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Saturday, November 9
 

8:00am EST

Registration Opens
Registration will be open starting at 8:00am in the atrium of the Center for Performing Arts (CPA). Enjoy continental breakfast, pick up your conference bag and name badge, and visit our sponsors.


Saturday November 9, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am EST
CPA Atrium

8:45am EST

Opening Ceremonies
Our conference officially starts at 8:45am with a welcome address by Maryland TESOL President Ashley Jenoff. Next is the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award, followed by the introduction of the keynote speaker, Dr. Rebecca Oxford.

Saturday November 9, 2019 8:45am - 9:15am EST
Proscenium Theater

9:15am EST

Keynote: Integrating Peacebuilding into Second Language Education and Teacher Education: Why and How
Presenters
avatar for Rebecca Oxford

Rebecca Oxford

Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham
I am currently an adjunct professor for the Graduate Degree Program for Teaching English as a Second Language at UAB. I am a Professor of Language Education and Research at Air University in Montgomery, Alabama. I was named Professor Emerita and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, University... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am EST
Proscenium Theater

10:30am EST

Conversation and Speaking Activities in an ESL Classroom
The purpose of this presentation is to share with ESL teachers conversation and speaking activities that were successfully used in adult ESL classrooms. These activities were aimed at getting learners to produce authentic language output in classroom settings. Learners were engaged in conversations that prompted them to listen to each other, use cues to interject and voice their opinions, and to respond to others' opinions.

Presenters
avatar for Lama Masri

Lama Masri

Adjunct ESL Instructor, Frederick Community College
Lama Masri has an MA in TESOL and is an Adjunct ESL Instructor at Frederick Community College in Frederick, Maryland.



Saturday November 9, 2019 10:30am - 11:15am EST
CPA 112

10:30am EST

Persistence Pays Off: Developing Growth Mindset and Grit
Language learning is challenging and often involves failures. Teachers can raise students’ language learning self-efficacy by developing growth mindset and grit.

In this session, the presenters will outline practical classroom activities for developing growth mindset and grit in students, including deliberate practice, self-regulated learning, hierarchical goal-setting, explicit instruction of neuroplasticity, self-reflection, and positive self-talk. Attendees will leave with practical activities they can implement in their classes to develop language learning perseverance in their students.

Presenters
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Brad Knieriem

Intensive Program Coordinator, Howard Community College
Anne Macheel and Brad Knieriem each have been teaching ESL for over 8 years here and abroad. Anne is an adult ESL instructor at Briya Public Charter School and Brad is the Intensive Program Coordinator for non-credit ESL at Howard Community College.
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Anne Macheel

Anne Macheel and Brad Knieriem each have been teaching ESL for over 8 years here and abroad. Anne is an adult ESL instructor at Briya Public Charter School and Brad is the Intensive Program Coordinator for non-credit ESL at Howard Community College.



Saturday November 9, 2019 10:30am - 11:15am EST
CPA 114

10:30am EST

Time Management and the Adult Learner: Making Time to Learn
Imagine this: it has been a full day of work, traffic in the area was very heavy, you arrive at home tired and hungry and, after moment, you leave again to attend your ESOL Class.  ESOL adult learners choose to balance their daily responsibilities and incorporate time to learn. Through this interactive presentation we will explore the characteristics of ESOL adult learners, their time management challenges and present strategies to encourage students and instructors to balance class requirements, personal commitments, and ways to achieve learning goals. 

Presenters
avatar for Laura Irwin

Laura Irwin

Program Supervisor, Catholic Charities
Laura Irwin is the ESOL Program Supervisor for Catholic Charities in Gaithersburg, Maryland. A bilingual professional with over 20 years of experience in education, administration, training, and ESOL instruction.


Saturday November 9, 2019 10:30am - 11:15am EST
CPA 111

10:30am EST

Using Smartphones for Authentic Language Learning
In this presentation, teachers are going to hear first about why it is important to start incorporating smartphones into their lesson plans. Then, they will learn some very simple but effective ways to create authentic language learning experiences using students' devices. The aim of this presentation is to start a discussion about simple and effective ways to get students to use their phones as language learning tools. It will also help teachers realize that integrating these devices is not as complicated as they might think!

Presenters
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Rachel Riggs

Rachel started her TESOL journey in Honduras teaching YLs eight years ago. She worked solely as a volunteer adult teacher in VA and MD until last year when she earned her MA TESOL and began teaching professionally at FCC. 


Saturday November 9, 2019 10:30am - 11:15am EST
CPA 113

10:30am EST

MDTESOL Grant Project: "Telling Our Stories"
Participants will learn about the annual MDTESOL PD grant and its process to develop needed projects for ELs.  This session will also entail how "Through the Lens of Middle School ELs: Telling Our Stories" project developed, details needed to make it a reality, along with the writing process and final product created by students.

Presenters
avatar for Farhana N. Shah

Farhana N. Shah

Department Chair, MCPS
Farhana N. Shah is a Content Specialist in MCPS.  Her career spans over 15 years of teaching in the classroom, leading teams, evaluating teachers and providing professional development in the U.S. and abroad.


