Amplifying the Opportunities We Offer English Laerners to Grow Socially and Intellectually

First, I hope that you and yours are safe and well.  Given our current situation and the recent announcement by Governor Cuomo to extend the shutdown in NY to May 15, we will not be able to offer our Summer 2020 Conference this year. We have canceled the conference for this year rather than trying to re-schedule it for later in the year and we will look to offer a conference again in 2021. 

- Louis Cino, Dean, Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies

Amplifying the Opportunities We Offer English Learners to Grow Socially and Intellectually
Wednesday, July 8, 2020; 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.● Molloy College, Rockville Centre Campus
(6 CTLEs Offered)

Presenter: Dr. Aída Walqui

Conference Description:
This one-day presentation is divided into three parts. The introduction sets the field of teaching English Learners in American schools within a socio-cultural/ecological theoretical perspective intended to prepare students for the 21st century. Principles that underlie the offering of learning opportunities will be presented and illustrated using video clips. During the second part, participants will be invited to experience a lesson that demonstrates the high challenge/high support pedagogy proposed. They will then reflect on how the lesson evidences the principles set out in the first part. Finally, issues of assessment of English Learner progress will be addressed. A discussion of different types of evaluation and their diverse purposes and audiences will be followed by a focus on Formative Assessment, that is, assessment of learning for learning, the realm of teachers . Participants will be able to actively participate, discuss, and ask questions throughout the day.

Please note that there is also a one-day conference on Thursday, July 9, 2020 on, "Grading for Equity: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How It Can Transform Our Classrooms " with  Joe Feldman as the presenter Click here for further information.

Intended Audience:
K-12 teachers and administrators.

Speaker Bio: 

 Aída Walqui directs the Teacher Professional Development Program at WestEd and one of its signature initiatives, the Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL), focused on improving teacher and educational leadership ability to accelerate and deepen the linguistic and academic disciplinary achievement of English learners in American schools. A native of Perú, Walqui holds a Ph.D. in Education from Stanford University. For over thirty years she has worked on the development of deep disciplinary practices in second languages.  She has taught at all levels and at universities in Perú, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the US. Walqui is the author of multiple articles and books, including, Scaffolding the Academic Success of Adolescent English Learners. A pedagogy of promise; English Language Learners the New Standards: Developing language, content knowledge, and analytical practices in the classroom; and The Amplified Curriculum: Designing Quality Learning Opportunities for English Learners recently published by Teachers College Press. Dr. Walqui is one of the founding partners of Stanford University's Understanding Language Initiative. In 2016, on the 50th anniversary of the International TESOL Association, she was selected as one of the 50 most influential researchers in the last 50 years in the field of English Language teaching.

Associated Book:
Included in your tuition is her book : Amplifying the Curriculum. Designing Quality Learning Opportunities for English Learners, by Walqui, A. & Bunch, G. (Editors) 2019.  New York City, NY: Teachers College Press. The book will be handed-out at check-in.

The conference will be given in the Hagan Center, Room 339 (third floor) on the Rockville Centre campus of Molloy College located at 1000 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY 11571. Travel directions will be sent with your confirmation, but can also be downloaded by clicking here.

If you should need hotel arrangements, please click here for a list of area hotels or call 516.323.3553.

CTLE Credit
This conference is approved for 6 hours of Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE). Click here for further information on the CTLE requirements.

Conference Tuition Rates:
Early Registration, until April 24: $125; Both: $225
Regular Registration, April 25 until June 19: $150; Both: $275
Late Registration, after June 19: $175; Both: $300
Molloy Full-Time Students (provide copy of student ID at check-in): $50; $90 both
Non-Molloy Full-Time Students (provide copy of student ID at check-in): $75 one, $125 both
Molloy Faculty and Staff: No Charge
Molloy Alumni: 25% discount

There is also a one-day conference on Thursday, July 9, 2020 on, "Grading for Equity: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How It Can Transform Our Classrooms " with  Joe Feldman as the presenter Click here for further information. You may also enroll in both conferences on July 8 and 9, 2020, at the discounted rate of $225.

Conference Registration:
Click here
to register online for the one-day conference (July 8).  Click here to register online for both days (July 8 & 9, 2020).
Click here to register in person, by phone, fax or mail.

Please note that completing the information for this conference through a program such as My Learning Plan Inc. is mainly for you to receive permission to take this conference from your district. Once you receive permission to take the conference from your district you will still need to register for the conference. There is no connection between My Learning Plan Inc. and your official registration for this conference.

Please also note: if your district will be paying for you to attend the conference, we know that it can take some time before your district might issue a check. Therefore, it would be advisable for you to send in your registration first, even though the check from the district might not have been processed yet, to avoid being closed-out of the conference or to take advantage of the early registration discount. If multiple registrations from the same district will be paid through a purchase order, all the registrations should be sent at the same time.

Confirmation of your registration and travel directions will be sent to you upon receipt of your registration.

Refund Policy
A full refund will be granted as long as you contact us one week prior to the start of the conference. However, substitutions can be made until the day of the conference at no charge. 

Conference Details 
The most up-to-date scheduling information can be found on this conference webpage. We will also email out the conference information if you are on our mailing list.  Join our mailing list online  or contact Ramona Ali, Assistant to the Director, Summer Sessions and Conference Services by email: or by phone: 516.323.3553.