int(16) int(8) ESEA Video On Demand National ESEA Association
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"Take Me Home" UnMasking the Fear of Communicating With EL Families

This interactive, engaging presentation will share the powerful true story of "Take Me Home" through the eyes of EL students who have an inspiring message for teachers. “Take Me Home” was published in July of 2021, and is the true story of 11 of my former EL students who give a first-hand account of what it’s really like to become bilingual in America. It will also include: -Background information on our EL students in the U.S. -Deliver “use tomorrow” resources for staff and leaders to immediately communicate with EL families -Teach the 10 essential questions to ask when receiving an EL student -Provide a concrete road map of how to collaborate with teachers who are currently supporting EL students -Demonstrate how to connect EL's building, district, and countywide! -Allow attendees to participate in an immersion activity to experience what it feels like to be an EL student

Link to Communication Resources for EL Families
This talk was presented at:
2023 National ESEA Conference
February 2023 in Indianapolis, IN
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Andrea Bitner

I have been an EL teacher for 15 of my 22 years in education. I have led roles as an educator, new teacher mentor, literacy coach, speaker, and author. I have participated in over 15 podcasts and 10 presentations on this topic. Educators are connecting and receiving its message and we are honored to present it!