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Welcome to the 41st Annual Statewide Conference for Teachers Serving Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students! We look forward to seeing you at the Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center. Here are times to keep in mind as you plan your travel:

  • 7:30 a.m. - Conference Registration Begins
  • 9:00 a.m. General/Keynote Session Begins


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Tuesday, December 5
 

9:00am

10:15am

11:30am

12:30pm

1:45pm

5:00pm

6:00pm

 
Wednesday, December 6
 

9:00am

10:15am

11:30am

12:30pm

1:45pm

3:00pm

 
Thursday, December 7
 

9:00am

10:15am

11:30am

12:30pm

1:45pm

3:00pm

 
Friday, December 8
 

9:00am

10:15am

11:30am

12:30pm

 
Tuesday, December 4
 

9:00am

10:15am

AbriendoPuertas/Opening Doors in Bilingual Parent Engagement Program Sugar MapleLIMITEDJose Marco-Paredes An Overview of Differentiation Based on EL-Specific Data HeronLIMITEDShelley Fairbairn • Stephaney Jones-Vo Co-teaching Practices to Increase Academic Language Use MallardLIMITEDKatie Stanhope • Michele Yanong Developing Expressive Language Using Digital Tools Oak Brook (LL)LIMITEDAzalia Flores • Maria Kolligris • Wendy Lopez Going Green: Recycling to Support Student Engagement Hinsdale (LL)LIMITEDMargarita Trujilo-Noyola How Parental and Family Involvement Impact Chinese English Learners' (ELs) Literacy and Language Development Doral (LL)LIMITEDChen Li Implementing Strategies to Improve Language Acquisition Torrey Pines (LL)LIMITEDShurook Abdeljaber Incorporating Student Interaction into Math Instruction in 2nd to 12th Grades MonarchLIMITEDJeanette Gordon Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS): Considerations for ELs CardinalLIMITEDElisabeth Trost Opening College Access to English Learners (ELs) and Students Of Color Clarendon Hills (LL)LIMITEDMargarita Mojica • Carla Paciotto Students with Limited Prior Schooling LEAP to Success Salt Creek (LL)LIMITEDPaula Markus The Impact of Music on Language Acquisition Western Springs (LL)LIMITEDLila Chavez • James Cohen • Courtney Rieb The Messages We Send Westmont (LL)LIMITEDTammy Oberg De La Garza Meeting of the Illinois Advisory Council on Bilingual Education LaGrange (LL)LIMITED Linguistically Appropriate Instruction for Beginning and Struggling Readers of Spanish Pebble Beach (LL)LIMITEDMolly Aceves • Ellen Magit Technology in Support of English Learners (ELs) for the 21st Century Pinehurst (LL)LIMITEDCelia Marquez • Eric Santos Toward a Translanguaging Pedagogy Amphitheater (LL)LIMITEDRebecca Field

11:30am

1:45pm

A Growth Mindset: Co-Constructive Feedback with English Learners (ELs) Torrey Pines (LL)LIMITEDNicole Demarakis • Kelley O'Reilly • Mary Svihra Beginning Literacy Strategies Oak Brook (LL)FILLINGYolanda Marcus • Cherie Scheidler Best Practices For Language Learners Pinehurst (LL)LIMITEDAngelina Steder BlueStreak Math: The Future of Fact Fluency for All Students Pebble Beach (LL)LIMITEDCatherine Duncan Child and Family Well-Being in the Current Immigration Context MonarchLIMITEDRocio Velazquez Kato • Erika Mendez Communication Disorders and the Emergent Bilingual Student: Key Indicators Salt Creek (LL)LIMITEDFern Westernoff Cuadernos interactivos: Una estrategia para el desarrollo académico y lingüistico Sugar MapleLIMITEDMaria Pilar Cuadros-Munoz • Leticia Yera Deep Dive: English Learner Progress to Proficiency MallardLIMITEDRae Clementz Language Dives: A Practical Strategy to Promote Metalinguistic Awareness Western Springs (LL)LIMITEDSarah Said • Melissa Wilhelmi Linguistic Interactions of Spanish Mexican American Families CardinalLIMITEDAdelfio Garcia Special Education for English Learners (ELs) - Q & A Session HeronLIMITEDRita Brusca-Vega Storytelling through Illustration Westmont (LL)LIMITEDJosé Fragoso Supporting Our District's Dreamers Clarendon Hills (LL)LIMITEDLuis Narvaez • Miguel Angel Saucedo The State We're In: A Report On Public Education In Illinois Hinsdale (LL)LIMITEDJa'Neane Minor Updates Regarding ESL and Bilingual Licensure Amphitheater (LL)LIMITEDCyndee Berger Using Year-long Self-Assessment Portfolios for Biliteracy Students Doral (LL)LIMITEDCindy Rodriguez English Learners Advocacy Council in Higher Education (ELACHE) Annual Meeting LaGrange (LL)LIMITEDJames Cohen • Sonia Soltero

