These three half-day professional development workshops (Friday, October 20, 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.) are designed to provide opportunities to discuss and examine relevant topics and important issues in greater depth. Regular conference sessions will follow on Saturday, October 21 2017. Friday’s Pre-Conferene Workshops are only $25 for WAESOL Members or $30 for non-members.
Essentials of Language Classroom Assessment
Nasrin Nazemi, University of Washington
Abstract: In this session, you will learn the principles of developing effective classroom assessment, and the role of assessment in the teaching and learning cycle. Through the workshop activities, you will experience creating different assessment tools, aligning them with the learning outcomes, and building them into daily classroom activities.
Nasrin Nazemi is an assessment coordinator at the University of Washington. She is interested in all aspects of assessment, from designing test specifications, developing classroom assessment and aligning them with learning outcomes to promoting assessment literacy.
What K-12 Decision Makers Need to Know about Serving English Language Learners
Dr. Joan Johnston Nelson, ELL Trainer and Consultant
Dr. Patty Finnegan, Special Projects Program Supervisor, OSPI Migrant & Bilingual Education
Abstract: This 3-hour workshop will assist the K-12 principal, district administrator, and other key leaders in better understanding what is needed to effectively serve the English Language Learners (ELs) in their district and buildings. An overview of second language acquisition will be provided, followed by an introduction to the language program models available to serve ELs in Washington State. We will also share an overview of funding, assessment, and accountability from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Bilingual Education Program with particular focus on how to effectively utilize available resources.
Dr. Joan Johnston Nelson has worked with English language learners teaching in K-12, adult literacy, university, and overseas programs. She is an active advocate, teacher trainer, and consultant, as well as a frequent presenter at local, state, and international conferences. She earned her PhD in Language and Literacy Education through Washington State University. Her passion is for working with those considered on the margins, especially those in the refugee and immigrant communities and her own Native American community.
Dr. Patty Finnegan’s work as a teacher, teacher educator, state-level administrator and educational researcher continues to be fueled by her passion to serve traditionally marginalized populations. She has given presentations and professional development on effective program development and instructional practices for ELs and student with disabilities. She obtained her PhD in Educational Psychology with an emphasis on cognition and development from Arizona State University.
All Things Cloud
Ron Belisle, Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute
Abstract: Scattered, cluttered, disordered, and fragmented? Are your teaching materials and files (and those of your colleagues) here and there and not where you need them at the time you need them? Do you have duplicate this and duplicate that? This demonstration will review the history of data management from the desktop to the cloud. Cloud based apps such Google Docs as well as Office 365 will be highlighted. Real-time collaboration using these and other modern cloud apps allows for curriculum and projects files to be accessed instantly using any device (PC, tablet, smart phone) by multiple users so data can be more quickly and efficiently managed.
There will also be an overview of how tech-savvy teachers can brand themselves by utilizing a cloud server and installing and customizing server apps such as customized forums, blogs, content/class management systems (Moodle, WordPress, etc.), MySQL databases, and other functionality.
Bring your laptop or your tablet to participate in practical applications of cloud apps during the presentation.
Ron has been on the faculty at Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute in Spokane since 1990. He served as the 2011 and 2013 WAESOL President, chaired the 2011 Tri-TESOL Conference as well as five WAESOL Conferences and eight Spokane Regional ESL Conferences. Ron has presented at numerous state, regional and TESOL conferences on practical solutions related to technology in education and administration.