Presenter Preview with Susan Hemphill -Helping ELLs with Word Problems in Secondary Math

CIMA 2017 is only 5 days away and participants can plan their schedules here! With so many great guest speakers and breakout sessions being offered we thought you might like a preview, so we asked our presenters a few quick questions to help guide you.

We’re going to continue our series with Susan Hemphill -she’s been a Math Specialist at ESC 13 since the fall of 2005 and in education 26 years. Her experiences include:  teaching middle school Math, department chair, support Math teacher, district secondary Math program director and Master Math teacher in the Rice University School Math Project. She has worked with ELLs from her beginnings at Grantham MS in Aldine ISD until now and understands the need for practical strategies to support learning in Math. Here’s a little more about Susan’s session:

Q: First things first, what’s your name?

A: Susan Hemphill

Q: What’s the title of the session you’ll be facilitating at CIMA?

A:  It’s called, “Helping ELLs with Word Problems in Secondary Math.”

Q:  If you don’t mind, give us a quick preview of the content – what are you going to cover?

A: We will learn about suggestions for helping ELLs with word problems in Math and rewrite some problems to provide a scaffold for learning. These ideas are based on the work of David A. Sosa and his book “How the ELL Brain Learns”.

Q:  CIMA is for stakeholders in the Bilingual, ESL, and LOTE fields. Who is a good fit to attend your session?

A:  Stakeholders who would most benefit from my session work with ELLs in the Math classroom or support Math teachers.

Q:  How will your session contribute to improving learning outcomes for language learners?

A:  Our goal is not to change the word problem’s rigor but to make sure language does not hinder accessibility. We are also rewriting problems to provide a scaffold for ELLs as they learn language and Math.

Q: As a presenter, you get to attend CIMA, too. What excites you about the conference?

A: I am a self- proclaimed PD junkie! I love attending all conferences to look for new ideas, to make new connections to our work in Math, and to hang out with fun people.

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Presenter Preview with Drew Keller -Music in the Foreign Language Classroom

“I feel it is rare that we, as language enthusiasts and instructors, have the chance to gather, discuss and be simply passionate about language together and CIMA is giving us the chance to do just that.”

Happy Halloween from the Region 13 Bilingual/ESL Team. CIMA 2017 is getting scary close! We are only 6 sleeps away, so don’t be afraid to start planning your schedule here. With so many great guest speakers and breakout sessions being offered we thought you might like a preview, so we asked our presenters a few quick questions to help guide you.

Drew Keller is a LOTE department share and Spanish language educator. We asked her a few questions about her session and what participants can expect to take with them.

Q: First things first, what’s your name?

A: Drew Keller

Q: What’s the title of the session you’ll be facilitating at CIMA?

A:  It’s called “Music in the Foreign Language Classroom.” 

Q:  If you don’t mind, give us a quick preview of the content – what are you going to cover?

A:  The session is designed to feature classroom activities that involve music as a source of learning common, colloquial and advanced vocabulary as well as structural grammar concepts and pronunciation.

Q:  CIMA is for stakeholders in the Bilingual, ESL, and LOTE fields. Who is a good fit to attend your session?

A:  Bilingual and LOTE Teachers will benefit most from the session however, music is universal. ESL teachers can find strategies and activities that may be easy to relate to their content.

Q:  How will your session contribute to improving learning outcomes for language learners?

A:  The session will give teachers new and innovative ideas of using the language as a cultural centerpiece for conquering difficult grammar concepts and advanced vocabulary. Additionally, activities like Cloze-Line reading, Top of the Charts, Lyrics Training, and more encourage language learners to express themselves with more spontaneity, which lends to courage and desire to use the language freely. These are the number one attributes of life-long language learners: spontaneity, courage and desire.

Q: As a presenter, you get to attend CIMA, too. What excites you about the conference?

A: I am thrilled to have the opportunity to learn from teachers, leaders and specialists who have new perspectives on ideas in the foreign language classroom. I feel it is rare that we, as language enthusiasts and instructors, have the chance to gather, discuss and be simply passionate about language together and CIMA is giving us the chance to do just that.

