Quad Cities Campus

English Language Learners Conference

"Equity in Education"

November 3-4, 2017

Online Registration & Registration PDF

This fall Western Illinois University-Quad Cities in cooperation with the East Moline School District, Moline/ Coal Valley School District, and the Rock Island School District will sponsor an English Language Conference for Illinois and Iowa administrators and teachers (k-12). This program is designed to touch on multiple facets of working with English Language Learners, for teachers who are not only in English Language Learner classrooms, but those who have an English Language learner in a general classroom setting. Sessions include “The Current Status of English Language Learners and New Developments,” "Undocumented Students and DACA,"“Beginning Spanish for Teachers,”  “Strategies for Literacy,” “Technology in the Classroom,” and a “Pre-Conference Refugee Simulation for Educators.”

Libia Gil, Illinois State Board of Education's Chief Education Officer

The keynote speaker for the event is Libia Gil, the Illinois State Board of Education’s Chief Education Officer. Libia Gil has served as the Assistant Deputy Secretary and Director for the Office of English Language Acquisition at the U.S. Department of Education under U.S. Secretaries of Education Arne Duncan and John King. In addition, she was Vice-President for Practice at the Collaborative for Academics, Social and Emotional Learning in Chicago. She has been a Senior Fellow and Managing Director at the American Institutes for Research (AIR), where she developed and co-led the AIR Center for English Language Learners.

Illinois educators are eligible for 4.5 professional development hours from ISBE.  Professional Development Hours, lunch, conference attendance, conference materials, and the pre-conference refugee simulation are all included in the registration cost of $69. Space is limited to 30 participants for the refugee simulation.

As part of the conference, participants will have the opportunity to become actively involved in a refugee simulation. The simulation will allow educators to experience what it is like for their students who are refugees seeking safety after leaving their home countries.  The simulation will be presented by World Relief on November 3rd on the WIU-QC Campus, on the campus grounds and within Riverfront Hall.

In addition to the refugee simulation, administrators are invited to attend a free administrators' breakfast with Libia Gil the morning of the conference.  Up to 15 school leaders will have the opportunity to engage in informal conversation with Dr. Gil.

Program Schedule:

Friday, November 3, 2017

3:30-7:30 p.m.         Pre-Conference Refugee Simulation for Educators

                                 Presented by World Relief

                                 Riverfront Hall-Rooms 111, 103/104

 Saturday, November 4, 2017

7:00 a.m.                  Pre-Conference Administrator Breakfast with Libia Gil

                                  Riverfront Hall 103/104

8:00 a.m.                   Registration Check In

                                   Riverfront Hall Lobby

 8:30 a.m.                   Welcome

                                   Joe Rives

                                   RF 111

 9:00-10:00 a.m.        Current Status of English Language Learners & New Developments

                                   Libia Gil, ISBE

                                   RF 111

 10:05-11:05 a.m.      Concurrent Session I

                                  Trauma Informed Training

                                   Elizabeth Kanter and Katherine Reyhone

                                   RF 118

                                   Undocumented Students & DACA

                                   Julian Lazalde, Latino Policy Forum

                                   RF 111

                                   Technology for the Classroom

                                   Korah Winn

                                   RF 116

 11:10-12:10 p.m.      Concurrent Session II

                                   Beginning Spanish for Teachers

                                   Gloria Delany-Barmann

                                   RF 118           

                                    Undocumented Students & DACA

                                   Julian Lazalde, Latino Policy Forum

                                   RF 111

                                   Technology for the Classroom-RF 116

                                   Korah Winn

                                   RF 116

 12:10-1:00 p.m.        Lunch

                                   Riverfront Hall 103/104

Concurrent Sessions III-V (Repeated)
1:00-1:30 p.m.           Concurrent Session III
1:35-2:05 p.m.           Concurrent Session IV
2:10-2:40 p.m.           Concurrent Session V

                                   Strategies for Literacy

                                   Rosalva Portillo

                                   RF 111

                                   College Access: The One-by-One program

                                   Margarita Mojica

                                   RF 226

                                   Interpreter Protocols

                                   Jackie Zamora

                                   RF 228

                                   English Language Cultural Competency & Mindfulness

                                   Lindsay Meeker

                                   RF. 229

                                   Dual Language Instruction

                                   RF 222

 2:45-3:00 p.m.          Program Evaluation & Conclusion


To print a program schedule, please click on the following link: EL Conference Schedule PDF File. For more information, please contact the Quad Cities Initiatives Office at 309.762.9481, ext. 62357. To register, please click here.