Mini-Dream Day

Thursday, November 9, 2017
University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA

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After the wildly popular Dream Day that we ran in 2015, we thought we would bring back a scaled down version.  Come learn how to teach your English Language Learners (ELLs) in your classroom!  This day is geared towards K-12 teachers who have ELLs in their classroom but aren’t quite sure if they are getting through.  Registration includes lunch.  We are working on getting approval to offer professional development credits–check back soon!

Keynote Speaker: Ms. Valeria Kouba


Valeria Kouba currently serves as the Curriculum Facilitator at Doris Henderson Newcomers School in Guilford County, NC, serving immigrants and refugees in their first year in US schools. She collaborates with several teams of teachers to design and implement curriculum, instructional units, and interventions to accelerate the language acquisition of ELLs in grades 3-12. In addition, she has focused on implementing appropriate assessment tools to monitor the academic progress of ELLs. She has a special interest in creating opportunities for students to develop their leadership skills and for teachers to grow in their cultural competence. Mrs. Kouba, a national of Argentina, has experienced English Language education and its challenges both as a mother and as an educator. During her twenty-eight years in education, she has taught English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in Argentina, taught Spanish and English as a Second Language (ESL) in US, and facilitated professional development for teachers in Argentina, Japan, and US. She was recognized as Teacher of the Year in 2008.

Confirmed Speakers Include:

Richard Cairn, Collaborative for Educational Services

  • Accessing Inquiry for English Learners through Primary Sources: Explore research-based strategies to help ELs master challenging content and skills in history, social studies, and the humanities, shared by the Massachusetts-based Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program at the Collaborative for Educational Services. Access  teaching tools, lessons, and incisive  literature, including free online resources.

Dr. Keith Folse, University of Central Florida

  • Helping Students with Seven English Problems in the Subjects You Teach:  In your science, math, history, or art classes, your ESL students make English mistakes when they try to function in their new language, English. These mistakes can be with pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar. Many teachers seem to have a solid enough ability to recognize a pronunciation or vocabulary problem and know how to correct the error.However, ESL students’ grammar mistakes are truly foreign to their English-speaking teachers, most of whom have very little ESL training. Why does my ELL say “I have 3 homeworks,” “I no went to Texas,” “We can to do that,” “I came here for learn English,” or “I want buy car new”? How do you explain these errors? And more importantly, what should you to do to help your ESL learners with these language problems?In this workshop, we will cover 7 common ESL grammar problems and offer you ideas for how to help your students.

Dr. Jamie Harrison, Auburn University

  • Scaffolding for English Learner Content Area Success: This session will explore the complexities of meeting the academic needs of English learners at all language proficiency levels. Participants will be guided through the process of determining language objectives from content objectives, identifying reasonable expectations, and scaffolding content, process, and product. Numerous examples of scaffolding will be shown and opportunities to practice and ask questions will be provided. This session is specifically well-suited for secondary teachers or any teacher delivering academic content to ELs.

Monica Vaughn-Flem, ESL Coordinator for KIPP New Orleans

  • Supporting Newcomer and Beginner ELLs in the Content Areas: Across Louisiana, teachers share the exciting but sometimes difficult challenge of teaching Academic Content to a growing number of English Language Learners (ELLs). There has been much discussion about what constitutes appropriate content, instruction, and assessment for English language learners. There are a number of ways to support the development of ELLs that also allow students to participate more fully in classroom activities and lessons. This session provides specific ideas and strategies; such as looking at ELDA scores, understanding language acquisition, as well as broader approaches such as using informal assessment and differentiation for varying language levels. You may already be doing some of these things without realizing it! At the end of this session, teachers will be able to:
    • Explore how social, emotional & academic needs of newcomers can be supported during instruction
    • Discuss differentiation strategies for beginner ELLs
    • Begin planning collaborative goals and support strategies to build upon strengths of ELLs

Get directions from where you are to UNO’s campus here.

  • Parking on UNO’s campus:

    Parking will be available for $3 in the pay-to-park lot located directly next to the University Center (building 34 on this map).  Please note that parking in regular UNO parking lots without a permit can result in a hefty ticket that we cannot do anything to resolve.  Parking is also available for free along Elysian Fields Avenue and Leon C. Simon Blvd.