Conference offers English learners resources
ERS coordinates regional conference in partnership with state and regional county offices
Educational Resource Services (ERS) is coordinating a large regional conference entitled Best Results for English Learners. Scheduled for November 7 at the Fresno Convention Center, the conference will showcase programs and resources for educators addressing needs of English learners. The conference is a collaboration between the California Department of Education (CDE) and the county offices of education in Region VII (Fresno, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced and Tulare).
“Educators across the state are collaborating and building resources that meet the needs of our English learners to address the requirements of California’s new accountability system,” said Jen Francone, ERS administrator. “This conference will be filled with many of these valuable resources shared from the CDE, local districts, and county offices to empower educators at all levels to provide high quality learning for our English learners. Whether you're a classroom teacher, principal, coordinator, or district leader, there will be something for you to take back to your district and use right away.”
The conference will open with a keynote presentation by Dr. Aida Walqui, director of Teacher Professional Development at WestEd, the nonprofit educational research, development, and service agency. At WestEd, Dr. Walqui is responsible for collaborating with the organization’s ongoing teacher professional development efforts. Previously, Dr. Walqui taught in the Division of Education at the University of California, Santa Cruz and the School of Education at Stanford University, where she coordinated the Cross-Cultural, Linguistic, and Academic Development emphasis in the STEP program. She has also taught in other universities in Peru, Mexico, England, and the United States. Dr. Walqui is an author and member of several national and international teacher professional development advisory boards. She is frequently invited to speak on teacher growth in schools characterized by cultural and linguistic diversity.
The conference will also include an English learner writing workshop, a presentation of a toolkit for English learners, and numerous other breakout sessions. The conference, which is scheduled from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on November 7, will conclude with a presentation by Martin Cisneros, an academic technology specialist with the Santa Clara County Office of Education.
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