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Friday, January 20
 

7:30am

Registration & Breakfast
Friday January 20, 2017 7:30am - 8:00am
Exhibit Hall

8:00am

8:30am

Opening Ceremony

Friday January 20, 2017 8:30am - 9:00am
Exhibit Hall

9:00am

Dr. Janet N. Zadina, Keynote Speaker - If A Bilingual Brain is Better, Why Are My Language Learners Struggling?
Early bilingualism confers advantages that can enhance learning. However, our English language learners often struggle because the processes that are an advantage to fluent bilinguals can pose challenges during the process of becoming bilingual. Discover some hidden reasons our language learners have difficulties as revealed by neuroscience. Learn what you can do to get our learners to the point where we can celebrate their cognitive advantages!

Presenters
avatar for Janet N. Zadina, Ph.D.

Janet N. Zadina, Ph.D.

Educational Neuroscientist
A determination to better understand learners’ struggles led high school and community college teacher Dr. Janet Zadina to an interest in neuroimaging studies of dyslexia.  Pursuing that interest, she became a neuroscientist, conducting MRI research into dyslexia in the Department of Neurology at Tulane University School of Medicine, where she completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in cognitive neuroscience. Today, Dr. Zadina is an... Read More →


Friday January 20, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Exhibit Hall

10:00am

Visit with Vendors
Friday January 20, 2017 10:00am - 10:15am
Exhibit Hall

10:30am

The Use of Blackboard ePortfolios as a Alternative Summative Assessment Method for Hispanic Students
Limited Capacity seats available

ePortfolios have become a common tool in education at all levels and provide a platform for students to log and showcase their work and accomplishments utilizing electronic media. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the use of Blackboard ePortfolios at a Hispanic serving institution, as a tool to showcase student level work. In this presentation, the Blackboard ePortfolios tool will be reviewed and compared/contrasted with other software packages that provide the capability of creating ePortfolios in terms of storage, ease of use, and long-term access to data and student information retrieval. Presenters will also review the new tools in the Blackboard 9.1 version and provide highlights of the “Tips and Tricks” on the different features to be used and those which should be avoided to get student projects up and running. Finally, an analysis of the results of a student use survey after their first use of Blackboard ePortfolios will be presented.

Moderators
Presenters
avatar for Dr. Janet Martinez

Dr. Janet Martinez

Lecturer II, Other


Friday January 20, 2017 10:30am - 11:45am
Room 104

10:30am

Dyslexia and the ELL
Limited Capacity seats available

Although dyslexia exists in all languages, it manifestation differs according to the degree to which the orthography of the languages follows the alphabetic principle. Learn what dyslexia is: its definition, myths, and research. Become familiar with the bilingual brain research and how dyslexia in Spanish is manifested.


Friday January 20, 2017 10:30am - 11:45am
Room 101

10:30am

Strategies to Enhance ELL Reading Ability in the Content Areas
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This session offers specific Strategies for content area teachers to implement immediately in order to assist ELLs reading comprehension and thereby improve their learning of subject matter.

Moderators
avatar for Dr. Matthew E. Meyers

Dr. Matthew E. Meyers

Director- Bilingual/ESL/Migrant/Title III-A, Valley View ISD
Matthew E. Meyers is the Director of Bilingual Education, ESL, Migrant and Title III-A programs for Valley View Independent School District. in deep, south Texas. Dr. Meyers has more than 30 years of experience in the field of education. He has had the privilege of teaching children of diverse backgrounds in public and private schools, pre-service and in-service educators at the university level and adults learning English as a second language... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Antonio De la Cerda

Antonio De la Cerda

Principal, Principal


Friday January 20, 2017 10:30am - 11:45am
Room 203

10:30am

Beneficios académicos de implementar un programa Dual PreK-12
La educación de doble lenguaje o programa dual ha mostrado ser altamente exitosa en la educación elemental. Por tal motivo, muchos distritos escolares en Texas están implementado programas duales en sus esculeas primarias. Muchos de estos distritos han empezado a implementar o están en proceso de iniciar la implementación del programa dual en sus escuelas secundarias. Ven y descubre los grandes benificios académicos que los estudiantes pueden alcanzar al participar en un programa dual de Pre-Kinder a doceavo.

RGV-TABE Board Members
avatar for Dr. Mario Ferron - Vice President

Dr. Mario Ferron - Vice President

Dual Language Coordinator, San Antonio ISD
Dr. Mario Ferrón is the Dual Language Coordinator for San Antonio ISD, overseeing the implementation and expansion of Dual Language education across the district. With more than 15 years of Experience in Dual Language, Dr. Ferrón taught 8th Grade U.S. History in Spanish for eight years at the Pharr, San Juan, Alamo Independent School District (PSJA-ISD) before becoming the Dual Language Coordinator for Secondary Schools, guiding... Read More →


Friday January 20, 2017 10:30am - 11:45am
Exhibit Hall

10:30am

Using visual literacy and playful learning for effective development of scientific vocabulary with ELLs - Examples from Los Cientificos and SciencePIX
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop provides teachers with practical classroom activities that help develop students' ability to interpret and construct meaning from visual images, while creating an environment that facilitates the implementation of play in the classroom. Additionally, participants will learn how to use culturally relevant examples along with Los Ceientificos and SciencePIX in order to help ELLs build new vocabulary, and improve comprehension and retention.

Presenters
avatar for Luis J. Hernandez

Luis J. Hernandez

Director, Enabling Learning
Luis Hernandez is a bilingual (English – Spanish) writer, instructional designer, and educational consultant with a great passion for technology and facilitating learning. | | He graduated from the Catholic University of Andres Bello in Venezuela with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education. Luis continued his education at the University of North Texas where he received a Master of Science degree in Computer Education and Cognitive Systems... Read More →


Friday January 20, 2017 10:30am - 11:45am
Conference Theatre

10:30am

Conectando las matemáticas con la literatura de libros grandes (Big Books)
Limited Capacity seats available

Los maestros disfrutaran de leer libros grandes con temas de matematicas. Repasaran como desarrollar lecciones que fortalezcan los conceptos de matematicas al leer libros grandes en los grados de pre-Kinder hasta Segundo grado. Saldran del taller con actividades que pueden utilizer de inmediato con sus niños para reforzar el conteo, sumar, ordenar, y categorizar.

Presenters
avatar for Craig Willmore

Craig Willmore

Professional Educator
I have taught elementary school for 17 years, 7 of those were in Central America in a private bi-lingual school. I have been a curriculum director, assistant principal, and for the last several years have been an educational consultant specifically in mathematics.


Friday January 20, 2017 10:30am - 11:45am
Room 102

10:30am

Teaching Students Rigorous & Relevant Reading Skills Through Folk Tales
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Don't wait until the concept is taught on your timeline, be protactive and have all of your student master rigorous Reading skills with daily activities that incorporate academic vocabulary. This presentation will demonstrate a way in which student can interactively learn reading concepts that include the essential components of reading. These will include phonological awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, and writing. Provide students with the tools necessary to apply rigorous academic vocabulary using the well-knowing folk tales that we grew up with. You will be able to take back lessons that if done consistently, can have your students using question stems that include rigorous academic language that is found in the TEKS and that will assure that your students are on target with 21st Century learning. These question stems that will be provided, are the tools that our ELL students need to effectively develop their first and second language at a high level. These folk tales are easily accessible and be found in a book store or online.Each presentation room will be equipped with a screen and projecto

Presenters
avatar for San Juanita Rodriguez

San Juanita Rodriguez

Elementary Teacher, Bilingual Teacher
My name is Janie Rodriguez, I have been teaching for 24 years as an early childhood teacher. I am a consultant for preschool and also a mentor for interns. I also work on science timelines for psjaisd.


