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Thursday, August 22
 

8:00am

Registration & Breakfast
Thursday August 22, 2019 8:00am - 8:30am
Lombardo's Second Floor Lobby

8:30am

Superintendent Welcome
Dr. Cassellius will give a welcome address to start off the symposium.

Thursday August 22, 2019 8:30am - 9:00am

9:10am

Keynote Address: Curriculum and Instruction for Multilingual Learners: Access and Equity is a Civil Rights Issue!
All teachers must enter the classroom with pedagogical preparation for working with multilingual learners students (Gándara & Escamilla, 2017; Garcia & Kleifgen, 2018) as well as dispositions necessary for critical, reflective, and responsive practices (Motha, 2014). More specifically, content-area instructors should have not just strong pedagogical content knowledge (Shulman, 1983), but also have specific training on supporting multilingual learners in their respective content areas, including developing language objectives, implementing differentiated instruction and assessment, and creating culturally responsive settings for learning; English Language Development instructors in Sheltered English Immersion programs and Bilingual Education programs should be verse in differentiating across the broad range of English proficiency levels (Goldenberg, 2013), working with various language backgrounds (Swan, 2001), and familiar with different needs of students with varying educational experience and migrant backgrounds (Office of English Language Learning & Migrant Education, 2008); and Dual Language and World Language instructors need specialized preparation in language development and content development in the respective language of instruction (Baker & Wright, 2017). In practice, this translates into curricular and instructional practices that are informed by a firm foundation in curricular standards, mechanics of the English language, understanding the second language acquisition process, and a solid collection of research-based and culturally-relevant instructional tools for teaching multilingual students (Valdes, Kibler, & Walqui, 2013) alongsiderecognition of students’ cultural and linguistic capital (Gonzalez, Moll, Tenery, Rivera, Rendon, Gonzales, & Amanti, 1995) through pedagogical practices such as translanguaging pedagogy (Fu & Hadjioannou, 2019; Seltzer, Garcia, and Ibarra-Johnson, 2016) and anti-racist TESOL pedagogy (Motha, 2014). Unfortunately, multilingual learners are often in classrooms where their instructors do not have the appropriate or limited background knowledge and training (MA DESE, 2019) and/or do not utilize these practices (Lucas & Grinberg, 2008). In this talk, we will consider this current classroom context within established case law regarding the education of multilingual students (e.g., Lau v Nichols, 1974; Castañeda v Pckard, 1981). Participants will be challenged to ask themselves the following questions: What curricular and instructional practices are necessary for multilingual learners to receive effective and quality instruction? How can teachers deliver effective and quality instruction to multilingual students if they haven’t had adequate training? Do our current classroom settings violate Multilingual Learners’ Civil Rights?


Thursday August 22, 2019 9:10am - 11:10am
Regency Room

11:10am

Academic Writing in the Middle School ESL 1 Classroom
Participants will learn how to create and enhance rigorous academic writing experiences for ESL 1 students in non-fiction genres through research, explicit teaching of language skills, joint construction, and facilitation of small group and individual writing. The session will also include discussion of specific technologies used to support sudents.

Speakers

Thursday August 22, 2019 11:10am - 12:40pm
Ambassador

11:10am

Differentiation for Linguistically Diverse Students
English language learners need instruction that is differentiated to meet the needs unique to learning an additional language and grade appropriate content. Participants will approach the idea of differentiation of language from an asset-based perspective, recognizing that language learners bring many contributions to the school community. Participants will collaborate to discuss how to customize instruction for ELLs utilizing the WIDA ELD framework.

Speakers
avatar for Anne Dolan

Anne Dolan

After her retirement as ESL, Bilingual SPED teacher, Title Vll Administrator and ESL Specialist for the Boston Public Schools, Anne Dolan joined the clinical faculty of BC. Anne has also been adjunct faculty at UMass, Cambridge College and Fitchburg State.In addition to offering courses... Read More →


Thursday August 22, 2019 11:10am - 12:40pm
Regency Room

11:10am

Empowering Families to Support ELL Students at Home
Upon completion of this professional development, teachers will be able to create authentic and successful partnerships with ELL parents so that they are included in supporting their child’s academic growth at home.