Saturday November 9, 2019 10:30am - 11:15am EST
CPA 214

10:30am EST

Targeted Strategies for Teaching Academic Vocabulary
First we’ll explain the importance of direct, coherent tier 2 vocabulary instruction. We’ll share instructional activities: a warm-up where students use context clues to determine the meaning of new words, context-embedded vocabulary instruction, and a differentiated vocabulary chart for teaching the highest-priority tier 2 words. We’ll show how to use analyzemywriting.com and Word to count the frequency of tier 2 words in texts, and how to create a survey to assess which words students already know, to select target vocabulary. Last, participants will create their own vocabulary chart.

Presenters
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Margaret Megan

Elementary ESOL, Rosa Parks Elementary
Margaret Megan teaches ESOL in Prince George's County. She has taught 2nd through 6th grades. 
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Darcy Scott

Darcy Scott is an ESOL teacher in Prince George's County. She has taught 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grade ELLs. 


Saturday November 9, 2019 10:30am - 11:15am EST
Bladen 211

10:30am EST

Small Talk as Fieldwork: Nothing Small About It
Small talk is a part of American culture, but it has no equivalent in many cultures where talking to strangers is simply not done. However small talk can be useful in helping students adjust to the native-speaking community. Participants will be shown background materials including cultural tips for the students and some oral grammar lessons to help them with the task. Students later report on their findings, and some of these results will be shared as well. Q and A will follow.

Presenters
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Walton Babich

Walton Babich has been teaching English to International students for twenty six years,


Saturday November 9, 2019 10:30am - 11:15am EST
CPA 119

10:30am EST

The Mind’s Design: Integrative Inquiry and the Neuroscience of Mindfulness
The blend of cognitive neuroscience, academic research, and mindfulness creates a powerful combination. With neuroscience as our foundation, we will explore brain changing strategies that when implemented, may have positive long-term effects on academic success and learner agency. You’ll learn how mindfulness can benefit both you and your learners through increased concentration and attention, increased self-discipline and self-awareness, reduced anxiety, and enhanced social and emotional learning. The session concludes with evidence-based classroom strategies to enhance learner engagement and promote lifelong learning.

Presenters
avatar for Ellen Beattie

Ellen Beattie

Chief of Adult Instructional Services, Maryland Department of Labor
Dr. Ellen Beattie currently serves Chief of Adult Instructional Services for Maryland’s Department of Labor. In her role, she oversees the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title II local providers across the state. Student success and building educational programs... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 10:30am - 11:15am EST
CPA 110

10:30am EST

Intercultural Teaching Strategies to Empower Global Citizens
The ability to critically engage with diverse cultures and divergent perspectives is vital in the 21st century. This workshop will discuss methods for teaching about culture in the TESOL classroom. The presenter will model teaching strategies that help students develop intercultural communicative competence and global citizenship. Participants will reflect upon they ways they have taught about culture in the past, will identify potential areas for growth, and will return to their classrooms with fresh ideas to help their students become curious, engaged, conscientious global citizens.

Presenters
avatar for Tabitha Kidwell

Tabitha Kidwell

Tabitha Kidwell is a language teacher and teacher educator interested in the role of culture in language teaching. She is a faculty member in the TESOL program at American University, and has taught languages and trained teachers on five continents.



Saturday November 9, 2019 10:30am - 11:15am EST
Bladen 217

10:30am EST

Teach Abroad with the English Language Fellow Program
Since 1969, the English Language Fellow Program has sent thousands of experienced U.S. TESOL professionals on 10-month paid teaching projects at academic institutions around the world.
Learn how you can enhance English language teaching capacity abroad through 10-month paid teaching fellowships for experienced U.S. TESOL professionals. As an English Language Fellow, you can provide English language instruction, conduct teacher training, and develop resources.

Presenters
avatar for Andrew Shannon

Andrew Shannon

Outreach Coordinator, U.S. Department of State English Language Programs
Ask me about teaching abroad on paid 10-month assignments with the English Language Fellow Program!Andrew Shannon is a member of the Outreach team for the U.S. Department of State English Language Programs. He has worked in the field of English language education for 12 years as a... Read More →
avatar for English Language Programs, U.S. Department of State

English Language Programs, U.S. Department of State

English Language Programs, U.S. Department of State
The English Language Programs is the premier opportunity for TESOL professionals to impact the way English is taught abroad. By completing projects designed by U.S. Embassies in more than 80 countries, English Language Fellows, Specialists, and Virtual Educators work closely with... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 10:30am - 11:15am EST
CPA 120

10:30am EST

Teaching Writing to Emergent Bilinguals at Risk
English literacy skills are fundamental to navigate in the U.S. system and become self-sufficient. By providing a framework of success: literacy, self-empowerment, and a culture of acceptance, the English Learner at-risk will self-motivate and adjust to the literacy systems, new cross-cultural differences; and adapt to the new literacy models while self-empowering themselves. This hands-on workshop will focus on the framework of success, needed to transform English learners at-risk to autonomous, literate English Learners.

