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.
Friday, October 26, 2018
5 PM Welcome Mass (optional)
5:45 PM Welcome Reception
6:15 PM Keynote by Dr. Luis Fraga, Director Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame
Saturday, October 27, 2018
8 AM Breakfast
9 AM-9:30 AM Introduction to Guided Language Acquisition Design
10 AM-12 PM Be GLAD-sponsored Workshop #1*
2 PM-4 PM Be GLAD-sponsored Workshop #2*
5 PM Vigil Mass at the Basilica (optional)
6:30 PM Dinner and Keynote by Dr. Ernest Morrell, Coyle Professor of Literacy Education at the University of Notre Dame; Director of the Center for Literacy Education
Sunday, October 28, 2018
8 AM: Continental breakfast
9:00-11 AM: Be GLAD-sponsored Workshop #3*
*Potential workshop topics:
- Integrating Standards-based Language Skills into All Content Areas (Social Studies, Math, Science, etc)
- Top 5 Strategies for Building Academic Literacy in Speaking and in Writing
- Using Collaborative Structures in the Classroom
- Top 10 Dual Language Strategies
Blocks of rooms have been reserved at both the Fairfield Inn and Suites in nearby Eddy Street Commons and at the Morris Inn on Notre Dame's campus. Please visit the booking links below to reserve a room today!
Fairfield Inn and Suites South Bend at Notre Dame
1220 East Angela Boulevard
South Bend, IN 46617
Book your group rate for Excellence in Teaching Conference 2018
Morris Inn at Notre Dame
1399 N. Notre Dame Ave.
South Bend, IN 46617
Book your group rate for Excellence in Teaching Conference 2018
You can also call the Morris Inn directly to make your reservation 800-280-7256. Please just reference the "Excellence in Teaching Conference" to receive the group rate.
Dr. Luis Fraga - Director, Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame
Luis Ricardo Fraga eceived his A.B., cum laude, from Harvard University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Rice University. His primary interests are in American politics where he specializes in the politics of race and ethnicity, Latino politics, immigration policy, education politics, voting rights policy, and urban politics. His most recent co-authored book is Latinos in the New Millennium: An Almanac of Opinion, Behavior, and Policy Preferences (Cambridge University Press 2012). He has two other recent books: the co-authored Latino Lives in America: Making It Home (Temple University Press 2010) and United States Government: Principles in Practice (Holt McDougal 2010), a high school textbook. He has also published the co-authored book Multiethnic Moments: The Politics of Urban Education Reform (Temple University Press 2006). He was a member of the APSA standing committee on Civic Engagement and Education that co-authored Democracy at Risk: How Political Choices Undermine Citizen Participation, and What We Can Do About It (Brookings Institution Press 2005) . He is also co-editor of Ethnic and Racial Minorities in Advanced Industrial Democracies (Greenwood 1992). He has published extensively in scholarly journals and edited volumes including the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, Perspectives on Politics, The Journal of Politics, Urban Affairs Quarterly, Western Political Quarterly, Dubois Review, Journal of Women, Politics & Policy, and the Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy. He is also completing the co-authored manuscript Invisible No More: Latino Identities in American Politics as well as The Changing Urban Regime: Toward an Informed Public Interest, a history of the political incorporation of Tejanos in San Antonio city politics from 1836-2009. Read more on Dr. Fraga.
Dr. Ernest Morrell - Director, Center for Literacy Education at the University of Notre Dame
Ernest Morrell is the Coyle Professor of Literacy Education and Director of the Center for Literacy Education at the University of Notre Dame. He was formerly the Macy Professor of English Education and Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME) at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is also an elected member of the AERA Council, elected Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, a past-president of the National Council of Teachers of English, an appointed member of the International Literacy Association’s Research Panel, and convener of the African Diaspora International Research Network. His areas of interest include: The Teaching of English, the African Diaspora, Postcolonial Studies, Media and Popular Culture, and Literature for Children. In 2015, 2016, and 2017, Ernest was ranked among the top 100 university-based education scholars in the Annual EdWeek RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings. Ernest is also the recipient of the 2017 Divergent Award for Excellence in 21st Century Literacies. Ernest has written more than 80 articles and book chapters that have appeared in publications such as Research in the Teaching of English, Teachers College Record, the Journal of Teacher Education, Reading Research Quarterly, English Education, the English Journal, the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, and Learning, Media, and Technology. He has authored eight books including New Directions in Teaching English, Doing Youth Participatory Research, The Art of Critical Pedagogy, Critical Literacy and Urban Youth, and Critical Media Pedagogy: Teaching for Achievement in City Schools, which was awarded Outstanding Academic Title for 2014 by Choice Magazine of the American Library Association. Ernest has earned numerous commendations for his university teaching including UCLA’s Department of Education’s Distinguished Teaching Award. He received his BA in English Literature from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and his teaching credential, his MA and his PhD in Language, Literacy, and Culture from the University of California, Berkeley where he was the recipient of the Outstanding Dissertation award in 2001. Ernest is chair of the Planning and Advisory Committee for the African Diaspora Consortium and he sits on the Executive Boards of LitWorld and the Education for Democracy Institute. Read more on Dr. Morrell.