Speakers
avatar for Christina Louis

Christina Louis

BPS School Family Engagement Facilitator.New transplant  to Boston from Fort Lauderdale,Florida by way of Haiti.Passionate about student achievement and learning.  Social Studies Teacher for 12 years.Social Studies Department Head 4 yearsCivics Instructional Coach 5 years Fluent... Read More →


Thursday August 22, 2019 11:10am - 12:40pm
Jessica Room

11:10am

Page to Stage: Adapting and Creating Plays with English Learners
ELL's can benefit greatly from approaching a text multiple times. Transforming a curriculum text into scripted dialogue can help students with their reading, oral pronunciation, public speaking confidence and visualization of a story. When students act things out they can become more immersed in a story and develop a deeper understanding of it. It was especially fun for my students this year to hear a story read to them and then be able to take on characters within that story. Participants will gain tools to adapt texts into plays and to create plays collaboratively with their students.

Speakers
avatar for Eleanor Berke

Eleanor Berke

Elly Berke is an ESL teacher at Mattahunt Elementary School. Before becoming a teacher, Berke attended the Harvard Graduate School of Education and created dynamic theatre-based programming at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. She recently presented at the International Colloqium... Read More →


Thursday August 22, 2019 11:10am - 12:40pm
Venetian A

11:10am

11:10am

Using Native Language Supports for Academic Vocabulary Development in ESL and Content Classrooms
In this session, attendees will learn how to leverage students’ native language to truly develop key, grade-level academic vocabulary. The combination of high frequency vocabulary glossaries (for Math, Science and ELA) and corresponding vocabulary journals helps English Learners connect and reinforce learning across both ESL and content area classes. Participants will learn practical, hands-on strategies to increase students’ vocabulary, and as a result, their engagement in learning; to improve academic writing in Math in particular; and to enable a native language home-school connection. Attendees will receive a complete set of classroom materials to implement during the school year.

Speakers
AC

Arthur Chou

Velasquez Press
Arthur Chou is a social entrepreneur. He advocates for the biliteracy and dual language school movement to promote educational equity for English Learners, to encourage multilingualism, and yo prepare every student to become a global citizen.Arthur is the founder and managing... Read More →
JR

Jonathan Ruiz

Velasquez Press
Jonathan Ruiz is the Director of Business at Academic Learning Company, which operates SealofBiliteracy.org, DualLanguageSchools.org and Velázquez Press.  He is a former English Learner from inner city Los Angeles and has been an advocate of English Learners all this life.  He... Read More →


Thursday August 22, 2019 11:10am - 12:40pm
Embassy

12:40pm

Lunch / Networking / Table Browsing
Thursday August 22, 2019 12:40pm - 1:30pm
Lobby Area

1:30pm

Communication is Key: Engaging Families of High School EL students
Engagement of secondary EL families is important to the success of students. This session will address some of the barriers to engagement of engagement and offer strategies and techniques to increase communication between home and school.

Speakers
MW

Mweusi Willingham

Mweusi Willingham is 1 of 4 trained Engagement Facilitators for Boston Public Schools where he and his colleagues, create opportunities for School Leaders and staff to build collaborative partnerships with the families they serve.  As an Educator with over 24 years of experience... Read More →
LG

Lori Greenwood

A lifelong learner, Lori has been working and learning with the Boston Public Schools Office of Engagement for the past 5 years. Previous to joining the BPS team, Lori was a teacher in Milwaukee, Washington D.C. and Turkey. Lori has a B.S. in Early Childhood Education, a MA in Teaching... Read More →


Thursday August 22, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Venetian B

1:30pm

Creating Language Objectives for ELL Student Population Attending General Education Classes
Effective lesson planning for English language learner students include having clear content and language objectives.. Teachers will have the opportunity to look the Collaboration Tool in order to explore the Academic language involved in writing language objectives that will accelerate their student’s English language acquisition. We will take a look at some student writing samples and learn strategies to understand ELLs current skills with the Systemic Functional Grammar approach (Dostal, Bowers, Kilpatrick, 2017). We will explore possible language objectives for classroom instruction.

Speakers
avatar for Anna Stansky Murphy

Anna Stansky Murphy

Anna is a speech-language pathologist at Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. She received her Bachelor's degree in English literature from Stonehill College and her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Gallaudet University with a specialization in working... Read More →
avatar for Gayle Malloy

Gayle Malloy

Gayle Malloy is an ESOL Teacher at Beethoven-Ohrenberger K-8 School in West Roxbury for Grades 1-5. She holds a B.S. Degree in Elementary Education from Lesley College. She received her Master's Degree in Teaching English a New Language from Boston State College in its first year... Read More →


Thursday August 22, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Jessica Room

1:30pm

Immigrant Students and Families in BPS: Policies and Resources
The Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement (MOIA) and Irish International Immigrant Center (IIIC) have partnered to create a professional development for teachers and school staff to better support immigrant students and families in BPS. This training will provide educators a more holistic understanding of federal immigration policies such as TPS, DACA and asylum, as well as city wide resources.