Presenters
avatar for Madelaine Pella Schwartz

Madelaine Pella Schwartz

ESOL Teacher- Resiliency Coach, Baltimore City Public School System
Madelaine Pella Schwartz is a seasoned, ESOL bilingual educator. Ms.Schwartz focuses on  youth at-risk interventions at City Schools. She has advanced degrees in TESOL-ISD from UMBC. Ms. Schwartz sits on the MDTESOL Board and Chairs the EL.Ed.IS.  


Saturday November 9, 2019 10:30am - 11:15am EST
CPA 216

11:30am EST

Beyond the Grade: Assessment Feedback to Inspire Growth
This workshop will present tools and strategies that teachers can use to empower students to use their assessments as learning opportunities. The presenter will discuss principles of effective assessment feedback and best practices for getting students to look beyond their assessment grade. We’ll also discuss ways to encourage students to use their assessments to notice their strengths and weaknesses and to make actionable plans to develop in their weaker skill areas. Practical challenges of assessment and grading and proposed solutions will also be discussed.

Presenters
avatar for Nikki Porter Sappington

Nikki Porter Sappington

Grant Support Coordinator, Howard Community College
Nikki Porter Sappington is an ESL instructor and the Grant Support Coordinator at Howard Community College’s English Language Center.



Saturday November 9, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm EST
CPA 111

11:30am EST

Digital Literacy Action Plan
Sometimes learning keyboarding just isn't enough for students to reach their goals. In this presentation, the audience will learn a simple way to help students create a digital literacy action plan in which they can define what they need to learn about computers and determine how they will use their time in the computer lab to acquire that knowledge. This kind of structured independent exploration in the computer lab is going to develop within students the essential life skill of self-directed learning as it applies to digital literacy.

Presenters
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Rachel Riggs

Rachel started her TESOL journey in Honduras teaching YLs eight years ago. She worked solely as a volunteer adult teacher in VA and MD until last year when she earned her MA TESOL and began teaching professionally at FCC. 


Saturday November 9, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm EST
CPA 113

11:30am EST

Empowering ELs through Culturally Responsive Teaching
This session will explore strategies and classroom practices that support the Culturally Responsive Teaching method. Participants will explore best practices in using student backgrounds, interests and abilities to improve instruction. Various methods will be discovered for catering to student individual needs and using their individual strengths within the classroom.

Presenters
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Leia Bruton

Leia is an EL teacher at Hillcrest Elem School and ESL instructor at FCC, with Bachelor’s in Elem Ed and her Masters in Education.
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Betsy Ljubic

Betsy is an EL teacher at Gaithersburg HS and ESL instructor at FCC with Bachelor’s and M.Ed. in January, 2020.



Saturday November 9, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm EST
CPA 114

11:30am EST

Implementing Digital Storytelling in the Adult ESL Classroom
Research on Digital Storytelling in the ESL classroom shows that it has positive impact on language learning and technological competence. The purpose of this presentation is to show attendees how to implement digital storytelling into their classrooms using simplified platforms, online and on mobile devices, that can make the activity easier for both the learners and the teachers. The presenter will share tips on how to plan a digital story activity and the various digital tools that can be used for this activity.

Presenters
avatar for Lama Masri

Lama Masri

Adjunct ESL Instructor, Frederick Community College
Lama Masri has an MA in TESOL and is an Adjunct ESL Instructor at Frederick Community College in Frederick, Maryland.



Saturday November 9, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm EST
CPA 112

11:30am EST

Building Goal Setting and Self-Monitoring: Tools for Agency
We know student agency, feedback and explicit teaching of metacognitive strategies are important features for student growth. However, when it comes to english learners and students with IEPs, we struggle with how this looks in application. Worse, we avoid keeping rigor high and expectations of autonomy because we struggle to scaffold to the student's level. I have developed and tried some tools for student goal setting and self-evaluation. I will present my tools, my findings, how I've adjusted my tools since, and give teachers time to analyze at how they fit with their population.

Presenters
avatar for Hilary Lawch

Hilary Lawch

EL Teacher, Frederick County MD Public Schools
I currently serve students and staff at Orchard Grove Elementary school as an EL Teacher and Equity Representative responsible for professional development regarding culturally proficient teaching practices. Our school employs the cadre model where Math, Literacy, Special Education... Read More →



Saturday November 9, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm EST
Bladen 217

11:30am EST

Classroom Tools to Increase Student Talk
Most SLA approaches suggest hands-on materials to support ELLs’ language, literacy, and content development. Often, authors of these approaches do not provide empirical results to support some of their suggestions. This presentation will share findings from a PD program which attempted to increase teachers’ use of oral language development strategies in content lessons. The first half of this presentation will report on the classroom tools that were found to promote students’ oral language development in most significant ways. In the second half, participants will interact with these tools.

