Promoting Multilingualism: Engaging Families and Communities


Conference Highlights

Planning Committee

Julie Terry



Julie Terry, Committee Chair - Hangzhou International School

Julie Terry is the Lower School Vice Principal at Hangzhou International School. She has been working in education for the past 14 years, 11 of which have been on the International circuit. She started out her teaching career in Scotland but then moved abroad to Taiwan in 2007. She spent two years in Egypt, five years in Vietnam and has now settled in Hangzhou, China. Julie has taught in Early Childhood and Grades 3 to 5, and has spent many years learning how to support EAL learners. Julie is passionate about many things in education, including curriculum design, professional development and finding creative ways to inspire young learners.

Katie Knight



Katie Knight, Western Academy Beijing

Katie is the Learning Collaborator at the Western Academy of Beijing and has been teaching in China for 7 years. She has also taught in the UK and Malawi. She has been working in Early Years for 18 years and is passionate about our youngest learners. Katie was part of the organising committee for the last ACAMIS Early Childhood Conference.

Frances Lond-Caulk



Frances Lond-Caulk, International School of Beijing
Frances have worked in international schools for 24 years, the last 4 of them in China. She has been a member of the planning committee for the ACAMIS Spring Conference and Technology Conference and recently joined the ECE planning group. This is her third ECE conference, having attended them in Beijing and Shanghai.

Inspiring young children to learn has been Frances's focus for most of her teaching career. Planning for inquiry, developing independence and supporting language learning are key to her. Recently she has worked with a team at her current school to plan for and implement a dual language programme. This has provided her with great professional learning opportunities.

It’s exciting to spend time with other early years teachers. She hopes we all make some great connections during the conference.

Rebecca Maxwell



Rebecca Maxwell, Yew Chung Education Foundation

Rebecca has significant experience in schools in a wide variety of education systems within Australia, the Middle East, Hong Kong and China. She has worked as a classroom teacher, school Principal, systemic curriculum consultant and is currently the Senior Fellow at the Chor Hang Educational Research Institute. Rebecca’s educational passion lies in enabling teachers to be the best that they can be as they strive to empower children to meet the challenges of the future.

Leda Cedo




Leda Cedo, Shekou International School

Leda is the PYP Coordinator at SIS, her fourth IB World School. She has been in education for the past 23 years, working in the Philippines, Japan, South Korea and China. She has been in the international school circuit since 2005 and has devoted a significant portion towards working in the early childhood classroom and curriculum development. Together with the SIS and ACAMIS planning teams, Leda is looking forward to meeting more early years educators in the next ECE conference at Shekou International School!

Guidebook

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Keynote Speakers



Keynote Speakers

Lorena Mancilla, Ph.D., WIDA Director of Early Years

Dr. Lorena Mancilla is an advocate for language learners and their families. In her career as an educator, she has worked in bilingual and ESL programs. Dr. Mancilla currently serves as Director of Early Years at WIDA. In her role, she oversees the development of resources that support young dual language learners in early care and education settings. At WIDA, she also served as the lead researcher and developer for family engagement initiatives, a professional development facilitator, and core member of the team that developed the WIDA Spanish Language Development Standards. Dr. Mancilla completed her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research focused on Latino parent engagement in K-12 language education.

Keynote: Changing the Rules of Engagement: Considerations for Strengthening Family Engagement.

This session highlights the need to critically examine the “rules of engagement” that drive beliefs, conceptualizations, and school-based practices for engaging families in the education of their children. In particular, the focus will be on engaging with families that are racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse. The presenter will introduce participants to six key considerations for strengthening family engagement practices that are grounded in research and essential for building relationships with families. In addition, this session highlights the voice of families of K-12 English learners and presents examples of lessons learned from engaging with diverse families.


ACAMIS ECE 2018 Tim Boals

Tim Boals, Ph.D., WIDA Executive Director

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

As the WIDA Executive Director, Tim oversees operations and long-range planning efforts. He serves on the WIDA Research Subcommittee and his research interests involve the interplay between content and language learning for English language 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 ELLs with special needs. Tim frequently presents at national and regional conferences on the challenges facing ELLs and how schools and educators can better meet their needs.

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Keynote: Promoting Multilingual Student Engagement and Success.

This session will begin with a look at the latest recommendations for creating and sustaining culturally and linguistically engaging spaces for young multilingual learners within which to interact. A video exemplar will illustrate the teacher’s role in facilitating these interactions. These spaces should ensure that language use is promoted in authentic and engaging ways, building on students’ L1 and C1 even as children become more adept at beginning to learn English. The session will then introduce participants the latest WIDA and WIDA Early Years resources designed to assist teachers in creating similarly engaging spaces both in English and the children’s primary languages throughout the school day.


Exploring Promises Practices, Parts I and II - facilitated by Tim Boals and Lorena Mancilla
This two-part interactive session introduces participants to the WIDA Early Years Essential Actions and Promising Practices. The Essential Actions support the learning and language development of young dual language learners (DLLs) ages 2.5 – 5.5 years. In addition, they promote collaboration among all stakeholders invested in the care and education of DLLs.