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Presenter Preview with Daniel Schaetz -Welcoming Newcomer ELLs

CIMA 2017 is only 7 days away and participants can plan their schedules here! With so many great guest speakers and breakout sessions being offered we thought you might like a preview, so we asked our presenters a few quick questions to help guide you.

I’m going to share the a little about my session today. My name is Daniel Schaetz, and I’m an education specialist on the Bilingual/ESL Team here at Region 13. My background is in Newcomer ELL education.

Q: First things first, what’s your name?

A: Daniel Schaetz

Q: What’s the title of the session you’ll be facilitating at CIMA?

A:  It’s called “Welcoming Newcomer ELLs.” 

Q:  If you don’t mind, give us a quick preview of the content – what are you going to cover?

A:  We will identify and discuss Immigrant, Refugee, Asylee, Unaccompanied Minor and SIFE student groups. For context, I have invited some wonderful former students to come and share their experiences with us. Conversation will center around not only how to best support the language development for a variety of nationalities and backgrounds, but also how to connect with families and build community.

Q:  CIMA is for stakeholders in the Bilingual, ESL, and LOTE fields. Who is a good fit to attend your session?

A:  All educators of ELLs

Q:  How will your session contribute to improving learning outcomes for language learners?

A:  I think a better understanding of newcomers is beneficial to anyone with a hand in ELL education. We are reminded often about building instruction to meet ELLs where they are in their language development -the most important thing, but not the only thing. As a classroom teacher in an all Newcomer ELL school, I saw real growth when I took the time learn about my students and their families. That investment helped me to develop better lessons and create a more “whole child” environment.

 

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Join us for Esperanza Training on November 28-29

Are you a K-2 Educator for a Bilingual/ESL or Dual Language classroom? Make plans to be at the Region 13 ESC on November 28-29 and join Dr. Elsa Cardenas-Hagan for training on the Esperanza Program!

Esperanza is a Spanish multisensory, structured language program for the Spanish speaking student, grades K-2.  The program can be completed in one school year.  The goal of the Esperanza program is to systematically and cumulatively develop a strong knowledge of the structure of the Spanish language so that the student can read, write, and spell in his primary language.

An overview video of the Esperanza program can be viewed here

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Presenter Preview with Natalie Weber -Sight and Sound in Early Literacy (PK-2)

“I’m really excited about the name of the conference. It opens the opportunity to think on how valuable it is to advance multilingualism for individuals and for society.”

CIMA 2017 is only 7 days away and participants can plan their schedules here! With so many great guest speakers and breakout sessions being offered we thought you might like a preview, so we asked our presenters a few quick questions to help guide you.

We’re going to continue our preview series with Natalie Weber – she’s Director of Federal Programs in Taylor ISD. Here’s a little more about Natalie and a quick look at her session.

Q: First things first, what’s your name?

A: Natalie Weber

Q: What’s the title of the session you’ll be facilitating at CIMA?

A:  It’s called “Sight and Sound in Early Literacy (PK-2)”

Q:  If you don’t mind, give us a quick preview of the content – what are you going to cover?

A:  This will be an interactive, hands on session to think together about how to enable emergent language learners to the master sight/sound symbol systems that guide them on their literacy journey. After a brief examination of historical practices, current instructional strategies, and relevant cognition research, participants will engage in a “The Knowledge Is In The Room” exercise to co-create ideas for a toolbox useful in the early childhood classroom.

Q:  CIMA is for stakeholders in the Bilingual, ESL, and LOTE fields. Who is a good fit to attend your session?

A:  Young language learners bring many strengths to their educational journey. Early childhood and elementary teachers with a passion to bring out those strengths through their instructional practices will enjoy this session. We will focus on sight/sound symbol systems which means we will be working with letters, letter sounds, and emergent literacy print awareness.

Q:  How will your session contribute to improving learning outcomes for language learners?

A:  Teachers will gain a greater awareness of the cognition behind learning the sight/sound symbol systems and how taping into these cognitive processes can be empowering to the young language learner. This will enable participants to apply this knowledge to co-creating a toolkit of instructional strategies to use in their classrooms.