Presenters
avatar for Lauren M. Shea

Lauren M. Shea

Dr. Lauren M. Shea is an education professor at AU. Her research and practice centers on integrating language development strategies into content. Before conducting research, she was a classroom teacher and site-coordinator in a Dual Immersion school



Saturday November 9, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm EST
CPA 216

11:30am EST

Working With ELs Who Have Experienced Trauma
Many of our English Language Learners in grades K-12 have experienced trauma, whether in their home country, en route to Maryland, or while living in their new communities. How can classroom teachers best meet the needs of students who come to the classroom with past traumatic experiences? What do these learners need from administration and support staff? What are different districts in the state doing to ensure the best outcomes for these ELs?


Presenters
avatar for Najib Jammal

Najib Jammal

Principal, Baltimore City Public Schools
Najib Jammal came to Baltimore through Teach for America 17 years ago where he had the opportunity to serve high school students at Frederick Douglass High School in Baltimore City. After several years of teaching he worked with a group of fellow teacher to start a Youth Entrepreneurial... Read More →
avatar for Jasmine Shortridge

Jasmine Shortridge

Therapist, Frederick County Public Schools
Zayne Jasmine Shortridge, LGSW, is a practicing social worker with FCPS. She has been working with the EL students for the past four years but has an extensive child welfare services background. She is a certified forensic social worker as well as currently a trauma-centered practicing... Read More →
avatar for Tara Benn

Tara Benn

School Psychologist, Prince George's County Public School
Tara Medea Benn is a Certified School Psychologist who is credentialed in several statesincluding Maryland, the District of Columbia, Georgia, and Virginia. She has worked as a schoolpsychologist since 1998 and is currently working in Prince George’s County Public Schools.Ms. Benn... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm EST
CPA 110

11:30am EST

Student-Created Web Portfolios for Goal-Setting & Reflection
This presentation will introduce a short course where learners are guided in creating an online portfolio to use for goal setting and reflection during an academic preparation program. These learner portfolios also include a self-introduction video and an about me page. By the end of the session, participants will have the tools necessary to develop a similar course for language learners of any level. This includes step-by-step instructions on how to create an online portfolio, outlines for each class, and ideas about how to connect this with other courses or programs at their schools.

Presenters
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Albert Shaheen

I have over ten years of classroom experience in US and abroad and currently am the assistant director of the English Language Program at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. I have an MATESOL from Saint Michael’s College and a Cambridge CELTA.


Saturday November 9, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm EST
CPA 119

11:30am EST

Data literacy practice for English learners
Data literacy is an important skillset for college and career readiness of English learners in K-12 classrooms. This presentation addresses the role of data literacy in English learners’ future growth and success in this era. It also elucidates the principles of teaching practices that can help students attain data literacy. The principles include context- and community-based engagement, multimodality, and hands-on learning. The presentation highlights the need to devise data literacy practices that are motivational and approachable for English learners.

Presenters
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Semi Yeom

Semi Yeom is a PhD student at the University of Maryland. She has engaged with curriculum implementation, after-school programs, and research projects for students in Maryland. Her research interests include data literacy for English learners.


Saturday November 9, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm EST
Bladen 214

11:30am EST

Doing Research Helps! Newcomers' Writing & Research
We will describe a program focused on research and present the findings of a qualitative study. The study showed that newcomer high schoolers had complex ideas about writing/composing and that their perceptions shifted as they were afforded to utilize their full semiotic-linguistic repertoires and explore issues of their interest. The study findings may extend what counts as literacy and prompt to education stakeholders to collaborate in pro of creating opportunities for immigrant youth to leverage their available semiotic resources and their personal interests and experiences.

Presenters
avatar for Angélica Montoya-Ávila

Angélica Montoya-Ávila

Doctoral Candidate, University of Maryland, College Park
I am a PhD Candidate, specializing on Language, Literacy, and Social Inquiry, at the University of Maryland, College Park. For several years, I taught English and Spanish to diverse student populations. 


Saturday November 9, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm EST
Bladen 211

11:30am EST

Resilience and survival: The story of an Ixil SLIFE EL
In this article, I share the results of a portraiture qualitative research that explored the academic and social experiences of an adolescent Ixil English learner with limited and interrupted education at a U.S. high school. Findings paint a picture of the participant’s experiences and resilience while providing a foundation for teachers and researchers serving students with similar academic and social realities.

Presenters
avatar for Luis Javier Pentón Herrera

Luis Javier Pentón Herrera

Luis Javier Pentón Herrera is a literacy and language educator. He currently serves at different universities as adjunct professor. In addition, he is serving on the MDTESOL Board of Directors as its Past President (2019-2020).


Saturday November 9, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm EST
CPA 214

11:30am EST

Short Summer Overseas Teaching/Romania and Siberia
Many teachers would like to teach overseas during their summers off, but there are few programs that are short enough to work out. Both Mini American Summer school in Siberia and now in Romania fit the bill. Teachers can see a bit of the world, teach, and expand their own world and teaching horizons in programs that are less than a month long.