Speakers
CL

Carol Leon

Carol León, Mayor's Office for Immigrant AdvancementAs the Outreach and Community Engagement Coordinator at the Mayor's Office for Immigrant Advancement, Carol works with city departments, community-based organizations, legal service providers, and foreign consulates to serve the... Read More →


Thursday August 22, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Regency Room

1:30pm

Introduction to Imagine Learning
Diving deep into what ELLs need to acquire a second language has never been easier, or more fun! Come see how Imagine Learning can be used to scaffold, enhance and strategically plan student learning and engagement. Imagine Learning is a WIDA Prime correlated software that gives teachers a specific understanding of students needs and instruction motives. Get ready, get motivated, get Imagine Learning!

Speakers
AB

Anne-Marie Brockwell

Imagine Learning


Thursday August 22, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Venetian A

1:30pm

Using Native Language Supports for Academic Vocabulary Development in ESL and Content Classrooms
In this session, attendees will learn how to leverage students’ native language to truly develop key, grade-level academic vocabulary. The combination of high frequency vocabulary glossaries (for Math, Science and ELA) and corresponding vocabulary journals helps English Learners connect and reinforce learning across both ESL and content area classes. Participants will learn practical, hands-on strategies to increase students’ vocabulary, and as a result, their engagement in learning; to improve academic writing in Math in particular; and to enable a native language home-school connection. Attendees will receive a complete set of classroom materials to implement during the school year.

Speakers
AC

Arthur Chou

Velasquez Press
Arthur Chou is a social entrepreneur. He advocates for the biliteracy and dual language school movement to promote educational equity for English Learners, to encourage multilingualism, and yo prepare every student to become a global citizen.Arthur is the founder and managing... Read More →
JR

Jonathan Ruiz

Velasquez Press
Jonathan Ruiz is the Director of Business at Academic Learning Company, which operates SealofBiliteracy.org, DualLanguageSchools.org and Velázquez Press.  He is a former English Learner from inner city Los Angeles and has been an advocate of English Learners all this life.  He... Read More →


Thursday August 22, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Embassy

1:30pm

Using Real Literature in Middle School ESL
For many English language learners, the ESL class needs to meet objectives of language and literature which are used in all ELA classes. How can we use real literature--books, graphic novels, short stories--with our ELLs in middle school, particularly at beginning language levels?

Speakers
avatar for Thu-Hang Tran-Peou

Thu-Hang Tran-Peou

Mandy Lam, Jim Meyer, and Thu-Hang Tran-Peou are the ESL team at Josiah Quincy Upper School.  Among their experiences: Mandy and Thu-Hang were ESL students in the Boston Public Schools themselves; Jim taught ESL for 5 years in the Democratic Republic of Congo; all have been involved... Read More →


Thursday August 22, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Ambassador

3:00pm

End of Day Reflection
Thursday August 22, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
TBA Lombardo's 6 Billings St, Randolph, MA 02368
 
Friday, August 23
 

8:00am

Registration & Breakfast
Friday August 23, 2019 8:00am - 8:30am
Lombardo's Second Floor Lobby

8:30am

Keynote Address: Planning, Enacting, and Reflecting Together: A Close Look at Classroom Discussions That Support All Learners
How can classroom discussion really work as a tool for inviting all learners into rich academic discussions with their grade level peers? In their keynote address, Professors Andrea Bien and Catherine O'Connor take up this question by drawing on their collaborative work with BPS teachers and students. They will start from a place of recognizing the deeply complex work classroom discussion demands of teachers and students. Then they will unpack one particular type of discussion that has the potential to create openings for all students to participate. They will focus on the role of questions in expanding or limiting opportunities for access to both the discussion and to academic content. They will share cases of BPS teachers engaging together in cycles of planning, enacting, and reflecting on classroom discussions that support all learners. Professors Bien and O'Connor hope to contribute to teachers’ thinking about how to facilitate classroom discussions, while considering questions such as discussion about what, for whom and with whom? In addition, they will describe expanded possibilities for how teachers can do this intellectual work together.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Cathy O'Connor

