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2019 State English Learners Alliance Conference

Affirming Diversity: Culturally Responsive Practices for All

Featured Speakers:

Sonia Nieto  Mark Kadel  

  • Sonia Nieto, Professor Emerita, University of Massachusetts - Bio
    • Pre-Conference: Affirming Diversity: Culturally Responsive Practices for all Classrooms
    • Keynote: Shifting Mindsets: What Educators Can Do To Support English Learners
    • Breakout: Conversation with Sonia Nieto
    • Click here for details on Sonia's sessions
  • Mark Kadel, Executive Director, Rebound of Whatcom County - Bio
  • Mandy Manning, National Teacher of the Year/Joel E. Ferris High School - Newcomer Center, English Language Arts, Specialist/Interventionist - Bio


This year, ODE and COSA are pleased to announce a joint pre-conference with the ODE English Learner team and Student Services Office on supporting English Learner Students with Disabilities (ELSWD) on March 13, 2019 from 9:30-noon.  This pre-conference will provide district English Learner (EL) and Special Education (SPED) staff with training on supporting ELSWD students as well as time to work within district teams and job-alike teams.   Topics for this conference include:  Developing a High Quality IEP for ELSWD students, Considerations for Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) to Kindergarten English Learners, and Exiting current English Learner Students with Disabilities as Proficient speakers of English.  Time will be provided for district teams to work together on their processes with ODE staff supporting district efforts.  All District SPED and EL staff are strongly encouraged to attend.  This pre-conference will assist districts in cross office collaboration supporting our English Learner Students with Disabilities. For more information on this pre-conference, please contact Taffy Carlisle.

Affirming Diversity: Culturally Responsive Practices for all Classrooms - In this pre-conference workshop, Dr. Nieto will work with participants to explore what it means to create culturally responsive classrooms for students of all backgrounds, including English learners. The workshop will be interactive in nature, engaging participants in learning about the history, concepts, and practices of multicultural education and culturally responsive education with a focus on pedagogy, curriculum, collaboration with colleagues, and outreach to families. Participants will leave the workshop with an action plan for their classroom.


More information available soon!




Mar 13, 2019 to Mar 15, 2019