Beyond the Language Series, Spring 2013

Addressing the Core of the Common Core: The Language-Rich Environment

The Common Core State Standards emphasize the key role language-rich environments play in effective teaching and learning. Using the Common Core Standards as a point of reference, experts in the field will share multiple ways to create and support language growth in today's diverse classrooms. A panel of leaders and researchers, a keynote presentation, as well as workshops with experienced practitioners will inspire and engage you through hands-on activities and specific examples. Participants will take away concrete ideas for immediate implementation in their settings. Download the 2013 Language Series flyer (pdf).


Alanna Navitski on children 0-5, Luisa L. Costa on parents' support of language acquisition, Pamela Jones on students with special needs, Lilly Ardell, Writing Coach, PS/IS 218, Miriam Moreno-Pedraja, Principal PS/IS Amistad Dual Language School, David Gonzalez on storytelling, Susan Griss on movement and literacy, Nancy Cloud on her keynote application, Andrea Fonseca, a Dual Language K/1st grade ICT teacher at Castle Bridge School and Margaret Blachly on Early Childhood Education and Margie Brickley for ages 0-5. 

For those who would like 15 CEU credits, a 3-hour online component led by Bankstreet faculty will be added. Graduate credit may also be earned for an additional fee of $225.


The ultimate goals of the series are:

  • To support the professional growth of all classroom educators: Dual Language, Bilingual, ESL, Special Ed, and Monolingual teachers in Pre-K to high school settings;
  • To promote discussions on language learning principles and methodology with a focus on multiple ways of learning and classroom applications in all content areas;
  • To foster the exchange of ideas by providing opportunities for networking among teachers and leaders across schools with a diverse range of learners.