Sonoma County Office of Education

EL Leadership Conference 2016

English Learner Leadership Conference

All materials from the 2016 English Learner Leadership Conference can be found below. Files are in PDF format unless indicated otherwise. For information or questions, contact Jenn Guerrero, EL Coordinator, at

Conference Evaluation


Overview of the Conference

Morning Keynote

Make Your Voice Heard: Advocating for ELL Equity
Ryan J. Smith, Executive Director, The Education Trust West

El Leadership

Morning Breakouts

Administrator Focus
Utliizing SBAC Designated Supports for English Learners
Presenter: Rick Phelan, SCOE Technology for Learners Director

Elementary Focus
"She Looks like ME!": Literature Representing Diverse Perspectives
Presenter: Kelly Matteri, SCOE Teacher-on-Loan for ELA

Secondary Focus
Secondary Success for EL Learners
Kris Menlove, Director of Curriculum and Instructional Technology, Cloverdale Unified School District

K-12 Focus
Parents as Partners: Fostering Family Leadership in Your Classroom
Presenters: Veronica Flores Malagon, Senior Practice Associate, Education Trust-West

Afternoon Keynote

Jennifer Vargas Esquivel, Sacramento Area Youth Speaks poet-mentor, performs a spoken-word piece and talks about her experience growing up as an English Learner.

Literacy is a Civil Write: Teaching Tools for Social Resistance within and beyond the walls of Schools
Dr. Vajra Watson, Director of Research and Policy for Equity at UC Davis and Founder of Sacramento Area Youth Speaks, and Jennifer Vargas Esquivel

Afternoon Breakouts

K-12 and Admin Focus
The Write to Go Home
Dr. Vajra Watson and Jennifer Vargas Esquivel

K-12 Focus
Thinking strategically and collaboratively before considering an EL for Special Education Eligibility
Presenter: Sharen Bertrando, Program Specialist, Sonoma County SELPA

K-12 Focus
Using Maker Education to Leverage Language Opportunities for English Learners
Presenters: Casey Shea, SCOE Teacher on Loan - Maker Education
Jenn Guerrero, EL Coordinator, SCOE
Matt O'Donnell, Tech Innovation Specialist, SCOE


Elementary Focus
Integrated ELD - More Than Just "Good Teaching"
Presenter: Kathy Harris, Piner Olivet Instructional Coach

Secondary Focus
"She Looks Like ME!": Literature Representing Diverse Perspectives
Presenters: Kelly Matteri, SCOE Teacher-on-Loan for ELA

Leilan, Student
"I like Amarosa because there's a much smaller student count and so teachers can be one-on-one with you. They can actually help you and be one-on-one with you while the class is doing something else. I feel like that's a huge game-changer." - Leilan, Student