Dr. Cathy O'Connor

Professor of Education and Linguistics in Boston University’s Wheelock College of Education & Human DevelopmentResearcher on classroom discourse for over 25 yearsPartner with schools and districts on professional development to support classroom discussion for all students


Friday August 23, 2019 8:30am - 10:30am
Regency Room

10:30am

Break/Transition
Friday August 23, 2019 10:30am - 10:40am
TBA Lombardo's 6 Billings St, Randolph, MA 02368

10:40am

Archiving Student Stories to Spur Connections In the History Classroom
In the United States, 26% of youth are immigrants or the children of immigrants. We recognize that migration is our shared history, our present, and our future. Too often there is a disconnect between the public conversations about immigration, what we teach in schools, and our students lives. This project seeks to address that gap by collaborating with teachers to encourage students to share their voices while developing strong civic and historical thinking skills. During the 2018-2019 school year, BPS Office of English Learners along with the History/Social Studies Department partnered with Re-Imagining Migration and I Learn America for the “Im/migration Stories” project for students and teachers in SLIFE classrooms and History/Social Studies classrooms in grades 6-12. Come learn about last year’s project where students participated in-class workshops writing and telling their stories of migration and immigration and then shared their stories as a form of civic engagement and how you can possibly bring the learning to your classroom or participate in a project for the upcoming year.

Speakers
avatar for Natacha Scott

Natacha Scott

Director of History/Social Studies, History & Social Studies Department


Friday August 23, 2019 10:40am - 12:10pm
Ambassador

10:40am

Examining and Enhancing Classroom Talk
Every aspect of classroom life revolves around talk, but we rarely take time to talk about talk and consider how it affects student learning. This session will help teachers reflect on the state of talk in their classrooms and discover strategies to improve the quantity and quality of academic conversation.

Speakers
JB

Joshua Benjamin

Joshua Benjamin1st Grade SEI TeacherRussell Elementary SchoolDorchester, MAJoshua Benjamin teaches first grade SEI at Russell Elementary School in Dorchester.  He has also taught in Lawrence, as well as on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota as part of Teach for America.  In... Read More →


Friday August 23, 2019 10:40am - 12:10pm
Venetian B

10:40am

Making Expeditionary Learning Accessible to ELs With National Geographic Learning, Gr. 3-5
This workshop will focus upon the many accessible resources National Geographic Learning has chosen to correlate to the themes of Expeditionary Learning for ELs in gr. 3-5. We will discuss the Expeditionary Learning themes, and study and critique the correlated titles chosen to help meet the needs of ELs. We will also take a closer look at their text features, methodology, lesson paths and support activities. Participants will leave with some examples of this new resource being piloted in Boston, so they too can try this in a limited format.

Speakers
avatar for Antoinette Gadson

Antoinette Gadson

Antoinette Gadson is a National Engagement Consultant who specializes in customizing professional development solutions for K-12 educators.  During her career she taught students who were classified with special needs and students learning English as a second language. Antoinette... Read More →


Friday August 23, 2019 10:40am - 12:10pm
Venetian A

10:40am

Supporting Language Development through Small Group Collaborative Conversations, K-2
How does authentic language-learning and meaning-making with students who are truly engaged look and sound and feel? Come explore how we can support our learners to think and talk in ways that ensure language learning, engagement, and achievement. This session for K-2 teachers will explore how to form and facilitate small groups to build children’s thinking processes as they use language to co-construct and deepen meaning through talking with others.
*Participants will receive materials during this session.

Speakers
DC

Debra Crouch

Debra Crouch, Independent Literacy ConsultantDebra works nationally as an independent literacy consultant, collaborating with districts and schools in designing professional learning opportunities. Her work empowers teachers, principals, and coaches to envision instructional decisions... Read More →


Friday August 23, 2019 10:40am - 12:10pm
Embassy

10:40am

The Question is Key: Crafting Questions to Generate Rich Academic Discussions All Students Can Access
In this breakout session, Professors Andrea Bien and Catherine O’Connor will return to a question posed in their keynote address about how classroom discussion can be an effective tool for inviting all learners into rich academic discussions with their grade level peers. Their focus will be on the questions K-8 teachers craft to launch discussions in English Language Arts. Specifically, Professors Bien and O’Connor will present an interactive session that looks closely at discussion questions that simultaneously support three dimensions of teaching and learning: 1) Participation; 2) Academic Learning and 3) Equity & Justice. Time for teachers to workshop questions for their own classrooms will be included in this session.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Cathy O'Connor

Dr. Cathy O'Connor

Professor of Education and Linguistics in Boston University’s Wheelock College of Education & Human DevelopmentResearcher on classroom discourse for over 25 yearsPartner with schools and districts on professional development to support classroom discussion for all students


Friday August 23, 2019 10:40am - 12:10pm
Regency Room

10:40am

The Status of ELD Leveling in BPS
ESL Teachers will get and inside and interactive view of what ELD leveling looks like in BPS. Teachers will gain the understanding of the thinking processing behind leveling, as well as participate in conversations to procure the process.