Friday January 20, 2017 10:30am - 11:45am
Room 201

10:30am

Building a Language-Rich Environment
Limited Capacity filling up

Do your students struggle with the acquisition of difficult vocabulary? Experience strategies not only for academic, content vocabulary, but also for problematic Tier II vocabulary. Learn how to integrate “thinking words” into your everyday instruction. Description: It is our objective to share teaching strategies that educators can use immediately to engage all learners. The strategies modeled can be implemented without the purchase of additional materials and can be used with any and all curriculum. Special emphasis is placed on integrating reading, writing, speaking and listening in small groups into everyday instruction. This session will be conducted as a highly interactive classroom experience. Participants will consider the role Tier II vocabulary plays in supporting academic vocabulary in the classroom. Attendees will debrief their experiences as both learner and educator. PowerPoint will be used to direct, not to instruct. Participants will be up, moving around, engaged in quality conversation with content just as students should in a classroom. We believe strongly in the premise: “We learn what we do!” and know this applies to a higher-ordered thinking classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Steve Beasley

Steve Beasley

Co-founder, s3strategies
We are all about student-centered, active learning and engaging teaching strategies! So let’s talk about engagement, rigor and meeting the needs of second-language learners in every classroom. Let us help your teachers build a language-rich environment, differentiate instruction and support reading and writing. We specialize in equipping educators to take “abstract” theory to their classrooms in a practical and doable ways. We love to... Read More →


Friday January 20, 2017 10:30am - 11:45am
Room 103

10:30am

Vocabulary Term-inals: Everyone Learning Language - Redefining ELL
Limited Capacity filling up

In an effort to improve language acquisition in my classroom, I use an activity that I call Vocabulary Term-inals. These Term-inals require students to apply their comprehension of content by relating one of the verbs outlined in the TEKS to a vocabulary term of their choice. This daily activity requires students to read and write academically, learning from, as well as, teaching classmates. Term-inals empower students to take ownership of their mastery of content terminology.

Presenters
avatar for Angelica Mitchum-Carranza

Angelica Mitchum-Carranza

Teacher, Teacher



Friday January 20, 2017 10:30am - 11:45am
Room 202

11:45am

Lunch on your own
Friday January 20, 2017 11:45am - 1:00pm
TBA

1:15pm

Integrating Quizlet to Empower ELLs by Developing Strong Vocabulary
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

My Audience will have the opportunity to engage, learn, discover an innovative technology tool through Quizlet an excellent way to teach ELLs strong vocabulary. One of my favorite aspects of integrating technology into instruction is the availability of resources to support students with different learning needs. This hands-on activity is filled with excitement and can turned around on your campus immediately. Students who are struggling can benefit from the excitement and engagement offered on any Smart Device, they may have available to them. Teacher of English-Language Learners (ELLs) can use technology to promote growth in their students. Developing a strong vocabulary is an important area of focus for ELLs who are building their reading comprehension. Participants will need to bring any Smart Device to install the FREE app.

Presenters
avatar for Lucinda Salinas

Lucinda Salinas

Bilingual/ESL Teacher Coach High School, Other
lucinda.salinas@mcallenisd.net


Friday January 20, 2017 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Room 103

1:15pm

They Are Here! They Are Ready! Are you?
This session will explore ways to combat ideas and practices that turn bilingualism into a deficit; and way to broaden opportunities for ELL Student s through assessment, curriculum, instruction, differentiation and resources for K-12 programs.

Presenters
avatar for Amelia Van Name Larson

Amelia Van Name Larson

Vice President, Innovations and School Support, American Reading Company
Former Assistant Superintendent Pasco County, Florida | | Vice President, Innovations and School Support American Reading Company


Friday January 20, 2017 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Exhibit Hall

1:15pm

Creando altas expectativas a través del manejo de la clase
Limited Capacity seats available

Las estrategias de manejo de clase es un tema muy solicitado entre los maestros, ya que si no llegas a tener ese control, el proceso de enseñanza llega ser mucho más complicado de lo que en realidad es. El uso de centros, pares bilingües, Class Dojo app, trabajos de la semana y otras formas de manejo de clase, pueden ser la clave para crear el prefecto ambiente en tu salón. Los trabajos de la semana son la base de mi salón, cada estudiante cuenta con un trabajo propio y eso crear un sistema de respeto, tolerancia y responsabilidad entre ellos, sin contar el hecho de que hace todo más sencillo para uno como maestro; mis trabajos este año escolar son: 1. Jefe de Equipo: 4 en total (rojo, azul, verde y morado) los estudiantes que obtienen este trabajo son responsables de pasar libretas, libros, legajos y otros materiales a los miembros de su equipo, haciendo más sencillo el cambio de una materia a otra. 2. Portero: el estudiante abre puertas para que la fila entre y salga del edificio. 3. Líder de la Fila: el estudiante guía la fila y verifica que la línea está lista para avanzar. 4. Ultimo en la Fila: se encarga de apagar la luz y cerrar la puerta después de que TODOS salieron del salón. 5. Frase de la semana: cada mes la clase práctica un valor cívico diferente (octubre empatía, noviembre justicia, diciembre responsabilidad, etc.) por lo que el estudiante de esa semana tiene que buscar una frase u oración relacionada con el valor, explicarla ante la clase y tenerla como lema duarte toda la semana. 6. Asistentes de los lápices: el estudiante se encarga de sacarle punta a los lápices localizados en el contenedor de “lápices sin punta” para así evitar el uso del sacapuntas durante el día. 7. Monitor de Tarea: asiste a la maestra en revisar la tarea del día 8. Monitor de la luz: prende y paga las luces cuando se utiliza el proyector en la clase. 9. Monitor de conducta: a los estudiantes se le mide su nivel de conducta atravez de colores y class dojo. Los colores son azul, verde, amarillo, naranja y rojo, y dependiendo el color es la cantidad de puntos que reciben o pierden en class dojo. El estudiante encargado de este trabajo tiene la responsabilidad de honestamente dar o quitar puntos a sus colegas y a su mismo/a. 10. Distribuidor de desinfectante: distribuye desinféctate antes de ir a la comida 11. Mandadero: se encarga de mandar o recoger papelería en la oficina 12. Substituto: en caso de que algún estudiante falte este estudiante releva su trabajo por el día 13. 911 : 3 estudiantes son asignados a reaccionar en caso de emergencia En nuestras clases y escuela tratamos de motivar a los estudiantes a ser mejores personas día a día, atravez de valores cívicos y altas expectativas, en la presentación no solo hablaremos del uso de trabajos en la clase pero también de todo el proceso y ventajas que significa utilizarlo, mostraremos fotografías y videos que darán una mejor visión del tema, al mismo tiempo regalaremos el formato para que todos los maestros que gusten puedan iniciar a usarlo en su salón.

Moderators
DM

Dalia Martinez

Bilingual Teacher

Presenters
avatar for Eira B. Munoz-Garza

Eira B. Munoz-Garza

Teacher, Bilingual Teacher


Friday January 20, 2017 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Room 104

1:15pm

Integrating Technology in Early Childhood Bilingual Classrooms
Limited Capacity filling up

Immerse yourself in educational technology. Learn about what to do with your current technology in your classroom. Get information on how to obtain new technology and where to find classroom resources for your current technology. Integrate your lessons and use your own gadgets in Early Childhood. Showcasing the new Pre-K guidelines with a linear alignment to Kinder TEKS (technology).

