a “power-over” to “power-with” framework, educators learn to co-create with their students a learning community where all can find a place of belonging. Educators learn to operationalize culturally responsive teaching resulting in students taking ownership of their learning in unprecedented ways. Students acquire language with greater facility; they build 21st Century skills–collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking. Workshop participants learn a strength-based pedagogy that recognizes agency in all kinds of students creating a space for them to become engaged leaders in the classroom and beyond.

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Dr. Margarita Calderón | Keynote Speaker

Beyond Crises: Overcoming Linguistic and Cultural Inequities in Communities, Schools and Classrooms

Designing and enacting a whole-school approach to the integration of language, literacy and core content instruction is essential in addressing the plight of Multilingual Learners, particularly in preventing Long-Term ELs. The whole-school approach emphasizes collaborative relationships among district and school administrators, teachers and families through comprehensive professional development that sustains growth and momentum for students and educators. Dr. Calderón will present the framework that has yielded great results as highlighted in the books Beyond Crises: Overcoming Linguistic and Cultural Inequities and Breaking Down the Wall: From Language to Language, Literacy and Content. The five-year evidence-based study on preparing core content, ESL, Dual Language teachers to teach integrated academic language, reading comprehension and academic writing in all subject areas was funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and U.S. Department of Education. The popular hybrid professional development components and follow-up teacher support systems for sustainability and student growth will be presented. Later, Margarita will model, and participants will have opportunities to practice selected strategies in one of the workshops.

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Ben Krauss, PhD | Keynote Speaker

Implicit Bias and Intercultural Competency – Why this is important and how individuals and organizations can improve

Learning Objectives: Prepare for conversations with our students regarding equity and race, Recognize our Implicit Bias, Help our students grow as citizens in an equitable world, Understand the process of achieving Intercultural Competency

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Dr. José Medina | Keynote Speaker

Dual Language Through an Advocacy And Sociocultural Competence Lens

Dual language programs must be grounded in the work of equity and social justice. So often, the focus is on bilingualism, biliteracy, and grade level academic achievement. But, educators must also embrace and model a culturally sustaining ideology that overtly chips away at educational systems that have historically oppressed certain student communities.

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