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Monday, May 8 • 1:30pm - 2:25pm
ELL Students in the School Library: Tips and Teaching Strategies for Their Success

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Massachusetts schools are experiencing growth in the number of English Language Learners (ELL) students. The school library can be the place with the necessary resources for ELL to access curriculum and be a welcoming space where  ELL students feel included. With the AASL mantra "All Students Achieve At The  School Library" as a guiding principle for this session we will present easy to  implement teaching strategies for instructing ELL students in any school library.Learning - and understanding - academic vocabulary can be a challenge for ELL  in all subjects, including subject specific library words. Participants will learn the definitions for Tier 1, 2, and 3 vocabulary. Engaging with each other  in small groups, participants will apply definitions and sort library terms into tiers. Using an audience brainstorm, a Tier 1 and Tier 3 word will be  defined and the process for integrating academic vocabulary instruction in the school library modeled.    Understanding academic vocabulary empowers all children and especially ELL as they grapple with standardized tests and the rigors of Common Core. Students require resources that they can read and understand in English and in their own  language. Creating an accessible as well as a diverse collection is a first step in  creating an inclusive school library program. Session participants will learn tips and  tools to create an accessible school library collection that reflects a  culturally and linguistically diverse school population - and the world.    A strong home connection enhances a child's education and school experience.  The school library can be an ideal place to welcome families new to the country and  the school. How to make effective outreach to the ELL parent community will be  addressed suggesting traditional as well as some innovative approaches.

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Chris Swerling

Interim K-12 Coordinator of Library and Media Services, Newton Public Schools
Chris Swerling is the Coordinator of School Libraries K-12 for the Newton, Massachusetts Public Schools and a former National Board Certified Library Media Teacher. She has given numerous presentations on school librarianship at state and national conferences and taught library science... Read More →
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Mary Frances Zilonis

Director of Libraries K-12, Wellesley Public Schools
Mary Frances Zilonis is the Director of Libraries K-12 for the Wellesley, Massachusetts Public Schools. She earned her B.S. and M.Ed. from Bridgewater State College and her Ed. D. from Boston University. She has co-authored A Strategic Planning Guide for School Library Media Centers... Read More →

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Monday May 8, 2017 1:30pm - 2:25pm EDT
Orleans 1st Floor