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Thursday, February 21

10:00am PST

Establishing Districtwide Instructional Norms and Evidence-Based Practices to Advance Academic Language Proficiency
California educators grapple with distinctions between content and pedagogy suitable for Designated versus Integrated ELD. It is unlikely that K-12 teachers will consider adopting an academic language mentor role when a district has not agreed upon and clearly communicated reasonable expectations for language-focused instruction. Analyze eight bedrock instructional norms to anchor your school’s ELD instruction within any context. Explore a selective toolkit of evidence-based instructional practices that help educators schoolwide embrace and actualize each norm. Receive digital and print resources to support professional learning initiatives.

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Dr. Kate Kinsella

Teacher Educator, Author, Dr. Kate Kinsella & Associates
I have devoted my 30-year educational career to improving curriculum and instruction for English learners. My scholarly articles, research, ELD and literacy programs focus on accelerating academic and social achievement for long-term English learners and U.S. educated bilingual youths... Read More →

Thursday February 21, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm PST
Magic Kingdom Ballroom 2

2:15pm PST

History, Human Rights and the Power of One
Take a living history journey with a direct descendant of two of America's most influential heroes. Kenneth B. Morris, Jr. is the great-great-great-grandson of Frederick Douglass and the great-great-grandson of Booker T. Washington. Ken will give a dynamic presentation about the history of his famous family, the pressure he felt growing up in the shadow of his esteemed ancestors, and his work today fighting against modern slavery as President of Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI). He will also share information about FDFI's latest project promoting equity, literacy, and civic engagement called One Million Abolitionists.

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Kenneth Morris

Co-Founder & President, Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives
Mr. Morris descends from two of the most influential names in American history: he is the great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass and the great-great-grandson of Booker T. Washington. His mother, Nettie Washington Douglass, is the daughter of Nettie Hancock Washington (granddaughter... Read More →

Thursday February 21, 2019 2:15pm - 3:45pm PST
Grand Ballroom

2:15pm PST

The Book in Question: Why and How Reading is in Crisis
Too often today's students are choosing not to read. Whilst it is not within a teacher’s power to pry smartphones from their hands, we can invite the students in our care to open a book for a draught of fresh air. Reading demands that we look outward, beyond the familiar boundaries of our lives. It stretches our imaginations. Reading also teaches us that we are not alone. Carol Jago will reference current research in the field and demonstrate methods for creating a community of readers. She will also offer strategies for helping reluctant readers engage with text and introduce you to titles sure to pique students’ interest.

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Carol Jago

California Reading and Literature Project, UCLA
Carol Jago has taught English in middle and high school for 32 years and is associate director of the California Reading and Literature Project at UCLA. She served as president of the National Council of Teachers of English and chair of the College Board's English Academic Advisory... Read More →

Thursday February 21, 2019 2:15pm - 4:00pm PST
Magic Kingdom Ballroom 2
Friday, February 22

8:00am PST

Literate Lives: Engaging the Hearts and Minds of Our Learners
How can we meet today’s academic goals and engage kids in a literacy workshop model inspired by real-world texts and authors?

In a word, inquiry.

Participants will notice and note through activities that show exactly how to use an inquiry mindset to bolster the way students can read like readers and read like writers. 

Drawing from Sara’s books, Being the Change: Lessons and Strategies to teach Social Comprehension and Upstanders: How to Engage Middle School Hearts and Minds with Inquiry, participants will also do the practical work to help students to amplify voice and learn the targeted social skills and habits to help us comprehend social issues and participate in relevant, transparent conversations.

If we can commit to approaching this work as the lead learner, teaching with curiosity and modeling vulnerability rather than rigid certainty, we can build habitats of trust where kids (and adults) participate in a learning discussions, and where expression, identity, and social literacy matter.

Together we will be immersed in, and create, a workshop model built around choice, agency, identity, small-group collaboration, and critical thinking. We will walk out with a toolbox filled with teaching strategies and structures in instruction and discourse.

Audience: All elementary and secondary, leadership

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Sara Ahmed

Sara K. Ahmed is currently a literacy coach at NIST International School in Bangkok, Thailand. She has taught in urban, suburban, public, independent, and international schools, where her classrooms were designed to help students consider their own identities and see the humanity... Read More →

Friday February 22, 2019 8:00am - 10:15am PST
Magic Kingdom Ballroom 1

9:15am PST

The Power of MTSS and Healthy Special Education Systems
Special Education is a valuable and important service for students with disabilities.  However, for the adults trying to make it happen every day for our students it feels like keeping up with special education responsibilities can feel overwhelming and sometimes impossible.  From managing IEP timelines to being structurally organized for success, without the right systems in place managing special education responsibilities will be impossible.  Creating this feeling for many that no matter how hard we work we cannot seem to get to the core of what special education is about: students.  We are perfectly set up for the results we are getting.

This session will review how MTSS serves as a critical foundation to healthy special education systems.  In addition, the presenter will share the critical elements of a healthy special education system and provide examples that have proven over time to be essential to managing the multiple responsibilties associated with special education.  Let's get back to the core "why" of special education by examining whether we actually have the right systems in place to be able to focus on attaining successful outcomes for students with disabilities.

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Dr. Karla Estrada

Dr. Karla Estrada serves as a Director of Systems Improvement and Innovation for the CCEE, which encompasses the direct technical assistance support for districts and schools struggling with chronic instructional system challenges. She also supports the Special Education Local Plan... Read More →

Friday February 22, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am PST