2018-2019 NAELPA (formerly NCSTIIID) Webinars:
- October 8, 2019 at 8:00am PT, 9:00am MT, 10:00am CT, 11:00am ET
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This meeting will be recorded, but registration is required to receive the follow-up email with the link to the recording.
Topic: Language Lens for School Wide Change
Description: Discover practical ways that educators can honor and elevate linguistic diversity across an entire school, not just in the ELL/ESL/ENL/MLL/ESOL/EAL Department, through a “language lens”. Three focus areas will be explored–1) relationships built on mutual respect and trust, 2) inclusive language and learning spaces, 3) intentional collaboration that bridges language, content and culture. Walk away with ideas and action steps for change that brings more equitable access and opportunity to your students, families and colleagues.
Presenter Bio: Sarah Ottow is a professional learning specialist focused on improved cultural understanding, communication and collaboration with twenty years of teaching, training and coaching experience. Sarah is the author of The Language Lens for Content Classrooms: A Guide for K-12 Educators of English and Academic Language Learners published by Learning Sciences International. Having taught English language and literacy skills to every age group, including adults, Sarah has enjoyed working in public and private schools, non-profit organizations and corporations across the US and internationally. Sarah has a master’s in curriculum and instruction with a focus on social justice in urban education, she has earned certifications in general education, English as a Second Language, bilingual education (Spanish), reading, coaching/mentoring, and she is currently earning her Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Certificate from Cornell while attending business development classes at Harvard Extension School.
As a consultant, some of the organizations Sarah has supported include the WIDA Consortium, the Center for Applied Linguistics, the Massachusetts Department of Education, and Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s iCivics education initiative. Sarah is the owner of Confianza LLC where she and her team of consultants support schools and organizations in-person and online to positively and proactively respond to increasingly diverse populations (www.ELLstudents.com).
Previous to founding Confianza, Sarah built her extensive experience as an instructor and practicum supervisor for several educator preparation and master’s programs, all designed through innovative action research-based models for maximum impact and sustainability. When Sarah was the Director of ELL Programs at the Center for Collaborative Education, she led the ELL Teacher Leadership Network for the Professional Development Redesign Challenge with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Worcester ELL Teacher Residency Project under Race to the Top. Sarah is a two-time recipient of the AmeriCorps Award for National and Community Service in Milwaukee Public Schools classrooms in 2001 and 2003 and she is proudly the first person in her family to graduate from college.
- January 14, 2020 at 9:00am PT, 10:00am MT, 11:00am CT, Noon ET
Topic: Long-Term English Learners
Presenter: Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL)
- March 10, 2020 at 9:00am PT, 10:00am MT, 11:00am CT, Noon ET
- May 12, 2020 at 9:00am PT, 10:00am MT, 11:00am CT, Noon ET
April 25, 2019: Community Engagement with Lee Her
This presentation aims to establish a foundation of values and best practices for equitable community engagement in the context of preK-12 public education to achieve the requirements established under ESSA. It also highlights some important benefits that involving community can yield for educators, families and students.
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January 24, 2019: ELs with Disabilities
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November 1, 2018: EL Advocacy
From Federal Policy to Friendship: Everyone can be an Advocate for ELs
Bill Rivers, Executive Director of the Joint National Committee for Languages and Carol Salva, author of Boosting Achievement, explore national and local advocacy concerns.
This is the second of four webinars offered by NCSTIIID during the 2018–19 school year, highlighting U.S. Department of Education updates, special topics, NCSTIIID committee updates, and opportunities to become more involved.
August 23, 2018: NCSTIIID Kick Off Webinar
The NCSTIIID 2018-2019 Kick-Off Webinar included an overview of the work of the council, updates from the US Department of education, both OELA and OSS, and Special Topic Presenter, Astrid “Emily” Francis on Building Partnerships with Families to Ensure Student Success. (Emily’s presentation begins at the 1 hour time stamp).
Astrid Emily Francis is an English as a Second Language teacher at Concord High School in Concord, North Carolina. She serves students in 9th-12th grade with various English proficiency levels. Emily’s experience as an English Language Learner inspired her to become an ESL teacher and affords her a deep understanding of the challenges her students must overcome to find success. Emily earned a BA in Spanish and a MAT in ESL from UNC-Charlotte. She serves as a professional development facilitator, motivational speaker, and Keynote. Emily is a member of Teaching Channel’s Fab Five ELL Squad and Team member of Confianza LLC
Emily served as teacher liaison to the Cabarrus County Board of Education as Teacher of the Year 2016.
As a leader, Emily’s focus is to inspire students to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more.
- U.S. Department of Education (USED)
- The Every Student Succeeds Act Laws and Guidance page
- USED Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA)
- EL Toolkit
- Newcomer Toolkit
- National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition (NCELA)
- Schools’ Civil Rights Obligations to English Learner Students and Limited English Proficient Parents
- ELPA 21
- U.S. Department of Education English Learners Data Story