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Professional Development - Project Sponsored

Project Reach offers workshops, conferences and training opportunities carried out on the different University of Maine system campuses.  Topics range from multicultural education, heritage language classroom approaches, English as a Second Language (ESL) and second language content instruction and test preparation workshops for the Praxis II exam.

Working with the Academic Language of the
Next Generation Science Standards

Every student is an Academic Language Learner – developing academic language in your students benefits all but is critical for English learners.  Spend a day with the language demands of the Next Generation Science Standards through the lens of the WIDA English Language Development Standards.

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 · 8:30am – 3:30pm 
Hilton Garden Inn Freeport Downtown, 5 Park Street, Freeport, Maine

Registration is closed because it has reached maximum capacity

WIDA Presenter:  Troy Dassler has 17 years of experience in ESL/Bilingual Education. He has done unit and lesson plan development work funded through the National Science Foundation on bringing cutting-edge science to all students in k-12 formal and informal settings. He is also part of the national implementation team for the Next Generation Science Standards. 

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Language, Culture and Identity Conference

Portland Public Schools’ Multilingual and Multicultural Center and Project Reach presents a regional conference on Language, Culture and Identity designed for educators, administrators, service providers and other individuals interested in language acquisition, academic achievement, and socio-cultural and emotional well-being of New Americans. The keynote speaker, Okhee Lee, will present on the academic language and the Next Generation Science Standards. Concurrent workshops will have different strands 1) STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) for English Language Learners, 2) language acquisition strategies, 3) understanding culture; and 4) issues of acculturation and identity.

Thursday, April 17, 8:30-3:30
Abromson Community Education Center
University of Southern Maine, Portland
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Okhee Lee

Keynote Speaker: Okhee Lee is a professor in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University. Her research areas include science education, language and culture, and teacher education. Her current research involves the scale-up of a model of a curricular and teacher professional development intervention to promote science learning and language development of English language learners. She served as the leader for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Diversity and Equity Team through Achieve Inc. and the Steering Committee for the Understanding Language Initiative at Stanford University.



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