March 2014
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CONFERENCE SESSIONS
Janice Cate, NBCT

The Elementary Education Interest Section arranges some special sessions of interest to our members at the annual convention. This year Theresa Laquerre as chair-elect organized an Academic Session and some InterSection sessions. She shared the titles, times, and room numbers, and they are listed below so our members can make plans to attend them.

The EEIS Academic Session will be “Quality Pre-K for ELLs: Why? What? And How?” presented on March 28, at 9:30 am, in room A105. Speakers are Betty Smallwood, Karen Nemeth, and Theresa Laquerre.

There will be a discussion session to follow the Academic Session titled “Quality Pre-K for ELLs: A Practical Discussion of Key Issues” on March 28 at 11:30 am.

EEIS and the Bilingual Education Interest Section will present “Explore Common Core, Sustain Successful Strategies, Renew Academic Literacy” on March 27 at 10:30 am in room E144. Speakers include Judie Haynes, Sandra Mercuri, and Aida Nevarez-LaTorre.

The Second Language Writing Interest Section asked EEIS to help with the presentation of “Shaping the Learning Experiences of L2 Writers Across K–16 Contexts” on March 28 at 1 pm in room E141. Speakers will be Todd Ruecker, Theresa Laquerre, Luciana de Oliviera, Ditlev Larsen, Jill Jeffery, and Mary Soto.

The Teacher Education, Secondary Education, and Elementary Education Interest Sections will come together to present “On the Same Page: Teacher Education for K–12 Content Area Colleagues” on March 27 at 9:30 am. Carol Behel and Jenelle Reeves are the speakers.

Other EEIS members are presenting sessions before and during the convention, too. The following sessions were sent to the editor when she called for session promos.

Judith B. O’Loughlin and Brenda Custodio will be presenting two sessions on working with newcomers at the Portland convention. One will be a four hour Preconvention Institute (PCI) on Tuesday, March 25, from 5 to 9 pm (room TBA). The PCI will be interactive, offering participants an opportunity to develop new ways of working with newcomers. PCIs require separate registration fees in addition to general conference registration fees.

Their second session is titled “Best Practices for Newly Arrived Secondary Immigrants” and will be at 1 pm on Thursday, March 27, in room A109. Newcomer programs are specially designed programs for new arrivals with little or no English. The presenters will share practical suggestions for developing a Newcomer Center, and participants will learn how to select materials and adapt curriculum to create access to the Common Core State Standards and other content standards for students with limited English skills. Participants with little to extensive experience with newcomers and newcomer programs are encouraged to attend.

Linda New Levine, Laura Lukens, and Betty Ansin Smallwood will present two practical sessions for K-12 teachers of ELLS that focus on instructional resources that can be used to scaffold instruction.

As part of the K-12 Dream Day (Wednesday, March 26), they will present “The GO TO Strategies: Scaffolding Options for Teachers of ELLs” from 3:00-4:15 pm in Galleria III at the Hilton Hotel.

On Thursday, March 27, they will deliver a workshop where participants will work with resources and discover how they can be applied in different instructional settings with students of various proficiency levels. The workshop’s title is “Strategies to Scaffold Rigor and Create Relevance for ELLs” and will take place from 9:30-11:15 am in PB252. Participants will receive copies of all resources shared and will be able to download the resources after the convention.

If you are attending the convention for the first time, you may want to use the convention planner tool on the convention website. It is easy to find EEIS sessions each day and make plans to attend the ones that fit your needs.

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