Breakout Session Details:
Supporting English Language Learners in the Mathematics Classroom
Presenter: Dr. Kathy Stoehr, Santa Clara University
This session will focus on the language demands that English Language Learners face in the mathematics classroom as well as the many resources they bring to the classroom. Discussions will center on how to provide scaffolded opportunities for English Language learners to support their learning of English as they solve mathematics problems and communicate mathematical reasoning and understanding.
Advancing Latino Students through Mathematics Pathway from Algebra 1 to Calculus
Presenter: Dr. Eduardo Mosqueda, University of California Santa Cruz
This presentation examines high school mathematics teachers at two schools who are working to advance large numbers of Latino/a students through the mathematics pathway from Algebra I to Calculus. In order to promote student success in mathematics starting in 9th grade that provides equitable opportunities for all students to learn math at grade level, teachers have developed a 5-week math summer pre-algebra intervention for all new 9thgrade students. In addition, teachers have developed a course for struggling students that provides foundational skills that parallel the grade-level math course student are enrolled in so that can keep pace with their peers. Teachers are also implementing instructional strategies for English Learners to facilitate access to the language of math that include: fostering academic language and math discourse, strategies to scaffold English Language for English Learners, and using hands-on models to facilitate conceptual understanding and reinforce mathematical language.
Designing NGSS-aligned Lessons for English Learners in Elementary School
Presenter: Dr. Lorena Llosa, New York University
Presenter will discuss the principles informing the development of “Science and Integrated Language” (SAIL), a fifth grade science curriculum for English learners aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Using examples from SAIL, the presenter will illustrate how to design science lessons that blend the three dimensions promoted by NGSS—disciplinary core ideas, crosscutting concepts, and science and engineering practices—in ways that create a rich context for language use and development.
Supporting English Learners acquiring the Language of Science and Science Learning
Presenter: Dr. Marco Bravo, Santa Clara University
Presenter: Dr. Jorge Solis, University of Texas, San Antonio
Presenters will share examples of research-based approaches that allow science teachers to address the language and science learning needs of English learners. In the workshop, classroom teachers will be exposed to models for teaching scientific argumentation, science vocabulary and building reading comprehension of science texts for English learners.
Supporting English Learners in Composing Argumentative Texts
Presenter: Dr. Claudia Rodriguez-Mojica, Santa Clara University
This session will focus on supporting English learners to compose argumentative writing across the content areas. We will explore the components of an argument and practice analyzing English learner argumentative writing using the Argumentation Analysis Tool. By analyzing written arguments, we will identify challenges English learners face in composing arguments and share language scaffolds and lesson plan ideas to address their various needs.
The Language and Literacy Demands of the Common Core ELA Standards: Realizing Opportunities for English Learners
Presenter: Dr. George Bunch, University of California, Santa Cruz
This workshop explores how English learners can be simultaneously challenged and supported in engaging with the language and literacy practices called for by the Common Core ELA standards. Sample activities will be demonstrated from a middle school unit that scaffolds students’ attention to language and meaning making in complex texts in English. Teachers’ and students’ perspectives from a pilot of this unit in three districts across the U.S. will be shared.
Helping Students find their Voice: Exploring Civil Rights
Presenter: Dr. Aida Walqui, WestED
This session will focus on a recently designed unit that addresses issues of youth activism throughout the country.
Emergent Literacy in Spanish and English: Similarities and Differences
Presenter: Dr. Allison Briceño, San Jose State University
Presenter: Dr. Ramon Martínez , Stanford University
Teaching students to read in two languages is complex and limited information is available to teachers. This session will explore the similarities and differences in teaching students to learn to read and write in Spanish and English. We will look at aspects of the two languages –such as sentence structure, vocabulary and how children create meaning from texts– and consider instructional implications using video and student work. For K-2 bilingual/dual language educators.
Unpacking Students' Linguistic Repertoires: Practical Suggestions for Identifying and Building on Students' Linguistic Competencies
Presenter: Dr. Ramon Martínez, Stanford University
This session will focus on highlighting students' linguistic competencies and identifying how they overlap with the forms of language and literacy valued in schools. Participants will be invited to reflect on, discuss, and try out practical strategies for exploring and expanding their own students' linguistic repertoires.
Psychological issues of working with immigrant students and families in uncertain times
Presenter: Dr. Lucila Ramos-Sánchez, Santa Clara University
Presenter: Héctor Sánchez-Flores, National Compadres Network
This session will address common stressors associated with immigrant and undocumented individuals. It will also speak to the role professional and institutions play in working with and advocating for these individuals.
Changes to Immigration Policies and Practices Which Affect Children, Families and Schools
Presenter: Lynette Parker J.D., Santa Clara University
This workshop will address changes to immigration policies and practices under the new administration. It will focus on those policies and practices that affect children and families. The workshop will also look at how schools are affected and how the schools can support their students and families.