Sonoma County Office of Education


English Learner Leadership Conference (CLASS IS FULL)

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

Equitable Classroom Cultures
Karen McGahey, Adjunct Faculty, National Equity Project
In this session, participants will explore the ways in which they can build the will, skill, knowledge and emotional intelligence to take action for equity. Participants will consider how to build relationships with colleagues that allow for discussions that can challenge inequities and shift their thinking and actions in service of providing every student with a high quality education.

Admin/TK-12 Focus

Unlocking Learning: Science and Math as Levers for English Learner Equity
Dr. Sarah Feldman, Director of Practice, The Education Trust-West
Rachel Ruffalo, Senior Practice Associate, The Education Trust-West
Join The Education Trust-West to learn about research on advancing math and science learning for English learners. Participants will learn about promising approaches and will practice instructional strategies to cultivate academic learning in mathematics and science. Participants will leave with tools and recommendations for school and district level practices to advance access and equity for English learners.

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

Learning to Lead: Bringing my Wild Tongue
Dr. Mariana G. Martinez, Santa Rosa Junior College Board Trustee
In "How to Tame a Wild Tongue" Gloria Anzaldua writes about her concern with many kinds of borders — between nations, cultures, classes, genders, and languages. She argues that identity is intertwined with the way we speak and the ways in which people can be made to feel ashamed of their own tongues. By keeping hers wild, she asserts her identity. Similarly, as the daughter of an immigrant mother and an immigrant child, growing up in the US was always complex for Dr. Martinez. Much of that complexity played out in the language and tongue she choose to communicate through and at times, her options were limited. Join Dr. Martinez as she shares her journey, and the power of a wild tongue in breaking barriers and leading from that space.

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.

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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