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Thursday, August 22


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.


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 →

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


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.

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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 →
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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


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.


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


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!


Anne-Marie Brockwell

Imagine Learning

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


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.


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 →

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


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?

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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