Presenters
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Kevin McQuade

Director/ ESL fac. Mini-Amer. Summer School. Russia (2004-Present)
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Esther Robbins

Prof. & Past Chair of Lang. Studies PGCC  


Saturday November 9, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm EST
CPA 215

11:30am EST

Differentiation in Low-Resource EFL: A Bridge Too Far?
Many affluent countries have made a commitment to differentiated learning in terms teacher-education  However, teachers in low-resource EFL countries seek to be inclusive as well. Little research has been done on low-resource environments where conditions are less conducive to differentiation--no electricity, classes of 60 or more, and only a board and chalk. Is differentiation a bridge too far in low-resource schools?  A group of EFL teacher-trainers from several countries are researching differentiation practices adaptable to low-resource classes. Results are reported.

Presenters
avatar for Brock Brady

Brock Brady

Education Expert, US Peace Corps
Brock Brady has been the Co-Director of the AU TESOLProgram, a President of TESOL, and is currently the Education Expert for Peace Corps



Saturday November 9, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm EST
CPA 120

12:15pm EST

Lunch
Return to the CPA Atrium to pick up your boxed lunch. Find seating in CPA atrium, the Conference Center within CPA, or outside. Take this opportunity to visit our sponsor's exhibitor tables and network with colleagues from near and far.

Saturday November 9, 2019 12:15pm - 1:30pm EST
CPA Conference Center

1:45pm EST

A Digital Literacy Framework for Adult Learners
Digital literacy is essential for the 21st century adult learner. Historically, literacy has focused on print literacy. However, new technologies have required additional set of literacy skills. Participants will review and analyze different terms used to define digital literacy, as well as compare and contrast print and digital literacy. Participants will also analyze elements adult learners must address to become digitally literate. Finally, participants will apply elements of digital literacy for technology integration in the classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Jamie Harris

Jamie Harris

Education Program Specialist, Maryland Department of Labor



Saturday November 9, 2019 1:45pm - 2:30pm EST
CPA 114

1:45pm EST

Supporting Deaf Students in the ESL Classroom
ESL teachers reach students from different cultures and languages, and Deaf students coming into the ESL classroom will bring their own language and cultural background with them. This workshop provides teachers with practical suggestions on interacting with Deaf students and interpreters along with effective methods of supporting Deaf students in the ESL classroom. Presented from the instructor’s point of view.

Presenters
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Naomi Klimowicz

Full-Time ESL Instructor, Howard Community College
Naomi is a full-time ESL instructor at the award-winning English Language Center at Howard Community College. She currently teaches comprehensive, grammar, conversation, and reading and vocabulary courses.


Saturday November 9, 2019 1:45pm - 2:30pm EST
CPA 112

1:45pm EST

The Ultimate Way to Promote Learner Agency in the Adult ESOL Classroom
This session aims at exposing participants to two research-based practices that will transform the way they promote learner agency in the adult ESOL classroom. The participants and I will start by defining learner agency and by discussing the honest mistakes that prevent adult ed programs from promoting it. Then, in small groups, we will analyze and discuss how to use the two research-based insights to empower ESOL learners. At the end, we will work in pairs to list and reflect on key strategies. 

Presenters
avatar for Teddy Eduoard

Teddy Eduoard

Coaching for Better Learning
Teddy Edouard is a Continuous Improvement Coach & Learning Consultant with over 20 years of experience. He has an MA in TESOL from SIT Graduate Institute and an MSEd from Purdue University.


Saturday November 9, 2019 1:45pm - 2:30pm EST
CPA 111

1:45pm EST

Edu-Sketchnoting for ELLs: Foundational Skills for All
In conjunction with Dual-Language Theory, edu-sketchnoting builds students' capacity for visual-thinking to recall information through the use of a personal visual library. sketchnoting is a simple and quick way to deepen engagement, confidence, and comprehension for English Language Learners across contents, regardless of perceived artistic talent. In this session, participants will practice foundational routines, like building a visual alphabet and learning the components of a good edu-sketchnote. Sample activities will include options for high and low tech.

Presenters
avatar for Liz Pandya

Liz Pandya

Education Technology Specialist, DCPS
Liz Pandya is an Education Technology Coach at DCPS, where she supports 30+ schools with professional development and lesson implementation. She is a member of the SY19-20 SET Lab Research Delegation, with a research focus on meaningful tech for ELLs. 



Saturday November 9, 2019 1:45pm - 2:30pm EST
Bladen 211

1:45pm EST

Facilitating English Learning for Newcomers
This workshop will provide resources and activities that teachers can use to facilitate in the transition of a new language for their students. It will address the struggles elementary teachers face accommodating newcomers and what avenues exist to rapidly overcome them. It will also give a preview of the newcomers perspective so teachers can reflect on that experience and identify strategies for how to approach these obstacles.

Presenters
avatar for Jennifer Tony

Jennifer Tony

EL Teacher
Jennifer Tony, an 18 year career (K-5, ESOL) teacher with experience in low income, urban, and Hispanic communities.  She is certified in Early Childhood, Elementary, and ESOL with a BA in Modern Language and Linguistics and MA in Teacher Leadership



Saturday November 9, 2019 1:45pm - 2:30pm EST
CPA 215

1:45pm EST

Restorative Practices and the ESOL Classroom
This presentation will introduce participants to the principles and values of restorative practices in schools.  Participants will hear how using restorative practices in an English for speakers of other languages classroom can foster equity and just learning environments by creating a sense of connection and belonging between students and educators.  These practices build students' social and human capital that promote positive relationships within the school community.