3:00pm

 
Wednesday, December 5
 

9:00am

10:15am

An Introduction to Comprehensible Input: Research and Classroom Strategies Hinsdale (LL)LIMITEDKelsey Erickson Beyond Language Functions and Forms: Teaching "Language is Action" with STEAM Pinehurst (LL)LIMITEDAmbareen Nasir • Janelle Scharon Communication Disorders and the Emergent Bilingual Student: Key Indicators Sugar MapleLIMITEDFern Westernoff English Learners Program Rules and Regulations HeronLIMITEDBeth Robinson • Sonia Serrano Evidence-Based Funding and English Learners: What You Need to Know Amphitheater (LL)LIMITEDSam Aguirre • Carmen Ayala Graphic Organizers and English Learners (ELs) Westmont (LL)LIMITEDMary Jo Lopez Inspiring Our Latina Youth to Seek Higher Education Pebble Beach (LL)LIMITEDYamil Malave • Maria Noyola Listening First! Salt Creek (LL)LIMITEDKristin Lems Moving English Learners through the Response to Intervention (RtI) Continuum 2.0 MallardLIMITEDAngela Gallegos • Elizabeth Perez Networking Session for "Downstate" Directors Clarendon Hills (LL)LIMITEDRachell R. Anderson Promoting Language, Literacy, Targeted Differentiation and Equity for Dual Language Learners Oak Brook (LL)LIMITEDElizabeth Alvelo Reimagining EL Writing Assessment: Fresh Perspectives and Differentiated Practices MonarchLIMITEDShelley Fairbairn • Kris Hollenback SprEDtheWELth: Spread the Wealth of Knowledge! Educate on English Learners (ELs)! LaGrange (LL)LIMITEDShadia Salem Using Instructional Technology to Increase Math Proficiency for Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students Augusta (LL)LIMITEDAna Gomez • Katie Horneland Analyzing Word Forms to Expand Vocabulary Doral (LL)FILLINGGevik Anbarchian Building Vocabulary for Secondary English Learners (ELs): Cognates, Morphology, and the Three Tiers of Words Western Springs (LL)LIMITEDScott Rasso Modifying Content for Classwork, Projects, and Assessments While Maintaining Rigor for EL Students Torrey Pines (LL)LIMITEDLirio Ramirez

