2011 Southern Fall Mini-Conference

Using Technology to Build ELL Literacy

October 22, 2011, 8:30 AM-1:00 PM,
The Richard Stockton College of NJ, Pomona, NJ  

Speakers include:
Lois Spitzer, Sandee McHugh-McBride, Judie Haynes, Karen Nemeth, Monica Schnee, Cassy Lawrence, Suzan Cole, and Rita Mulholland

  • The focus of the conference will be on incorporating the 21st Century Web 2.0 technology to support the literacy development of our English Learners.
  • Learn about practical, hands-on research-based strategies.
  • Bring your laptop or iPad.
  • Coffee and tea will be served. Food can be purchased from a snack bar at the conference site.

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Members: $40 - Non-Members: $75


7:45-8:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:30-9:00 Introductions by Sandee McHugh-McBride; Welcome by Lois Spitzer of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
9:00-9:45 Opening Speakers: Judie Haynes & Karen Nemeth
10:00-11:45 Concurrent Workshops (All attendees must make a first and alternate choice)
12:10-1:00 Panel Discussion and Wrap Up - Using Web 2.0 Technology to Enhance ELL Learning

Opening Presentation:

Making the Most of Professional Development Opportunities on the Internet (For all attendees)
Judie Haynes & Karen Nemeth
Presenters' Description: Imagine having hundreds of teachers in your PLN (Professional Learning Network) for professional development purposes. Build an online community of teachers who share ideas and resources through social networking, blogging and webinars. Benefit from the expertise of leaders in the ESL/bilingual field. Learn how Twitter and Facebook can provide you with excellent opportunities for professional development.

Judie Haynes is an author and professional development provider with 28 years experience. She is currently President of NJTESOL/NJBE.
Karen Nemeth is the author of the Gryphon House book, Many Languages, One Classroom and she is a consultant for schools and programs throughout the U.S.

Concurrent Workshops

Integrating Technology to the Four Language Domains (Gr. K-2)
Monica Schnee, Presenter

Description: The workshop focuses on how to integrate Web 2.0 tools into language instruction. The presenter will share a variety of digital tools that can be used to extend language development in all domains. Participants will be able to brainstorm and discuss curricular applications for each tool in order to create a "sample web 2.0 toolkit" for their classroom use..

Monica Schnee is a K-1 ESL teacher in River Edge, N.J. She is the recipient of the 2010 PBS Teacher Innovation Award and provides professional development on technology and ELLs for her district.

Motivate and Support ELLs with Web 2.0 Tools (Gr. 2-8)
Cassy Lawrence, Presenter

Description: This workshop will provide an overview of relevant, free, and easy-to-use online resources. Participants will learn how to use several web tools to scaffold instruction and enhance lessons for ELLs. Discussion will include practical ways to integrate tools – such as blogs, twitter, online posters, sticky notes sites, and writing tools – in ways that will facilitate and encourage language learning. Participants will also examine online resources for parents of ELLs.

Cassandra Lawrence is a bilingual educator with 20+ years of experience teaching elementary school in the urban community of Perth Amboy, NJ. She is a member of the AFT’s ELL Cadre and the current vice president of NJTESOL/NJBE. She provides professional development on technology and ELLs for her district.

Technology Tips and Tricks: Key to Success with Early Childhood ELLs (Gr. PreK-2)
Karen Nemeth, Presenter

Description: Technology devices and resources can offer you the flexibility you need to be successful with diverse languages, changing populations, and curricular demands. Using hands-on participation and discussion activities, this workshop will provide you with a wealth of ideas and strategies to enhance your work with young ELLs.

Karen Nemeth is the author of the Gryphon House book, Many Languages, One Classroom and she is a consultant for schools and programs throughout the US.

Technology to Engage Students under Universal Design for Learning Principles (Gr. 7-12)
Rita Mulholland, Presenter

Description: This workshop will emphasize how teachers can use technology to enhance their teaching and learning environments in ensure that students have the increased opportunity to access, participate, and progress in their curriculum.

Rita Mulholland is an Associate Professor at Richard Stockton College in the reading specialist and special education program. She has published many articles dealing with technology to support learners in Reading Matrix, Contemporary Issues in Technology/Teacher Education and Reading Online Journals.

Thinkfinity: Tell Your Students! Tell Their Parents! (Gr. 3-12)
Suzan Cole, Presenter

Description: Verizon Thinkfinity opens a window of opportunity for ELLs, their teachers and their parents. Suzan Cole will introduce you to this site where you will find a plethora of lessons and activities to aid students in acquiring English and developing skills in the content areas.

Suzan Cole began integrating technology in her ESL lessons in 1985 and started presenting workshops to highlight the value of using technology in the classroom.

Professional Development Hours: NJTESOL-NJBE is a New Jersey registered provider. Participants will be able to earn professional development hours for attending the seminars and the workshop of their choice.


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