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CAL Staff Presentations at TESOL International Convention & Expo

March 21

Understanding Multilingual Student and Family Perspectives on Science Instruction

Learn the findings from multilingual student and family focus groups designed to demonstrate how multilingual students showcase their knowledge in science, and what information is shared with families about science instruction and assessment. The main goals of this work are to enhance and broaden family engagement, as well as to promote the use of multilingual and multimodal formative assessment practices in science among teachers and students.


  • Dr. Amy Burden, Center for Applied Linguistics
  • Ivanna Mann Thrower Anderson, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Visible Thinking Routines for Multilingual Learners in STEM

Visible thinking routines engage students in authentic learning. Explore how thinking moves motivate multilingual learners to engage in science and engineering practices and make sense of ideas they need to explain, such as how or why a phenomenon occurs. Gather new ideas that integrate communication modes in STEM.


  • Maria Cieslak
  • Kia Johnson

Advocating for High-Quality Educational Programs to Support English Learners

This presentation, focused on Title III-funded programs, discusses how educators can advocate for equitable practices that impact ELs in U.S. schools. By the end of the presentation, participants can implement proactive measures and activities to advocate for inclusive environments that support ELs and their families.


  • Kia Johnson

Increasing and Sustaining Teacher Efficacy using Job-Embedded Coaching Approaches

Linguistically and culturally diverse learner populations are growing exponentially, yet educator preparedness in culturally responsive, research-based instructional best practices is lacking in most states. This workshop engages participants in interactive sharing in conjunction with frameworks to increase educator efficacy and effectiveness through ongoing job-embedded coaching and training.


  • Marybelle Marrero-Colón, Center for Applied Linguistics
  • Kelly Miller – Butler County Education Service Center

The Powerful ‘Probable Passage’: A Pre-Reading Strategy for Multilingual Learners

Attendees will participate in, practice, and create adaptations of the probable passage prereading strategy to help multilingual learners build background and interact with grade-level narrative texts. They will leave with a ready-to-use template of a visually supportive, high-engagement comprehension tool they can use to gauge students’ comprehension of grade-level texts.


  • Kia Johnson

Digital Language and Literacy Learning Menus for Multilingual Learners

Discover the power of interactive digital learning menus. This session focuses on how to use instructional design principles to create digital choice boards that are aligned with language and literacy goals. Walk away with instructional design tips, templates, and lesson ideas such as Language Domain Choice Boards.


  • Kate Moran

Understanding the Rigor in the National Reporting System Levels


  • Elyssa Sun
  • Anna Zilberberg


March 21
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