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:

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Tuesday, December 5 • 9:00am - 10:00am
How Educators Inspire and Lead During Difficult Times

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Presiding: James Cohen, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb

Welcome: Libia Gil, Illinois State Board of Education, Chicago

Introduction of Speaker: Jeremy Burnham, Proviso High School District #209

Speaker: Mawi Asgedom

Empower Your English Learners

As a former refugee, Mawi Asgedom understands the unique challenges that English Learners face in the classroom. Join us at our opening session on Tuesday, December 5 to hear his opening keynote: How Educators Inspire and Lead During Difficult Times.

Stop by Mawi Learning’s table to get your copy of their new book, Empowering English Learners for Classroom Success, and to meet Mawi’s co-author, Dr. Johanna Even. The book provides research-based strategies to improve academic and social emotional growth for all English Learners and is full of practical, hands on strategies for the classroom.

Get a sneak peek of the first chapter here, and access a new Growth Mindset rubric for English Learners in English, Spanish, and Arabic.

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Mawi Asgedom

Founder, Mawi Learning
Mawi Asgedom has written eight books that are read in thousands of classrooms across North America, and has spoken to over one million students and educators in more than forty states. Mawi Learning’s online leadership courses have inspired students around the world. As a child... Read More →

Tuesday December 5, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Ballroom 3500 Midwest Rd., Oak Brook, IL 60523