Part One of this session introduces participants to WIDA Early Years and components of the WIDA Standards Framework that are foundational to the Essential Actions and Promising Practices. Participants will begin to explore Essential Actions #1 – #7.

Part Two of the session continues to explore the Essential Actions (#8 – #14) and provides participants opportunities to discuss action steps for implementing Promising Practices in their local setting.

Teacher Presenters


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Sheryl Fisher, Yew Chung International School of Qingdao
Sheryl has a Bachelor of Education degree and many years of teaching experience as an Early Childhood teacher. Currently, she is the Early Childhood Leader at Yew Chung International School in Qingdao, China (3 years) and the Western co-teacher for children aged 2- 5 years old (7 years). Prior to that Sheryl was the owner of a bilingual kindergarten (4 years) and a swim school for beginner swimmers (5 years) in South Africa.

Having learnt an incredible amount about international schooling, the importance of play based learning and of developing close relationships with parents whose children are immersed in bilingual learning, she would like to share the skills and experiences she has acquired with others.

Presentation Topic: Parent communication; the vital link in bilingual Early Childhood Education (ECE)




Asyriawati Hamzah, Unihearts International Education Group
Asyriawati binte Mohd Hamzah(Ash) is an energetic, nurturing and highly driven professional who has more
than 15 years of early childhood experiences in teaching and leadership. Her positive personality and desire to share new innovative ways to teach teachers to make curriculum come alive have been inspiring and meaningful. She graduates from University of South Australia with a MEd and BEd. Her passion continues as she furthers her studies in the areas of special needs and IB education. She has presented papers in early childhood conferences in Paris, Melbourne, Bali and Singapore. Her specialized areas of training topics include child development, curriculum, technology and innovation. She is a firm believer for continuous professional development to raise early childhood teacher's competencies to problem solve and innovate with children and familiesI am currently the Director of English Curriculum & Trainer who actively train, guide and mentor foreign teachers namely expatriate who are working in Qingdao, China to teach English to young children in an international kindergarten. I am also an associate lecturer with a local Singapore early childhood institute.
Presentation Topic: Embracing change in early childhood schools in China through raising quality in teaching and learning practices





Rebecca Maxwell, Yew Chung Education Foundation
Rebecca has significant experience in schools in a wide variety of education systems within Australia, the Middle East, Hong Kong and China. She has worked as a classroom teacher, school Principal, systemic curriculum consultant and is currently the Senior Fellow at the Chor Hang Educational Research Institute. Rebecca’s educational passion lies in enabling teachers to be the best that they can be as they strive to empower children to meet the challenges of the future.
Presentation Topic: Learning in an Emergent Play Based Early-Years Multi-Lingual Classroom




Ben Milburn, Hangzhou International School
Ben Milburn is from Devon, England. Since graduating, his adventures have taken him to South Korea, Japan, and Uganda. For the past four years Ben has been living in Hangzhou. Ben joined HIS in August as a Kindergarten teacher, where he has been able to share his passion for inquiry-based learning with his colleagues.
Presentation Topic: Models of Inquiry in practice




Audra Miller, Bromsgrove School at Mission Hills
Audra has 11 years of teaching experience and holds a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Masters Degree in Elementary Reading. For 6 years she taught at high risk schools in America, and then she decided to take her expertise abroad. The past 4 years she has been teaching in Abu Dhabi, UAE where she has led many Professional Development courses on the importance of play and Play Based Curriculum. This is her first year working in China at Bromsgrove School Mission Hills, where she is a leader in Inquiry and Play Based Learning.
Presentation Topic: The importance of play in a dual language classroom




Diana Rehfeldt, Hangzhou International School
Diana was raised in California, studied in Illinois, and made her way to the East Coast. As a former learning specialist at Georgetown Day School in Washington, DC, Diana supported students with a wide range of learning profiles. Prior to her Independent School experience, she taught grades K-5 as a special education teacher for the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). In 2010-12, she facilitated professional development workshops for teachers seeking to enhance differentiated instruction in the general education classroom. In August 2017, Diana took the longest journey of her career so far to take up the role of Lower School Learning Specialist at Hangzhou International School. Diana is deeply committed to educating young people, supporting families, and building connections with colleagues.
Presentation Topic: Early Identification and Best Practices to Support Children with Developmental Delays




Kimberly Romyn, Canadian International School of Guangzhou
Kim Romyn is from Alberta, Canada. She graduated with both her Bachelors and Masters of Education (BEd, MEd) from Campus Saint-Jean, University of Alberta. Ms. Romyn is fully fluent in both French and English and has taught in a French Immersion setting for 8 years in Alberta. In addition, Ms. Romyn worked for Alberta Education for three years improving curriculum and resources for the Mathematics Program of Studies. She has completed her first year as a Grade 3 teacher at the Canadian International School of Guangzhou and has returned this year to her new role of Learning Support Teacher.

Presentation Topic: Vocabulary Building Activities




Mariann Tasber and YaChen Wu, Bromsgrove School Mission Hills
Mariann Tasber has a Masters in Early Childhood. She has worked in schools in America, Germany, South Korea and China, many of which were bi-lingual.
YaChen has a Masters in Teaching Chinese as an International Language. She has worked in schools in Thailand, UK and China.