Q: As a presenter, you get to attend CIMA, too. What excites you about the conference?

A: I’m really excited about the name of the conference. It opens the opportunity to think on how valuable it is to advance multilingualism for individuals and for society. I was able to take an international course in Europe this summer. Being multilingual is common, even to the point of being expected. The question is not “Do you speak another language?”. It is “What other languages do you speak?”. The expansion in idea sharing and cultural competence was refreshing and inspiring. The name of this conference is another sign that we are headed in the right direction to empower our students to be the leaders and thought producers of the next generation!

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Presenter Preview with Desiree Hanson: Engage with Edpuzzle

CIMA 2017 is only 10 days away and participants can start planning their schedules here! With so many great guest speakers and breakout sessions being offered we thought you might like a preview, so we asked our presenters a few quick questions to help guide you.

Today we continue our series with Desiree Hanson. She brings to CIMA a passion for LOTE and extensive background in best practice for the Spanish classroom. Here’s a little more about Desiree and her session at CIMA:

Q: First things first, what’s your name?

A: Desiree Hanson

Q: What’s the title of the session you’ll be facilitating at CIMA?

A:   Engage with Edpuzzle

Q:  If you don’t mind, give us a quick preview of the content – what are you going to cover?

A:  Participants will explore how to use EDpuzzle to create “one way” interpretive listening tasks using authentic videos where they can easily tailor the questions to the proficiency level of the students, track students’ comprehension and grade with just a few clicks.

Q:  CIMA is for stakeholders in the Bilingual, ESL, and LOTE fields. Who is a good fit to attend your session?

A:  LOTE and ESL

Q:  How will your session contribute to improving learning outcomes for language learners?

A:  With Edpuzzle, students can improve their interpretive listening skills of the language spoken in authentic videos.

Q: As a presenter, you get to attend CIMA, too. What excites you about the conference?

A:  An opportunity to gather together with different teachers who all focus on helping language learners succeed.

 

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Presenter Preview with Cody Fernandez: Literacy Workshop for All Language Learners

CIMA 2017 is only 12 days away and participants can start planning their schedules here! With so many great guest speakers and breakout sessions being offered we thought you might like a preview, so we asked our presenters a few quick questions to help guide you.

Today we continue our presenter preview series with Region 13 Bilingual/ESL Specialist, Cody Fernandez. Her areas of expertise include, but are not limited to: compliance, administrator support, Secondary ELLs, and Sheltered Instruction. Here’s a little more about Cody and her session at CIMA:

Q: First things first, what’s your name?

A: Cody Fernandez

Q: What’s the title of the session you’ll be facilitating at CIMA?

A:   “Literacy Workshop for All Language Learners” 

Q:  If you don’t mind, give us a quick preview of the content – what are you going to cover?

A:  This presentation will focus on supporting language learners at all levels of proficiency in their writing development through a workshop style context.

Q:  CIMA is for stakeholders in the Bilingual, ESL, and LOTE fields. Who is a good fit to attend your session?

A:  Bilingual, ESL, and LOTE

Q:  How will your session contribute to improving learning outcomes for language learners?

A:  Teachers will walk away with tips and ideas they can use immediately to support their language learners in writing.

Q: As a presenter, you get to attend CIMA, too. What excites you about the conference?

A: I am looking forward to seeing all of the wonderful offerings being made available. Having two days will allow me to see those I want to see but can’t fit into one day.

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Presenter Preview with Joy Van De Hoef: Cross-Content Vocabulary Activities and Strategies

CIMA 2017 is just 13 days away and we know participants are eager to plan their schedules! With so many great guest speakers and breakout sessions being offered we thought you might like a preview, so we asked our presenters a few quick questions to help guide you.

We’re going to continue our preview with Joy Van De Hoef. In addition to serving as a Bilingual/ESL Specialist here at Region 13, Joy is also our Dual Language lead contact and a Master Reading teacher. In our interview with Joy, she gives us a brief overview of her session:

Q: What’s your name?

A: Joy Van De Hoef

Q: What’s the title of the session you’ll be facilitating at CIMA?