Presenters
avatar for Robin McNair

Robin McNair

Director, The Restorative Classroom
Robin L. McNair is a professional educator of 27 years with teaching experience with both rural and urban diverse student populations. She is a certified trainer in Restorative Justice in Education and Peacemaking Circles and is the owner of The Restorative Classroom, LLC. Ms. McNair... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 1:45pm - 2:30pm EST
CPA 110

1:45pm EST

Building Student Engagement via Teacher Training in Zambia
CPD is a crucial component in keeping instructors informed of current practices, resulting in the creation of student-centered classrooms. This session provides an example of how the presenters developed teacher training workshops for schools in Kaoma, Zambia in July 2019. Presenters will share their experience of conducting a remote needs assessment and developing training modules with the collaboration of a local partner. Additionally, this presentation will explore the how-to of doing on-site teacher training and its benefits for student engagement in the classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Paula Harmon

Paula Harmon

Associate Faculty, Notre Dame of Maryland University
I joined the ELI as an Associate Faculty member in 2012 after a career in sales and marketing, including jobs at IBM and Davis Instruments, where I was the director of the International Division. Working with international customers, along with my experience in graduate school, inspired... Read More →
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Mary Burch Harmon

Mary Burch Harmon: Director, ELI, Notre Dame of Maryland University
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Jessica Hurtado

Jessica Hurtado:  Assistant Director, ELI, Notre Dame of Maryland University



Saturday November 9, 2019 1:45pm - 2:30pm EST
CPA 119

1:45pm EST

Noticing & Notetaking: Self-reflection with the NOTES System
Three IEP teachers adapted NOTES--the Notetaking Observation, Training, and Evaluation Scales--for ELLs and noticed post-implementation improvement in student notetaking. The NOTES system helps students self-monitor, leading to effective page use and clearer organization of ideas, indicating improved comprehension. Recommendations for ELLs include the importance of methodical, repetitive notetaking practice, metalanguage (e.g., indentation and abbreviations), and self-reflection. Session participants receive teaching tips and links to the NOTES system to enhance current classroom instruction.

Presenters
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Nonie Bell

Nonie Bell is an instructor at the University of Delaware English Language Institute. She holds a master’s degrees in TESOL. Nonie Bell has taught in ESL programs in Italy and the U.S. 
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Robbie Bushong

Robbie Bushong is an instructor at the University of Delaware English Language Institute. 
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Wakako Pennington

Instructor, University of Delaware
Wakako Pennington, Robbie Bushong, and Nonie Bell are instructors at the University of Delaware English Language Institute. They each hold master’s degrees in TESOL and have varying degrees of fluency in non-English languages.


Saturday November 9, 2019 1:45pm - 2:30pm EST
CPA 113

1:45pm EST

A Few Grammar Keys
We will present a short explanation of five “key” grammar points including prepositions, articles, pronunciations of -s and-ed, adjective clauses, and reductions. We will discuss common errors regarding each point along with common questions and answers. For each grammar point, we will provide “take home” activities for teachers to share with their students.


Presenters
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Tracey Burk

Tracey Burk works as an adjunct professor and elementary ESOL teacher with BCPS .
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Coleman Caldwell

Coleman Caldwell currently teaches adult learners. 
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Itzel Valenzuela

Itzel Valenzuela is a 5th Grade ELA/Social Studies teacher.
avatar for Esther Winikoff

Esther Winikoff

 Esther Winikoff was a math teacher in Pittsburgh.



Saturday November 9, 2019 1:45pm - 2:30pm EST
Bladen 217

1:45pm EST

Demystifying Translanguaging: What Teachers Need to Know
This presentation unpacks the concept of ‘translanguaging’ for practitioners. It has become popular recently, but it can also be confusing. For example, how does it relate to bilingualism, plurilingualism, or code-switching? What does in mean in practice for teaching multilingual learners? Drawing upon current research sources and analysis of policy documents, principles of translanguaging are clarified with attention to what teachers needs to know. Practical teaching tips are provided for drawing upon the full scope of students’ repertoires to advance their language development.

Presenters
avatar for Francis M. Hult

Francis M. Hult

Francis M. Hult is Professor and Program Director for TESOL at UMBC.  His books include the Handbook of Educational Linguistics and Educational Linguistics in Practice.  He holds a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA in TESOL from NYU.


Saturday November 9, 2019 1:45pm - 2:30pm EST
Bladen 214

1:45pm EST

Boost Student Agency through Inquiry and Genre based Writing
My goal for this workshop will demonstrate that inquiry-based writing across content areas in multiple genres boosts secondary school writing performance by: a) providing the audience with activities using student-centered inquiry methods that promote student agency; b) acquainting the audience with content specific genres that teachers can collaborate on; c) elaborating on scaffolding organizers and templates for content specific genres The audience will leave with a renewed interest in promoting writing that is world relevant, content driven, and beyond the text.

