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Breakout Sessions

Helping Multilingual Learners Unpack Complex Texts
Friday, October 21, 10:45 – 11:45 am

Dr. Rebecca Blum-Martínez; University of New Mexico

Multilingual Learners deserve rich, compelling, diverse and complex texts. In this presentation I will demonstrate a process for unpacking these texts based on the work of Lily Wong Fillmore and Maryann Cucchiara.

Designing a Spanish Financial Education Curriculum
Friday, October 21, 10:45 – 11:45 am

Anthony Leahy; CENTS

CENTS, the nonprofit behind Student Loan Awareness Year, is in the process of designing a free financial literacy curriculum in Spanish. There will be opportunity for workshop attendees to provide feedback about the needs of educators and students on this topic. Additionally, attendees will overview the current Debt Slapped program.

Elevating Multilingual Learner Writing Success: Inclusive teaching strategies for writing development
Friday, October 21, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Leticia Yellam, Jordan Montalvo; Highline School District

Multilingual Learners (MLLs) can achieve great success in writing with supports put in place to ensure we capitalize on the knowledge and abilities of MLLs at various proficiency levels. Come learn about culturally responsive Tier I instructional strategies, scaffolds, and GLAD(r) strategies that support MLLs through sheltered instruction explicit language development.

Research Based Approaches for Emerging Bilingual Learners in (Bi)Literacy through Oral Language
Friday, October 21, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Jennifer Hernandez; Lexia Learning

Teaching initial literacy to emerging bilingual learners is different from teaching monolingual English learners. This presentation will discuss the differences between oral language in literacy, oral language in language and how to use this knowledge to accelerate language development for biliteracy.

Washington State’s Plan to Expand Dual Language Education
Friday, October 21, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Dr. Patty Finnegan, Ema Shirk; OSPI

State Superintendent Reykdal is asking the Legislature for funds to provide statewide access to dual language education. Learn about the plan and the role of heritage language programs as on-ramps for dual language education. During this interactive session we look forward to hearing your thoughts and recommendations.

The Power of Chants
Friday, October 21, 2:30 – 3:30 pm

Jody Bader; ESL Consulting Services, Inc.

Chanting or singing in class is a well-known instructional strategy with a myriad of possibilities!  But are you getting the most out of your chants? This session will share ideas we have gleaned from teachers of multi-lingual students in general education and dual language settings who have used chants to build fluency, teach grammar, embed IEP goals and more. Take your language learners to a whole new level of language, content, and vocabulary growth!

Design with Intention: Developing a District Dual Language Framework
Friday, October 21, 2:30 – 3:30 pm

Dr. Catherine Carrison, Dr. Patty Finnegan; OSPI

Using the WA State Dual Language Program Framework template, participants will learn about the rationale and process for creating a district P-12 DL Framework. Attendees will review key components of the DL Framework and receive resources and guidance to aid in the development of their own district DL program framework.

Inclusion & Access for Multilingual Students & Academic Language Learners (ALL)
Saturday, October 22, 8:00 – 9:00 am

Pamela Schaff, Liliya Stefoglo; Seeing Beyond, LLC

Are you a teacher or administrator who works hard to meet the needs of your language learners? You’ve tried all you know and it still isn’t yielding the results you expected. The purpose of this session is to introduce participants to the 6 Cueing Systems and position them as learners to engage in a lesson and unpack input, process, and output strategies that create access to rigor.

The Bilingual, Bicultural and Integration Dream Can Come True!
Saturday, October 22, 8:00 – 9:00 am

Alfonso López; Wenatchee School District

The asset for individuals to become bilingual and bicultural in this shrinking world is Imperative. What schools and communities can do to enhance bilingualism and integration in classrooms. I will share first hand experiences and aspects that make the difference. I will touch aspects of the Dual Language, early exit, late exit and ESL experiences.

Insider Perspectives to Uncover Unseen and Unspoken Challenges Facing Multilingual Learners
Saturday, October 22, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Omran Akasha; Washington State University, Intissar Yahia

Literature reports many issues that face multilingual learners in their academic and social life. However, there are still unseen and unspoken challenges that perhaps only insider perspectives have access to. The presenters will address these issues, raise awareness, and provide some strategies to support the educators of multilingual learners.

Culturally and Linguistic Responsive Ecosystems
Saturday, October 22, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Dr. Sonia W. Soltero; College of Education, DePaul University

The languages and cultures of developing bilingual students must be integral to their education. Creating comprehensive culturally and linguistically responsive educational policies and practices leads to both improved academic outcomes and students’ socio-emotional well-being. An asset-based approach that intentionally and purposefully embeds students’ heritages and languages in the curriculum and instruction is the catalyst for success. We can do this by building linguistic and culturally responsive ecosystems in schools and classrooms through cultural-embedded literacy, culturally-responsive curriculum, authentic literature, and meaning-based instructional approaches.