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OSSE Multilingual Learner Conference

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) held its first Multilingual Learner Conference on Friday, June 7-Saturday, June 8, 2019 in Washington, DC at the Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University. This conference convened hundreds of teachers, school leaders and service providers who support preK through grade 12 dual language and/or English language programs, all united as change agents empowering student success through language learning.

The purpose of the conference was to:

  • Ensure all language learners have equitable opportunity to achieve their goals
  • Draw on DC educators’ extensive expertise in teaching language learners
  • Foster collaboration amongst our public and public charter school language educators

Sessions focused on:

  • Sharing effective, culturally responsive, instructional and assessment practices that impact student achievement
  • Understanding difference and disability when teaching and assessing language learners
  • Supporting early childhood education and developing learners ages 3-8
  • Strengthening family and community engagement and resources to enhance partnership

View conference flyer | View presentations | View conference program

Friday, June 7, 2019

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Andrea Honigsfeld

Dr. Andrea Honigsfeld is associate dean and professor, Molloy College, co-author of numerous books including Collaboration and Co-Teaching: Strategies for English Learners (2010), Common Core for the Not-So-Common Learner, Grades K–5: English Language Arts Strategies (2013), Common Core for the Not-So-Common Learner, Grades 6–12: English Language Arts Strategies (2013), Beyond Core Expectations: A Schoolwide Framework for Serving the Not-So-Common Learner (2014), Collaboration and Co-Teaching: A Leader’s Guide (2015), Coteaching for English Learners: A Guide to Collaborative Planning, Instruction, Assessment, and Reflection (2018), five of which are Corwin bestsellers.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Elena Izquierdo

Dr. Elena Izquierdo is a faculty member at the University of Texas at El Paso and principal investigator of a National Professional Development grant, Project LEAD that focuses on transforming schooling for EL educational success. Dr. Izquierdo has been on various state and national boards serving and advocating for English learners and served as vice president on the executive board of the National Association of Bilingual Education and as president of the Texas Association for Bilingual Education. She was an administrator for 13 years in DC Public Schools and during this time she served as the principal of Oyster Bilingual School in Washington, DC. In addition, during her tenure in Washington, DC, she was director for Language Minority Affairs where she led the district into federal compliance in services to language minority communities after the District was under an Office of Civil Rights mandate.

For more information or questions, please contact Dr. Jennifer Norton at [email protected].