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Breakout Sessions

Saturday: 1 - 1:45 pm

Developing Cultural Awareness through Storytelling in the Dual Immersion Classroom

Location: Room 1127
Audience:
K-12

Abstract: Developing cultural awareness in the dual immersion or foreign language classroom is always a secondary but important concern next to the development of vocabulary, correct grammar usage, and fluency. Yet, language is inherently linked to culture which is made up of traditions, values, cultural heritage, and perspectives. The two become inseparable and one cannot exist without the other. Using an anthroliterary approach to developing cultural awareness, this workshop will examine the role and power of story in explicating traditions, values and cultural perspectives in the language program. This presentation/workshop will examine the cultural and language significance of stories such as the La Llorona (the crying woman) and Leyenda de Cempascuchil (Legend of the Marigold) and how the marigold came to represent el día de los Muertos (day of the dead) in Mexican cultural traditions and perspectives. Participants will have the opportunity to interact in the workshop by making a día de muerto altar out of marigolds.

Presenters: Steven Locke, Associate Professor, UW School of Teacher Education;
Erica Rivas, Graduate Assistant, UW School of Teacher Education


Best Practices in Wyoming DLI Schools

Location: Room 1227
Audience:
K-12

Abstract: In this breakout session, we will demonstrate examples of effective instructional practices in Dual Language Immersion (DLI) classrooms across several Wyoming school districts. These examples, which represent a variety of schools and grade levels, highlight how the classroom environment, materials, and teacher styles increase student-centered learning and encourage target language development. We will lead the audience members through concrete examples of innovative and effective pedagogical practices and share ideas that participants can implement in their own classrooms.

Presenters: Chelsea Escalante, Assistant Professor of Spanish, University of Wyoming;
Cecelia Aragon, Associate Professor, Latina/o Studies & Theatre and Dance, University of Wyoming;
Cynthia Brock, Wyoming Excellence in Higher Education Endowed Chair in Literacy Education, University of Wyoming


Multifaceted Vocabulary Instruction in the Primary Classroom

Location: Room 1124
Audience:
K-12

Abstract: This session will provide teachers with a research-based toolkit to enhance vocabulary instruction for all kids including Language Learners. Specific word learning routines, word floods, morphology and character trait vocabulary all work together to heighten word consciousness and thus word learning. This work was completed with the support of Patrick Manyak at the University of Wyoming.
Presenter: Chris Bessonette, Dual Immersion Program Teacher, Teton County School District #1


Coaching Parent-Teacher language- vocabulary and schema development for parents headed into K-12 teacher conferences

Location: Room 1235
Audience:
K-12

Abstract: Teachers and school systems often have very codified language systems that most native-speaking parents adjust to over time. Non-native speaking parents however may be baffled by the specialized use of terms and the cultural value systems silently embedded in how teachers talk about learning. This presentation will explore ways to better help coach parents going in to the 'teacher's language zone' in parent teacher conferences across different age groups and developmental expectations.

Presenters: Frederica Suess, Director, University of Wyoming English Language Center Marian Helm, ESL Instructor, University of Wyoming English Language Center Austin Lipson, Dual Immersion Program Teacher, Albany County School District #1


Formative Assessments in Adult Education: Designing Effective and Engaging Assessment Tasks at Multiple Levels

Location: Room 1201
Audience:
K-12

Abstract: Perfect for new teachers or as a refresher, this session offers practical suggestions for creating tiered formative assessments at various Blooms levels to ensure that all learners are appropriately challenged and thinking critically. Assessment doesn’t have to be drudgery; it can be fun and engaging for students and teachers. Attendees will take home activities, graphic organizers and more to implement immediately.

Presenter: Kat Bohr-Buresh, ESL Instructor, Casper College Adult Learning Center


Newcomer Instruction: Materials and Techniques

Location: Room 1229
Audience:
K-12

Abstract: Attendees will learn an instructional scope and sequence, vocabulary games, and view a variety of resources to target the instruction of K through 12 newcomers from all countries. Strategies for meeting these unique learners’ needs in the mainstream classroom will also be discussed.

Presenter: Ellen Kappus, Instructional Facilitator, Fremont County School District #25


Top 10 Ways to Support ESL Teachers and Beyond

Location: Room 1237
Audience:
K-12

Abstract: Casper Principals Phil Hubert and Amy Rose collaborate to share strategies they have used to support teachers of English-Language Learners in their schools. This session will focus on tips for school leaders, coaches and teachers of any level. Leading an established ESL program, reinventing a stagnant program, or launching a new program draws challenges for principals. Learn what Phil and Amy do to support not only the ESL teacher, but also grade level and content teachers.

Presenters: Phil Hubert, Principal, Lincoln Elementary School, Natrona County School District Amy Rose, Principal, Kelly Walsh High School, Natrona County School District


A Look into the Early Childhood Literacy Classroom

Location: Room 1237
Audience:
K-12

Abstract: This presentation provides practical ideas and reminders for teachers of language learners with regards to literacy in an early childhood classroom. Print awareness, alphabetic principle, phonemic awareness, and vocabulary are known to be powerful literacy pillars. Research studies have proven that these factors contribute greatly to reading success in young children, especially English language learners.