Noshaba Afzal, MS, PPS - Educational Consultant & Counselor
Noshaba holds a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, a MS degree in Educational Counseling, and a PPS Counseling Credential. She is a Certified GLAD Key Trainer for the Project GLAD Model. She has served California Public Schools for 28 years as a teacher, counselor, trainer, and educational consultant. Noshaba has been recognized by Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and has had her work in publications Nationally. Her current publication project includes co-authorship for the new 3rd edition of Bringing It All Together, originally authored by Project GLAD co-creator Marcia Brechtel. She has taught grades Kindergarten through 12th grade. She speaks multiple languages, which gives her a special appreciation of acquiring English as a second language. Noshaba has provided Professional Development trainings to over 10,000 Public/Private School teachers, Administrators, Superintendents, State and National Officials across the country and internationally. She is a member of Oxford Round Table, and has conducted presentations for the National Reading Panel, County Offices of Education, Top Universities, CABE, and the US Department of Education. She has continued conducted educational research with Stanford University, UOP, SJSU and leading researchers in the field of Education. For 19 years, Noshaba volunteered as the Site Director for the Preschool and Kinder-8th grade, overseeing curriculum and instruction for Silicon Valley Academy- a non-profit school primarily serving immigrant children who have a primary language other than English. She has also volunteered for the GiveLight Foundation as the Educational Coordinator for Orphans Internationally since 2006, specializing in second language acquisition of orphans around the globe. Noshaba enjoys traveling, experiencing new cultures across the US and abroad, and skiing with her family. She is currently the National Director of Training for Be GLAD.
Anisa Arain, MA - Educational Consultant & Motivational Speaker
Anisa has a BA in Psychology & Social Behavior and holds a MA in Education with a specialization in Education Technology. She is a Certified GLAD Key Trainer for the Project GLAD model. Over the years, Anisa has worked to conduct professional development trainings for teachers, instructional coaches, and administrators in the field of language acquisition skills. Nationally, Anisa is a lead mentor to educators who are in the Trainer in Training program to support them to become successful trainers in their various districts. She is a published author and contributor for Uplevel having written and developed cutting-edge curriculum for grades K-5, integrating Next Generation Science, History Social-Studies, and Common Core English Language Arts. Anisa has also done work with students from the University of California, Irvine, mentoring first-year university students who come from low-income, first-generation and/or international populations, giving them tools and support to have a successful educational career. Being a second-language learner herself, and now multi-lingual, Anisa continues to present nationally at numerous educational conferences, trainings, and conduct research to ensure support to each and every student. She currently is a Coordinator and national lead trainer for Be GLAD. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, snowboarding and exploring the world of creative fashion.
Christine D’Aquanni - Educational Consultant and Dual Language Educator
Christine holds a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, a BCLAD (Bilingual, Cross-cultural, Language and Academic Development) Certificate, and a Master of Arts in Education with a Specialization in Dual Language Development. She is a Be GLAD Certified Key Trainer and a dual immersion educator with over 15 years of experience and dedication to raising the quality of education in public and private schools in both the Unites States and abroad. Christine has extensive experience working with WIDA Member Schools. From volunteer teaching experiences in indigenous areas of Mexico and Guatemala to supporting English language learners in international and American schools overseas, she has always sought to understand and meet the needs of the underserved, especially students of minority languages. An adventurous spirit, Christine has lived abroad many times and enjoys learning new languages.
Michele Rasner - Educational Consultant & Motivational Speaker
Michele is a professional educator who has specialized in the connections between brain research and language acquisition. She holds a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, with a triple major in psychology, sociology and history. Currently she is completing her Master’s degree in instructional design. Nearly two decades ago, she began her career in a Central California public school, teaching predominantly second language learners. Michele is a certified Key trainer for Be GLAD in both the preschool and k-12th model. She is committed to educating classroom teachers using GLAD to take best teaching practices domestically and internationally. She has presented nationally at various educational conferences including CABE (California Association for Bilingual Education) and the Project GLAD International Conference. She coordinates and conducts numerous district training's, classroom demonstrations, and workshops both in public and private schools with an expertise in school site and teacher evaluation. Michele specializes in developing Common Core year plans, while integrating Next Generation Science Standards and Social Studies content. She is a published author for Uplevel, where she developed units that integrate researched based instruction, National and State standards into teacher friendly curriculum. Currently, Michele is the National Coordinator of the TnT (Trainer in Training) Program with Be GLAD. She is married and has five children, which is where she finds her most joy and satisfaction. She also volunteers immeasurable hours with an organization that supports women from 18 and above in various activities, lessons, and service projects in the community at large. Her hobbies include cooking and gardening.