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Breakout Sessions

Learn more about the content and presenters of our breakout sessions below or view the conference program.

Breakout Presentations - Session 1

Integrating Engaging Vocabulary Strategies in the Classroom

Location: 1201 (PIC)
Audience: K-12

Abstract: Participants will gain an understanding of the importance of vocabulary instruction. They will learn and experience a variety of hands on vocabulary strategies. Each strategy provided is grounded in research and practice.

Presenters: Alexis Barney, 4th Grade Teacher, Evansville Elementary, Natrona County School District and Noelle Clark, 2nd Grade Teacher, Evansville Elementary, Natrona County School District


Bring Language to Life with all Five Senses Part 1

Location: Room 1227 (PIC)
Audience: K-12

Abstract: This interactive session will engage attendees in high-interest classroom activities designed to draw in students through the use of all five senses. The presenter will guide attendees through sensory strategies that support ELLs’ access to academic vocabulary and grade-level content. Educators will learn to bring language to life through sights, sounds, feelings, tastes, and smells, while administrators and facilitators will be able to share these strategies with teaching staff.  * This is a two part break out session. Interested participants should register for both Session 1 & Session 2.

Presenter: Becky Dechart, ELL Coordinator, Fremont County School District #25


Newcomer Instruction (K-12): Vocabulary, Literacy, Parent Involvement

Location: Room 1229 (PIC)
Audience: K-12

Abstract: How can schools best meet the needs of new arrivals who speak no English? This session provides hands-on tools to get started with newcomer English language and literacy instruction. Participants will learn about effective vocabulary instruction and leave with materials to implement in their classrooms. The session will end with a discussion of newcomer teaching experiences.

Presenter: Ellen Kappus, EdD, ESL Teacher, Jackson WY


Supporting English Learners in Content Area Classrooms: A Secondary Approach to Inclusion, Collaboration, and English Language Development

Location: Room 1237 (PIC)
Audience: K-12

Abstract: Amy Rose, secondary Assistant Principal, and Annie Boulanger, secondary ESL teacher, will lead a panel of high school teachers discussing Kelly Walsh High School’s journey in supporting their EL population. Teachers will talk about systems set in place in addition to struggles and successes experienced while trying to create a collaborative and inclusive language support model. Learn how Kelly Walsh is focusing their efforts on impacting the quality of teaching, level of teacher support, and language development of language learners.

Presenters: Andrea Boulanger, ESL Teacher, Kelly Walsh High School, Natrona County School District and Amy Rose, Assistant Principal, Kelly Walsh High School, Natrona County School District


Individual English Learner (EL) and School Accountability

Location: Room 1235 (PIC)
Audience: K-12

Abstract: In this session, presenters Antoinette Hallam and Dr. Flicek, will describe the methodology that is used for accountability in Wyoming to measure English learners who are making progress towards achieving English language proficiency. Expected English Learner progress will be defined for individual ELs. Targets set for individual schools will be defined. The definition of English proficient will be described along with supporting evidence for this definition.

Presenters: Antoinette Hallam, English Learner / Foreign Language Consultant, Wyoming Department of Education and Dr. Mike Flicek, Independent Consultant to Wyoming Department of Education


Online Instructional Tools: ESL Students And The Difficulties They Face

Location: Room 1234 (PIC)
Audience: All

Abstract: Technology has brought enormous advancements in online education and promoted transformations in the online pedagogical system. However, the newly appeared distance-learning environments presented many issues for English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) students. Online educational systems are shifting from a passive way to a more progressive, active, and collaborative way. This presentation will analyze the role of technology-supported learning, provide feedback on competency based teaching-learning processes in an online environment, look at the difficulties ESL students are facing, and then consider solutions suggested by different researchers in this area. Focus will be placed on searching for and analyzing online English and cultural courses in order to find what hinders ESL students’ capabilities in class.

Presenter: Ola Raddaoui (University of Wyoming Graduate Student)


Bridging the Familial Engagement Gap between Districts and ELL Families

Location: 1127 (RHS)
Audience: All

Abstract: In this presentation, participants will gain an understanding of research that has been done through interviews of ELL parents, teachers, and District Administrators that go beyond 'cultural' and 'language' barriers. The findings of these interviews and in-depth research will be co-presented and discussed with possible solutions offered. These solutions are meant to encourage further discussion at a District-level with a focus on parental involvement through their own perspective. Participants will be encouraged to discuss their 'best practices' in order to find communal solutions that are readily applicable to all levels of education."

Presenters: Matthew Parsons, Graduate Student, University of Wyoming and Austin Lipson, Graduate Student, University of Wyoming


Exploring Dimensions of Academic Language

Location: 1124 (RHS)
Audience: All

Academic language is popular term in today’s education lingo. But what is academic language and what does it mean to teachers of English Learners? In this session, participants will develop a working definition of academic language, develop an understanding of the ways that academic language varies across disciplines, and make connections to WIDA’s features of academic language and five English language development standards.

