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.
|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
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED at www.CTMirrorEvent.org.
For Additional Information Please Contact:
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