11:30am

1:45pm

Adapting High School English Curriculum to Meet the Needs of English Learners (ELs) Pinehurst (LL)LIMITEDSarah Hough Blueprint for Promoting English Learner (EL) School Success at Ombudsman Alternative High School Clarendon Hills (LL)LIMITEDKatharine Holzer • Jane Montes Child and Family Well-Being in the Current Immigration Context Amphitheater (LL)LIMITEDRocio Velazquez Kato • Erika Mendez Crafting Language Targets that Challenge English Learners to Excel Academically Pebble Beach (LL)LIMITEDVioleta Gamez • Yadira Mendoza Creating Culturally Responsive Curriculum HeronLIMITEDDebra Bobinsky Delivering Effective Vocabulary Instruction Across Core Content Areas MonarchLIMITEDValerie Brosius Empower Your Students with Culturally Relevant Literature! Salt Creek (LL)LIMITEDToni Galassini • Emily Simon • Sarah Tellez English Learners (ELs) and Special Education: A Look at the Research Literature Torrey Pines (LL)FILLINGRita Brusca-Vega English Learners (ELs) Program Services and Funding Hinsdale (LL)FILLINGSeng Naolhu • Rocio Seda English Learners and the Illinois Assessments of Readiness CardinalLIMITEDBarry Pedersen English Learners’ Voices Come Alive through Identity Texts Oak Brook (LL)LIMITEDPaula Markus Identifying as Language Learners and Teachers: the Experience of TESOL Teacher Candidates Westmont (LL)LIMITEDJames Cohen • John Evar Strid Plurilingüismo u sus beneficios- incrementando la concienciación en los estudiantes de lenguaje dual Western Springs (LL)LIMITEDDeni Alegria • Martha Silva Transforming a Dual Language Classroom through Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Doral (LL)LIMITEDCatherine Fletcher • Georgina Little Using Technology and Music to Help English Language Learners in the Early Childhood Classroom LaGrange (LL)LIMITEDSusan Kostal Writing Instruction for Reluctant Learners with Language Differences: Key Principles Sugar MapleLIMITEDRyan Nelson Creating Thriving Learning Communities: A Focus on Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) for English Learners MallardLIMITEDTracy Taylor, Ed.D. • Olivia Mulcahy

3:15pm

4:45pm

6:00pm

 
Thursday, December 6
 

9:00am

10:15am

(Un)Doing Giftedness: Adolescent Latina Identity in Dual Language Gifted and Talented Classrooms Salt Creek (LL)LIMITEDJenna Nelson Best Practices in Dual Language Instruction Hinsdale (LL)LIMITEDSarah Bollinger • Maribel Guerrero Collaborative Conversations: Empowering Students to Have a Voice and Learn from Their Peers Pinehurst (LL)LIMITEDCarol Navarro • Cynthia Torres Digital Tools that Boost Student Engagement and Language Development Pebble Beach (LL)LIMITEDSamar Abousalem Effectively Using the Impact of Starts and Finishes to Lessons Western Springs (LL)LIMITEDMargaret Carroll Embracing Diversity: Developing Literacy through Culturally Relevant Texts Clarendon Hills (LL)LIMITEDRocio Del Castillo • Amy Hassel • Erika Schlichter English Learner Family Engagement: A Case Study of District Approaches Using Epstein's Framework Torrey Pines (LL)LIMITEDEric Dickens • Eric Satoh Going Up To 4.8 and Beyond Doral (LL)LIMITEDKrystyna Nasinska • Barbara Zieba Multilingual Resources MonarchLIMITEDCristina Sanchez-Lopez • Theresa Young Spanish Literacy Intervention, Assessment, and Progress Monitoring LaGrange (LL)LIMITEDRebecca Carranza Successful Implementation of the Pathways Towards Biliteracy Program for 5th and 8th Graders Oak Brook (LL)LIMITEDErnesto Matias • Luis Narvaez Teaching Multilingual Learners in Finland: Familiar Issues - New initiatives CardinalLIMITEDNancy Commins The Power and Practice of Using the Behaviors of Inclusion MallardLIMITEDCarmen Ayala • Bea Young The Translanguaging Shift Amphitheater (LL)LIMITEDOlivia Mulcahy • Karen Tellez Explorando enfoques y recursos en la enseñanza del español HeronLIMITEDAlvaro Hernando • David Nieto Second Language Learners, in Spanish? Westmont (LL)LIMITEDMelissa Carpenter • Theresa Lovato