Presenters
avatar for Valentin Guerra

Valentin Guerra

Early Childhood Coach, Instructional Coach
Technology, Implementation of technology into classrooms, Communication studies, Film industry, Languages.


Friday January 20, 2017 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Room 203

1:15pm

La complejidad de textos en inglés y español
Limited Capacity seats available

This hands on text complexity session will provide teachers with expertise in the developmental taxonomy of Spanish & English acquisition. Teacher will examine various types of texts and learn the best strategies for Dual Language instruction.

Moderators
Presenters
avatar for Nora Martes

Nora Martes

Bilingual Executive Coach, American Reading Company


Friday January 20, 2017 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Conference Theatre

1:15pm

Don't Leave Your ELLs Behind: Empower English Language Learners with Technology Integration
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This presentation seeks to demonstrate how introducing ELLS to academic technology use is empowering to student learning. There are many web2tools and resources which can support ELLs. It is important to understand that ELLS enter the United States with many assets, which need to be encouraged and highlighted. Such technological resources may aid ELLS in increasing comprehension, confidence, and being able to control part of their own learning (Erben, et al, 2008). Specific resources will be demonstrated in this presentation such as MackinVIA, BrainPop ESL, TERC from Gale, Virtual Tours from AirPano and 360Cities, among others. Erben, T., Ban, R., & Castaneda, M. (2008). Teaching English language learners through technology. Routledge. Patten, K. B., & Craig, D. V. (2007). iPods and English-language learners: A great combination. Teacher Librarian, 34(5), 40.

Moderators
avatar for Jesse Garza

Jesse Garza

K-12 Digital Learn Specialist, Other
I am an Digital Learning Specialist for the Los Fresnos Consolidated Independent School District, Texas, USA. I'm a published Author, Poet, and avid Photographer. My Doctoral studies have taken me backpacking in the lush jungles of Honduras, trekking across through a chandeliered Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles, walking among deer in the island of Itsukushima, more known as Miyajima (Shrine Island). I live on South Padre Island, off... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Edith Trevino Espinosa

Edith Trevino Espinosa

Digital Learning Specialist, Other
I am a Bilingual Digital Learning Specialist for Los Fresnos CISD. I am passionate about teaching ESL, and ELL learners of all ages. Presently, I am a Doctoral Candidate at UTRGV, pursuing a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Bilingual Studies. My research is on teacher perception of Mexican Immigrant students in regards to violence in La Frontera. | Twenty years ago I served in U.S. Army Reserves, and that... Read More →


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Friday January 20, 2017 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Room 201

1:15pm

McGraw- Hill Education Digital Core Math, Science, Reading Programs for today's ELL 6-12 Digital Native students!
Limited Capacity seats available

- Introducing ALEKS: A Math research-based, online program that precisely assesses a student's A dynamic learning pathway for every student that leads to the topics he or she is most ready to learn. Students are challenged, never frustrated or bored. -Rich real-time data through customized reports that show students progress, mastery, and time on task. -Introducing Learn Smart: When students come to class prepared you get to spend class time covering more advanced topics. -Learn Smart adjusts the content to each student based upon their knowledge strengths and weaknesses as well as their confidence in the material. -Learn Smart detects when students are struggling and returns them to the material to study, making study time much more efficient. Introducing SRA FLEX Literacy: Meeting the Needs of Your English Language Learners 3 grades and up - FLEX Literacy is a highly effective Reading and Language Arts intervention system that will increase reading, speaking/listening, and writing skills for all of your English Language Learners, FLEX Literacy meets the needs of ELLs through: - Direct and explicit instruction, gradual release of responsibility, instructional model, engaging technology, modeling and dialogue opportunities, significant positive reinforcement and corrective feedback, project-based learning that promotes, progress monitoring, graphics organizers. - Personalized learning the Digital Experience provides comprehensible input starting at the emerging levels and increasing in vocabulary load and text complexity. Students cover more than 100 comprehension skills at their own pace and ability levels. After taking a placement test, this personalized learning fills the gaps in their language skills.

Presenters
avatar for McGraw-Hill Education

McGraw-Hill Education

McGraw-Hill Education


Friday January 20, 2017 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Room 101

1:15pm

Mobile Device Meets Dual Language: Simple Strategies to Build Authentic Listening Materials
Limited Capacity seats available

Mobile devices expand the opportunity to create language listening and speaking resources using everyday experiences. Explore how educators can build their own library of authentic videos and podcasts to encourage both interpersonal and interpretive communication for students. In this interactive session, participants will discover how a cell phone can turn ordinary life moments into language lessons and learn simple digital tools to build short video and audio clips. Additionally, participants will design innovative lesson plans that build student language fluency and mastery by creating their own movies.

Presenters
avatar for Summer Alcauter

Summer Alcauter

Coordinator of Partnerships, University of Texas at Austin High School
The University of Texas at Austin partners with Texas high schools and districts to offer curriculum and services to accelerate student success through advanced coursework, credit recovery and specialty content areas. Students can earn a high school diploma or course credit through our state-approved educational opportunities.



Friday January 20, 2017 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Room 102

1:15pm

Pre-teaching Academic Vocabulary to Support Rigor in the Classroom
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Abstract: (REPEATED FROM LAST YEAR, highly attended) Consider the relationship between academic vocabulary and student success. Experience Marzano’s theory put to practical application with high-return, high-retention strategies for the secondary classroom. Description: It is our objective to share teaching strategies that educators can implement immediately to engage all learners. The strategies modeled can be implemented without the purchase of additional materials and can be used with any and all curriculum. Special emphasis is placed on integrating reading, writing, speaking and listening in small groups into everyday instruction. Participants will experience how to incorporate Marzano’s vocabulary strategies seamlessly into the classroom utilizing an “iconic” historical image. The strategies modeled require students to interact with academic vocabulary on multiple levels and remove obstacles to embracing new content. Participants will leave with newly acquired skills and strategies to implement in grades 3-12. This session will be conducted as a highly interactive classroom experience. Participants will work with a primary source image to pre-teach critical academic vocabulary. “Each One, Teach One”, making connections, and a “3-Way Match” activity to learn, apply, and review academic vocabulary will be featured strategies. Attendees will debrief their experiences as both learner and educator. PowerPoint will be used to direct, not to instruct. Participants will be up, moving around, engaged in quality conversation with content just as students should in a classroom. We believe strongly in the premise: “We learn what we do!” and know this applies to a higher- ordered thinking classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Steve Beasley

Steve Beasley

Co-founder, s3strategies
We are all about student-centered, active learning and engaging teaching strategies! So let’s talk about engagement, rigor and meeting the needs of second-language learners in every classroom. Let us help your teachers build a language-rich environment, differentiate instruction and support reading and writing. We specialize in equipping educators to take “abstract” theory to their classrooms in a practical and doable ways. We love to... Read More →


Friday January 20, 2017 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Room 202

2:30pm

Visit with Vendors
Friday January 20, 2017 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Exhibit Hall

3:00pm

Empowering Parents Through Spanish Technology Courses: Parental Involvement At Its Best
Limited Capacity seats available

This proposal seeks to identify the need for Spanish parental classes in digital technology. This presentation will highlight how one district in Texas (Los Fresnos CISD) began a technology curriculum as part of a Parental Involvement Pilot Program. This proposal presents the approach taken to identify the technology needs of parents. The high demand for technology courses identified the importance of learning technology as high importance. Parents are empowered, and the program now has a waiting list of parents who are trying to enroll in technology courses. Research supports the significant roles that parents play when they support and understand their children’s technology knowledge (Barron, et al, 2009). Reference: Barron, B., Martin, C. K., Takeuchi, L., & Fithian, R. (2009). Parents as learning partners in the development of technological fluency.

