Common Core, English Learners & Technology Conference
January 10-12, 2014, Monterey, CA
More information coming soon...see last year's info below.
Mastering The Tools and Techniques of the Common Core Era For EL and Under-Resourced Students
January 11-13, 2013, Monterey, CA
Featured Speakers | Ticketed Session | Conference Rates and Registration | Location and Schedule | Workshop Sessions
As we enter the common core era, educators are faced with new challenges and opportunities. We must balance increased freedom in how we can address the new standards with a deeper understanding of these very specific measures. We must ensure learning is rigorous but also connects students to the real world and prepares them for life, college and career. Come participate in the K-12 Common Core, English Learners and Technology Conference to learn more about:
The Common Core State Standards – What elementary, middle and high school teachers must know about literacy development, academic vocabulary and more; how to adjust your teaching to target the knowledge, concepts and skills your students need to build.
English Learners – How you can help English learners and other under-resourced students develop the life, literacy and study skills necessary to perform at grade level and ultimately succeed in college and career; ways the common core standards will impact instructional strategies for English learners and other under-resourced students.
Technology – How the common core standards will prepare our students for the global economy and technology-rich workplace; ways to use free and low-cost tools and techniques such as Google Docs, the flipped classroom, and bring-your-own-device programs to engage students in relevant, inquiry-based learning.
- LOW registration and hotel rates!
- 10 hours of training available from Dr. Kate Kinsella and Dr. Douglas Fisher on the common core, academic interaction, reading and writing for English learners and other under-resourced students
- More than 80 sessions included with conference registration
- Hands-on computer labs
- For K-12 teachers, administrators, counselors, academic coaches and ELD coordinators
- College credit available
Who Should Attend
Grades K-12 site administrators, teachers, counselors, academic coaches and ELD coordinators; district curriculum, ELD and technology staff; department teams targeting CST/API/AYP. Bring a team for best results.
Suggested Funding Sources
Titles I-III, QEIA, SIG, Carl D. Perkins
Keynote Speaker Sessions
Included with Conference Registration
The following sessions (plus over 80 other sessions) are free with registration.
Dr. Kate Kinsella
Professor at San Francisco State University, English learner consultant, author of
READ 180 and English 3D
Morning Institute, Friday, January 11, 2013, 8:00 am-11:30 am
Tools to Structure Academic Interaction for Career and College Readiness
Academic oral language, grammar and sentence structures, and agility with increasingly complex vocabulary all impact students' listening, reading and writing proficiencies. Unless students become comfortable using an academic register, their performance in the common core era will be disappointing. In this institute, teachers will learn evidence-based strategies for bolstering students' communicative confidence and competence; how to write, assign and model academic response frames; and ways to address challenges such as encouraging audible "public voice," providing appropriate feedback on verbal errors, and eliciting responses from reluctant speakers. Administrators and teacher-leaders will receive practical tools to make academic register and structured interaction school-wide priorities.
Dr. Douglas Fisher
Professor at San Diego State University, classroom teacher, author of
Text Complexity: Raising Rigor in Reading
General Session, Saturday, January 12, 2013, 8:00 am-9:30 am
English Learners, Text Complexity and Close Reading
The Common Core State Standards require students to read complex text and provide evidence for responses from the text. But what makes a text complex? How do teachers across subject areas determine text complexity and help English learners and other students develop understanding? Learn how to guide students in close reading of complex texts to develop the habits of mind needed in the workplace and college.
Optional Ticketed Sessions
Sessions are first-come, first-served. Sign up as soon as possible during the conference registration process to reserve your space. You must be registered for the conference to attend.
Friday, January 11 / 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Dr. Kate Kinsella / Brief Constructed Response Routines to Support Reluctant Writers
English learners and under-resourced classmates rarely receive the over-the-shoulder writing coaching that advanced students benefit from outside of school. To meet the argumentation and research demands of common core writing assessments, these students will require extensive, teacher-mediated practice constructing articulate responses in an academic register with complex sentences and precise word choices. Learn practical instructional routines such as the Ten-Minute Paper, cornerstone common core competencies, summarization of informational text and justification. Leave with practical resources and model lessons to implement these instructional routines school-wide. Price: $75
Saturday, January 12 / 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Dr. Douglas Fisher / The Purposeful Common Core Classroom
Purpose-driven instruction ensures that students understand learning targets and that meaningful activities are aligned with expectations. Explore the components of a purposeful common core classroom, including a focus on learning goals rather than activities, the role of language expectations, relevance of the goal, and how the goal can be assessed. You will leave knowing how to identify the six components of a purposeful classroom, evaluate the quality of learning targets, and assess the quality of student learning tasks for their alignment with goals. Price: $75
Saturday, January 12 / 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Sunday, January 13 / 8:00 am - 10:30 am
iPad for Educators – includes the new (16 GB wifi) iPad! Price: $675
Saturday, January 12 / 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
NEW! iPad for Educators - bring your own iPad! Price: $100
In each session, you will learn how to add content to the iPad, how to make the most of iTunes U, and how to find the best educational apps - including apps for creating content and media on the iPad. An overview of mobile learning in the classroom, cutting-edge 1:1 programs, and volume licensing will be included.
If you or your school is not a current member, get the best rates by first joining CLMS (middle school educators), CLHS (high school educators) or CLES (elementary school educators), then registering for the conference.
Register Online (secure online form)
Download Conference Brochure (PDF)
Printable Registration Form (PDF)
Location and Schedule
Hotel rooms, conference check-in, the exhibit hall and all sessions will be held at:
Monterey Marriott Hotel, 350 Calle Principal, Monterey, CA 93940
Special conference hotel room rate: $131; call the hotel directly at (831) 649-4234
Please reserve your hotel room for Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights
The Monterey Marriott is within easy walking distance of Fisherman's Wharf. Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium are just minutes away.
Schedule of Conference Activities
Friday, January 11, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday, January 12, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday, January 13, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
About California League of Schools
California League of Schools is a nonprofit educators’ association encompassing the communities of California League of Middle Schools, California League of High Schools and California League of Elementary Schools. CLS is dedicated to helping K-12 educators improve student learning through useful, evidence-based professional development and other resources.
University Credit: Earn one semester unit for $83 from Fresno Pacific University; sign up on-site.
Cancellation requests must be in writing and faxed to (562) 430-5607. Please call as soon as you fax your request to verify receipt at (562) 430-3136. ALL registrations submitted are subject to the cancellation policy. There is no refund for no-shows.
Through 11/11/12 - $60 fee; 11/11/12 through 12/11/12 - 50% fee; After 12/11/12 - no refund.
A colleague may substitute for you to avoid cancellation penalties.
Conference information is subject to change. Meals are not included.