Marshall Adult Education




Thursday, May 3rd 

8:00 am                     On-Site Registration Opens
9:00 am - Noon           ELL Coordinators Meeting
12:00 - 1:00 pm          ELL Coordinators Luncheon


Noon                         On-Site Registration open
1:00 - 2:00 pm           Keynote address - Mary Díaz
2:15 - 4:15 pm           Concurrent Session I
4:15 - 5:30 pm           Networking Time

  Friday, May 4th 

7:15 am                     Conference Registration Opens
8:00 am                     Exhibits Open
8:30 - 9:00 am            Welcome
9:00 - 10:15 am          Keynote address - Diane August
10:15 - 10:45 am        Exhibit Break
10:45 - 11:45 am        Concurrent Session II
Noon -1:00 pm            Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 pm            Concurrent Session III
2:00 - 2:30 pm            Exhibit Break
2:30 - 3:30 pm            Concurrent Session IV
3:30 pm                     Closing Remarks, Door Prizes

 *Content of the conference program is subject to change


Thursday Program Overview
          Concurrent Breakout Sessions
                2:15-4:15 pm


Room 1

 Tools and Techniques for Creating Intercultural Classrooms

 Holly Emert and Laurene Christensen 


Room 2

 The Alliance for Economic Inclusion: Learning the Language of Money

 Cathy Davis and Susan Tulashie 


Room 3

 Talking Suitcases for ESL Learners

 Susan Armington, Carla Vogel, Shana Bregenzer-Brenny and Buffalo Public School Students


Room 4

 Evidenced-Based Practices with Young English Language Learners

 Lillian Duran


Room 5

 Teaching Foundation Vocabulary to Elementary ELL Students

 Rita Sacks 


Room 6

 Ethical Considerations in Educational Interpreting

 Tara Gibbs and Betty Tapias-Heinrich


Room 7

 Basics of Special Education Referral and Evaluation

 Elizabeth Watkins 


Room 8

 I Don’t Belong Here:How Team Based Learning Can Help 

Melissa Lindsey 


Room 9

 Building Bridges to Parents

 Mary Diaz 


Room 10

 Best Practices in Working with Low-Literacy Learners

Patsy Vinogradov 


 Friday Program Overview


10:45 – 11:45

1:00 – 2:00

2:30 – 3:30


Room 1

What Are they Talking About? Code Switching in the Classroom

 Annie Strupeck

Can We Talk?

Lisa Rinehart


Balanced Literacy for Adolescent Newcomers

Martha Bigelow


Room 2

Building a Strong Kindergarden for Success

 Rachele Kreuser

Terri Tucker

Jeff Cacek

Adjusting in a Rural School District

Lee Carlson


Designing and Developing Bilingual Programs to Address the Needs of Diverse Populations

Bee Lee

Cathy Camarena


Room 3

At Last…Help for Older, Struggling Readers

 Jennifer Boyle


Merging Minds

 Pangjua Xiong

Amy Frederick

Collaboration to Identify and Build Assets to Promote ELLs Resiliency

 Dr. Patricia Hoffman

Dr. Nancy Drescher


Room 4

Hug’em or Hang’em:

What To Do With Non-Compliant Students

 Dee Buros 

Interventions in the Mainstream Classroom for ELLs

Deborah Verdorn Anderson


School Connectedness: Communication and Understanding Hispanic and Hmong Families in the Suburbs

Graciela Hammeken, Malia Yang-Xiong 


Room 5

Mexican Consulate:  Overview of Services

 Nathan Wolf Lustbader



SEAMS: A Needs Assessment for Migrant Students in Minnesota

Elisabeth Golub

Alyssa Banks

ELL Program Design

Dieu-Anh Nguyen



Room 6

Language Needs of Internationally Adopted Children

 Kris Schmiesing Christians,  Marilyn Fairchild

Students Speak Out: ESL Perceptions of Statewide Testing

Michael Anderson

Karla Stone 

A New Beginning:Serving Liberian Refugees in the Public Schools

Jonathan Luknic

Randolph Cooper


Room 7

Keynote Followup

 Diane August


Developing Procedures for Special Education

Marilyn Leifgren

Margaret Lane 

Choosing and Using a Picture Dictionary

Kathy Krokar



10:45 – 11:45

1:00 – 2:00

2:30 – 3:30


Room 8

 Training General Education Teachers in the SIOP Model!

 Denise Harlos, Tammy Doyle, Karen Hislop, Jason Hunt, Shannon Lawler, Andrea Tessar

Teaching Pre-Algebra to Basic Math ELL students

 Mohamed Alabari

Hamid Mashye


Science Vocabulary and Conecpt Strategies for ELLs

Rita Sacks



Room 9

Building Bridges:Training  Bilingual Liaisons in Special Education

 Elizabeth Watkins

 Dorothy Slegman



Immigration Services at the MN Council of Churches

Kara Olson

Rachele King


CultureGrams: An

Online ESL Solution

Paul Somers

Beyond the Blackboard:Using Magnetic Materials in the ESOL Classroom

 Daryl Beres

Dianne Del Giorno



Room 10

Electronic  Library for MN: Your Virtual Library

!Informe! Keeping the Bilingual Population Informed

 Kristen Mastel, Jennifer Hootman and Carla Pfahl

Moving Toward Collaboration in Secondary School

Brian Zambreno, Zena Shuster

Understanding the Academic & Social Needs of East African Muslim Students

Leticia Basford

Heather Megarry

The ESL Teacher’s Guide to Somali Pronunciation of English

Melissa Lindsay



Room 11

Solving Your ESL Placement Testing Challenges

Debra FitzGerald


English Language Learners with special Ed Needs: Making appropriate Placement  Determinations

 Brett Frayseth

Successful Strategies for Involvement of New Immigrant Parents in their Child’s Early Education

 Paola Nuñez Obetz

Kristin Dykstra


Room 12

From Sound to Sentence and Beyond

 Ray Clark


Improving Reading Fluency

 Sharon Hexum-Platzer




Room 13

Can Inclusion Include Pull-out? Making Collaboration Work for You

 Tina Scott Edstam, Connie Walker, Karla Stone, Kelly Frankenfield, Ruth Lillquist

The Rap Stress: Teaching English Stress Through Rap Music

 Janelle Fischler

Kate Jensen




Room 14

Responding to ESL Writing

Patsy Vinogradov

Technology-Based Programs are Powerful ESL Interventions

Chuck Obeso-Bradley



Room 15


ELL Literacy Development through Science

 Carolyn Yang


Managing Multi-Level Classrooms: Strategies and Tips

Jessica Jones

Suzanne McCurdy



*Content of the conference program is subject to change


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