We are partner teachers in a bilingual school. Half of our students are new to learning English this year. Working together with our school’s literacy coach, we have developed a range of strategies which helped our students to greatly enhance their speaking and listening skills in English and Mandarin, as evidenced by our assessment.
Presentation Topic: How can we best support young children to develop speaking and listening skills in two languages?




Kate Xu, Yew Chung International School of Qingdao
Kate is a Chinese co-teacher at Yew Chung International School of Qingdao. She is a certified positive discipline parenting educator and has effectively practiced positive discipline in her own classroom.
Presentation Topic: Positive Discipline in the Classroom


Subject to further updates

Schedule

Friday, February 2, 2018

TimeActivitiesRoom/Venue
8:00 - 9:00Registration and Coffee
Auditorium
9:00 - 10:15Welcome
Cultural Performance
Opening Remarks
Keynote #1 - Changing the Rules of Engagement: Considerations for Strengthening Family Engagement by Lorena Mancilla

Performance Space
10:15 - 10:30Coffee Break & NetworkingCafeteria
10:30 - 11:30Breakout Session #1 (Check Guidebook for detailed description)
  1. Early Identification and Best Practices to Support Children with Developmental Delays by Diana Rehfeldt (HIS)
  2. Positive Discipline in the Classroom by Kate Xu (YCIS Qingdao)
  3. Vocabulary Building Activities by Kimberly Romyn (CISG)

1. Auditorium
2. B102
3. B101
11:30 - 12:30LunchCafeteria
12:30 - 2:00Exploring Promising Practices, Part 1
(Facilitated by Tim Boals & Lorena Mancilla)
Performance Space
2:00 - 2:40Coffee Break & NetworkingCafeteria
2:40 - 3:10School TourMeet outside the Cafeteria
3:15 - 4:15Breakout Session #2 (See Guidebook for detailed description)
  1. Finding the Right Balance by Mariann Tasber and YaChen Wu (Bromsgrove School Mission Hills Shenzhen)
  2. Learning in an Emergent Play Based Early-Years Multi-Lingual Classroom by Rebecca Maxwell (YCIS Hong Kong)
  3. Parent communication; the vital link in bilingual Early Childhood Education (ECE) by Sheryl Fisher (YCIS Qingdao)


1. B101

2. Auditorium

3. B102
4:30 - 6:30Reception/SocialPerformance Space

Saturday, February 3, 2018

TimeActivities
Room/Venue
8:00 - 8:30Coffee and NetworkingCafeteria
8:30 - 9:45Announcements

Keynote #2 - Promoting Student Engagement and Success with Support from WIDA by Tim Boals

Performance Space

9:45 - 10:15

Coffee Break & NetworkingCafeteria
10:15 - 11:45Exploring Promising Practices, Part 2

(Facilitated by Tim, Lorena)

Performance Space
12:00 - 1:00Lunch


Cafeteria
1:00 - 2:00Breakout Session #3 (See Guidebook for detailed description)

  1. Embracing change in early childhood schools in China through raising quality in teaching and learning practices - Asyriawati Hamzah (Unihearts International Education Group)
  2. Models of Inquiry in Practice by Ben Milburn (HIS)
  3. The importance of play in a dual language classroom - Audra Miller (Bromsgrove School Mission Hills Shenzhen)


1. B101

2. Auditorium

3. B102
2:00 - 2:45Coffee Break & Designated Focus Issues (one issue/poster per table)Performance Space
3:00 - 4:00Parent Panel & Reflections (Facilitated by Tim & Lorena)Performance
Space
4:00 - 4:30ClosingPerformance Space


Subject to further updates and changes

Check Guidebook for updated Bus times departing to/from hotel and host school

Host School



Hangzhou International School
Address: 78 Dongxin Street, Bin Jiang District, Hangzhou 310053
Phone: 86-571-8669-0045
Website URL: http://www.his-china.org/


Director of School: Jeffry Stubbs


Hotel Reservation


The host school will provide transportation from the following hotels:
1. Sheraton Four Points
Address: 868 Dongxin Avenue, Binjiang District, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
Contact Person: Tracy Zhou
Telephone: 152 5887 1630
Email: tracy.zhou4@fourpoints.com
Website URL: https://www.starwoodhotels.com/fourpoints/reservat...
Room Rate: ¥650 (per night)


2. Zhicheng Hotel
Address: 688, Dongxin Avenue, Binjiang District HZ, Zhejiang, China
Contact Person: Mr. Qiu
Telephone: 189 5713 1191 or 152 6712 0582
Email: 490409526@qq.com
*Please email or call the hotel to make reservations
Room Rate (Standard/Deluxe Room): ¥320/350 (per night)



Notes with hotel reservation:
  1. You need to make your own hotel reservation (or for your colleagues who are going to attend the workshop).
  2. Transportation will be provided only between the above hotel(s) and the host school during the workshop or conference days.
  3. You can book other hotels but you (and/or your colleagues) will need to make your own way to the host school.
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