Engaging and Valuing English Language Learners
If language and achievement gaps are to be closed, as well-informed educators, we must step forward and examine our values and behaviors and the policies and practices of our classrooms and schools. We can make a difference for our students and their communities when we listen to who our students say they are and what they need. Too often our needs or the needs of the school system take precedent. In this thought provoking, interactive session, Sheri King, Director of Federal Programs, Liberal, KS, will reveal classroom tested best practice strategies to use with English learners within the various levels of language acquisitions. We will examine the 5 stages of language development from the Silent Stage to Advance Fluency. You will learn about the "Super 7" strategies that will guide educators with instructional practice and delivery strategies that intentionally support all students in their listening, speaking, reading and writing across all content areas.
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Ashley Stanky Martinez is an AVID Excel and AVID Elective consultant who provides purposeful Professional Learning while building meaningful relationships with teachers, schools, and districts nationwide. In addition to consulting, she facilitates and writes curriculum for strands at AVID Summer Institute, PATH Training, Tutor Training, and National Conference. Leading these trainings further allows her to encourage teachers to hone their craft and make informed and intentional decisions about instruction. Ashley does not believe there is an achievement gap that is lowering students’ success, but rather a low expectation gap. She believes in creating an intentional and academically rich learning environment for students, which allows them to become confident scholars and change their trajectory. Ashley’s mission as a consultant is to provide access to purposeful, diagnostic teaching and curriculum while setting high expectations for all scholars.