Friday August 23, 2019 10:40am - 12:10pm
Jessica Room

12:10pm

Lunch
Friday August 23, 2019 12:10pm - 1:00pm
TBA Lombardo's 6 Billings St, Randolph, MA 02368

1:00pm

Networking & Table Browsing
Friday August 23, 2019 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Lobby Area

1:30pm

Data Driven Instruction: A Guide to Coaching with Success (iStation)
This session is designed to demonstrate the use of data from formative assessment and the effectiveness of continuous progress monitoring when working with second language learners.
Participants will be involved in hands on experiences that highlight different instructional approaches for literacy development in English and Spanish that bring optimal results.


Friday August 23, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Regency Room

1:30pm

New Supplementary Programs for Middle and High School from National Geographic Learning
Come and learn about 2 exciting new supplementary language- based resources (both with the latest technology), which can accompany your current text or be used on their own, based on time and needs of your students. Each program is proficiency based, and focuses on language, grammar and vocabulary. Life helps students to learn to think critically and devise well informed opinions about many important topics about “Life”. National Geographic Explorers and videos support students as they read and speak about people globally who are facing important life events. It then helps students to connect back to their own lives as they discuss and make personal decisions. Impact helps students think about the impact they will have, based on life decisions they make. It helps students understand themselves, each other and the world they live in. By encouraging self-expression, global citizenship, and active participation, Impact motivates students to explore who they are and who they want to be, all while learning English. National Geographic Explorers are featured as role models who embody the 21st century skills and values students need to become successful global citizens.

Speakers
AB

Anders Bylund

National Geographic Learning
Anders Bylund is a Product Marketing Manager with National Geographic Learning, and is based in Boston, MA. Anders provides global support for English language materials, including secondary programs for teenagers, academic skills programs, and US curriculum programs for reading... Read More →


Friday August 23, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Venetian A

1:30pm

Social Emotional Learning for English Learners K-6
In this session, we will review the Social-Emotional standards and how they are adapted for English Learners. Participants will analyze case studies and create interventions at different ELD levels for their classrooms

Speakers
avatar for Ellen Kelleher

Ellen Kelleher

Supervisor OEL/SWD
I would like to introduce myself, I am Ellen Kelleher, an educator/administrator/instructional leader specializing in English Learners with Disabilities (ELSWD). If I were to highlight my professional skills and expertise, things that makes me stand out as an instructional leader... Read More →


Friday August 23, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Venetian B

1:30pm

Strengthening History & Social Studies Instruction with ELs
Come learn from the History and Social Studies department about strategies for English Learners in the content class.

Speakers
avatar for Natacha Scott

Natacha Scott

Director of History/Social Studies, History & Social Studies Department


Friday August 23, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Ambassador

1:30pm

Supporting Language Development through Small Group Collaborative Conversations, 3-6
How does authentic language-learning and meaning-making with students who are truly engaged look and sound and feel? Come explore how we can support our learners to think and talk in ways that ensure language learning, engagement, and achievement. This session for 3-6 teachers will explore how to form and facilitate small groups to build children’s thinking processes as they use language to co-construct and deepen meaning through talking with others.

*Participants will receive materials to bring back to their school. 

Speakers
DC

Debra Crouch

Debra Crouch, Independent Literacy ConsultantDebra works nationally as an independent literacy consultant, collaborating with districts and schools in designing professional learning opportunities. Her work empowers teachers, principals, and coaches to envision instructional decisions... Read More →


Friday August 23, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Embassy

1:30pm

Supporting Undocumented Students and Families in Our School
Current discourse about immigration and rapidly changing policies have increased fear and anxiety for undocumented students and families. When young people are unsupported and afraid, they cannot learn. Come and explore strategies to make your school and classroom a safe and welcoming space for undocumented students and families.


Friday August 23, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Jessica Room

3:00pm

End of Day Reflection
Friday August 23, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
TBA Lombardo's 6 Billings St, Randolph, MA 02368