Beyond Monolingualism: A Conference for Educators and Parent Leaders

Beyond Monolingualism: A Conference for Educators and Parent Leaders

Saturday, October 14, 2017, 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Central Connecticut State University, Constitution Room, New Britain, CT


A recent series of articles in The Connecticut Mirror highlights the need to educate the public and policy makers about the importance of bilingual education.

The goals of this one-day conference are:

  • To educate parents and policy makers about approaches to bilingual education
  • To inspire grass roots advocacy among English Learners and parents.

 Conference Schedule

9:00 – 9:30 Registration
9:30 – 10:30 Welcome and overview
10:30 – 11:15 Panel 1: Bilingualism on the ground
11:15 – 12:00 Panel 2: Implementation and policy implications
12:00 – 12:30 Lunch and networking
12:35 – 1:20 Breakout session I
1:25 – 2:10 Breakout session II
2:15 – 3:00 Wrapping up and moving forward


Featured Speakers and Panelists

  • Dianna Wentzell, Commissioner, CT Department of Education
  • Liz Howard, Associate Professor of Bilingual Education, Neag School of Education, UConn
  • Adrian Garcia-Sierra, Assistant Professor, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, UConn
  • Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, Education Reporter, The Connecticut Mirror

Breakout Sessions (all four topics offered during both sessions):

  • Guidance for Parents of Bilingual Children, led by:

Rose Reyes, bilingual Teacher, Windam Central School

Marina Perez-Taverner, bilingual education consultant

  • Ideology, Equity, and Implications for Policy, led by:

Violet Sims, Assistant Principal Montessori Magnet School

Rachel Gary, Director of Communications and Special Projects , Sheff Movement

  • Dual language: Programmatic Challenges and Opportunities, led by:

Liz Howard, UCONN Professor

  • Bilingualism and Biliteracy Development Issues, led by:

Angela Lopez-Velasquez, SCSU Professor

Helen Koulidobrova, CCSU Professor



Sponsored by:




For Additional Information Please Contact:

Aram Ayalon

Professor, Educational Leadership, Policy & Instructional Technology

Central Connecticut State University


Angela M. Lopez-Velasquez, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Special Education and Reading, School of Education

Southern Connecticut State University