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March 11–13, 2020

2020 State English Learners Alliance Conference

Register your team now!

Featured Pre-Conference Speaker:


Mark Kadel, Vulnerability Management Consultant - Bio

Walk in their shoes, A Refugee Simulation Experience - Ever had a refugee child suddenly show up in your class in the middle of the school year without a clue about rules or acceptable classroom behavior? Ever wonder why they may not pay attention to your instructions? Step into an experience of what it feels like to suddenly lose all your normal communication skills. Lead by Mark Kadel with over 25 years’ experience working both overseas and domestically with refugee children, learn the truth about the current refugee situation and experience a short simulation of “walking in their shoes”.


Featured Pre-Conference and Thursday Keynote Speaker:


Carol Salva, Educational Consultant, Seidlitz Education - Bio
Pre-Conference: "Effective Questioning & Structured Conversations for ALL Learners, Especially ELs" - In this session, we take a deep dive into two questioning strategies that support English Learners and also help us differentiate for all learners.  This session breaks down the techniques and offers reasons why these methods of questionning are critical to consider for English learners.  Carol Salva will model ways to properly support structured conversations and participants will be able to reflect on the practical approach.  Come experience these strategies that extend your on-level, native English speakers as well.  Leave with resources to get this off the ground tomorrow!

Featured Friday Keynote Speaker:


Juan-Carlos Chavez, Assistant Superintendent, Oregon Department of Education Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion - Bio


Graduate Eugene - 66 East 6th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401


Reservations can be made at the Graduate Eugene via the reservations line: 413-821-3144 and referring to the booking code SELA or via the booking link: COSA - State English Learners Alliance Conference  Cutoff date to make reservations is 2/18/20.

Valley River Inn - COSA State English Learners Alliance Conference


Click here to submit your proposal(s) by December 20, 2019.  Applicants will be notified by January 31, 2020.