Moderators
avatar for Jesse Garza

Jesse Garza

K-12 Digital Learn Specialist, Other
I am an Digital Learning Specialist for the Los Fresnos Consolidated Independent School District, Texas, USA. I'm a published Author, Poet, and avid Photographer. My Doctoral studies have taken me backpacking in the lush jungles of Honduras, trekking across through a chandeliered Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles, walking among deer in the island of Itsukushima, more known as Miyajima (Shrine Island). I live on South Padre Island, off... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Edith Trevino Espinosa

Edith Trevino Espinosa

Digital Learning Specialist, Other
I am a Bilingual Digital Learning Specialist for Los Fresnos CISD. I am passionate about teaching ESL, and ELL learners of all ages. Presently, I am a Doctoral Candidate at UTRGV, pursuing a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Bilingual Studies. My research is on teacher perception of Mexican Immigrant students in regards to violence in La Frontera. | Twenty years ago I served in U.S. Army Reserves, and that... Read More →



Friday January 20, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Room 104

3:00pm

Building Language with Visuals
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Abstract: Unlock the power of visuals in your classroom! The right visual can set schema for a unit or topic. The right visual can ignite student curiosity and invite student questions. The right visual can even build language acquisition and encourage better descriptive writing! Join us to experience these powerful and easily implemented strategies! Description: It is our objective to share teaching strategies that educators can implement immediately to engage all learners. The strategies modeled can be implemented without the purchase of additional materials and can be used with any and all curriculum. They are also designed to support the reading, writing, speaking and listening of English Language Learners. Participants will be introduced to multiple ways to use visuals to increase student engagement and interaction with content in the classroom. The easily implemented strategies experienced in this session build interest, comprehension and further language acquisition. This session will be conducted as a highly interactive classroom experience. Participants will be invited to inspire writing with “NAAV” igate an image and “Quick Writes”, encourage questioning with “Picture Words” and teach compare and contrast with “This...or That?”. Attendees will debrief their experiences as both learner and educator. PowerPoint will be used to direct, not to instruct. Participants will be up, moving around, engaged in quality conversation with content just as students should in a classroom. We believe strongly in the premise: “We learn what we do!” and know this applies to a higher-ordered thinking classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Steve Beasley

Steve Beasley

Co-founder, s3strategies
We are all about student-centered, active learning and engaging teaching strategies! So let’s talk about engagement, rigor and meeting the needs of second-language learners in every classroom. Let us help your teachers build a language-rich environment, differentiate instruction and support reading and writing. We specialize in equipping educators to take “abstract” theory to their classrooms in a practical and doable ways. We love to... Read More →


Friday January 20, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Room 201

3:00pm

Intertwining Academic Standards & Culture: Authentic Writing Opportunities for PK-16
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Bridging home knowledge and school knowledge is critical to support the learning of all students, in particular bilingual students. This presentation will demonstrate different ways teachers from across PK-16 levels can facilitate the writing process that develops students' academic writing while infusing funds of knowledge. Student samples from elementary to college will be shared.

Moderators
Presenters
avatar for Dr. Joy Esquierdo

Dr. Joy Esquierdo

Director of The Center for Bilingual Studies, UTRGV


Friday January 20, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Room 103

3:00pm

Adquiriendo y aprendiendo sobre metáforas y símiles: Enseñar para la transferencia
Limited Capacity seats available

En esta presentación, los participantes verán estrategias (que se transfieren al segundo idioma) sobre cómo enseñar el lenguaje figurativeo en el salón de clases. Los niños aprenden una habilidad crucial en su conocimiento del lenguaje y se divierten al mismo tiempo - se desarrolla un amor por la lectura.

Moderators
TM

Thomas Meyers

Bilingual Teacher
I am a second-grade teacher at Rudy Silva Elementary in Weslaco, Texas.

Presenters
avatar for Dr. Matthew E. Meyers

Dr. Matthew E. Meyers

Director- Bilingual/ESL/Migrant/Title III-A, Valley View ISD
Matthew E. Meyers is the Director of Bilingual Education, ESL, Migrant and Title III-A programs for Valley View Independent School District. in deep, south Texas. Dr. Meyers has more than 30 years of experience in the field of education. He has had the privilege of teaching children of diverse backgrounds in public and private schools, pre-service and in-service educators at the university level and adults learning English as a second language... Read More →


Friday January 20, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Room 102

3:00pm

Estrategias de Lectura y Desarrollo de Lenguaje en Español, utilizando contenido digital y metodología basadas en las Neurociencias, para un aprendizaje efectivo / A demonstration of a Pre-K/Kinder Experienced Teacher using digital resources to promote la
Teachers will demonstrate Pre-K/Kinder digital program for English-Spanish language acquisition and reinforce "Lectura y Fonética en Español" using cross curricular content through daily engaging lessons. Teachers will share multisensory techniques based on Neuoscience apporoach to expand and comprehend LA, Math & Science, oral language, concepts and academic vocabulary.


Friday January 20, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Exhibit Hall

3:00pm

Hands on Learning for Early Childhood
Limited Capacity filling up

Hands-on learning facilitates ways to teach new skills while having fun. Teachers will be given strategies and ideas to take back to the classroom to ensure that learning is taking place in classroom.

Moderators
JR

Julie Robie

Bilingual Teacher

Presenters
ML

Maricruz Lopez

Bilingual Teacher


Friday January 20, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Room 203

3:00pm

Using Technology and Blended Learning to Build Spanish Literacy
Limited Capacity seats available

Using technology and blended learning to build SpanishLiteracy is an innovative engaging solution designed to build literacy and language proficiency for students PK through First grade. Participants will see a tool that is designed around the essential building blocks of reading. Spainsh language and literacy is a higher standard where reading comprehension, phonics and word recognition, and authentic text. The dynamic language instruction creates a better egaging foundation by "Leading and Learning in a Digital Era".

Presenters

Friday January 20, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Conference Theatre

3:00pm

Supporting English Language Learners Reading Comprehension, Language Acquisition, and Content Learning with Collaborative Strategic Reading (CSR)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

In this presentation, we will describe CSR and how it supports English language learners access grade level text in the secondary mainstream classroom. CSR combines reading comprehension strategies, sheltered instruction and cooperative learning structures in the content areas. Teachers will experience and debrief a CSR lesson. We will finish with recommendations for practice and time for Q & A.

Presenters
avatar for Elma Ruiz

Elma Ruiz

ESL Teacher
Language and literacy development. technology integration, and effective instructional practices


Friday January 20, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Room 202

3:00pm

Thrive and Strive by Brokering Knowledge for Transference Across Disciplines
Limited Capacity seats available

Knowledge has always been and will always continue to be the intrinsic reward of learning. In the 21st century accessing, navigating, and brokering knowledge effectively and efficiently is the key to success and complete student independence.

Presenters

Friday January 20, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Room 101
 
Saturday, January 21
 

7:30am

Registration & Breakfast
Saturday January 21, 2017 7:30am - 8:00am
Exhibit Hall

8:00am

Entertainment: Mariachi from Edcouch-Elsa
Saturday January 21, 2017 8:00am - 8:30am
Exhibit Hall

8:30am

General Announcements

Saturday January 21, 2017 8:30am - 8:45am
Exhibit Hall

8:45am

"Speaking in Tongues" Film: A Powerful Vision of Bilingualism
Limited Capacity seats available

4 kids. 4 languages. 1 city. 1 world.
56 minutes. CC.
Subtitled in Mandarin, Spanish and English.