11:30am

"It’s like a Neighborhood Feel": A Case Study of the Social and Emotional Worlds of English Learners (ELs) Pebble Beach (LL)LIMITEDAmy Heineke • Anna Schultes • Elizabeth Vera An Overview of Differentiation Based on EL-Specific Data Oak Brook (LL)LIMITEDShelley Fairbairn • Stephaney Jones-Vo Are we ready? Supporting Multilingual Children’s Transition from Early Care and Education to Kindergarten Amphitheater (LL)LIMITEDLorena Mancilla Assess Their Knowledge, Not their Language: Modifying for English Learners (ELs) Pinehurst (LL)LIMITEDAmy Harder • Jasmine Myalil • Amy Welzenbach Biliteracy Planning: Focus on Word Study Salt Creek (LL)LIMITEDAndrea De Armas • Francela Lopez Challenging Deficit Models of Language Differences: Asset-Based Teaching CardinalLIMITEDRyan Nelson Developing Literacy and Language Skills through Inquiry and Technology Integration Clarendon Hills (LL)LIMITEDIronne Machuca • Barbara Madeyski • Penny Silvers Differentiating Instruction and Assessment for Bilingua and English Learners MonarchLIMITEDRebecca Field English Learners and the Illinois Assessments of Readiness CardinalLIMITEDBarry Pedersen Enriqueciendo la lecto-escritura en un salón de lenguage dual a través de apoyos para la escritura Western Springs (LL)LIMITEDMaria Iglesias • Ana Maldonado-Menjivar Matching Need to Action: Teacher-Driven Implementation of School-wide Vocabulary and Writing Initiatives Torrey Pines (LL)LIMITEDFaith Bejar • Margot Taylor Observing Young English Learners When You Don't Speak the Same Language Sugar MapleLIMITEDTammy King • Apryl Lowe Pre-K Students as Authors LaGrange (LL)LIMITEDMaria Rocio Del Valle de la Puente Shifting Perspectives and Authentic Assessment: What Can Pre-Service Teachers Learn from Bilingual Students Doral (LL)LIMITEDSarah Cohen ¡Adelante! Let's Read Hinsdale (LL)LIMITEDSusana Martinez • Emely Perez-Garcia

1:45pm

Advocating for Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students Hinsdale (LL)LIMITEDAngelo Chavez • James Cohen • Francela Lopez • Jane Montes • Judith Saurí • Simeon Stumme • Josie Yanguas Build Your Local I.H.O.P.-- Develop an Atmosphere of International Hospitality, Open-mindedness, and Patience Pebble Beach (LL)LIMITEDJoy Lee • Matthew Muilenberg Building School-wide Capacity in Dual Language Practices Salt Creek (LL)LIMITEDAntonio Acevedo • Nora Arroyo • Estela Mira Barreda • Allison Epstein-Miranda Celebrating the Hispanic Culture through Dance: Beginning a Ballet Folklorico Dance Troupe Pinehurst (LL)LIMITEDRocio Fisher • Maribel Rivera • Pilar Rocha Curriculo de Artes del Lenguaje en español en el 9no grado Oak Brook (LL)LIMITEDPedro Perez • Yadira Rivera Dual Language Teaching Approaches: A Multiple-Case Study Clarendon Hills (LL)LIMITEDMelissa Gonzalez • Erin Mackinney • Rogelia Peña Emergent Bilingual Families and Their Multilingual Practices MonarchLIMITEDTrish Morita-Mullaney • Wayne Wright Essential Teaching Practices to Share with General Education Teachers Amphitheater (LL)LIMITEDSuzanne Wagner Integrating the 4 Language Domains in a Dual Language Balanced Literacy Workshop Torrey Pines (LL)LIMITEDHeidi Nelson Motivating Language Learners to Succeed Western Springs (LL)FILLINGNisrin Al-Takriti Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS): Considerations for ELs CardinalLIMITEDElisabeth Trost Preparing the Primary Writer MallardLIMITEDLinda Mikottis Successful Biliteracy from the Start! HeronFILLINGDahly Barbara • Lauren Pace • Maribel Taboada The 21st Century Classroom Bookshelf!! Westmont (LL)LIMITEDRaefa Alsalah • Ahlam Hassan The Power of the Dictado and Oracy in the Classroom Doral (LL)LIMITEDLesley Amor • Sandra Luna Understanding Selective Mutism LaGrange (LL)FILLINGToni Damsch • Katherine Slattery Welcoming Home Languages into the English Classroom Sugar MapleLIMITEDFern Westernoff

