Collaboration and Co-Teaching Conference: Integrated Services for English Language Learners

Co-Teaching For English Learners: Moving Beyond the Basics

Friday, May 11, 2018; 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Atrium, Molloy Suffolk Center campus
5 CTLE hours Offered!

Lead Presenters and Conference Organizers: 
Dr. Andrea Honigsfeld and Dr. Maria G. Dove

Do you continue to ask questions about co-teaching for English language learners (ELLs) even though you might have been practicing it for a while? This workshop is recommended for teachers and school leaders who have some experience and facility with co-teaching yet would like the opportunity to explore the integrated English-as-a-New-Language (ENL) framework for instruction and further support the language, literacy, and content skills of ELLs in the integrated classroom.

Learning Objectives:   
·    Explore how to build more equitable collaborative partnerships in the co-taught class for the sake of English learners
·    Analyze and adapt tools and templates for sustained collaboration
·    Address the inherent challenges and of the four key components of the integrated collaborative instructional cycle - co-planning, co-instruction, co-assessment, and reflection
·    Examine authentic video clips of both novice and experienced co-teaching teams
·    Establish a baseline for improving co-teaching for ELLs, and develop short-term and long-term plans to take action

Intended Audience:
K-12 teachers and administrators. Teams of teachers and administrators are strongly encouraged to attend together: English as a Second Language (ESL) Teachers should sign up with their general  education co-  teaching partners. 

Lead Presenters and Conference Organizers: 

Dr. Andrea Honigsfeld, Professor, Division of Education, Molloy College, Rockville Centre, New York. She teaches graduate education courses related to cultural and linguistic diversity, linguistics, ESL methodology, and action research. Before entering the field of teacher education, she was an English-as-a-foreign-language teacher in Hungary (Grades 5-8 and adult) and an English-as-a-second-language teacher in New York City (Grades K-3 and adult). She also taught Hungarian at New York University. She was the recipient of a doctoral fellowship at St. John's University, New York, where she conducted research on individualized instruction and learning styles. She has published extensively on working with English language learners and providing individualized instruction based on learning style preferences. She received a Fulbright Award to lecture in Iceland in the fall of 2002. In the past twelve years, she has been presenting at conferences across the United States, Great Britain, Denmark, Sweden, the Philippines, and the United Arab Emirates. She frequently offers staff development, primarily focusing on effective differentiated strategies and collaborative practices for English-as-a-second-language and general-education teachers. She coauthored Differentiated Instruction for At-Risk Students (2009) and co-edited the five-volume Breaking the Mold of Education series (2010-2013), published by Rowman and Littlefield. She is also the co-author of Core Instructional Routines: Go-To Structures for Effective Literacy Teaching, K-5 (2014), published by Heinemann. With Maria Dove, she co-edited Co-teaching and Other Collaborative Practices in the EFL/ESL Classroom: Rationale, Research, Reflections, and Recommendations (2012) and co-authored Collaboration and Co-Teaching: Strategies for English Learners (2010), Common Core for the Not-So-Common Learner, Grades K-5: English Language Arts Strategies (2013), Common Core for the Not-So-Common Learner, Grades 6-12: English Language Arts Strategies (2013), Beyond Core Expectations: A Schoolwide Framework for Serving the Not-So-Common Learner (2014), Collaboration and Co-teaching: A Leader's Guide (2015)-the first three Corwin bestsellers.

Dr. Maria G. Dove is Associate Professor in the Division of Education at Molloy College, Rockville Centre, New York, where she teaches courses to preservice and inservice teachers on the research and best practices for developing effective programs and school policies for English learners. Before entering the field of higher education, she worked over thirty years as an English-as-a-second-language teacher in public school settings (Grades K-12) and in adult English language programs in Nassau County, New York.

In 2010, she received the Outstanding ESL Educator Award from New York State Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (NYS TESOL). She frequently provides professional development throughout the United States for educators on the teaching of diverse students. She also serves as a mentor for new ESL teachers as well as an instructional coach for general education teachers and literacy specialists. She has published articles and book chapters on collaborative teaching practices, instructional leadership, and collaborative coaching. With Andrea Honigsfeld, she coauthored three best-selling books, Common Core for the Not-So-Common Learner, Grades K-5: English Language Arts Strategies (2013), its companion volume, Common Core for the Not-So-Common Learner, Grades 6-12 (2013), and Collaboration and Co-Teaching: Strategies for English Learners (2010), all published by Corwin. Their more recent works,  Collaboration and Co-teaching: A Leader's Guide (2015), and Beyond Core Expectations: A Schoolwide Framework for Serving the Not-So-Common Learner (2014) with fellow co-author Audrey Cohan, were also published by Corwin.

CTLE Credit
This conference is approved for 5 hours of Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) dedicated to language acquisition addressing the needs of ELL learners, including a focus on best practices for co-teaching strategies. Click here for further information on the new CTLE requirements.

The conference will be given in the Atrium on Molloy's Suffolk Center campus located at 7180 Republic Airport, East Farmingdale, NY 11735. 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 516.323.3554.

Conference Brochure
Click here to download the conference brochure. The brochure will be mailed in February, 2018 to people on our mailing list. To be placed on our mailing list, call Cindy Thomas at 516.323.3554 or email

Conference Tuition Rates:
Early Registration, by March 16, 2018: $90
Regular Registration, March 17-April 27: $105
Late Registration, April 28-May 10: $115
After May 10 or at the door: $125
Molloy Full-Time Students (provide copy of student ID at check-in, or use Molloy email when registering): $25
Non-Molloy Students (provide copy of student ID at check-in): $50
Molloy Faculty and Staff (please use Molloy email when registering): No Charge
Molloy Alumni: 25% discount

Tuition includes a continental breakfast and lunch.

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.

You can click here to register online. Click here to register in person, by phone, fax or mail.

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 Cindy Thomas, Assistant to the Director, Summer Sessions and Conference Services by email: or by phone: 516.323.3554.