At a time when 31 states have passed “English Only” laws, four pioneering families put their children in public schools where, from the first day of kindergarten, their teachers speak mostly in a foreign language. Speaking in Tongues follows four diverse kids on a journey to become bilingual. This charming story will challenge you to rethink the skills that Americans need to succeed in the 21st century.


RGV-TABE Board Members
avatar for Karina E. Chapa

Karina E. Chapa

Language Proficiency, Biliteracy and Cultural Diversity Director, Region One ESC
Karina Chapa was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico. She moved to South Texas in 1999, after receiving a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations from El Tecnológico de Monterrey. Once in Texas, Karina became an Elementary Bilingual Teacher. She received her Master's in Bilingual Education and Educational Leadership from UTPA in 2005. She has worked as a Spanish Language Enrichment teacher, Bilingual/ESL Strategist, Newcomer Academy... Read More →


Saturday January 21, 2017 8:45am - 10:00am
Conference Theatre

8:45am

Bilingual Learners Giftedness
Limited Capacity seats available

The identification of gifted and talented bilingual learners have always been a challenge in our school systems. Come explore new ways to find the giftedness in your bilingual students so they can really be recognized for their strengths and receive the services they deserve to continue developing socially, academically and affectively.

Presenters
avatar for Dr. Joy Esquierdo

Dr. Joy Esquierdo

Director of The Center for Bilingual Studies, UTRGV


Saturday January 21, 2017 8:45am - 10:00am
Room 103

8:45am

Integrating Quizlet to Empower ELLs by Developing Strong Vocabulary
Limited Capacity seats available

My Audience will have the opportunity to engage, learn, discover an innovative technology tool through Quizlet an excellent way to teach ELLs strong vocabulary. One of my favorite aspects of integrating technology into instruction is the availability of resources to support students with different learning needs. This hands-on activity is filled with excitement and can turned around on your campus immediately. Students who are struggling can benefit from the excitement and engagement offered on any Smart Device, they may have available to them. Teacher of English-Language Learners (ELLs) can use technology to promote growth in their students. Developing a strong vocabulary is an important area of focus for ELLs who are building their reading comprehension. Participants will need to bring any Smart Device to install the FREE app.

Presenters
avatar for Lucinda Salinas

Lucinda Salinas

Bilingual/ESL Teacher Coach High School, Other
lucinda.salinas@mcallenisd.net


Saturday January 21, 2017 8:45am - 10:00am
Room 202

8:45am

Ser bilingüe: ¿es bueno o es malo?
Limited Capacity seats available

¿Es bueno o malo ser bilingüe? ¿Existe alguna diferencia entre diferentes tipos de niveles de bilingüismo o todos los niveles obtienen los mismos beneficios? ¡Ven a descubrirlo en esta sesión!

RGV-TABE Board Members
avatar for Dr. Mario Ferron - Vice President

Dr. Mario Ferron - Vice President

Dual Language Coordinator, San Antonio ISD
Dr. Mario Ferrón is the Dual Language Coordinator for San Antonio ISD, overseeing the implementation and expansion of Dual Language education across the district. With more than 15 years of Experience in Dual Language, Dr. Ferrón taught 8th Grade U.S. History in Spanish for eight years at the Pharr, San Juan, Alamo Independent School District (PSJA-ISD) before becoming the Dual Language Coordinator for Secondary Schools, guiding... Read More →


Saturday January 21, 2017 8:45am - 10:00am
Room 104

8:45am

Desarrollando el lenguaje oral en español por medio del enriquecimiento cultural
Limited Capacity seats available

El desarrollo del lenguaje oral es indispensable para el desarrollo lingüístico y cognitivo de los estudiantes. Sin embargo, para que este desarrollo sea más efectivo, debe conectarse directamente con la cultura de los estudiantes. Ven a participar en una sesión interactiva en donde descubrirás como usar los refranes y dichos populares para enriquecer el vocabulario oral de tus alumnos.

Presenters
avatar for Perla Roerig

Perla Roerig

Bilingual Specialist, Region One ESC
Bilingual/ESL Education | Curriculum Development | Professional Development | Multicultural Education | Early chilhood Education


Saturday January 21, 2017 8:45am - 10:00am
Room 101

8:45am

Integrating Technology in Early Childhood Bilingual Classrooms
Limited Capacity seats available

Immerse yourself in educational technology. Learn about what to do with your current technology in your classroom. Get information on how to obtain new technology and where to find classroom resources for your current technology. Integrate your lessons and use your own gadgets in Early Childhood. Showcasing the new Pre-K guidelines with a linear alignment to Kinder TEKS (technology).

Presenters
avatar for Valentin Guerra

Valentin Guerra

Early Childhood Coach, Instructional Coach
Technology, Implementation of technology into classrooms, Communication studies, Film industry, Languages.


Saturday January 21, 2017 8:45am - 10:00am
Room 102

8:45am

Teaching Students Rigorous & Relevant Reading Skills Through Folk Tales
Limited Capacity seats available

Don't wait until the concept is taught on your timeline, be protactive and have all of your student master rigorous Reading skills with daily activities that incorporate academic vocabulary. This presentation will demonstrate a way in which student can interactively learn reading concepts that include the essential components of reading. These will include phonological awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, and writing. Provide students with the tools necessary to apply rigorous academic vocabulary using the well-knowing folk tales that we grew up with. You will be able to take back lessons that if done consistently, can have your students using question stems that include rigorous academic language that is found in the TEKS and that will assure that your students are on target with 21st Century learning. These question stems that will be provided, are the tools that our ELL students need to effectively develop their first and second language at a high level. These folk tales are easily accessible and be found in a book store or online.Each presentation room will be equipped with a screen and projecto

Presenters
avatar for San Juanita Rodriguez

San Juanita Rodriguez

Elementary Teacher, Bilingual Teacher
My name is Janie Rodriguez, I have been teaching for 24 years as an early childhood teacher. I am a consultant for preschool and also a mentor for interns. I also work on science timelines for psjaisd.


Saturday January 21, 2017 8:45am - 10:00am
Room 203

8:45am

Don't Leave Your ELLs Behind: Empower English Language Learners with Technology Integration
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation seeks to demonstrate how introducing ELLS to academic technology use is empowering to student learning. There are many web2tools and resources which can support ELLs. It is important to understand that ELLS enter the United States with many assets, which need to be encouraged and highlighted. Such technological resources may aid ELLS in increasing comprehension, confidence, and being able to control part of their own learning (Erben, et al, 2008). Specific resources will be demonstrated in this presentation such as MackinVIA, BrainPop ESL, TERC from Gale, Virtual Tours from AirPano and 360Cities, among others. Erben, T., Ban, R., & Castaneda, M. (2008). Teaching English language learners through technology. Routledge. Patten, K. B., & Craig, D. V. (2007). iPods and English-language learners: A great combination. Teacher Librarian, 34(5), 40.

