Speakers

#ELDSummit2021

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Plenary Speakers

Wednesday, April 14 at 9:00 a.m. | Educational Equity Panel Discussion

Teaching for Equity in a Multilingual World

Tim Boals, Ph.D., Founder and Executive Director, Wisconsin Center for Educational Research, WIDA, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

Dr. Tim Boals is the Founder and Director of WIDA. He holds a Ph.D. in curriculum from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with an emphasis on the education of multilingual learners. His background includes language education, educational policy, and Spanish language and literature.

As WIDA Director, Dr. Boals oversees operations, research and long-range planning efforts. His research interests involve the interplay between content and language learning for multilingual learners across the language acquisition continuum and the effects of standards on classroom practice for these learners. He has recently collaborated on articles about re-conceptualization of academic language and the evolving construct of English language testing, the books “Multilingual Learners and Academic Literacies” and “Formative Language Assessment for ELLs,” and a book chapter on supporting multilingual learners with special needs. Current writings and presentations include the topic of opportunity to learn for multilingual learners and what is required to ensure high quality academic environments for these students.

Dr. Boals frequently presents at international, national and regional conferences on the challenges facing multilingual learners and how schools and educators can better meet their needs.

Mark DiRocco, Ph.D., Executive Director, Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Dr. Mark DiRocco is the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators, which serves the 800 plus school leaders who are members of the organization to advocate for public education and the children of Pennsylvania.

Dr. DiRocco served as the Superintendent of the Lewisburg Area School District from 2002 to 2017 and initiated a district-wide review of curriculum alignment and fiscal management that led to the district becoming one of the most effective school systems in the state. During his tenure, he led the district in the development of an innovative thirteen-year strategic plan dating from 2007 to 2020 that created a shared vision of the district’s preferred future, and was recognized as the 2016 Pennsylvania Superintendent of the Year.

Carmen Shahadi Rowe, Ed.D., ELL Instructional Coach, School District of Lancaster, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Dr. Carmen Rowe has a lifetime of experience with languages other than English since she grew up as a daughter of refugee and immigrant parents speaking German as her first language and being exposed to Arabic. She is also fluent in Spanish.

Her work experience includes teaching Spanish and ESL at Conestoga Valley School District and serving as ELL Secondary Supervisor, ELD District Coordinator, ELL Instructional Coach, and ESL teacher for the School District of Lancaster. She earned a B.S. in Spanish from Brigham Young University, M.A. in Education with a concentration in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) from Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), and Ed. D. in Educational Leadership from Immaculata University.

Sophia Tan, MPP, Esq., Independence Foundation Public Interest Law Fellow, Education Law Center-PA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Attorney Tan joined ELC in September 2019 as an Independence Foundation Public Interest Law Fellow. Education Law Center-PA is a statewide nonprofit, legal advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring access to quality public education for all children in Pennsylvania.

ELC-PA advocates through legal representation, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community engagement across three priority areas: equal access to quality public education; equitable school funding; and dismantling the school to prison pipeline. Sophia’s work focuses on reducing the barriers multilingual and multicultural students and families, including students identified as English learners experience with accessing public education. Sophia provides representation of students and families, training for parents and community partners, and local and state advocacy for the educational rights of students and families whose first language is not English.

Sophia graduated in 2019 with a law degree from the Duke University School of Law and a master’s in public policy from the Sanford School of Public Policy. While studying at Duke, Sophia interned at Children’s Rights, a national advocacy group in New York; Advocates for Children’s Services, a statewide project of Legal Aid of North Carolina; and the Government Accountability Office in Washington, D.C. Prior to studying at Duke, Sophia worked in Philadelphia as an office manager at a bilingual preschool and a grant writer in an education nonprofit providing professional development for educators teaching in districts with underserved students and families.

Lucy Glasson, Attorney, United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Wednesday, April 13 at 9:00 a.m.
Teaching for Equity in a Multilingual World

Bradley Moore, Attorney, United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Wednesday, April 13 at 9:00 a.m.
Teaching for Equity in a Multilingual World

Thursday, April 15 at 9:00 a.m. │Keynote Address

Promoting Intercultural and Multilingual Learning in an Increasingly Complex World: Quality Education for English Learners and All Other Students

Aída Walqui, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, WestEd, San Francisco, California

Dr. Aída Walqui directs the IES-funded National Research and Development Center for Improving the Education of English Learners in Secondary Schools, focused on providing the knowledge and evidence needed by educators to strengthen and accelerate the education of English Learners in middle/high schools.

