Join us from October 26-28 on Notre Dame's campus!
About the Conference
All teachers, regardless of the grade-level or subject they teach, bear the responsibility of helping students use language—especially academic language. Knowing how to acquire, access, and implement the language of a discipline—through reading, writing, speaking, and listening—is essential to a student’s success in and beyond school. The task that teachers face in supporting students’ linguistic dexterity is made increasingly complicated by the expanding cultural and linguistic diversity of students enrolled in K-12 schools throughout the United States. The Institute for Educational Initiatives aspires to meet the needs of PreK-12 teachers across the content areas of math, science, English, social studies, foreign language, and theology through this year’s Excellence in Teaching Conference.
The 2-day conference will capitalize on the field-tested methods of Project GLAD (the Guided Language Acquisition Design Model), a program begun on the West Coast to promote language acquisition, academic achievement, and cross-cultural skills in PreK-12 classrooms across the curriculum. Proven so effective that entire school districts have formally adopted the program, the Be GLAD method is now finding its way into professional conferences and professional development offerings throughout the country. Teachers participating in the 2018 Excellence in Teaching Conference will have the opportunity to learn from Be GLAD team members who specialize in teacher training. Anticipated workshops will help teachers develop strategies to make academic language accessible for all students, to differentiate instruction to meet the various levels of academic language development, and to guide teachers from direct teaching instruction using academic content language to small group and independent student mastery of academic writing.
Workshop Titles and Descriptions:
Integrating Standards-based Language Skills into All Content Areas
Are you seeking a way to bring all of the different language and content-area standards/requirements together? Join us to create an advanced instructional target by teaching with the end in mind. In this hands-on workshop, participants will move from unpacking the standards to planning meaningful instruction that integrates the standards into interdisciplinary thematic units for PreK-12.
Top 5 Strategies for Building the Academic Literacy and Language of All Students
Are you looking for a proven way to boost literacy skills and language development in your classroom? In this session, participants will walk away with ideas for planning instruction that gradually releases the responsibility within the learning process from the teacher to the student. Participants will learn best practice strategies for direct and interactive instruction and how to plan for guided research groups that will form the support for independent research and writing.
Using Collaborative Structures in the Classroom
Would you like to create a classroom with high levels of rigor, risk-taking and engagement while keeping the level of anxiety low for all students? Learn how to set your students up for success while working collaboratively. Participants will take away strategies for creating environments that encourage peer teaching, cooperation, interdependence, comprehensible output and motivation.
Top 10 Strategies for Language Learners
Do you have students with a variety of needs? Participants will leave this workshop with a tool-box of research-based and field tested strategies that have been proven effective in differentiating instruction to meet the needs of all learners and in all types of classrooms (Dual Language, EL/ELD/ESL, English-only, Special Education, etc.).