Presenters
avatar for Edith Trevino Espinosa

Edith Trevino Espinosa

Digital Learning Specialist, Other
I am a Bilingual Digital Learning Specialist for Los Fresnos CISD. I am passionate about teaching ESL, and ELL learners of all ages. Presently, I am a Doctoral Candidate at UTRGV, pursuing a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Bilingual Studies. My research is on teacher perception of Mexican Immigrant students in regards to violence in La Frontera. | Twenty years ago I served in U.S. Army Reserves, and that... Read More →
avatar for Jesse Garza

Jesse Garza

K-12 Digital Learn Specialist, Other
I am an Digital Learning Specialist for the Los Fresnos Consolidated Independent School District, Texas, USA. I'm a published Author, Poet, and avid Photographer. My Doctoral studies have taken me backpacking in the lush jungles of Honduras, trekking across through a chandeliered Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles, walking among deer in the island of Itsukushima, more known as Miyajima (Shrine Island). I live on South Padre Island, off... Read More →


Saturday January 21, 2017 8:45am - 10:00am
Room 201

10:00am

Visit with Vendors
Saturday January 21, 2017 10:00am - 10:30am
Exhibit Hall

10:30am

Dual Language and the College Connection
Limited Capacity seats available

PSJA is a national leader in the implementation of Dual Language Enrichment Program PK-12. This program has proven to be very effective in the education of all students and highly effective in closing the academic achievement gap of English Language Learners. This presentation will share the elementary, middle, and high school program design. It will also share curriculum alignment in both languages that ensures on level bilingualism and biliteracy. It will also share AP data as early in middle school that shows how our dual students are being prepared to be successful in college. Come and see how one district is meeting the needs of all students but especially the needs of their English Language Learners.

Moderators
RS

Rosalva Silva

ELL Compliance Coordinator, ELL Compliance Coordinator

Presenters
OM

Olivia Martinez

Dual Language Director, District Administrator


Saturday January 21, 2017 10:30am - 11:45am
Room 101

10:30am

Assess, Model, Guide, and Improve Achievement!
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how teachers can incorporate  guided reading practice along with teaching comprehension and metacognitive strategies with small and whole groups!


Saturday January 21, 2017 10:30am - 11:45am
Conference Theatre

10:30am

Incorporating Culturally Relevant Texts in the Dual Language Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

When our bilingual students are given instruction in English, they need the additional support that comes through engagement with texts that connect to their cultural backgrounds. Research shows that students read better and read more when they read culturally relevant books. Embracing our students' culture is easier than you think! Come learn about books and activities we can use in our bilingual classroom to embrace our students' and their families.

Moderators
avatar for Brenda Lee Garza

Brenda Lee Garza

Bilingual Teacher, Bilingual Teacher
12 Years in the field of Education | Masters Degree in Bilingual Literacy from UTRGV

Presenters
MV

Marta Valdez

Bilingual Teacher



Saturday January 21, 2017 10:30am - 11:45am
Room 102

10:30am

Increasing Relevancy and Engagement in Social Studies in English and Spanish
Limited Capacity seats available

The Center for Bilingual Studies and the Center for Mexican American Studies at UTRGV collaborated on designing a Social Studies curriculum in both English and Spanish for elementary schools. This presentation will introduce the curriculum and showcase some sample lessons that focus on the rich history of the Rio Grande Valley, Texas and across the nation.

Moderators
avatar for Stephanie Alvarez

Stephanie Alvarez

Associate Professor, Center for Mexican American Studies, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
I am an Associate Professor of Latina/o Studies and the 2015 Carnegie Foundation U.S. Professor of the Year. I am passionate about providing students with a culturally affirming education and believe it is an essential component of student success and well-being. Moreover, it is the cornerstone to thriving communities.

Presenters
avatar for Dr. Joy Esquierdo

Dr. Joy Esquierdo

Director of The Center for Bilingual Studies, UTRGV


Saturday January 21, 2017 10:30am - 11:45am
Room 202

10:30am

Pared interactiva de ciencias/ Interactive Science Word Walls
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Word walls serve as visual scaffolds and are a common classroom strategy used to reinforce instruction. Research shows a strong relationship between student word knowledge and academic achievement. As a result, building academic content vocabulary is an important part of science instruction. To support vocabulary development in science, we use interactive science word walls that resemble graphic organizers, strategically target academic vocabulary and are student generated. Current research suggests that interactive word walls are especially effective in classrooms with English language learners because they visually display the connections between academic vocabulary, inquiry experiments, and content.

Moderators
MG

Melissa Guerra

Bilingual Teacher

Presenters
avatar for Danise Godoy

Danise Godoy

Elementary Teachers, Bilingual Teacher
Mrs. Sara Castillo and I both work for PSJA ISD. We are second grade teachers and love trying new and innovative ideas, projects and activities in the classroom. | | | | Co-Presenter - Sara Castillo


Saturday January 21, 2017 10:30am - 11:45am
Room 104

10:30am

¿Cuentas con varios niveles de lectura en tu salón? ¡Estas actividades para centros son la solución!
Limited Capacity seats available

As school districts across Texas continue to be challenged to meet content and language objectives, bilingual classrooms need to capitalize on key elements of differentiated instruction in order to best meet individual students’ needs. In spite of the numerous research studies confirming the transferability of reading skills (Roberts & Corbett, 1997; Terrasi, 2000) and the positive effects of first language literacy into second language academic achievement (Riches and Genesee, 2007; Reese et al.2007), recent publications highlight the challenges to implement and achieve cognitive rigor in both L1 and L2 (Center for Applied linguistics (CAL). This session will explore how to deal with different levels of reading development by inviting practitioners to look for solutions within small group instruction using Istation resources combined with their curriculum materias.

Presenters
avatar for Viviana Hall

Viviana Hall

National Bilingual ESL Consultant, Istation
Viviana Hall has more than 18 years in the field of bilingual education. She started as a bilingual teacher and continued a successful career working in the implementation of many undergraduate and graduate bilingual teacher training programs for various universities in North Texas, including SMU and Texas Tech University. Viviana was the first academic director of the only higher education dual language university in Dallas: Ana G Mendez, and... Read More →


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Saturday January 21, 2017 10:30am - 11:45am
Room 203

10:30am

Developing Mathematics Vocabulary for Struggling Secondary ELLs
Limited Capacity filling up

In this session participants will learn of various vocabulary development strategies that have proven successful with struggling secondary ELLs in giving them understanding  and the confidence to solve higher-level mathematical problems and the ability to become self-assured mathematicians.

Moderators
avatar for Dr. Matthew E. Meyers

Dr. Matthew E. Meyers

Director- Bilingual/ESL/Migrant/Title III-A, Valley View ISD
Matthew E. Meyers is the Director of Bilingual Education, ESL, Migrant and Title III-A programs for Valley View Independent School District. in deep, south Texas. Dr. Meyers has more than 30 years of experience in the field of education. He has had the privilege of teaching children of diverse backgrounds in public and private schools, pre-service and in-service educators at the university level and adults learning English as a second language... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Sergio Garza

Sergio Garza

Lead Teacher, Valley View ISD


Saturday January 21, 2017 10:30am - 11:45am
Room 103

10:30am

ELL Early Intervention Initiative
Limited Capacity filling up

"By LPAC, it's TOO late!" This data-driven, time-sensitive ELL Early Intervention Initiative will help teachers be more cognizant of ELL students’ particular needs as well as the strategies, accommodations, and what type of differentiation of instruction is needed to best help the student be successful.

Presenters
avatar for Araceli Chavarín

Araceli Chavarín

Weslaco East High School, Assistant Principal


Saturday January 21, 2017 10:30am - 11:45am
Room 201

11:45am

1:15pm

Challenging ELLs to Develop Language Proficiency Through ELDCs
Limited Capacity seats available

The English Language Development Coaches at PSJA ISD will focus on how they in- service k-12 schools district wide. They will explain how they impact and service ELL student achievement by focusing on four specific areas of an ELDC: Data, Professional Development, Curriculum & Instruction, and Resources.