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Suzan Wikoff

I earned my MATESOL from Salisbury University in December 2018. Previously, I taught in public schools in Texas. My chief interests are content writing with a focus on high school science and approaches and methods in adult literacy.


Saturday November 9, 2019 1:45pm - 2:30pm EST
CPA 216

1:45pm EST

Workshop on Performance Assessment Rubric Development
While language teachers engage with varied language assessment related tasks, even experienced teachers find language assessment theory, language assessment development, and rubric development challenging. This workshop will introduce language assessment theory and guide language teachers can navigate the theory in developing and using language assessment. Based on links between language assessment theory and practices, this workshop will provide hands-on experience to develop a rubric for performance assessment.

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Jiyoon Lee

Assistant Professor, UMBC
Jiyoon Lee is an assistant professor of TESOL at UMBC. Her research and teaching interests include second language development, language assessment, and teacher education. 


Saturday November 9, 2019 1:45pm - 2:30pm EST
CPA 120

2:45pm EST

12 Ways to Teach Vocabulary
Current research in ESL vocabulary has stated that vocabulary is perhaps the most important component in L2 ability (Folse 2014). Without vocabulary knowledge, it is impossible for learners to function in the language. However, to truly know a word takes practice both in and out of context. This workshop demonstrates examples of vocabulary and provides teachers with 12 activities to introduce, review, and assess vocabulary.

Presenters
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Shantaya Rao

ESL Instructor, Howard Community College
Shantaya Rao is a full-time ESL instructor at the award-winning English Language Center at Howard Community College. She currently teaches pronunciation, writing, and reading and vocabulary courses. 



Saturday November 9, 2019 2:45pm - 3:30pm EST
CPA 114

2:45pm EST

Applying All Four Modalities to Publish Student Narrative
Reflections: Voices of English Learners 2019 will be available for the attendees and adult students from LCFC will read and discuss their stories. The presenter will share her teaching methods used in her Writing Classes at the Literacy Council of Frederick County. A list of relevant books used in the Writing Class will be included in the discussion. Participants will be given graphic organizers and writing scaffolding to discuss and to elicit their own personal narrative. Writing prompts will be suggested and also generated from the participants using Picture Books to inspire them.

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Catherine Coundjeris

ESL Coordinator, Literacy Council of Frederick County
Catherine Coundjeris holds an M.A. in Children’s Literature and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing.  Currently she teaches ESL Writing and Conversation at the Literacy Council of Frederick County where she is also an ESL Coordinator



Saturday November 9, 2019 2:45pm - 3:30pm EST
CPA 111

2:45pm EST

Close Reading for ELLs: A Strategy to Move Higher Level Students Up
In Maryland, ESOL 35% of ELL population is level 4 and up. Migration Policy Institute released a report in 2018. This report demonstrates that 60% of the 5th graders were proficient and advanced in PARCC. Unfortunately, only 11% of ESOL students get to be proficient& advanced. As ESOL teachers, we all know the fact that moving higher level ESOL students and supporting them in their content area is a lot more difficult than supporting lower level students. What should we do different to make our higher-level ELLs move forward?” The answer might be Close Reading.

Presenters
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Asli Masucci

Asli Masucci was born and raised in Turkey. She completed her B.A in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. After working 5 years in Turkey as an EFL Teacher, Asli came to USA and started working for Prince George's County. She received her master's degree in Curriculum and instruction... Read More →



Saturday November 9, 2019 2:45pm - 3:30pm EST
Bladen 217

2:45pm EST

Planting the Seeds of Teacher Collaboration
As the population of ELs increases in Maryland, so does the expectation for educators to meet their needs. Working together, teachers can share their expertise and resources to support their learners; however, this is easier said than done. The purpose of this session is to describe contextual conditions that enable effective collaboration. Stories from teachers who figured out how to successfully collaborate, despite challenges, will be presented to help educators learn how seeds of collaboration can be planted in their schools.

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Angela Bell

Angela B. Bell, Ph.D., is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Missouri State University. She is also an EL consultant who has worked with kindergarten through adult English learners and educators in the U.S., Belgium, and France.



Saturday November 9, 2019 2:45pm - 3:30pm EST
CPA 216

2:45pm EST

Empower Writers with Rhetorical Awareness via Social Media
To move beyond the five-paragraph essay, college-level L2 writers must understand rhetorical situation. How can we teach these abstract concepts in a way that is digestible and practical? Enter the discourses in which students are already prolific composers: social media. By giving them the framework to understand their online communication, we can guide them to construct a parallel understanding of academic discourse. The presenter introduces easy-to-implement activities (with assessment tips) to guide students in building genre awareness and tailoring their writing to rhetorical situations.

Presenters
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Kelly Tracy

Assistant Director of English Language Program, Carey Business School, Johns Hopkins University
Kelly Tracy is Assistant Director of the English Language Program at the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University. Her teaching and research interests include the intersection of composition and digital spaces.



