June 9, 2020 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Oasis Conference Center
902 Loveland-Miamiville Rd Loveland, Ohio 45140

Gain knowledge on English Learner (EL) strategies in the classroom, trauma-informed care for ELs, the Seal of Biliteracy, positive behavior supports for ELs, and mathematics instruction. This must-attend conference is for educators wanting to improve knowledge around language, English Learner advocacy, and classroom systems.


Best Practices for ELs in Math

Helping our EL students build conceptual understanding in mathematics in another language is no easy feat. Aryn Johnson offers strategies and approaches that help educators facilitate functional and academic language acquisition for all students in the mathematics classroom.

Aryn Johnson

Aryn Johnson is a Fulbright scholar with over 20 years of experience working with bilingual/EL students from Kindergarten through high school. She began teaching bilingual students in their native Spanish and English in Texas and has also taught EL students in California, Kentucky, Ohio, and abroad. Aryn has a Master’s degree in ESOL and also studied mathematics pedagogy at the graduate level. Her experiences as a Spanish, French, and Greek language learner and her many years teaching English Learners drive her work with teachers of ELs with mathematics. Currently coaching EL teachers in several local districts, Aryn hopes to make a greater impact on how we teach EL students, helping teachers better facilitate both language and mathematics proficiency.


Bilingual Books

María de la Luz Reyes, Ph.D.

Professor Reyes’ areas of expertise include language, literacy, bilingual/multicultural education, and equity issues in higher education. Her publications have appeared in the Harvard Educational Review, Language Arts, Research in the Teaching of English, English Journal, The Reading Teacher, Education and Urban Society, Journal of Latinos and Education, Theory into Practice, The Encyclopedia of Bilingual Education, and others. Her book, The Best for our Children: Critical Perspectives in Literacy for Latino Students (co-edited with John Halcón), earned the Critics Choice Book Award from the American Educational Studies Association (2004). Her most recent book is Words Were All We Had: Becoming Biliterate Against the Odds (Teachers College Press, 2011) received Honorable Mention (2012) by Libros Publishing and Scholastic. How Will I Talk to Abuela? is her first children’s book for which she won a Bronze Medal in the International Latino Book Award Competition (2017) – Children’s Fiction Picture Book. Reyes became a #1 Amazon Bestselling Author (2019) in the area of Hispanic and Latino Stories also for How Will I Talk to Abuela? The Spanish version, ¿Cómo voy a hablar con Abuela? was released in June 2018 and won a Silver Medal in the International Latino Book Award Competition (2019) for Best Latino Focused Children’s picture book. Professor Reyes’ third book, Countdown to the Last Tortilla (Cuenta atrás hasta la última tortilla), was released in August 2019.


Positive Behavior Intervention Supports for ELs

Learn to implement PBIS in a culturally responsive way creating a positive school culture that supports English Learners.  Alicia guides attendees as they examine critical components of PBIS through a culturally responsive lens.

Alicia Lateer-Huhn

Alicia Lateer-Huhn has 28 years’ experience as an educator and has been an educational consultant with State Support Team Region 13 and Hamilton County Educational Service Center since 2001. Alicia has partnered with districts and buildings (urban, suburban, and rural) throughout Southwest Ohio to implement Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS). She has served as a regional PBIS lead contact for the past several years and is on the Ohio PBIS Network. Alicia is passionate about equity and approaches MTSS and school improvement from this lens. Additionally, Alicia is an adjunct instructor at Xavier University, where she teaches a Culturally Responsive Teaching graduate-level course.    


Seal of Biliteracy ODE Updates

Learn about Ohio’s Seal of Biliteracy Program, designed to recognize high school graduates who demonstrate high levels of proficiency in English and at least one other World Language. Ryan shares the requirements for earning a seal of biliteracy and guidance for implementing a program, testing students for proficiency, and the awarding of seals to deserving students. He also touches on initial statewide program results.

Ryan Wertz

Ryan Wertz serves as the lead consultant for World Languages, Global Education and the Ohio Seal of Biliteracy program at the Ohio Department of Education. He also directs the department’s visiting international teacher programs. His work supports the efforts of K-12 language learners and global educators throughout the state. In 2016 the National Council of State Supervisors for Languages recognized Ryan as the national State Supervisor of the Year for his contributions to his field at both the state and national levels.  Here in Ohio, he serves in an advisory capacity on the executive board of the Ohio Foreign Language Association.


Trauma-informed Instruction

Take a systems-level view on what it means to be “trauma-informed” with a certified trauma practitioner, Jason Haap. Spend time focusing on mindset over strategies, considering how the realities of trauma impact processes and procedures designed for all students.

Jason Haap

Jason Haap has been in education since 1997, teaching high school English at parochial, charter, and public schools. In 2003, he earned a Master’s degree in English Literature through Middlebury College, and in 2011, he started his second Master’s degree through the University of Cincinnati while working as a school improvement coach for CUES. He is now a licensed administrator whose consulting experience includes literacy across the curriculum, problem/project-based learning, and systems change.


$200* per person, includes breakfast and lunch
*$50 discount per SWO ESL Consortium members

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