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El Conference “Empowering Student Literacy through Language”

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This year’s EL conference “Empowering Student Literacy through Language” was a great success thanks to the great efforts and dedicated collaboration of teachers who presented outstanding workshops to their own colleagues and all of the teacher participants at this event. We had approximately 160 participants at the conference, including administrators, counselors, teachers and student teachers from CSUCI and CLU. Our keynote speaker for the event was Dr. Ivannia Soto-Hinman, Whittier College Associate Professor and expert on ELs. She spoke to us about the importance of teaching academic language to our students and modeled ways on how we can increase the opportunity for our student to be engaged on an academic discussion daily so that ultimately those skills will automatically transfer to their writing skills.

For the first time teachers were recognized at the event for their wonderful support they provide to our English learners in the district. Congratulations to the following teachers:

  • ACHS – Jeanne Nelson (social studies)
  • CIHS – Norma Salcido (science)
  • FHS – Lindsay Darby (English)
  • HHS- Michael Chapman (social studies)
  • OHS – Vance Claycamp (math)
  • PHS – Lupe Vazquez (math)
  • RMHS – David Soliz (social studies)
  • CIHS- Imelda Blanc (world language)

These individuals were nominated by their colleagues and students. Some of the comments students made on regards to these teachers were the following:

“She always tries to be clear when she speaks to me in English so I can understand her.”

“He makes you want to be successful”

“He is an inspiration and he is always trying to make us believe that there is a better future for us and we can become whatever we want.”

“We have opportunities to practice our English when we present in class.”

“Even if she’s not my English teacher, she helps me improve my writing in social science.”

“He is always well prepared to teach.”

We are grateful to Pacifica High School for generously cooperating and accommodating this year’s EL conference. Thank you to Mr. Knopf and Mr. Diaz for their wonderful support in making everything accessible for the event to run smoothly.

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