Saturday November 9, 2019 2:45pm - 3:30pm EST
CPA 119

2:45pm EST

CREA: Academic and Career Development for High School ELLs
In this session, participants will learn about an innovative program that engages older ELLs in meaningful academic instruction and provides access to career training. The CREA (Career Readiness Educational Academy) Program, established by Montgomery County Public Schools in 2016, offers both a full-day and an evening program to serve older ELLs who are unlikely to meet high school graduation requirements before turning 21. CREA provides students with an opportunity to improve English and math skills while preparing for the GED exam and also studying a career pathway.

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Dr. Lindsay Walberg

Dr. Lindsay Walberg is the CREA Program Specialist with Montgomery County Public Schools.  She has taught in ESOL, bilingual, and dual language programs in K-12 public schools and GED classes for adult learners.


Saturday November 9, 2019 2:45pm - 3:30pm EST
Bladen 214

2:45pm EST

Creating a Literacy Based Curriculum for Newcomer ELs
In Summer 2019, we created a new, research-based curriculum for secondary Newcomer ELs with limited or interrupted formal education, or SLIFE. The curriculum features both an introduction to U.S. Schools with a photo and video collection featuring real students and direct reading instruction woven into predictable, daily routines. Participants will experience an overview of the program, our process in creating it, participate in a lesson demonstration, and leave with valuable literacy strategies for the classroom.

Presenters
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Grecia Hilton

ELA Teacher, AACPS
Grecia Hilton is an English Language Acquisition teacher at Marley Elementary School in Anne Arundel County Public Schools
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Lyndsy Snelson

Lyndsy Snelson is an English Language Acquisition Teacher at Old Mill High School in Anne Arundel County Public Schools
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Meagan Turano

Meagan Turano is an English Language Acquisition teacher at Meade High School in Anne Arundel County Public Schools  


Saturday November 9, 2019 2:45pm - 3:30pm EST
Bladen 211

2:45pm EST

Measuring ELL Success, By What Scale?
Well-designed performance-based assessments, both formative and summative, can serve as ability milestones that guide learners towards autonomy. Presenters will use sample assessments to demonstrate differences in approach and format for non-standardized assessments. Explanations will distinguish evaluation of mastery, proficiency / competence, recognition, and growth as aspects of students’ language acquisition. Principles will be illustrated by comparing and contrasting self-created listening and grammar assessment tools at all levels. Backwards design methods will also be discussed.

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Nonie Bell

Nonie Bell is an instructor at the University of Delaware English Language Institute. She holds a master’s degrees in TESOL. Nonie Bell has taught in ESL programs in Italy and the U.S. 
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Jim Weaver

Instructor, University of Delaware
Jim Weaver has been an instructor and curriculum developer in ESL and Special Education classrooms.
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Jackie Whitney

Jackie Whitney has taught and developed assessments in IEP and public school settings.



Saturday November 9, 2019 2:45pm - 3:30pm EST
CPA 113

2:45pm EST

My Dad was Detained and Deported: How to Help
Presentation will include videos of question and answer with student whose father was detained and deported. (Consent has been given). Student will share the experience from her perspective and will share what her teachers did that was helpful. Student will also share what would have been more helpful that was not done by her teachers. Strategies will be shared on working with students whose parents have been detained and/or deported.

Presenters
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Lisa Sanchez

ESOL Teacher, Anne Arundel County Public Schools
Lisa Sanchez is a National Board teacher who has been in the field for over fifteen years.  She currently is teaching in Anne Arundel County.  She holds a Masters in TESOL and another in Administration.


Saturday November 9, 2019 2:45pm - 3:30pm EST
CPA 120

2:45pm EST

National Museum of Language’s Language Teacher Resources
NML wants to inspire an appreciation for the magic and beauty of language. ESL teachers can use our virtual exhibits to teach about American English history and dialects, the history of writing systems, and laugh at the world’s first joke book. Our speaker series brings experts on a wide array of language topics to talk about their research. Teachers share ideas for class activities in our blog and members of our Facebook groups can read the latest language news. The session shows how teachers can use the Museum’s site as a supplement to both their own and their students’ learning.

Presenters
avatar for Jill Robbins

Jill Robbins

Vice President, National Museum of Language
I'm a linguist working at the virtual museum, the National Museum of Language. I've done a lot of teaching of English as a Second Language, including online with a national media organization



Saturday November 9, 2019 2:45pm - 3:30pm EST
CPA 215

2:45pm EST

Workshop: Let's Participate in Exciting Peace-Language Activities You Can Use for Second Language Teaching and Teacher Education
Presenters
avatar for Rebecca Oxford

Rebecca Oxford

Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham
I am currently an adjunct professor for the Graduate Degree Program for Teaching English as a Second Language at UAB. I am a Professor of Language Education and Research at Air University in Montgomery, Alabama. I was named Professor Emerita and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, University... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 2:45pm - 3:30pm EST
CPA 110

3:30pm EST

Raffle
Join us at the conclusion of the conference for the raffle. Win fabulous prizes donated by our sponsors.

Saturday November 9, 2019 3:30pm - 3:30pm EST
CPA Atrium
 
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