Dr. Walqui joined WestEd in 1999, where she began the Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL) initiative, the first program of its kind to coherently weave the development of subject matter content and English language development. Through her meaningful scholarship and leadership, Dr. Walqui has become an internationally known writer, teacher educator, and lecturer in the area of deep learning in multilingual contexts. She holds a master’s degree in Sociolinguistics from Georgetown University and a Ph.D. from Stanford University’s School of Education. Walqui has published extensively, including 13 books and more than 30 articles. Prior to joining WestEd, Dr. Walqui taught in high school, in the Division of Education at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and in the School of Education at Stanford University. She has also taught in universities in Peru, Mexico and England.

Invited Speakers

Mariana Castro, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Wisconsin Center for Educational Research (WCER), University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin

Thursday, April 15 at 11:00 a.m.
Translanguaging: Teaching at the Intersection of Language and Social Justice

Dr. Mariana Castro serves as the current Deputy Director at WCER. She brings more than 25 years of experience in education to her research and development work. Her extensive service to the field of education includes curriculum and instruction, language development, teacher preparation and professional learning. In her research, Dr. Castro integrates her background as an educator, her passion for working with multilingual children, youth and their teachers, and her commitment to social justice. Dr. Castro started with WIDA in 2006 as a professional learning delivery specialist and since then has held positions coordinating, managing and directing Professional Development, the Standards Department, and as a researcher focused on language development. She has also led the development of WIDA Standards and related initiatives for early years and K-12 in English and Spanish. Dr. Castro has a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a M.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She currently serves as the PI for research related to language practices of multilingual students, curriculum and instruction in dual language immersion programs, teacher professional learning and family engagement.

John R. Gallagher, Ph.D., LCSW, LCAC, Associate Professor of Social Work, Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland

Thursday, April 15 at 2:00 p.m.
Responding to Behavioral Disorders in the Classroom with an Equitable and Inclusive Lens

Dr. John R. Gallagher is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Morgan State University. Gallagher teaches in the Master of Social Work (MSW) Department and his expertise is in clinical social work, substance use disorder and mental health treatment and recovery, and policy analysis and advocacy. Dr. Gallagher’s research agenda is focused on the use of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in treating opioid use disorders; exploring drug court and other treatment court participants’ lived experiences in programming; identifying the factors that may contribute to racial disparities in treatment court outcomes; program evaluation for drug courts and other treatment courts; and implementing evidence-based interventions to promote substance use disorder and mental health recovery. He serves as Associate Editor for Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, is on the editorial board for the Journal for Advancing Justice, and has been invited to serve as a peer-reviewer for over 30 academic journals. Dr. Gallagher has developed a national reputation for excellence in drug court research and he helped develop the Racial and Ethnic Disparities (RED) Program Assessment Tool, presents the equity and inclusion curriculum for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP), and advocates for best-practice standards in serving African Americans in drug court. Also, Dr. Gallagher is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor (LCAC) who has practiced substance use disorder and mental health counseling since 2002.

Kenji Hakuta, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Graduate School of Education, Stanford University, Stanford, California

Wednesday, April 14 at 6:00 p.m.
Supporting High-Quality Instruction for English Learners in Onsite, Hybrid, and Remote Learning Environments

Dr. Kenji Hakuta is a Professor Emeritus in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University, where he has been on the faculty since 1989, with the exception of three years (2003-2006) when he moved to the CA Central Valley to help start the University of California, Merced as its founding Dean of the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts. At Stanford, he held an endowed chair as the Lee L. Jacks Professor and the Vida Jacks Chair prior to that. Dr. Hakuta’s areas of teaching and research are in the education of English learners, second language acquisition, education policy and practice, and statistics.

