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Friday, September 21

9:00am CDT

Effective Writing Strategies to Improve Student Outcomes
A variety of writing strategies will be presented to use with elementary students. Strategies that will be discussed include using visuals to improve or inspire writing, interactive writing strategies, helpful anchor charts, and breaking down writing prompts for better student understanding.

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Cinamon Collins, Ed.D.

Franklin Special School District
Cinamon Collins is an ESL Teacher in grades K-4, for the Franklin Special School District in Franklin, TN. She has worked in education for over 12 years in three states: New York, California, and Tennessee. Cinamon earned her doctorate in Education from Lipscomb University, and a... Read More →

Meghann Wynne

Franklin Special School District, Franklin, TN
Meghann Wynne has been an educator for 13 years and currently teaches ESL in grades K-3 in the Franklin Special School District in TN. She has facilitated workshops to promote academic success using SIOP and ESL strategies. Meghann has a Bachelors degree in Education from Ohio University... Read More →

Friday September 21, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
  Practice Oriented

12:00pm CDT

Twist with the Rubik's Cube
Every one has seen the Rubik's Cube. Most people have twisted it to the delight of solving just one side. Learn how to solve it, integrated it and use it in the classroom for all grades and languages.

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Mark Littlefield

LS Technology Coordinator, University School of Nashville, Nashville, TN
Mark is the lower school technology coordinator at University School of Nashville. He formerly worked at an ESL teacher for 10 years and as a technology coach, specifically with ESL teachers.

Friday September 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:45pm CDT

2:00pm CDT

Academic Vocabulary for More Precise Language
Academic Vocabulary is the Gold Standard for Academic Success.

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Beth Houck

ELL teacher, Pigeon Forge High School, Pigeon Forge, TN
Participants will learn....how to explicitly teach high-utility, precise vocabulary for academic competency, and how to develop students’ competent command of a word through speaking, writing, and assessment tasks. Hands-on activities and digital handouts will be provided, which... Read More →

Friday September 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:45pm CDT

4:00pm CDT

Trauma Informed Teaching for ELLs
Many ELLs come from a background of violence, poverty and warfare. These traumatic experiences affect the way they learn and the way they function in the school environment.Participants will learn to identify the way that adverse childhood experiences change student learning and behavior as well as ways to maximize student potential.


Dr. Johnna Paraiso

Rutherford County Schools Murfreesboro TN
Dr. Johnna Paraiso is the instructional technology/SIFE facilitator at Rutherford Schools. She is also an adjunct professor at Trevecca Nazarene University and Tennessee State University

Friday September 21, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm CDT
Saturday, September 22

8:00am CDT

Tapping into Adult English Language Learners’ Funds of Knowledge
Connecting students’ funds of knowledge to the current content is vital in order to improve student academic achievement. This presentation intends to engage participants in hands-on activities that validate students’ lived experiences, create a culturally responsive learning environment, and strengthen relationships in the Adult ESL classrooms.


Anna Sanczyk

Graduate Assistant/ Doctoral Student, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Anna Sanczyk has taught English as a Second Language for over 10 years in Poland, Norway, and the U.S. She was also a Program Coordinator in the Refugee Education Department at Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, NC. Currently, she is a Ph.D. student and works at the University... Read More →

Saturday September 22, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am CDT
  Practice Oriented

9:00am CDT

Shining a Light on Linguistic Diversity in the ESL Classroom
A workshop on language change and linguistic diversity that empowers teachers to address nonstandard dialects in the K-12 classroom to ensure all speakers feel valued in academic spaces. Participants will engage with real data to practice leading discussions on dialect appropriate for classrooms with native and non-native speakers.

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Trini Stickle

Assistant Professor, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY
Trini Stickle is an Assistant Professor of English at Western Kentucky University. She has published on the pedagogical value of using dialect data, specifically the use of archival material from the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE), in the university classroom. Her... Read More →
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Alison Youngblood

Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY
Alison Youngblood is an Assistant Professor of TESOL at Western Kentucky University. She has been an ESL teacher educator for 6 years and previously taught ESL in the U.S., Japan, and South Korea for 10 years.

Saturday September 22, 2018 9:00am - 10:45am CDT

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