Presenter: Kim Jones, English Language Program Facilitator, Natrona County School Distric


 

Breakout Presentations - Session 2

Bring Language to Life with all Five Senses Part 2

Location: Room 1227 (PIC)
Audience: K-12

Abstract: This interactive session will engage attendees in high-interest classroom activities designed to draw in students through the use of all five senses. The presenter will guide attendees through sensory strategies that support ELLs’ access to academic vocabulary and grade-level content. Educators will learn to bring language to life through sights, sounds, feelings, tastes, and smells, while administrators and facilitators will be able to share these strategies with teaching staff.  * This is a two part break out session. Interested participants should attend both Session 1 & Session 2.

Presenter: Becky Dechart, ELL Coordinator, Fremont County School District #1


Wyoming Seal of Biliteracy

Location: Room 1201 (PIC)
Audience: K-12

Abstract: The Seal of Biliteracy is a national award for students who have attained high levels of proficiency in English and another language.  It recognizes both students who learn a language other than English in a classroom and those who speak other languages at home. The Seal of Biliteracy and its sister award, the Pathway to Biliteracy, can be awarded at the school, district, or state level.  We are creating the common expectations and process for students to obtain a Wyoming Seal of Biliteracy as we work toward legislation or policy that would support this award. Join us in this session to learn about the Seal of Biliteracy and the middle level/elementary award- the Pathway to Biliteracy, where we are at in this process, and how to support this journey forward.

Presenters: Katherine Boehnke, Seal of Biliteracy Task Force Leader; Aline Cassidy, Seal of Biliteracy Task Force Leader; and Shannon Ruiz, Seal of Biliteracy Task Force Leader


A Look into the Early Literacy Classroom

Location: Room 1229 (PIC)
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: Nikki Shellenberger, Kindergarten Teacher, Lincoln Elementary, Natrona County School District and Linda Snyder, Kindergarten Teacher, Lincoln Elementary, Natrona County School District


The Impact of Trauma on English Language Learners

Location: Room 1127 (RHS)
Audience: K-12

Abstract: A significant number of ELs have experienced some form of trauma in their life. This session will focus on understanding the origin and impact of trauma on EL students. Participants will explore strategies to support the affective domain and meet the social and emotional needs of their English Learners.

Presenters: Sarah Larsen, TBRI Practitioner, Natrona County School District; Lisa Birkett, ESL Teacher, Lincoln Elementary, Natrona County School District; and Ashley Cardenas, ESL Teacher, Lincoln Elementary, Natrona County School District


Vocabulary Domains and Brain-based Learning

Location: Room 1124 (RHS)
Audience: All

Abstract: ELL vocabulary learning/acquisition is very closely tied to context-based brain growth.  This presentation describes some of the ways that vocabulary learning/acquisition can be enhanced by understanding brain-based patterns for experiential and semantic knowledge organization.  Discussion includes audience participation in best practices for approaching the "Academic Word Lists".

Presenter: Frederica Robin Suess (Director of the UW English Language Center)


Wyoming DLI - Panel with the Principals

Location: Room 1237 (PIC)
Audience: K-12

Abstract: The use of specific language acquisition strategies for instructing in a dual language immersion classroom help students learn through a second language. This session will focus on helping teachers understand those strategies through active learning. Instructional activities that are frequently used in DLI classes will be presented in several languages so attendees will be able to use the activities in their own learning of language and content, simulating a dual language class.

Presenters: Keri Shannon, Principal at Stocktrail Elementary School in Gillette, WY and Bertine Bahige, Principal at Rawhide Elementary School in Gillette, WY.


Individual English Learner (EL) and School Accountability

Location: Room 1235 (PIC)
Audience: K-12

Abstract: In this session, presenters Antoinette Hallam and Dr. Flicek, will describe the methodology that is used for accountability in Wyoming to measure English learners who are making progress towards achieving English language proficiency. Expected English Learner progress will be defined for individual ELs. Targets set for individual schools will be defined. The definition of English proficient will be described along with supporting evidence for this definition.

Presenters: Antoinette Hallam, English Learner / Foreign Language Consultant, Wyoming Department of Education and Dr. Mike Flicek, Independent Consultant to Wyoming Department of Education


Writing Content and Language Objectives for the Sheltered Classroom

Location: Room 1234 (PIC)
Audience: K-12

Abstract: In this breakout session taught by sheltered classroom teachers, participants will learn the rationale behind writing and posting language and content objectives for content lessons. Participants will learn the basics of writing content and language objectives and will have time to write and receive feedback on objectives for their own upcoming lesson

Presenters: Shauna Cannon, Third Grade, National Board Certified - English as A New Language, Lincoln Elementary, Natrona County School District; Allie Abel, First Grade, MA Curriculum and Instruction, National Board Certified - English as A New Language ESL Endorsement, Lincoln Elementary, Natrona County School District; and Megan Starr, Fifth Grade, Lincoln Elementary, Natrona County School District.


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