Dr. Hakuta’s scholarly inquiry is focused on the areas of bilingualism and second language acquisition, and his policy interest is in improving educational opportunities for language minority students. He also has an interest in education policy and has chaired the policy board of the U.S. Department of Education as well as served on the board of the Spencer Foundation. Dr. Hakuta has expressed that he is at a phase in his career in which he is more into actions than traditional scholarship meaning his strong focus currently is on what helps schools, teaching, training of future scholars to do work that is directly relevant to improving education.

Megan Hopkins, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Education Studies, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California

Wednesday, April 14 at 6:00 p.m.
Supporting High-Quality Instruction for English Learners in Onsite, Hybrid, and Remote Learning Environments

Dr. Megan Hopkins is Associate Professor of Education Studies at UCSD. Drawing on organizational sociology, her research explores how to transform education systems to support teacher learning and development, with a particular focus on bilingual and multilingual contexts. Her current work uses mixed methods, including social network analysis, to examine how formal policies and organizational structures, as well as school norms and individual beliefs, shape teachers’ opportunities to learn both within and between education systems. Dr. Hopkins completed her doctorate at UCLA, and a postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University. She also held appointments at Pennsylvania State University and the University of Illinois at Chicago, prior to joining UCSD. In 2012, she received the Dissertation of the Year Award from the Bilingual Education Research Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association and her scholarship since has appeared in several top-tier journals. She is a member and fellow of the Working Group on ELL Policy.

Sara Kangas, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Special Education and TESOL, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Wednesday, April 14 at 11:00 a.m. and at 6:00 p.m.
Designing Equitable Education for English Learners with Disabilities

As an applied linguist, Dr. Kangas researches the educational experiences of English learners (ELs) with disabilities. Focusing on K-12 contexts, she is particularly interested in understanding how schools can create learning environments that support both the linguistic and academic needs of these learners. Dr. Kangas’ research also examines how educational equity for ELs with disabilities intersects with language policies and institutional structures.

Fernanda Marinho Kray, Ph.D., State Relations Specialist, WIDA-WCER, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin

Wednesday, April 14 at 11:00 a.m.
Introduction to the WIDA ELD Standards: 2020 Edition

Dr. Fernanda Marinho Kray, a polyglot educator and researcher, is a member of the Consortium and State Relations Team at WIDA on a special assignment with the Research and Development team. She is the content lead for the WIDA Standards Framework Project and a facilitator for the WIDA Consortium board’s Research Subcommittee and Standards Subcommittee.

Prior to joining WIDA, Dr. Kray served as Language Acquisition Lead for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Over the years, Fernanda has taught English Language Arts, English as a Second Language, and Spanish in K-12 and higher education settings, and served as a district coach, coordinator, and member of various leadership teams. Presently, she is a governing board member of the Regional Educational Laboratory Program (REL) for the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), a founding member of the multi-state REL NEI English Learner Alliance, and a founding member of the Portuguese Language Partnership for Education. Fernanda has authored an array of documents and materials in the field of education, and directed local and large-scale policy and practice-oriented projects, frequently collaborating with practitioners and scholars from across the globe.

Building on her own experience as a multicultural and multilingual learner, Dr. Kray has dedicated her life’s work to developing critical perspectives and research-based pedagogy for multilingual learners. Her interests include the advancement of educational equity, and investigating if and how critical pedagogical spaces can exist within traditional structures of public schooling.

Shileste Overton Morris, Ed.D., Director, Center for Schools and Communities, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania

Thursday, April 15 at 2:00 p.m.
The Process and Lived Experiences of an Urban Elementary School’s Journey Addressing Racial Disproportionality

Dr. Shileste Overton Morris is director of the Center for Schools and Communities, a statewide training and consulting organization that improves educational and life outcomes for children and their families. The Center’s work focuses on a continuum of efforts around early childhood care and development, social and emotional learning, positive youth development, family support and community service integration, school safety, and youth violence prevention. Dr. Overton Morris has worked at and with public and private institutions including nonprofit organizations, foundations and state government agencies building strategic partnerships and leading innovations. She serves on national, state, and local boards and has authored several publications to help clinicians, parents, and youth development staff work with adolescent girls regarding female aggression. Dr. Overton Morris has a strong repertoire in topics related to parent engagement, marginalized populations, and issues focusing on cultural competence, equity, and education leadership.

