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Friday, September 21

9:00am CDT

Celebrating Culture: Hosting an International Family Night
In this session, participants will leave with an easy-to-follow plan in order to host an organized and effective celebration that will promote cultural awareness and acceptance, encourage parental engagement and buy-in, and build school community.

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Alison Garland

Lakeland Middle Preparatory School, Lakeland, TN
Alison Garland is the ESL teacher for grades 5-8 at Lakeland Middle Preparatory School in Lakeland, TN. Alison graduated from Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN with a B.A. in K-6 Elementary Education in 2009 and with a Masters of Arts in Teaching English Language Learners in 2010... Read More →

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

12:00pm CDT

Dazzling Our Way Into Vocabulary Success : Elementary
Would you like to dazzle your ESL students with new, refreshing ideas when teaching dull, required academic vocabulary? In this session you will learn how to take grade-level vocabulary practice sheets and make them meaningful and engaging. Enjoyable, but rigorous vocabulary games that teach academic vocabulary will also be shared.


Becky Ketner

Mrs. Ketner has been teaching for 16 years in Title I schools. She started her career in early childhood elementary classrooms in Georgia where she taught kindergarten, first grade and second grade. She moved to Tennessee in 2014 and began teaching ESL at her present school. Mrs... Read More →

Vanessa Saucedo

John Colemon Elementary School, Smyrna, Tennessee
Mrs. Saucedo has been teaching in elementary education for 30 years, with 20 of those years being in ESL instruction. She started her career in a private school, then moved to Metro Nashville Public Schools and recently moved to Rutherford County, where she is currently teaching... Read More →

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

2:00pm 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 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
  Practice Oriented

4:00pm CDT

Engaging the Digital English Learner
This session focuses on innovative ways to foster digital literacy and provide language develop. Participants will explore ways to scaffold content, target assessment, and redesign the classroom with integrated technology. Participants will leave exploring such tools as Storyboard, Flipgrid, Nearpod, and others. (laptop or device needed)

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Jennifer Long

ELL Educator & Adjunct Lecturer for Johnson University, Oak Ridge High School, Oak Ridge, TN & Johnson University, Knoxville, TN
Jennifer Long is an EL teacher at Oak Ridge High School in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. She is also an adjust lecturer at Johnson University. She provides regular professional development for Oak Ridge Schools. She holds a B.A. in K-6 education with an endorsement in ESL, M.A. in holistic... Read More →

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

8:00am CDT

Turning Long Term Language Learners Into ESL Graduates
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Dr. Christine Tennyson

ESL Teacher, Rutherford County Schools
Dr. Christine Tennyson is a secondary teacher to Multilingual learners at Riverdale High School in Murfreesboro, TN. She has taught MLLs for over 20 years. She also works with undergraduate and graduate students at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN. Dr. Tennyson earned... Read More →
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Meghan Vigil

ESL Teacher, Smyrna Middle School, Smyrna, TN
With a M.Ed in English Language Learning, Meghan Vigil has taught ESL at Smyrna Middle School in Rutherford County for 6 years.

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

9:00am CDT

Preparing Teachers for Advocacy & Social Justice
In this session, the presenter shares strategies and "best practices" for preparing pre-service teachers to become effective advocates for ELs. The presenter will engage participants in dialogue focused on the importance of advocacy and discuss the challenges and successes of incorporating a social justice approach to ESL teacher prep.


Kisha Bryan

Tennessee State University Nashville, TN
Kisha C. Bryan, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Tennessee State University. She is an advocate for ELs and other linguistically diverse populations. Her research focuses on identity construction among Black and immigrant adolescents, language... Read More →

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

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