3:00pm

4:00pm

 
Friday, December 7
 

9:00am

10:15am

A Bilingual Session Clarendon Hills (LL)LIMITEDMario Palma Classroom Strategies for Struggling English Learners (ELs)--Motivation and Literacy Pinehurst (LL)FILLINGKristy R. Patterson • Keli Robison Communication Disorders and the Emergent Bilingual Student: Key Indicators MonarchLIMITEDFern Westernoff Early Language Learning Night: An Interactive Program for Parents and Babies Emphasizing Language Development Doral (LL)LIMITEDDanielle Hervas • Mary Alice McNeice English Learners (ELs) with Disabilities: Adhering to Regulations and Developing Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) Western Springs (LL)LIMITEDLydia Kvinta Estrategias de apoyo en los salones del programa de lenguaje dual LaGrange (LL)LIMITEDYanira Guzman • Monica Terrades Incorporating Student Interaction into Math Instruction in 2nd to 12th Grades MallardLIMITEDJeanette Gordon Latinos In Action--Involving Students in Service Leadership Pebble Beach (LL)LIMITEDHumberto Ayala • Rocio Fisher Revaluing Emergent Literacy in Children with Language Differences Salt Creek (LL)LIMITEDRyan Nelson Screening: No Small Matter Documentary Amphitheater (LL)LIMITEDLaura Fallsgraff Something to Talk About: Using Collaboration to Increase Oracy and Literacy Westmont (LL)LIMITEDAllison Anderson • Erin Gleason The Language of Identity Torrey Pines (LL)LIMITEDMariam Kudaimi We Had to Get It Right! A Program Turnaround Journey Oak Brook (LL)LIMITEDMarion Friebus-Flaman • Gabriela Velazquez Guided Reading K-5 HeronLIMITEDGeorgina Cervantes • Farah Daoud Make It All Add Up: Supporting English Learners (ELs) in Math Sugar MapleLIMITEDAmy Harder • Jasmine Myalil • Amy Welzenbach Successful Co-teaching Tips for Sheltered English Learner (EL) Classrooms Hinsdale (LL)LIMITEDDavid John • Terry Wister

11:30am

1:45pm

A Spotlight on Cultural Competency-- Shifting Up from Awareness to Action MallardLIMITEDTracy Taylor, Ed.D. Board Games as an Innovative Method for ESL Content Area Learning LaGrange (LL)LIMITEDEric Dickens • Jennifer Dickens Co-Teaching Content for ESL Students in Kindergarten Doral (LL)LIMITEDSally Lowder Desarrollo de la oralidad incorporando conversaciones academicas en matematicas Oak Brook (LL)LIMITEDMaria Chamorro • Angela Garay Differentiating Instruction and Assessment for Bilingua and English Learners CardinalLIMITEDRebecca Field Empowering Students Via Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Mentor Texts and Engaging Literacy Experiences Westmont (LL)LIMITEDLizzeth Fausto • Dulce Renelli Estrellas' Making the ANNA Literacy Plan work for Dual Language Classrooms Pebble Beach (LL)LIMITEDElizabeth Briones Guided Reading with Authentic Spanish Literature Western Springs (LL)LIMITEDHeather Robertson-Devine Ideas to Maximize Instruction for Language Development Pinehurst (LL)LIMITEDAdelina Rivera Increasing Classroom Talk with Bilingual Learners Amphitheater (LL)LIMITEDRachell R. Anderson Moving a Dual Language Program Forward with a Strategic Plan HeronLIMITEDJames Robinette Social Media in the EL World Torrey Pines (LL)LIMITEDCarly Spina Standards Based Biliteracy Maps: Reducing Redundancy and Optimizing Transfer Sugar MapleLIMITEDOlga Karwoski • Melody Wharton Supporting Young ELs’ Social Emotional Development in Culturally Appropriate Ways MonarchLIMITEDCindy Berrey • Tammy King Teaching for Transfer with Responsive Teaching Strategies Clarendon Hills (LL)LIMITEDShauna Williams Using Understanding by Design with English Learners Salt Creek (LL)LIMITEDAmy Heineke What I Wish My Teachers Knew: Setting English Learners (ELs) Up for Success in the Gen-Ed Classroom Hinsdale (LL)LIMITEDSarah Hoisington • Micki Marin-Bunting

3:00pm