News update: The bill to approve statewide standards for Biliteracy Seals on high school diplomas (SB 123, "Seal Of Biliteracy For High School Diplomas") was signed by Governor Hickenlooper on March 30, 2017.
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Important 2017 Dates
- May 13: CoTESOL Spring Conference, Montrose, Colorado
- June 23: CoTESOL Fall Convention Proposal Deadline
- October 13: CoTESOL Fall Convention "Early Bird" Registration Deadline
- November 3-4: 41st Annual CoTESOL Fall Convention, Radisson Hotel Denver Southeast
Keynote Speaker & Presenter: Dr. Jennifer LaBombard-Daniels
Keynote address: Bringing Active Learning to ELLs
Breakout session: Strategies to promote active learning environments with ELL learners
This session will introduce ideas to create an active learning environment in your classroom while giving ELL students visual representations of science concepts. This session will include several make-n-take activities for the K-12 classroom that can be used immediately. Share ideas and bring your creativity. It may also help to bring your grade level standards to focus your ideas.
(in alphabetical order - click on a photo to take you to the presenter bios page)
Classrooms that Emphasize Best Practices for ESL—an Administrator’s Perspective - Dana Burwell (Oak Grove Elementary)
From school-wide programming to ensuring best practices are happening in every classroom, administrators and coaches are in a unique position to affect change. This session will explore ideas for assessing building needs, leveraging resources, and empowering teachers to create authentic learning opportunities for ELLs in their classrooms.
Engaging Diverse Learners through Problem Based Learning - Dana Burwell (Oak Grove Elementary)
Many districts and schools are looking to STEM and PBL for authentic student engagement. This session will explore the unique benefits of STEM and PBL for second language learners with a focus on best practices for language acquisition.
Integrating Technology for Language Learners - Michelle Peelo (Montrose County School District)
Today’s technology allows for much easier differentiation for our students. In this session, we will explore various technologies and resources that can help students master language and understand course content. Participants are encouraged to bring a tablet, laptop, or smartphone to this session.
The Seal of Biliteracy - Jessica Martinez (Eagle County Schools)
In this session, participants will learn why the Seal of Biliteracy has been important for Eagle County’s students and community. We will also show the process and the resources that Eagle County Schools and Team Colorado used to develop the seal in each of their districts. Districts will be able to use what they gain from this session to begin steps towards creating a Seal of Biliteracy for their own district.
Supporting English Language Learners with Special Education Needs - Dr. Ann Gillies (Colorado Mesa University) & Mary Peplin, MA (Glenwood Springs Middle School, Colorado Mountain College)
Presenters will offer teachers a wealth of research-based best teaching strategies to effectively support English Language Learners who have Special Education needs across communication skills, academic learning, executive functioning, social skills, and behavior. Community building activities, teaching tools, sensory supports, and visual strategies will be shared in this interactive and engaging session.
Taking Your Class Online: Using Google to Create a Course Website and Blogger to Showcase Student Work Publicly - John Steele (Montrose High School)
This presentation will demonstrate how educators can easily create an online web presence for their course and students using New Google Sites (as well as 'hyper' Google Docs) as well as how to use Google Blogger to showcase student work online for a public, authentic audience.
Teaching Content to ELs through the CELP Standards - Rebekah Ottenbreit (Colorado Department of Education)
This session is an abbreviated version of two all day workshops that explore teaching the language of math and teaching the language of science. In this session, teachers will develop a foundational knowledge of English language development and explore the language present in the content areas of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Teachers will explore finding language in their own content areas and will learn how teaching content area language at the word, sentence, and discourse levels will make their content areas more accessible to English learners. Co-teaching teams, grade level teams, and school level teams are encouraged to attend. No prior knowledge of English Language Development is necessary.
Teaching the Language of Math - Beth Skelton
Isn’t math a universal language? This workshop addresses the linguistic challenges math presents English Language Learners. Participants will analyze a video clip of students in an elementary math class, engage in cooperative learning strategies designed to develop mathematical language, and apply three basic principles to support ELLs in math.
Vibrant colorful paragraph writing (Part 1: Paragraphs) - Mary Corena Hilken, MA (Community College of Aurora)
How can Second Language Learners/English Language Learners better meet the academic expectations of English writing? The presenter will demonstrate how to teach academic writing using a colorful and hands-on approach for paragraph organization and development. Workshop handouts and suggestions for implementation will be included.
Vibrant colorful writing (Part 2: Essays) - Mary Corena Hilken, MA (Community College of Aurora)
How can Second Language Learners/English Language Learners better meet the academic expectations of English writing? The presenter will demonstrate how to teach academic writing using a colorful and hands-on approach for expanding an academically organized paragraph into a five-paragraph essay with organization and development. Workshop, handouts, and suggestions for implementation will be included.
Special $94 CoTESOL rate at the Montrose Holiday Inn Express
1391 S Townsend Ave, Montrose, CO 81401
1391 S Townsend Ave, Montrose, CO 81401
CoTESOL 41st Annual Fall Convention
Launching the Future, Reaching the Stars
November 3 & 4, 2017 ~ Radisson Hotel Denver Southeast
Call for Proposals
(click on the links below to download the appropriate documents)
Online Proposal Form
Call for Proposals Poster
Editing Guidelines for Convention Proposals
Guide to Submitting a Proposal Online
Suggestions for Presentation Topics