Sonoma County Office of Education

English Learner Services

English Learner Leadership Conference

All materials from the 2018 English Learner Leadership Conference can be found below as they are made available. Files are in PDF format unless indicated otherwise. For information or questions, contact Jenn Guerrero, EL Coordinator, at jguerrero@scoe.org.

2018 El Leadership Conference Agenda | Session Descriptions for EL Leadership Conference

Conference Evaluation

Morning Session


Morning Keynote

Addressing the Needs of English Learners in a New Era
Laurie Olsen, Ph.D. | Director of the Sobrato Early Academic Language (SEAL) initiative
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Secondary Focus

Integrating Multilingual Learners’ Everyday Uses of Language and Subject Matter Uses of Language in Secondary Classrooms (ELA, History, Math, Science)
Kerry A. Enright, Ph.D. | Associate Professor, UC Davis School of Education, Emphasis Area in Language, Literacy, and Culture)
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Admin Focus

Steering the Ship in a new Era: What administrators need to know about policies & research in order to lead and support efforts to meet the needs of English Learners
Laurie Olsen, Ph.D. | Director of the Sobrato Early Academic Language (SEAL) initiative
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Elementary Focus

Supporting ELLs through Intentionally Designed Content Objectives, Language Frames, and Vocabulary Exploration
Megan Story | Student Support Coordinator, Rincon Valley Union Schools/Madrone Elementary
Lisa Christopherson | Classroom Teacher/Former District Consulting Teacher (Math), Rincon Valley Union Schools
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K-12 Focus

Communication with Families of English Learners: Connecting families, cultures, and languages
Graciela García-Torres | Title III Region 3 Lead, English Learners Programs and Accountability, Sacramento County Office of Education
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Afternoon Session

Afternoon Keynote

Do you speak English? Poverty, Identity and Assimilation. A personal story growing up as an English language learner
Oscar Chavez | Assistant Director, Sonoma County Department of Human Services


Elementary Focus

EL Focal Students: Building Community for Language Development
Betha MacClain | Principal, Jack London Elementary School, Piner Olivet Union School District
Kathy Harris | Teacher On Special Assignment/Instructional Coach, Piner Olivet Union School District

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Secondary Focus

Simple, Yet Powerful Shifts to Increase Accessibility for English Learners
Kirsten Sanft | Principal, West County Charter Middle School
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Admin/ TK-12 Focus

Supporting Sonoma County's Immigrant Children
Alegría De La Cruz | Chief Deputy County Counsel, Sonoma County Counsel's Office
Rafael Vasquez, Faculty and EOPS Coordinator, Santa Rosa Junior College

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K-12 Focus

Big Picture Learning
Susan Nystrom | Principal, North Bay Met Academy/Windsor Oaks Academy, Windsor Unified School District
Dana Jones | Teacher and Internship coordinator, North Bay Met Academy/Windsor Oaks Academy, Windsor Unified School District

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