Breakout Sessions

We are excited to announce the 2021 WABE Winter Dual Language Virtual Institute breakout sessions!*

*Subject to change

Engaging Multilingual Learners with Music & Interaction in the Classroom
Thursday, January 28, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Guero Loco | Bilingual Nation USA

Educational hip hop artist Guero Loco presents a fun and interactive session to help educators increase their efficacy with authentic methods of engagement for Multilingual Learners through the utilization of various forms of music, poetry, storytelling and rhyming in the classroom. Educators will receive resources and methods to integrate pop culture, authentic culture, and current events that matter to their students and families in order to engage them in the learning processes of speaking, reading, writing, classroom behavior and emotional liberation through music.

Inclusion and Access for Multilingual Students and Academic Language Learners
Thursday, January 28, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Liliya Stefoglo, Pam Schaff | Seeing Beyond

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 position participants as learners and help them unpack input, process, and output strategies that create access to rigor.

Developing a Solid Dual Language Program Master Plan
Friday, January 29, 9:00 – 10:00 am

Dr. Catherine Carrison | Evergreen Public Schools

A well-developed Master Plan is essential for a strong Dual Language Program. This session overviews the process for developing a comprehensive DL Master Plan. Participants will receive information and resources to guide them in the process of developing a plan. Join us and get to work on your Master Plan!

Integrating Content, Language and Literacy for Multilingual Learners
Friday, January 29, 9:00 – 10:00 am

Dr. Kristin Percy-Calaff | Highline Public Schools

Multilingual learners need a meaningful context for learning language and literacy in dual language and all classrooms. In this workshop, we’ll share our process for designing lessons and units that provide rich contextual experiences (even in remote learning) and engage students in developing strong language and literacy skills to meet rigorous standards. We will demonstrate practical strategies that can be implemented virtually or in person to scaffold and support language learners in this work.

Estructuras equitativas efectivas para reclutar y capacitar a nuestras familias
Friday, January 29, 9:00 – 10:00 am

Omar A. Escalera | Pasco School District

El taller explorará diferentes formas de involucrar a los padres en el sistema educativo. Se discutirán las inequidades sistémicas que impiden la participación de minorías en el sistema. Por último, crearemos un plan para ser parte de los equipos de liderazgo de su distrito o de sus escuelas.

TIPs: Teaching, Integrating & Planning for Multilingual Learners
Friday, January 29, 9:00 – 10:00 am

Corinne Larsen | Bellevue School District

Are you looking for some tips? In this session there will be strategies for teaching, integrating and planning to support multilingual learners.

Applying UDL to Lesson Design
Friday, January 29, 10:30 – 11:30 am 

Dr. Katie Novak | Novak Educational Consulting

During this breakout session, participants will have numerous options and choices to dive into the why, the what, and most importantly, the how of UDL, so they can learn to support and challenge all learners academically, behaviorally, and social-emotionally. Dr. Novak will dive into how to provide multiple means of representation and engagement for dual language learners who are culturally diverse, and how to transform assessment by providing multiple means of action & expression.

Expanding Noun Groups (NGs): More than just adjectives and nouns
Friday, January 29, 10:30 – 11:30 am

Jennifer Green, Beth Dillard, Caleb Zilmer | Western Washington University

THIS INTERESTING AND IMPORTANT SESSION ABOUT NOUN GROUPS should be attended by you! (The CAPITALIZED words form a NG). NGs can be long and complicated and yet replaced by a pronoun. Learn to help students identify the boundaries of NGs and write their own expanded NGs.

Accountable Talk: Using Technology and Assessment to Develop Fluency and English Proficiency
Friday, January 29, 10:30 – 11:30 am

Ana Kear | Auburn School District

Accountable Talk: Developing comprehensible output through authentic, culturally responsive activities and the use of technology in the ELL classroom. Promoting language acquisition, English proficiency, and independent learning by raising English Language Learners’ awareness of the connections between literacy, reading comprehension, and fluency in daily and academic discussions in the classroom.

Building a Statewide Scaffold of Support for Dual Language Education
Friday, January 29, 10:30 – 11:30 am

Patty Finnegan, Aide Villalobos | OSPI

To scaffold Superintendent Reykdal’s vision for K-12 dual language education, we are building a statewide network of support with online professional learning communities (PLCs). We will share about the PLCs and the Open Educational Resources hub that houses PLC resources such as planning for dual language programs and lessons in Spanish.

Cross-Linguistic Connections: Activating Metabilingual Awareness to Facilitate Biliteracy
Saturday, January 30, 9:45 – 10:45 am

Dr. Sonia Soltero | DePaul University

Bilingual students’ awareness of the differences and similarities between their two languages provide the foundation for developing higher levels of bilingualism and biliteracy. Activating this bilingual intersectionality while teaching for transfer involves daily explorations with linguistic elements from each language through formal lessons but also as teachable moments throughout the day. In this session, we discuss the many benefits of using cross-linguistic connections to build students’ metabilingual awareness, bilingualism, and biliteracy and explore a few instructional strategies that help students build metabilingual awareness and facilitate Spanish-English cross-linguistic transfer.

Winter Wonderland: A Parent Cultural Collaboration
Saturday, January 30, 9:45 – 10:45 am

Jennifer Morris, Melina Rios, Kate Hellenthal | Spokane Public Schools

Want ideas on how to involve parents in cultural celebrations? Want to tap into families’ funds of knowledge? Come listen to how we tapped into our parent community to share different winter celebrations with our students!

Using Flipgrid Technology to Support Instruction and Engage Students
Saturday, January 30, 9:45 – 10:45 am

Stephanie Olson | Issaquah School District

Learn how to engage your students in speaking and listening with Flipgrid! Have students share their ideas, respond to classmates, and verbally annotate their thinking. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore Flipgrid in student-centered classroom applicable scenarios.

Engaging families and communities: Creating a welcoming space for families and communities to become involved in dual language schools.
Saturday, January 30, 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Renee Shank, Cinthia Cervantes, Benjamin Estes, Ericka Heyerman | University of Washington

This session will share key take aways from speaking one-on-one with Spanish-Speaking families from a dual language school in the puget sound region. The candidates will describe the extent to which families feel welcome in schools along with tools to help families integrate into dual language programs.

Using Actively Learn Technology to Support Instruction and Engage Students
Saturday, January 30, 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Stephanie Olson | Issaquah School District

Actively Learn can be used to support ELL students in a variety of ways from extra help features, translation, vocabulary defining, video and media support and more. We will explore the content library options, sorting by Lexile levels, adding additional support features, and modifying content for differentiation. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore the features from both the teacher’s perspective and the student’s perspective.

Planning for Learner Variability in Dual Language Programs
Saturday, January 30, 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Heidi LaMare, Jennifer Johnson | Burlington Edison School District

Have you ever looked at your class data and wondered if you needed to provide intervention for some students? What if you flipped that thought and provided intervention to your program? This session will focus on how to establish a program outline that focuses on asset based and holistic practices within your assessment structures to ensure an equitable bilingualism focused learning environment for each student in your classroom. Discussion groups will be differentiated for job alike participation.

Engaging Emergent Bilinguals
Saturday, January 30, 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Lizeth Godsey, Cinthia Contreras, Karla Esparza, Alejandra Tinoco | Kent School District

Still wondering how to continuously engage your emergent bilinguals in a remote learning environment? Join our interactive session where you will learn strategies to boost student engagement, increase student participation and empower student ownership. Teachers will share their collaborative experiences and planning structures that led to establish positive relationships and increased authentic student discourse while maintaining the fidelity of implementing the 3 pillars of Dual Language.