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Friday, August 23


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.

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Natacha Scott

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

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


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.

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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


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