Inspiring English Learners with Wordless Images
Literacy can be a challenge for any student, but English Learners face the additional challenge of working with a new and unfamiliar language-- then being tested on their proficiency. This interactive session will demonstrate how wordless images provide a nonthreatening opportunity for ELs to discover their voice and use creativity as a tool for communication. Learn how to employ a disguised learning, project-based methodology that allows for limitless scaffolding to meet the needs of ELs at every level of proficiency.
Meredith Scott Lynn, an award-winning storyteller, and recognized film and television actress understands the value of stories and self-expression. As Founder of WRiTE BRAiN BOOKS, her mission is to foster self-esteem in young people and offer inspired curricula that help kids of all ages excited to discover and develop ideas. Seeking to create collaborative and compassionate contributors by offering experiences that elevate academic and personal confidence, it is Meredith's goal to shift the conversation around student assessment from standardized testing to one grounded in appreciation for "the whole student”. WRiTE BRAiN provides platforms for all students to discover and share their voice.
Johanna Mancia is a 6th grade ELA and social studies teacher at Real Journey Academy Middle School in Upland, CA. She has worked at three California charter schools, always serving a diverse demographic of students. Johanna is committed to learning from and contributing to the education community, and has attended and presented at multiple conferences including previous CCSA conferences and the National Charter School Conference. She believes in providing a "whole child" education and honoring student choice. She strives to create a classroom culture that allows students to be bold, safely make mistakes, and learn from each other.