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Professional Development Weekend: Fostering Resilience in Young Learners

Date: Saturday, October 20th, 2018 Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Speaker: Judith B. O'Loughlin (Award-winning educational consultant)

Judith B. O'Loughlin will give three workshops over the course of the weekend. Here are the respective topics and times.

Workshop 1: Three Strategies for Fostering Resilience in Young Learners
(Saturday Oct. 20, 14:00 - 17:00)
For young learners, whether traditional newcomers or students with limited literacy, to become resilient, schools must create "havens of resilience" (Henderson, 2013) helping learners discover their own internal strengths, the "I Have, I Am, I Can" (Grotberg, 1995; Davis, 2014). Learners discover how to draw on three resiliency strategies to develop their internal strengths and external resources to succeed emotionally and academically in the English language classroom and beyond. Resilience isn't a specific program or curriculum, but a process. In the "I Have, I Am, I Can" model, learners are able to develop and recognize the unique strengths they possess. The presenter describes the model, connecting to the conference theme of addressing diverse student populations and helping to create an inclusive learner-environment. She provides numerous examples of "I Have, I Am, I Can." Component examples will be modeled and participants will have an opportunity to practice with elements of the model and share with colleagues).

Workshop 2: C.R.E.D.E. Standards: Effective Educational Practice for Social and Academic Learning
(Sunday Oct. 21, 10:30 - 12:30)
The Center for Research on Education, Diversity and Excellence, (C.R.E.D.E) has developed five research-based strategies of effective educational practice for culturally and linguistically diverse learners. The strategies grew out of Vygotsky's research and theories stress the importance of the role of social interaction and the community of learners "plays a central role in the process of making meaning." Connecting the I Have, I Am, I Can Model to the C.R.E.D.E (Center for Research on Education, Diversity, and Excellence) original Five Standards of Effective Pedagogy, the presenter describes the strategies, focusing on joint productive activity, contextualization, and instructional conversation. The C.R.E.D.E. Standards and the I Have, I Am, I Can strategies focus on, not only building the internal strengths of the learner, but also, how creating a community of learners plays a central role in the process of making meaning. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss how the standards fit into their language instructional practices.

Workshop 3: Picture Book Visuals and Text Enhance Comprehension
(Sunday Oct. 21, 14:00 - 17:00)
Picture books have traditionally been part of early elementary instruction, while middle and secondary classroom teachers have shied away from their use. More recently, however, picture books have been noted as supporting academic language and content instruction in elementary schools, including in the ESL/EFL classroom. The presenter describes the critical elements to look for in picture books. She models suggested steps in picture/text interactions with English learners and how to use the dual-coding of information to build vocabulary and support the comprehension of the content through literacy strategies such as making text connections, visualizing, and determining inference from picture book illustrations. Additionally, she connects picture books to learner stories used to facilitate learner resilience. Participants are encouraged to bring a favorite picture book to the session to practice picture/text interactions and use of the dual-coding tool. At the conclusion of the session, participants are able to both practice with and take away the tools needed to help choose accurate and appropriate picture books for their students.

Organization: Sendai Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Sendai JALT)

Cost: JALT Members: Day 1: free; Day 2: 1,000 yen
Non-members: Day 1: 1,500 yen; Day 2: 2,000 yen (discounts for ALT / JACET; see the Sendai JALT website

Venue: Tokyo Electron Hall Miyagi, Room 602,(Google Map:

Location: Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan


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