2016 Teaching equity conference

New Strategies Around ELL: Culture, Language, and Equity

Saturday, April 23, 2016 - Highline College, Student Union Building (Building 8), Des Moines, Washington
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


ELL: Culture, Language, and Equity

Putting it all together: A research-based process for the effective teaching of ELL students; curriculum design and lesson planning based on sound principles, practices, and high standards; strategic methods to employ for making grade-level materials and resources comprehensible for ELL students;  research-based training on theory, culture, diversity, social status and policy of language acquisition, and resources that will help increase teachers' knowledge about effective, differentiated teaching strategies specifically addressing EL students. This session is designed for general education teachers. ELL teachers also are encouraged to attend to develop strategies in their support for classroom teachers.

Dual Language:  Ties between Language and Equity

This session will provide an interactive dialogue to support participants' professional growth in Dual Language Enrichment Education program models. Participants will walk away with a solid understanding of what is involved in planning, implementing, evaluating and sustaining a strong program model, including the nuances between one-way and two-way dual language enrichment. Research-based topics will focus on the basic tenets of how to build a true enrichment education program that fosters language equity with the goals of bilingualism and biliteracy for all students, non-English and English students alike. A strong emphasis will be placed on the positive impact a dual language model has on ELL academic achievement and lifelong success.

ELL Math Classroom Practices: Creating a Bi-Cultural and Critically Conscious Classroom Community

Mathematics is inherently part of our world, our culture and our stories. It can be taught in a way that has students investigating, forming opinions, critiquing and challenging injustices and oppressive systems that are currently in place. Students of color often get mathematics education focused on rote memorization and basic skills that prepare them only for service jobs, which further keeps them marginalized and away from accessing higher education. When students of color are given access to critical thinking in mathematics education it is often shaded by the dominant heterosexual white male narrative and stripped of their connection to their home and personal interests. This workshop focuses on cultivating an elementary or secondary math classroom that engages linguistically diverse students in problem solving, complex, meaningful and cognitively demanding problems. Participants will walk away with insight into the classroom experience for ELL/Bilingual students, as well as well as tangible strategies to keep math content rigor high, accessible for all students and that radically transforms math education.

Embracing the Needs of Our ELL Students

This session will focus on how people acquire a language.  Participants will leave this class with an introductory understanding of our language learners' strength and needs. They will have had some experience learning in a new language through some GLAD and ELD strategies. Participants will also deepen their understanding of literacy instruction for ELL students and the importance of positioning students as competent rather than deficient.

Equity Leaders Workshop (for equity leaders across the state)

This workshop is focused on identifying equity leaders interested in discussing and supporting ways to combat teacher shortage that include a focus on diversifying the teacher workforce and helping to develop the current work force to meet the needs of our diverse communities.

High School ELL Strategies:  How to build a culturally and linguistically responsive classroom that also yield high academic results

This session will provide a job-embedded, interactive dialogue to support participantsí professional growth in supporting secondary ELL students in the mainstream classroom.  Participants will walk away with a clear understanding of what it means to be a culturally and linguistically responsive classroom teacher and how to infuse this into daily practice with ELL students.  Participants will gain knowledge and applicable strategies and techniques in how to structure their teaching skills so they support ELL students in building academic English at the same time they are working on mastering subject specific content.  Participants are encouraged to bring in content topics and/or lessons that will be taught in the near future, so they can apply session topics directly into their respective content area classrooms. 

Strength for the Continuing Journey: Keeping Teachers of Color in the Profession

Today, less than 15% of teachers working in the nationís public K-12 system are teachers of color.  Research suggests that teachers of color have a higher percentage of turnover than their White colleagues (Achinstein, Ogawa, & Sexton, 2010).  This workshop seeks to create a venue for teachers of color working within the public K-12 system to talk about experiences, successes, and struggles.   A panel of currently working teachers will be featured and share their experiences from the field.  From there, the facilitators will collaborate with attendees to come to a consensus on strategies or shared work that teachers of color specifically can engage in to continue to be successful in their respective classrooms and schools.  A goal for this workshop is to provide a space where teachers of color can voice candidly their thoughts on diversifying the teaching profession.  This workshop also continues the conversation and work undertaken in last yearís NWTSJ session.  All are welcome to this dialogue.

Youth Summit, High School Student Workshop

Have you thought about becoming a teacher? Do you have what it takes to teach? The Teaching Equity Youth Summit is a mini boot camp for future teachers to investigate careers in education. Participants of this session will collaborate with other local high school students to discuss issues facing teachers of today and identify if teaching is a career for them.


Registration for the 2016 Teaching Equity Conference is now open!

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The registration fee for the 2016 Teaching Equity Conference has been set at $40.00 for those registering on or before April 15, 2016. If you choose to register for the conference after April 15th, the registration fee must be paid at the door in the amount of $50.00, provided space is available.



Additional information regarding the 2016 Teaching Equity Conference can be found at www.teachingequity.com.

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General questions regarding the 2016 Teaching Equity Conference or questions related to registration for the event should be directed to the Center of Excellence for Careers in Education at careersined@greenriver.edu or (253) 833-9111 x4360.