Presenters: Linda Snyder, Classroom Teacher, Lincoln Elementary School, Natrona County School District
Kelsey Underwood, Classroom Teacher, Lincoln Elementary School, Natrona County School District



Saturday: 2 - 2:45 pm

Using technology in instruction for ELLs with traumatic backgrounds and experiences

Location: Room 1127
Audience:
K-12

Abstract: A primary goal of educators is to have students empowered to own their learning, create artifacts that demonstrate conceptual mastery, use their voice, and to connect to the world in a meaningful and authentic way. Utilizing technology and innovative practices may be our way to improve teaching and learning not only in the content area classrooms, but also in the language/ ESL classroom.

Presenter: Dea Kobbe, ESL Coordinator, Wyoming Virtual Academy 


Engaging EL Families

Location: Room 1227
Audience:
K-12

Abstract: Getting parents/guardians involved in their children’s education can be challenging; especially when they come from varied cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Albany County School District #1 has been working to increase family engagement through the use of technology, personal connections and district-wide family nights. At times, affecting change requires an effort on behalf of all stakeholders to include all families within a school community, and sometimes, policies must be amended to reflect new goals. Our goal is to continue to increase EL family engagement and to collaborate with other districts to help each other grow engagement in our school community.

Presenter: Kari Farley, ELL Coordinator, Albany County School District #1


Integrating Pronunciation Coaching into Teaching

Location: Room 1124
Audience:
K-12

Abstract: Pronunciation is integral to students being able to communicate and interact with others. For many decades the Critical Period of Language Acquisition Theory was accepted as truth. However, new research has shown that adults can drastically improve their pronunciation and intelligibility with coaching and direct instruction. Teachers should help students find stress patterns and connected speech not only at the word level, but also at the sentence level to improve prosody. This session will share different techniques and tools used in an Adult Basic Education English as a Second Language class to help non-native English speaking students improve their intelligibility.

Presenter: Sarah Peek-Elston, ESL Instructor, Casper College Adult Learning Center


Vocabulary Instruction Routine for All Ages

Location: Room 1229
Audience:
K-12

Abstract: How many words and which words to teach is a question most teachers have when it comes to teaching vocabulary. This session shares current research addressing these questions as well as a practical word instruction practice. The routine targets 10 words a week through a variety of high interest games that ensure multiple repetitions of the words, oral language and writing practice, and formative assessment opportunities. Students will learn a few words in French as a bonus!

Presenter: Ellen Kappus, Instructional Facilitator, Fremont County School District #25


Using Accountable Talk to Increase Opportunities for Engagement

Location: Room 1201
Audience:
K-12

Abstract: Accountable talk is crucial for all learners and especially English language learners. This session will provide ideas for intentionally implementing accountable talk into everyday instruction. Talk or oracy is the foundation for literacy. There are many instructional elements used by teachers everyday where talk or oral discourse could be embedded to support student learning. The presenter will guide attendees through the steps to implement accountable talk throughout the day in all content areas while providing ideas of how to embed talk into daily instruction.

Presenter: Stacy Moore, Instructional Facilitator, Natrona County School District 


DLI Mock Class

Location: Room 1237
Audience:
K-12

Abstract: Have you ever had any experience being in a DLI (Dual Language Immersion) classroom? If not, we will immerse you in a 30-minute lesson in this session. The participants will learn contents in the language of Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. The focus of the mock lesson is to showcase how English-speaking students progress & learn in a target language. The main goal of this session is to share with teachers on some practical strategies and ideas in encouraging speaking ZERO English in the DLI classroom.

Presenters: Erin Garcia, Spanish DLI Teacher, Park Elementary, Natrona County School District Kathy Zhao, Chinese DLI Teacher Paradise Valley Elementary, Natrona County School District


Integrating the Arts to Support Language Development

Location: Room 1234
Audience:
K-12

Abstract: How does integrating the arts create stronger engagement and deeper understanding for EL students? Come explore how elementary teachers are integrating the arts in meaningful ways across the curriculum to help support language development.

Presenters: Kristin Fauss, Classroom Teacher, Evansville Elementary, Natrona County School District Alexis Barney, Classroom Teacher, Evansville Elementary, Natrona County School District Katrina Snow, Art Teacher, Evansville Elementary, Natrona County School District


Teaching Scientific Writing in ESL Settings

Location: Room 1235
Audience:
K-12

Abstract: We address practitioners who teach scientific writing in secondary education. Harris (2006) considers scholarly writing as a skill developing along stages analogous to Bloom’s (1956) hierarchy of cognitive skills. Academic discourse features patterns that vary across disciplines. Borrowing concepts from systemic functional linguistics (Fang & Schleppegrell, 2010) and critical thinking pedagogy (Moore, 2013), we offer a syllabus design for courses in academic and scientific writing, in which learner developmental stages are considered in meeting ESL-DLI student needs.

Presenters: Frederica Suess, Director, University of Wyoming English Language Center;
Marian Helm, ESL Instructor, University of Wyoming English Language Center


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