Empowering Families: Supporting English Language Learners at Home
Innovation 1 - Third Floor
The purpose of this workshop is to equip families with practical strategies and resources to support their English Language Learners (ELLs) at home. By actively involving families in the language acquisition process, we can enhance students' English proficiency, academic success, and overall well-being. This workshop aims to provide families with valuable insights and tools to create a supportive learning environment outside the classroom.
necessary to effectively support their ELL children's English language development and academic progress at home. By the end of the workshop, participants will:
Understand the importance of parental involvement in ELL students' language acquisition and educational outcomes.
Learn practical strategies and activities to promote English language learning at home.
Explore resources and tools that can support ELL children's language development.
Gain insights into fostering a positive home environment that encourages English language practice and academic engagement.
Establish connections with other families to share experiences and best practices.
Targeted Audience: Families, Educators, Family advocates, All
Games from Around the World that Lead to Greater Understanding of Cultures for Families and School Communities
Innovation 2 - Third Floor
Most people believe the games they grew up playing originated in their culture and the only benefit was having fun. This presentation is a hands-on, interactive one where you will become aware of the origins of games and how this can help us learn more about other countries and cultures. Games also have a lot of health and educational benefits for children and families. For instance: Develops logic and reasoning skills, Increases verbal and communications skills, Enables concentration and focus, Promotes laughter which increases endorphins (the chemicals that bring up the feelings of happiness, relaxation and calm), Strengthen the family bond by spending time together and build learning skills, Reduces risks for cognitive decline (dementia, Alzheimer's) by keeping your mind engaged. Every participant will leave with at least 3 games to take with them.
Making Connections & Building Capacity of Parents, Family Members, Stakeholders and Advocates with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
Barbara Mozina, John T. Cica
Innovation 3 - Third Floor
This interactive session will challenge special education stakeholders (parents, family members, and advocates) to connect services and activities to the 17 Special Education State Performance Plan Indicators of compliance and results to support the successful implementation of IDEA and by planning for positive educational outcomes for students with disabilities. This session will facilitate a more meaningful and substantial understanding of the State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report, Equity in IDEA, the federal public reporting requirements of IDEA, and the current activities of the Bureau of Special Education.
Intentional Strategies for Building Effective Relationships to Form Strong Partnerships
Dr. Sheila Jackson
Innovation 4 - Third Floor
Learning Objective 1: Participants will examine their perceptions and expectations about intentionality in building and sustaining effective relationships between home and school towards productive partnership establishment.
Learning Objective 2: Participants will experience a deep dive into evidence from research that demonstrate best practices for intentionally building effective relationships between home and school.
Learning Objective 3: Participants will walk away with relevant strategies and tips to intentionally build shared responsibility for building and sustaining effective partnerships between home and school.
Blurb: Over 70 years of research about the importance of engaging parents/families in the educational process illuminates that RELATIONSHIPS are the foundational component needed to initiate, build, maintain and sustain quality partnerships between home and school. To make sure we proactively ensure the entire community shares responsibility, we will uncover discrete "non-negotiables" for building and sustaining effective home-school partnerships in this interactive session.
Targeted Audience: Parents, Teachers, Administrators, Faith-Based, Family Engagement Professionals and Community Partners