ECIS ESLMT Conference Copenhagen (2-5 March, 2017)
"The Power of Multilingual Classrooms in International Education: Implications for Curriculum Design, Teaching and Learning" 

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Friday, March 3

13:30 CET

Literacy Initiative Designed to Bring Multiliteracies and a Sense of Identity Into Elementary Classrooms
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As a highly diverse and multicultural international school with 80% non-native English speaking students and a robust Mother Tongue program, NIST introduced a literacy initiative designed to bring multiliteracies and a sense of identity into our elementary classrooms through the lens of reading and writing. With the support of a Literacy Coach and visiting experts, we reviewed our current practice from Early Years to Year 6 and found opportunities for translanguaging, identity mapping, and exploring culturally relevant texts that offer mirrors, windows, and doors for children to see themselves in the world around them. By redesigning our approach to reading and writing workshop, we systematically uncovered the cultural and linguistic assets that our multilingual students bring to the classroom, making the learning experience more authentic and responsive for all students.The success of this project relied on the successful collaboration between homeroom and specialist teachers, school leadership and our parent community.

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Margo Gottlieb

Margo Gottlieb, Ph.D., is co-founder and lead developer of WIDA at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, University of Wisconsin-Madison, a consortium of 39 state education agencies in the US and 270 international schools worldwide. Over the last decade she has engaged in the... Read More →

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Sara K. Ahmed

Elementary Literacy Coach, NIST International School
Literacy CoachNIST International
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Beth Queeney-Dressler

Deputy Head of Elementary/PYP Coordinator, NIST International School
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Kristin Simmers

Elementary EAL Team Leader & Teacher, NIST International School
Kristin Simmers is an advocate for all learners and believes teachers deserve access to the best evidence-based pedagogy to support inclusion and neurodiversity in our schools. Kristin holds an M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction, M.S in Elementary Education, as well as several teaching... Read More →

Friday March 3, 2017 13:30 - 14:30 CET

13:30 CET

Developing International-Mindedness in the Early Years
Limited Capacity seats available

My presentation is geared towards ESL and Homeroom teachers. It is based on my successful practices with the children ages 3-6, which will be profiled in my contribution to the new edition of the book by Prof. Roma Chumak-Horbatch "Linguistically Appropriate Practices" and who will also present at the ECIS ESLMT Conference in Copenhagen in 2017. I hope that after my presentation, the teachers will take to their schools and start implementing many different strategies to welcome their multicultural and multilingual students, celebrate their cultures and enrich their learning.

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Roma Chumak Horbatsch

Associate Professor, Ryerson University
Dr. Roma Chumak-Horbatsch is Associate Professor in the School of Early Childhood Studies at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, where she teaches courses in language development, cognitive development and childhood bilingualism. She has a background in applied linguistics and... Read More →

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Helen Werner

Early Years, ESL, Spanish, BHMS
Until recently, I was an Early Years teacher at international schools in Germany. Now I am teaching ESL and Spanish at the Business and Hotel Management School in Switzerland, where I moved with my family. I am proud to be a global citizen and a passionate IB teacher, who speaks five... Read More →

Friday March 3, 2017 13:30 - 14:30 CET