Ohio Dual Language Summit
Dec 3 all-day

The Ohio Department of Education and The Ohio State University are hosting the first-ever Ohio Dual-Language Summit on December 3, 2021. The theme is Creating Pathways to Biliteracy.

The purpose of the summit is to create a space for educators to come together around a shared vision of offering programs to support students’ bilingualism, biliteracy, and biculturalism. The conference aims to foster “Pathways to Biliteracy” through language programs that connect elementary, middle, and secondary grades and allow students to become fully bilingual and earn the Ohio Seal of Biliteracy.

The Ohio State University se complace en organizar la inauguración de la Conferencia del Bilingüismo de Ohio.

El propósito de la conferencia es crear un espacio para que los educadores se unan en torno a una visión compartida para apoyar el bilingüismo, biliteracidad y biculturismo de los estudiantes. La conferencia tiene como objetivo fomentar “Caminos al Biliteracidad” a través de programas de idiomas en todos los niveles de la educación; básico, intermedios y secundarios que les permita a los estudiantes convertirse y celebrar completamente el bilingüismo y obtengan el Sello de Biliteracidad de Ohio.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Wayne Wright of Purdue University, a leading expert in the country on Language Education Policy for bilingual and EL students, and co-author of Foundations of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism (6th Ed. Multilingual Matters), and Foundations for Teaching English Language Learners: Research, Theory, Policy, and Practice (3rdEd. Caslon Press).

Other workshops in the summit will include two areas:

Current Dual Language Programs: There are currently 12 dual/bilingual/foreign immersion programs across the state of Ohio. The summit will provide a forum for educators from current dual language schools to come together to discuss the challenges of implementing high quality programs.

Establishing a Dual Language Program: Does your district or school want to start a dual language program? The workshops will cover the benefits, challenges, and costs of establishing a new program, as well as different program models to fit the goals and demographics of your school or district.


Registration closed November 22

Ohio TESOL: Disability vs. Difference
Jan 18 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Ohio (TESOL) Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages is hosting a series of webinars throughout the 2021-22 school year.

On Tuesday, January 18, Rossasna Torres will discuss Disability vs. Difference

One of the greatest challenges in special education is to address the needs of students whose home language is not English. Practitioners in special education face the question: Is this a language difference? Or, is this a language impairment? The answer to this question requires to be knowledgeable of at least the following:

  • Process of acquisition of a second language
  • Acculturation
  • Bilingualism
  • Child development
  • Speech-Language milestones that are culturally sensitive
  • Baseline and comparison population.
Ohio TESOL: UDL/Differentiation through Content
Feb 1 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Ohio TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) is hosting a series of trainings throughout the 2021-22 school year.

On February 1, 2022 Shawna Benson from OCALI will speak about UDL/Differentiation through Content

Shawna Benson has worked at OCALI since 2008. She is the Program Director for the Teaching Diverse Learners Center. In addition to working with OCALI, she has also worked within Ohio School Districts, ESC, SST, DODD, private preschool and in higher education as an educator, Assistive Technology Specialist, Autism and Low Incidence Specialist, Literacy Specialist, Associate Professor and Director of Disability Services. She has experience co-teaching in inclusive settings and providing academic instruction and intervention to students with a wide range of exceptionalities, ages, strengths and needs which has provided her with a wealth of information that she now applies to her current work.

Ohio TESOL: Student Brain Breaks & Teacher Self Care
Apr 5 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Ohio TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) is hosting a series of trainings throughout the 2021-22 school year.

On April 5, 2022 Betty Kern will discuss Student Brain Breaks and Teacher Self Care

Abstract Research supports inserting brain breaks (physical activity) into lessons or between lessons in the classroom to help students make connections and retain information!  In this session, we will briefly discuss the research behind brain breaks and follow up with participation in several brain break activities!  You will leave with tools and resources to help you implement brain breaks the next day in your classroom!  What is usually last on a teacher’s list to make time for?  Teacher self care!  Let’s explore easy ways to implement some self-care strategies to help you manage the demands of teaching in an ever-changing environment!

Speaker Bio: Betty Kern, MS, CSCS is a professional educator with over 30 years teaching experience.  Betty has taught a variety of subjects including high school math, junior high math, junior high health, high school health, high school physical education, junior high physical education and elementary physical education.  Betty was named the Ohio Physical Education Teacher of the Year in 2017.  She has presented at the National SHAPE America conference yearly since 2008 and has presented in numerous state and regional physical education and health conferences.

Ohio TESOL: How to Form Family Partnerships with Purpose and Power
May 3 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Ohio TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) is hosting a series of trainings throughout the 2021-22 school year.

On May 3, 2022 Leila Kubesch will discuss How to Form Family Partnerships with Purpose and Power

Speaker Bio: Leila teaches foreign languages and English as a Second Language. Having committed to teaching in high-need schools, she became resourceful in securing unique opportunities for her students. With the goal of empowering all youth in the same manner as those in affluent communities, she fosters community partnerships, engages leaders for innovative learning, and instills a mindset of dreaming big through large-scale service-learning projects that stem from youth initiatives.

The work of her students has landed in museums around the country and won national recognition. Her passion for equity and social justice extends beyond the classroom. She served as an advocate for emancipated foster youth in Ohio by raising awareness of the plight of these youth, who too often became homeless.

She raised awareness by presenting to large audiences including TEDx Cincinnati, where she won the Audience Choice Award for her talk. She spoke with politicians and dedicated her effort until House Bill 50 passed, enabling foster youth in Ohio to have homes until age 21.She believes the success she experiences with her students stems from her intentional creation of family and community partnerships.

Leila is the 2020 Ohio Teacher of the Year, 2020 National Teacher of the Year Finalist, 2021 NEA Horace Mann Award Recipient, and 2020 National Toyota Family Teacher of the Year.