A:  Cross-Content Vocabulary Activities and Strategies

Q:  If you don’t mind, give us a quick preview of the content – what are you going to cover?

A:  In this session, participants will discover not only how to select appropriate vocabulary, but learn effective activities that can be used across the content areas to promote linguistic and academic success. We will demonstrate and practice strategies that move students beyond mere introduction to new vocabulary and into deeper understanding that is critical for true acquisition and implementation. Participants will leave with tools that they can use the next day.

Q:  CIMA is for stakeholders in the Bilingual, ESL, and LOTE fields. Who is a good fit to attend your session?

A:  Anyone who would like to increase his or her collection of quick and effective vocabulary activities and strategies would benefit from this session.

Q:  How will your session contribute to improving learning outcomes for language learners?

A:  Words are the currency of communication and so much more than just memorization is required for mastery. Systematic vocabulary selection and effective activities to practice these words and concepts lead to vocabulary acquisition and successful usage.

Q: As a presenter, you get to attend CIMA, too. What excites you about the conference?

A: I appreciate the opportunity to network and learn from other educators that support language learners.

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Presenter Preview with Seth Herrington -Why Students Tune Out: Sources and Solutions

CIMA 2017 is only 14 days away and we know participants are eager to plan their schedules! With so many great guest speakers and breakout sessions being offered we thought you might like a preview, so we asked our presenters a few quick questions to help guide you.

We’re going to launch things off with Seth Herrington – he’s the Program Manager of the Bilingual/ESL Team here at Region 13, and also serves as a Bilingual/ESL Specialist. Seth spends a good part of his time helping districts and charters navigate the complexities of Bilingual and ESL programs. At CIMA, Seth will be leading a breakout session titled “Why Students Tune-Out: Sources and Solutions”. Here’s a little more about it Seth, and about the session:

Q: First things first, what’s your name?

A: Seth Herrington

Q: What’s the title of the session you’ll be facilitating at CIMA?

A:  It’s called “Why Students Tune Out: Sources and Solutions.” 

Q:  If you don’t mind, give us a quick preview of the content – what are you going to cover?

A:  So, as educators, I think we’ve all experienced that moment where we really feel that we’re delivering content that is engaging our students, but when we look out at the students in our classroom, we see at least a few students who are totally checked out from what we’re teaching. And sometimes, it’s the same students, every day, seemingly without fail. It’s frustrating! In this session, we’ll look at the various reasons students may neglect to engage at school, and then we’ll delve into solutions specific to each source. Low motivation, for example, is something I hear teachers mention regularly – and for good reason! It’s hard to motivate students once they’ve lost that “fire” to engage. Anyway, that’s one of several sources we’ll talk about, and while there’s no quick solution, we’ll spend some time talking about how we can work towards improving outcomes.

Q:  CIMA is for stakeholders in the Bilingual, ESL, and LOTE fields. Who is a good fit to attend your session?

A:  Honestly, this content is good for everyone, LOTE, Bilingual, and ESL stakeholders will all benefit, and it’s good content regardless of your role within each of those categories.

Q:  How will your session contribute to improving learning outcomes for language learners?

A:  When our learners aren’t engaged, or if they’re dealing with something that inhibits their cognitive capacity, all the hard work we spend planning is, well, maybe not wasted, but at least compromised! Teaching students who are acquiring a language requires that we plan with that in mind, and this session will help participants do that better.

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Parent Literacy Trainings in Action

Region 13 Bilingual/ESL Specialist Ivonne Santiago is presenting Parent Literacy Training for ELL parents of students K-2. In just 45 minutes to 1 hour, each workshop in the series of 8 offers parents strategies for increasing student literacy at home. Districts have the choice of receiving the training in Spanish or in English, and the series can be customized to fit campus needs. Additionally, each session features a goal setting component to help parents focus on student needs.

The 8 topics:

  • The Importance of Reading to Your Child
  • Finding the Right Book
  • Vocabulary Development
  • Comprehension
  • Questioning Techniques
  • Improving Fluency
  • The Reading and Writing Connection
  • Literacy in Spanish and English

See Parent Literacy Training in action at Rockdale ISD: