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English Learner Leadership Conference

Administrators, teacher-leaders, district trustees, and interested community members are invited to attend SCOE’s annual English Learner Leadership Conference. Participants will gain access to effective tools and strategies that pertain directly to English Learners at all grade levels. Sessions will be tailored for elementary educators, secondary educators, administrators, and K-12.

Please note: No printed copies of conference materials will be provided. Materials will only be available digitally at the conference; please bring an electronic device.

Morning Session

Opening Session

Youth Panel: Centralizing English Learner Voices
Dr. Orlando Carreón | Teacher Educator, University of California Davis
Too often, conversations about equity and effective practices are conducted with very little input from our most valuable resource, our youth. This panel, moderated by Dr. Orlando Carreón, places English Learner youth voices at the center of our thinking and learning. By centralizing youth voices, we are able to better understand the diverse experiences of our English Learner students, and learn what is working for them in education, and what stands to be re-visited.

Elementary Focus

Details to come.

Admin/TK-12 Focus

Unlocking Learning: Science and Math as Levers for English Learner Equity
Rachel Ruffalo | Senior Practice Associate, The Education Trust–West

Secondary Focus

Effective Teaching of Latinx Students: A Community Responsive Approach
Dr. Orlando Carreón | Teacher Educator, University of California Davis In narrative fashion, Dr. Orlando Carreón will share powerful practices of teachers nominated as effective by local community youth. Participants will walk away with examples of how effective teachers of Latinx youth practiced their purpose for teaching, created spaces to cultivate student voice, and nurtured teacher student relationships inside and outside the classroom. This break out session combines the latest research on effective teaching of Latinx youth, with practical implications for how educators can affirm the linguistic diversity of all students.

Admin/TK-12 Focus

Communication with Families of English Learners: Connecting Families, Cultures, and Languages
Graciela García-Torres | Title III Region 3 Lead, English Learners Programs and Accountability, Sacramento County Office of Education
Communication is a critical factor in building relationships. The families of English Learners need explicit and clear information that builds a bridge between the home and school cultures. Participants will explore mandates, responsibilities, and rights of working with diverse families. The session will review best practices for interpretation and translation services including IEPs, formal and informal meetings. Participants will get a list of resources available for families and districts.

Afternoon Session

Afternoon Keynote

Details to come.

Elementary Focus

Cultivating Agency and Identity in English learners: The Power of Digital Storytelling
Jenn Guerrero | English Learner Coordinator, SCOE
Matt O'Donnell | Tech Innovation Specialist, SCOE

Digital Storytelling can build English Learners’ language proficiency in an authentic, engaging way. In this hands-on session, participants will learn how to craft digital storytelling opportunities for ELs that develop language skills, cultivate identity, and build agency.

Secondary Focus

The Educability of All Students: Exploring the Relationship Between Equity and Language Acquisition
Jessica Progulske | Student Supports Coordinator, SCOE
Chuck Wade | Instructional Supports Coordinator, SCOE

This session will offer participants an opportunity to examine the relationship between language acquisition and current equity issues facing schools through an exploration of unexamined privilege and the Discourse I vs. II framework. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to learn, talk about, and experience some possible classroom, school, and district-level applications of this work.

Admin/ TK-12 Focus

Engaging Meaningfully with ELPAC Data
Lyndsey Munn | Director of Continuous Improvement - Data and Assessment, SCOE
This session will help leaders to build their capacity around analyzing ELPAC results and connecting them to classroom practices. Participants will leave with tools and resources to use with teacher teams.

When Friday, January 11, 2019
8:30am - 3:30pm
Location SCOE
Presenter Please check back soon for a list of presenters
Cost $160.00 Includes continental breakfast; Lunch is not provided
Audience Administrators, teacher-leaders, district trustees, EL coordinators, other school site personnel, and interested community members
Registration closes 01/08/2019
Registration Connie Anderson, (707) 524-2823,
Questions Jenn Guerrero, (707) 524-2852,

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