Moderators
EG

Eduardo Guzman

Spanish and Dual Language Coordinator, ELD Coach
avatar for Sherry Vargas

Sherry Vargas

English Language Development Coach (MS), English Language Development Coach (ELDC)
“If a child cannot learn in the way we teach, we must teach in a way the child can learn.” -Unknown | I have worn many hats at PSJA for 22 years, including Cafeteria cashier, paraprofessional, cheer sponsor, library clerk, and ELAR/ESL teacher. Currently, as the Middle School English Language Development Coach for the district, I enjoy writing ELA and ESL curriculum for the district. Our district has over 12,000 LEP students, including... Read More →

Presenters
SE

Susana Escobedo

ELD Coach, English Language Development Coach


Saturday January 21, 2017 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Room 104

1:15pm

Using Visual Literacy and Playful Learning for Effective Development of Scientific Vocabulary with ELLs - Examples from Los Cientificos and SciencePIX
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop provides teachers with practical classroom activities that help develop students' ability to interpret and construct meaning from visual images, while creating an environment that facilitates the implementation of play in the classroom. Additionally, participants will learn how to use culturally relevant examples along with Los Ceientificos and SciencePIX in order to help ELLs build new vocabulary and improve comprehension and retention.

Presenters
avatar for Luis J. Hernandez

Luis J. Hernandez

Director, Enabling Learning
Luis Hernandez is a bilingual (English – Spanish) writer, instructional designer, and educational consultant with a great passion for technology and facilitating learning. | | He graduated from the Catholic University of Andres Bello in Venezuela with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education. Luis continued his education at the University of North Texas where he received a Master of Science degree in Computer Education and Cognitive Systems... Read More →


Saturday January 21, 2017 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Conference Theatre

1:15pm

Big Book Fun for Everyone (Pre K-2nd)
Limited Capacity filling up

Teachers will read and participate in activities using children's literature in the form of Big Books using these to bridge language to develop mathematics concepts. Participants will see examples of how to use children's books to teach counting, adding, subtracting, and comparing. Teachers will see how each books can provide a variety of differentiation activities to reach all learners.

Presenters
avatar for Craig Willmore

Craig Willmore

Professional Educator
I have taught elementary school for 17 years, 7 of those were in Central America in a private bi-lingual school. I have been a curriculum director, assistant principal, and for the last several years have been an educational consultant specifically in mathematics.


Saturday January 21, 2017 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Room 103

1:15pm

Creating Connections - Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions Strategies for ELLs
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This session will provide participants with practical, easy-to-implement strategies to help teachers guide our ELLs  to infer meaning, draw conclusions and become more successful  in their reading endeavors. 

Moderators
Presenters
avatar for Dr. Matthew E. Meyers

Dr. Matthew E. Meyers

Director- Bilingual/ESL/Migrant/Title III-A, Valley View ISD
Matthew E. Meyers is the Director of Bilingual Education, ESL, Migrant and Title III-A programs for Valley View Independent School District. in deep, south Texas. Dr. Meyers has more than 30 years of experience in the field of education. He has had the privilege of teaching children of diverse backgrounds in public and private schools, pre-service and in-service educators at the university level and adults learning English as a second language... Read More →


Saturday January 21, 2017 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Room 102

1:15pm

It's Serious Fun! Closing the Achievement Gap Before It Begins
Limited Capacity full
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Providing instruction and practice in foundational reading can be personalized, aligned to standards, and informed by data. Check out a blended approach that is whimsical and engaging. Not only is it adaptive for each child, but it can be implemented in any reading block to ensure all children are on the path to becoming proficient readers by grade 3.

Presenters

Saturday January 21, 2017 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Room 101

1:15pm

¡Descifrando los TEKS por género!
Limited Capacity seats available

Ideas prácticas para la mejor enseñanza de los diversos géneros literarios en tercer grado. In this presentation we will clarify all third grade language arts by literary genre. Teachers will receive genre cards an will have the opportunity to distinguish the student expectations by sections such as: vocabulary, facts and details, theme and genre, literary nonfiction, sensory language, media literacy, and inference and summarization. We will have diverse activities that will impact the bilingual teachers' instructional delivery. The session is intended to be a hands-on workshop in which materials will be given to teachers including: anchor charts, genre cards, foldables, journals, and poetry samples. As part of the journaling activities, participants will divide their journals in sections pertaining to diverse genres. Each journal section will begin with a genre card: literary nonfiction, expository text, Figure 19, etc. We will then analyze the diverse TEKS in each genre, so the teachers know what to focus on for each genre. Participants will have a clear picture of the TEKS delivery by literary genre. In each literary genre, participants will then be presented with diverse ideas and hands-on activities. The activities by genres are formatted in different methods: STAAR formatted questions, foldable, organizational charts, key words, Venn diagrams, etc. All activities have been successfully implemented with Bilingual and regular students at Andrew Jackson Elementary in McAllen Independent School District.

Moderators
MA

Miguel Alberto Herrera

Instructional Coach, McAllen ISD
SH

Sofia Hinojosa

Assistant Principal

Presenters
BP

Blanca Piña

Teacher, Bilingual Teacher


Saturday January 21, 2017 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Room 203

1:15pm

Didáctica de vocabulario
Limited Capacity seats available

La enseñanza y aprendizaje del vocabulario es de suma importancia. El vocabulario es considerado uno de los pilares fundamentales de la comunicación. El que el alumnado adquiera la comprensión del vocabulario sucita gran interés. A través de esta presentación se pretende mostrar el éxito que pudiese tener tanto el alumnado como el personal docente.

Moderators
EG

Elizabeth Garza

Spanish Teacher
MT

Maria Teresa Garza

Spanish Teacher

Presenters
DI

Dania Ibarra

Spanish Teacher


Saturday January 21, 2017 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Room 202

1:15pm

Explicit Reading, Writing & Vocabulary Strategies for ELLs
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This session will provide participants with three explicit strategies that target reading, responding to open-ended questions, and vocabulary-building. Templates of the strategies will be provided in this workshop for teachers as "take-aways" to incorporate into their daily instruction.

Presenters
VM

Valerie Munoz

Teacher, ESL Teacher


Saturday January 21, 2017 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Room 201

2:45pm

The Journey for Continual Improvement in the Bilingual Program
Limited Capacity seats available

The objective of this presentation is to discuss the role of the bilingual program administrator as an agent of change in developing a systematic method for the ongoing effective implementation and improvement of a quality bilingual education program.

Moderators
avatar for Camilo Martinez

Camilo Martinez

Special Funds Director, Valley View ISD

Presenters
avatar for Dr. Matthew E. Meyers

Dr. Matthew E. Meyers

Director- Bilingual/ESL/Migrant/Title III-A, Valley View ISD
Matthew E. Meyers is the Director of Bilingual Education, ESL, Migrant and Title III-A programs for Valley View Independent School District. in deep, south Texas. Dr. Meyers has more than 30 years of experience in the field of education. He has had the privilege of teaching children of diverse backgrounds in public and private schools, pre-service and in-service educators at the university level and adults learning English as a second language... Read More →


Saturday January 21, 2017 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Room 104

2:45pm

Why Assess ELLs in English and in their Native Language?
Limited Capacity seats available

English learners often have knowledge in their native language but lack the vocabulary they need to semonstrate that knowledge in English. Combining data an assessment in an ELL's native language with data from an assessment in English can help teachers develop a greater understanding of student performance.

Presenters
avatar for Renaissance Learning

Renaissance Learning

Account Executive, Renaissance Learning
Lizzie Jarzombek is an Account Executive for Renaissance Learning, a world leader in cloud-based assessment, teaching, and learning solutions with customers in over one-third of U.S. schools and more than 60 countries worldwide. For the last 10 years, Mrs. Jarzombek has been showcasing the latest of Renaissance Learning offerings in assessments, reading, and math practice to school districts in the South Texas area.


