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WIU-QC to Host English Language Learners Conference: ‘Equity in Education’

October 12, 2017

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MACOMB, IL - - Western Illinois University-Quad Cities will host a professional development conference for K-12 educators, "English Language Learners: Equity in Education" from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4 on the WIU-QC campus, 3300 River Drive, Moline, in Riverfront Hall. A pre-conference refugee simulation will also be offered on Friday, Nov. 3 for registered participants.

The conference, held in cooperation with the East Moline, Moline/ Coal Valley, and Rock Island/Milan school districts, is designed for teachers, counselors, and other educators and includes professional development hours for attendance. Registration is due by Nov.1.

The featured speaker will be Libia Gil, chief education officer for the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). In 2013, Gil was appointed to the U.S. Department of Education as the assistant deputy secretary and director for English Language Acquisition (OELA). Her office is responsible for language enhancement and academic achievement for learners nationwide.

A pre-program refugee simulation will be offered for up to 30 registered participants, and an administrators' breakfast with Gil will be offered for registered school leaders. Sessions include "Technology for the Classroom," "Strategies for Literacy," "Beginning Spanish for Teachers," and "Undocumented Students and DACA." Sessions on DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) will be presented by Julian Lazalde of the Latino Policy Forum.

Illinois public school teachers and others are eligible to receive ISBE credit for professional development. For public school educators, this includes 4.5 professional development hours for participating in the program. Only registrants attending the full program are eligible for professional developments hours.

Registration is $69 and includes lunch, professional development hours, documentation of hours, and conference materials. For more information or to register, call the WIU-QC Quad Cities Initiatives Office at (309) 762-3999, ext. 62357 or visit
To access the online registration form directly, visit A program schedule can be found at

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