Carmen Shahadi Rowe, Ed.D., ELL Instructional Coach, School District of Lancaster, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Wednesday, April 14 at 2:00 p.m.
Accelerating Language Development Among Beginning Language Learners

Dr. Carmen Rowe has a lifetime of experience with languages other than English since she grew up as a daughter of refugee and immigrant parents speaking German as her first language and being exposed to Arabic. She is also fluent in Spanish.

Her work experience includes teaching Spanish and ESL at Conestoga Valley School District and serving as ELL Secondary Supervisor, ELD District Coordinator, ELL Instructional Coach, and ESL teacher for the School District of Lancaster. She earned a B.S. in Spanish from Brigham Young University, M.A. in Education with a concentration in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) from Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), and Ed. D. in Educational Leadership from Immaculata University.

Sophia Tan, MPP, Esq., Independence Foundation Public Interest Law Fellow, Education Law Center-PA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Wednesday, April 14 at 2:00 p.m.
Advancing Equity through Community-School Partnerships

Attorney Tan joined ELC in September 2019 as an Independence Foundation Public Interest Law Fellow. Education Law Center-PA is a statewide nonprofit, legal advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring access to quality public education for all children in Pennsylvania. ELC-PA advocates through legal representation, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community engagement across three priority areas: equal access to quality public education; equitable school funding; and dismantling the school to prison pipeline. Sophia’s work focuses on reducing the barriers multilingual and multicultural students and families, including students identified as English learners experience with accessing public education. Sophia provides representation of students and families, training for parents and community partners, and local and state advocacy for the educational rights of students and families whose first language is not English.

Sophia graduated in 2019 with a law degree from the Duke University School of Law and a master’s in public policy from the Sanford School of Public Policy. While studying at Duke, Sophia interned at Children’s Rights, a national advocacy group in New York; Advocates for Children’s Services, a statewide project of Legal Aid of North Carolina; and the Government Accountability Office in Washington, D.C. Prior to studying at Duke, Sophia worked in Philadelphia as an office manager at a bilingual preschool and a grant writer in an education nonprofit providing professional development for educators teaching in districts with underserved students and families.

Session Presenters

Read more about each presenter at ELD Summit Session Presenters.

Kathy Alston
Thu at 11:00 a.m. D

Mary Anderson, Ph.D.
Thu at 2:00 p.m. B

Caron Anthony-Higley, Ph.D.
Thu at 11:00 a.m. E
Thu at 2:00 p.m. B

Cindy Barnes
Thu at 2:00 p.m. A

Julie Baxa, Ph.D.
Wed at 11:00 a.m. D

Keren Y. Berrios Gomez
Wed at 2:00 p.m. B

Stephanie Colvin-Roy
Thu at 2:00 p.m. E

Ayanna Cooper, Ed.D.
Wed at 6:00 p.m. C

Elaine Maddon Curry
Wed at 2:00 p.m. B

Joey Dalto
Wed at 5:00 p.m.

Joseph DiLucente
Thu at 11:00 a.m. B

Carrie Eicher
Wed at 2:00 p.m. F

David Holbrook, Ph.D.
Wed at 2:00 p.m. D

Julia Hutton
Tue at 9:00 a.m. A

Jennifer A. Jump
Thu at 11:00 a.m. C

Andrea Kolb, Ph.D.
Tue at 9:00 a.m. B

Susan McKeever
Thu at 11:00 a.m. B

Bob Measel
Tue at 9:00 a.m. A
Wed at 6:00 p.m. A

Sarah Misner Moll
Wed at 11:00 a.m. A

Cheri M. Peterman-Grimaldi
Thu at 11:00 a.m. A

Jodie Shell
Wed at 11:00 a.m. D

Deke Showman
Thu at 2:00 p.m. B

Leonard J. Shurin
Thu at 11:00 a.m. A

Susan S. Silver, Ed.D.
Wed at 11:00 a.m. C

Megan Syed
Wed at 2:00 p.m. E
Thu at 2:00 p.m. C

Yvonne Teed
Thu at 2:00 p.m. B

Ann Tenan
Wed at 2:00 p.m. C

Jeff Waller
Wed at 11:00 a.m. E