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Conference Workshop Sessions Announced

MCAEL Professional Development Conference
Workshop Sessions

Workshop Sessions

1.    Addressing fears, debunking myths and teaching resources for completing the 2020 Census Count
The presentation will include results from an Identity, Inc. needs assessment conducted on 470 people from the Down-county and Up-county area that uncovers barriers people have to completing the Census.  We will share Identity’s outreach presentation that can be modified to individual or group level outreach, covering purpose, impact, myths about the Census and how to complete the Census. The Gilchrist Immigrant resource center will present and share instructional resources to educate adult learners about the Census.
Presenters:  Ana Dudamel, Identity & Anna DiNicolo, Gilchrist Immigrant Resource Center

2.    Digital Literacy for Adult Learners
Digital literacy is essential for the 21st century adult learner. Historically, literacy has focused on print literacy. However, new technologies have required an additional set of literacy skills, digital literacy. Participants will define digital literacy and explore current practices, analyze The Digital Literacy Framework for Adult Learners, and apply the Framework in their professional context.
Presenter: Jamie Harris, MD Department of Labor

3.    English for Better Communication - increasing student engagement in the community or professional workplace.
The goal of improving English language skills is to improve communication so that students can engage more fully in their communities or workplaces. Good communication requires students to both speak clearly and listen well. This workshop will provide specific examples of activities and assignments to help intermediate level students have more fulfilling interactions outside of class.
Presenters:  Jennifer Kagan & Frances Williams, English Now!

4.    From Deficit-Based to Assets-Based: The Multilingual Turn and Implications for Teaching Adult Emergent Bilinguals
The use of students’ own languages (L1s) in the classroom can be a useful scaffold, but is that all? By presenting key concepts of plurilingual pedagogy and of translanguaging, the presenter will invite practitioners to question how they view language and language learning for adults in the context of multilingualism. The presenter will also share everyday strategies that practitioners can apply to their own classrooms to encourage and build upon students’ own languages to learn content and build their English language skills for college and career readiness.
Presenter: Xavier Muñoz, Literacy Council of Northern Virginia

5.    Immigration, Loss, and Trauma
This presentation focuses on the impact that home and cultural loss have on the immigrant community and how these impacts affect the overall well-being of this population. Professionals will learn to recognize the unique cultural stressors and obstacles that create limitations to vulnerable immigrants. Additionally, professionals will learn how to better interact with these individuals in a more culturally sensitive way.
Presenter: Jose Delgado, EveryMind

6.    Standards-Based Activities in Meaningful Contexts for Adult Literacy Learners
In many adult education programs, students with limited or interrupted formal education (SLIFE) make up a significant part of beginner ESL classes. How can instructors address their needs in meaningful ways? See four integrated-skill activities that develop basic literacy, provide content knowledge, and align with the English Language Proficiency Standards.
Presenter: Betsy Lindeman Wong, Northern Virginia Community College

7.    Student-talk: The value for your students and their learning
Teachers typically dominate classroom discussions and talk the majority of instructional time. Research demonstrates giving students ample time to produce language through discussion affords learners deeper processing of content and literacy. Providing students frequent opportunities to speak and listen to each other allows them to negotiate meaning, become aware of multiple perspectives, and frame ideas before writing. We will review the research on the importance of student‐talk and the impact of certain strategies. Participants will practice research‐based strategies to improve productive student‐talk and meaningful discussion.
Presenter:  Dr. Lauren M. Shea, American University

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 13:31

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