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Annual Conference North

February 27-March 1, 2015, Sacramento

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Academic Language, English Learners & the Common Core (K-12)

Proven practices to develop college- and career-ready learners

Featured Speakers | Ticketed Sessions | Conference Rates and Registration | Location and Schedule | Workshop Sessions

The rigor of the Common Core State Standards has educators scrambling in the face of dual language and literacy challenges: Bringing the academic skills of the 24% of California students classified as English learners up to grade level, and helping all students master the academic language that is so vital to success on the CCSS, in college and in the workplace.

For individuals and leadership teams from K-12 schools, the CLS Annual Conference North is designed to help develop or refine classroom- and school-level game plans that are focused on:

  • Building academic language skills in all content areas
  • Offering effective supports to English learners
  • Meeting the language and literacy demands of the Common Core standards

Attend the conference to explore proven, practical tools and techniques designed to help you prepare your students to meet or exceed the Common Core standards and newly adopted California ELD Standards.

The Annual Conference North offers

  • Over 70 sessions included with conference registration
  • Solutions for English learners, struggling learners, and students with disabilities
  • Sessions for elementary, middle and high school teachers and administrators
  • College credit available – sign up at conference registration
  • Over 14 high quality professional development hours

Featured Speakers

The following training opportunities plus over 70 sessions are included with conference registration.


Dr. Kate Kinsella: Preparing Academic English Learners for the Language Demands of the Common Core State Standards
Dr. Kinsella is a nationally known author, scholar and trainer in the areas of academic literacy and language.
Institute, Friday, February 28, 8:00 am – 11:30 am

Join Dr. Kate Kinsella of San Francisco State University for an institute addressing the communication demands of the Common Core State Standards. She will focus on instructional routines designed to engage learners in academic interactions with partners and small groups across disciplines that develop understanding of concepts, language and discourse. Topics include writing, assigning and modeling response frames for accurate oral fluency; productive student interactions; academic discussions that engage every student; rigorous analysis of informational text; and evidence-based argumentation in presentations and writing.

Dr. Julie Washington: Language, Literacy and Urban Students
Dr. Washington is a professor of educational psychology and special education at Georgia State University.
General Session, Saturday, March 1, 8:00 am – 10:30 am

Dr. Julie Washington will present an intriguing, evidence-based keynote address that delves into the language and literacy of urban students. A professor of educational psychology and special education at Georgia State University, Dr. Washington heads a National Institutes of Health-funded research initiative on cultural dialect use in African American children with an emphasis on language assessment, literacy attainment and academic performance. Her work has centered on the emergent literacy skills necessary to support later reading proficiency in high risk groups, with a special focus on the needs of African American children.

Optional Ticketed Sessions

Friday, February 28 / 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Dr. Kate Kinsella
Brief Constructed Response Routines to Prepare Reluctant Writers for the Common Core
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 evidence-based exposition and argumentation demands of Common Core writing assessments, these students will require extensive, teacher-mediated practice constructing articulate verbal and written responses in an academic register with complex sentences and precise word choices. Learn practical instructional routines such as the Ten-Minute Paper and Section Shrink to provide daily practice in cornerstone Common Core competencies, including stating and supporting claims. Leave with practical resources and model lessons to implement these instructional routines school-wide.Price $85

iPad for Educators – includes the new iPad Mini!
Get a 16-GB wifi iPad mini or bring your own iPad and learn to use it! See how to unleash your creativity and empower your students for Common Core and project-based learning with this classroom tool. Explore set-up, the microphone and camera, adding and creating content, using educational media and other apps. Review mobile learning in the classroom, 1:1 programs, and volume licensing for education. Price: $485

Saturday, March 1 / 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Theresa Hancock, Certified Associate of Dr. Kate Kinsella
The How: Pedagogy that Enables ELs to Meet the CCSS Demands

This interactive presentation will demonstrate why Dr. Kinsella's proven pedagogical practices - focusing on an academic register; increasing verbal and written interactions using high leverage vocabulary; improving speaking and listening skills through discussions, collaboration and speeches; and developing argumentation writing skills - are the HOW enabling teachers and English learners across the state to meet the increased language demands required by the Common Core State Standards.
Price $85

iPad for Educators – bring your own iPad.
Get a 16-GB wifi iPad mini or bring your own iPad and learn to use it! See how to unleash your creativity and empower your students for Common Core and project-based learning with this classroom tool. Explore set-up, the microphone and camera, adding and creating content, using educational media and other apps. Review mobile learning in the classroom, 1:1 programs, and volume licensing for education. Price: $85

Conference Rates

$239 members / $299 non-members

Not a current member? Get the best rates by firstjoining CLMS (middle school educators), CLHS (high school educators) or CLES (elementary school educators), then registering for the conference.

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Registration Deadline

Registrations will be accepted (online, by mail and fax) through noon on February 24, 2014. After that, you may register on-site at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento Hotel at no additional cost.

Conference Information

Join Us in Sacramento!
The Hyatt Regency Sacramento Hotel, site of the conference, is located downtown. Restaurants and shopping are in walking distance, the State Capitol is a block away, and Old Sacramento and the State Railroad Museum are a short drive away.

Suggested Funding Sources
Titles I, II and III; QEIA; Common Core implementation funds; EIA (Economic Impact Aid); LCFF

Conference and Hotel Location
Hotel rooms, conference check-in, the exhibit hall and all sessions will be held at:
Hyatt Regency Sacramento
1209 L St, Sacramento, CA 95814.
Special conference hotel room rate: $140, plus tax – call the hotel directly at (916) 443-1234.
Please reserve your hotel room for Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights

Schedule of Conference Activities
Friday, February 28: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, March 1: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, March 2: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Conference registration will be open Thursday evening and Friday beginning at 7:00 am in the ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento.

College Credit
College credit is available for $83 per semester unit – sign up at conference check-in.

Bookstore
The California League of Schools conference bookstore carries titles by your favorite education authors.

Exhibit Hall
Visit the exhibit hall booths for a full range of educational products and services.


Cancellation Policy

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 1/3/14 - $60 fee; 1/4/14 through 1/31/14 - 50% fee; After 1/31/14 - no refund.
A colleague may substitute for you to avoid cancellation penalties.

About Us
California League of Schools is a nonprofit educators' association encompassing the 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.

Conference information is subject to change. Meals are not included.