Voices Vol 41 No 2


SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS: ESL Elementary

Don't Miss This Year's Conference

By Noreen Drucker

Spring is almost here and our annual conference is upon us. The Executive Board is working very hard to make sure that this year’s conference is our best and that you will truly enjoy your experience.  There are many changes this year so I would like to make sure that you are aware of them.

Let’s start off with the date change. For the first time we will have the conference the very last week in May. The dates are WEDNESDAY, MAY 30TH and THURSDAY, MAY 31ST.   For those of you without a calendar at your fingertips, Memorial Day is the Monday prior to the conference, May 28th.

This year we will have a keynote speaker at the beginning of each day. During that time there only will be workshops scheduled for Higher Education. The rest of us will have the opportunity to listen to Andrea Honigsfeld, Maria Dove, and Mary Capellini.

Andrea and Maria will give a joint presentation, “Common Core Collaborations”, on Wednesday.  Both work at Molloy College and have extensive experience teaching ELLs and working to prepare  in-service teachers and others.  Andrea’s focus is on  providing individualized instruction based on learning styles and how these apply to ELLs. Andrea and Maria have coauthored "Collaboration and Co-Teaching: Strategies for English Learners" (Corwin).

Mary Capellini is the author of “Balancing Reading and Language Learning: A Resource for Teaching English Language Learners, K-5”. She will be presenting on that topic on Thursday, May 31st.

And now on to some more changes: The dinner has been eliminated and replaced with a “Reception”. The reception will be a time to meet and network with your friends and colleagues. We will distribute the scholarships and other awards at that time as well. It is FREE and light refreshments will be served.

And on to the highlights- Workshops for our Elementary ESL SIG :

Our workshops will start at 10:30 on both days. On Wednesday there are numerous selections designed specifically for elementary ESL. They  include:

"Working  with ELLs Living with Trauma", “Making ESL Strategies Work for You!”,  and  “Teaching Academic  Vocabulary in Math”. Later in the day you can choose from “Co-teaching for the Common Core”, and “The WIDA Model: The Instrument to Use”. At  1:00 pm I will be facilitating our ever popular program- “HOT Topics in ESL Elementary Education”.

On Thursday, you can choose from “Involving Parents of ELLs in Education”, “Less Work, More Learning”, and  “Oral Language and Literacy Through Character Studies.” If you miss the “HOT Topics in ESL Elementary Education” on Wednesday, have no fear. We will hold a second session on Thursday at 2:00pm.

Mark your calendars and get ready for NJTESOL-NJBE’s Annual Spring Conference, Wednesday May 30th and Thursday May 31st. Same place as last year: The Hyatt Regency, New Brunswick, New Jersey.

(Editor’s Note: Check the Conference Program for exact times and locations of workshops.)

Noreen Drucker is the Special Interest Group Representative for Elementary ESL.

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