Saturday January 21, 2017 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Room 203

2:45pm

Creando imágenes a través de la poesía en tercer grado
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En esta presentación nos enfocaremos en la enseñanza de los estándares del estado de Texas, TEKS, en referencia a la poesía. Hemos encontrado que la poesía es una area que carece de materiales y recursos didácticos. Durante nuestra sesión brindaremos una variedad de herramientas para facilitar el aprendizaje tanto de los alumnos como también de los maestros. En la primera parte de la sesión, tendremos de la oportunidad de repasar los TEKS que se relacionan directamente a la poesía. Facilitaremos tarjetas de genero literario de poesía donde se resumen los objetivos de los estudiantes de tercer grado. En el análisis que llevaremos acabo, desmenuzaremos las diferentes partes de los objetivos TEKS que incluyen: vocabulario, hechos y detalles, tema y genero, lenguaje sensorial, características del texto, y resumen e inferencias. Las activates a realizar durante la exposición incluyen: Partes del poema: utilizaremos various poemas para distinguir las partes de los poemas en español. Haremos hincapié en las funciones de cada parte de los poemas. Las partes que forman el poema son: titulo, versos, estrofas, rimas y autor. Ejemplos de poemas: veremos los distintos tipos de poemas. Los participantes tendrán acceso a diversos tipos de poesía. Los diferentes poemas a considerar son los siguientes: verso libre, poesía lírica, poesía narrativa, y poemas humorísticos. Elementos literarios de los poemas: a través de tres plegables; organizaremos los elementos literarios de la poesía. Los elementos literarios abarcan: aliteración, onomatopeya, personificación, metáforas, y similes or comparación. En resumen, ofreceremos un plegable amplio que contiene un resumen gráfico donde los estudiantes podrán ver todos los objetivos referentes a la poesía. Este plegable se pudre utilizar como un instrumento instructivo y de evaluación de destrezas.

Moderators
BP

Blanca Piña

Teacher, Bilingual Teacher

Presenters
SH

Sofia Hinojosa

Assistant Principal


Saturday January 21, 2017 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Room 201

2:45pm

Portrayal of Culture in Poetry: Bridge to Cognitive Development
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The use of poetry can very effectively help address the ever increasing demands of developing higher order thinking skills in children. In approaching cognitively challenging tasks, it is very important that children be able to use their background knowledge to decipher academic implications. Hence, the use of poetry that reflects their own culture provides them with such opportunity as they read and interact with culturally relevant literary works. The use of poetry enables children to look at the world through a different lens because poetry, as opposed to prose, has its own language and format.

Presenters
avatar for Dr. Ma. Alma González Pérez

Dr. Ma. Alma González Pérez

Founder & CEO, Del Alma Publications, LLC


Saturday January 21, 2017 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Room 202

2:45pm

The Reality of Teaching in La Frontera: Creating Teacher Awareness of Mexican Immigrant Students' Lived Experiences With Border Violence
Limited Capacity full
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A significant portion of our bilingual students may end up displaced as they transfer into our schools. This might be in due part to their families attempt to flee from the border wars of Mexico into La Frontera with Los Estados Unidos. Mexican immigrant students may carry with them violent border experiences and visions. These experiences simultaneously become part of our classrooms, directly or indirectly as students may manifest their experience through detachment, worry, depression, inability to focus, discipline issues, etc. With this being said, there is a tremendous need for teacher awareness of our bilingual students’ lived experiences. It is crucial for educators to understand the different emotional needs of their Mexican immigrant students (Gandara & Contreras, 2009). This presentation will focus on research which explore such practices and experiences. Thus constructing self-teacher awareness of this topic, background knowledge of our students’ lived experiences with La Frontera, and how this all plays out in bilingual pedagogy and curriculum. References: Duncan-Andrade, J. (2007). “Gangstas, wankstas, and ridas: defining, developing, and supporting effective teachers in urban schools.”International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 20(6), 617- 638. Gandara, P., & Contreras, F. (2009). The Latino Crisis Education. First University Harvard University Press, paperback edition. Gibson, M., Gandara, P., Peterson-Koyama, J. (2004). School Connections: U.S. Mexican Youth, Peers, and School Achievement. New York: Teacher College Press.

Moderators
avatar for Jesse Garza

Jesse Garza

K-12 Digital Learn Specialist, Other
I am an Digital Learning Specialist for the Los Fresnos Consolidated Independent School District, Texas, USA. I'm a published Author, Poet, and avid Photographer. My Doctoral studies have taken me backpacking in the lush jungles of Honduras, trekking across through a chandeliered Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles, walking among deer in the island of Itsukushima, more known as Miyajima (Shrine Island). I live on South Padre Island, off... Read More →
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Catherine Rodriguez

2nd Grade Teacher, Harlingen CISD

Presenters
avatar for Edith Trevino Espinosa

Edith Trevino Espinosa

Digital Learning Specialist, Other
I am a Bilingual Digital Learning Specialist for Los Fresnos CISD. I am passionate about teaching ESL, and ELL learners of all ages. Presently, I am a Doctoral Candidate at UTRGV, pursuing a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Bilingual Studies. My research is on teacher perception of Mexican Immigrant students in regards to violence in La Frontera. | Twenty years ago I served in U.S. Army Reserves, and that... Read More →


Saturday January 21, 2017 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Room 101

2:45pm

Cross-Curricular Instructional Strategies for Supporting English Language Learners
Limited Capacity full
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The purpose of this session is to provide educators with best instructional practices to meet the needs of Newcomers at the high school level. The instructional strategies provided represent best teaching practices which support both cross-curricular instruction, the English Language Proficiency Standards, as well as comprehension and vocabulary development specifically targeting the needs of our recent immigrant students.

Presenters
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Rebecca Galvan

Teacher, ESL Teacher
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Omar Quintero

ESL Teacher, Weslaco East High School


Saturday January 21, 2017 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Room 102

2:45pm

Designing Dual Language for Secondary Students: How to Expand Language Opportunities Through Digital Curriculum
Limited Capacity seats available

Bilingual and dual language education shouldn’t stop at the secondary level. As two-way dual language programs continue to grow, how do districts implement effective strategies to build bilingualism and biliteracy at for high school students? Join the conversation with The University of Texas at Austin High School on how blended learning and dual language digital curriculum can increase fluency in multiple languages and prepare students for the global job market. Identify strategies for expanding language learning opportunities from exclusively the world languages classroom into a cross-curricular approach, discuss best practices in designing multi-language curriculum, and increase the time your students spend communicating in an additional language, both inside and outside the classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Summer Alcauter

Summer Alcauter

Coordinator of Partnerships, University of Texas at Austin High School
The University of Texas at Austin partners with Texas high schools and districts to offer curriculum and services to accelerate student success through advanced coursework, credit recovery and specialty content areas. Students can earn a high school diploma or course credit through our state-approved educational opportunities.



Saturday January 21, 2017 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Room 103

2:45pm

Texas McGraw Hill Education ¡Así se dice! LOTE 6th-12th Program
Limited Capacity seats available

Culturally engaging experiences immerse students in the exciting diversity of the Spanish-speaking world. Language learning that builds student confidence equips them to be global citizens!
- Experience the diversity, beauty, and richness of the Spanish-speaking world.
- Empower interpersonal, interpretative, and presentational.
- Equip every student using the right mix of structure, vocabulary, and authentic resources.
- Engage students in class and beyond with resources designed to inspire every learner.
- Easy-to-use and intuitive online tools streamline planning and allow you to personalize instruction. 

Presenters
avatar for McGraw-Hill Education

McGraw-Hill Education

McGraw-Hill Education


Saturday January 21, 2017 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Conference Theatre

4:00pm

Door Prizes
Saturday January 21, 2017 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Exhibit Hall