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Please visit us at our new location, Lincoln Hall, on the corner of Algoma Blvd. and Wisconsin St. Mail can still be directed to the address listed above. 


We are happy to announce the program for the LCE Institute!

Friday, April 4, 2014

4:30–5 p.m. Registration

5–6:15 p.m. Networking and Working Group Roundtables

This is an opportunity for specific interest groups, such as higher education concerns (ELF), dual language instruction, and small and rural school programs to network and share ideas.

6:15–8 p.m. Reception with Artist Wing Young Huie

7–7:30 p.m. Live Jazz (Ripon High School Jazz Band)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

8–8:45 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks

9–9:45 a.m. Keynote Address

Identity and the American Landscape: How Do Photographs Form Us?—Wing Young Huie

The photographs of internationally-known artist Wing Young Huie have been exhibited in major museums and epic public installations. Collectively they reflect the dizzying socioeconomic, ethnic and cultural realities of American society.

In this dynamic slide show presentation, Wing will addresses the ethical, aesthetic and cultural issues of intimately interacting with thousands of strangers, and he will share anecdotes and insights behind the images.

Wing will also foster dialogue by showing photographs from his many projects that are open to cultural interpretations, inviting participants to offer their own points of views and to consider not only how their perceptions may differ from those around them, but also how our perceptions are formed by the overwhelming media and marketing photographs we consume on a daily basis.

9:45–10 a.m. Break

10–10:50 a.m. Breakout Presentations

1. Chalkboard Workshop: We Are the Other—Wing Young Huie

In this workshop, participants will engage in a “chalkboard activity,” which is a process that Wing used in his most recent work, The University Avenue Project. He photographed hundreds of people in various circumstances holding chalkboards on which revealing statements were hand-written.

Wing elicited responses by asking a series of questions that are not easily answered. He then chose only one of the answers from each person, who then wrote their answer on a chalkboard.

How would you answer these questions?

  • What are you?
  • How do you think others see you? What don’t they see?
  • What advice would you give to a stranger?
  • What is your favorite word?
  • Describe an incident that changed you.
  • How have you been affected by race?

Participants will pair with someone they are unfamiliar with, ask each other these questions, choose each other’s answer, and write their answer down on black construction paper with white chalk. This activity connects strangers in a way that is challenging and non-confrontational, opening preconceptions of each other and one’s self. This session is repeated as session 6.

2. Using Interactive Science Notebooking to Increase Science Literacy of All Learners—Reynee Kachur, Claire Starnitcky, and Katelyn Winkel, UW Oshkosh

This session will discuss the use of interactive science/STEM notebooks with an emphasis on discipline crossover and the use of language to enhance understanding of science/STEM concepts.

3. Exploring the Simultaneous Model for Bilingual Classrooms—Erika Sanchez, Ft Howard, Green Bay; Katie Roland, Howe, Green Bay; and Jenny Olschesky, Sullivan, Green Bay

Are you interested in learning effective strategies for English Language Learners? This workshop will provide you with three strategies—Dictado, Asi se dice and Bridging—that will help students learn their second language. Modeling of each strategy will be demonstrated, and materials will be provided!

4. What Do You Know about Hmong Culture and Hmong Men in the US?: A Workshop on Recognizing and Questioning Stereotypes—Vincent K. Her, UW-La Crosse; and Mary Louise Buley-Meissner, UW-Milwaukee

Our personal and professional experience has shown us that Hmong culture is a rich source of familial, social and spiritual meaning for understanding how Hmong Americans have been able to achieve so much in the US in only forty years of resettlement. Thus, we are concerned by two trends in popular news reports about Hmong people in the US. The first one involves the negative stereotyping that describes Hmong culture and Hmong men in equally negative terms: patriarchal, resistant to change, and maladjusted in modern American life. The second involves the conclusion drawn all too often that Hmong men and Hmong culture are holding Hmong American women back from the full progress that they are capable of making in modern society. In our presentation, we aim with our audience to sort out what is fact and what is fiction, so that a better-informed, more balanced understanding of the interrelationship of Hmong culture and Hmong American contemporary life can be achieved.

5. Using Drama in the Language Classroom—Bara Choi and Eunsuk Ryu, English Teachers, South Korea

Drawing from their work with English learners in South Korea, the presenters will share useful drama techniques to encourage students’ creativity as well as verbal and non-verbal aspects of communication in language learning.

10:50–11 a.m. Break

11–11:50 a.m. Breakout Presentations

6. Chalkboard Workshop: We Are the Other—Wing Young Huie

(Repeat of breakout session 1.)

7. Working with Somali Students and Families—Hamida Ismael, Green Bay School District

Located in East Africa, Somalia is a country that has been in civil war since the early 1980s. As with Europe and Canada, the United States experienced the first wave of Somali immigrants around 1991. Today, the largest Somali population can be found in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Columbus, Ohio. Somalis, like any previous immigrants, came to the States with their own distinct culture. During this session, the presenter will answer two questions: What is the historical background for Somali immigrants, and how have Somalis transitioned from their own background to the American life style?

8. Learning Together: A Collaboration of University Professors and Students with ELL and Bilingual Teachers—Marguerite Parks, Ava McCall and Michelina Manzi, UW Oshkosh

For the past two years, several education professors have been collaborating with area ELL and bilingual teachers in an effort to build the knowledge base of pre-service teachers and improve their practice with English Language Learners. In this session professors and pre-service teachers will share the results of their work together and its implications for all teachers.

9. ¡Technique-o-Rama!: Activities for Language Development—Carolyn Chow-Mineau, Emily VanGheem,  and Stephanie PalaciosGreen Bay Area School District

Hold onto your hats for this wild ride through language activities that will inspire students and teachers, strengthen academic language skills, and give you an overall workout!

10. Write the Book: Telling Your Story—Alfred Kisubi and Donald Hones, UW Oshkosh

In this session, authors Kisubi and Hones will share from their books of poetry and fiction and will open a discussion of how students and teachers can take their creative ideas forward into books. Participants are welcome to bring and share their own manuscripts.

Noon–1:15 p.m. Lunch

12:30 p.m. Dance Performance

Baile Folklorico, New London High School Culture Club—Ruby Fortuno, Jesus Hernandez, Maria Hernandez, Victoria Martinez, Zabian Salinas and Jose Torres

12:50 p.m. Dance Performance

Nkauj Hmoob Hli Nra (The Full Moon Girls)

1:15–1:30 p.m. Break

1:30–2:20 p.m. Breakout Presentations

11. Game Day!—Tina Sikorski, Waushara Public Schools; Sara Gigot and Monica Alvarez, Sheboygan Public Schools; and Brianna Markowski, Green Bay Area School District

What is more engaging than a great game or activity for the classroom? Nothing! There are so many benefits to using games from community building to reinforcing respect. Come learn some fun new narrative techniques that allow you to integrate vocabulary with the four domains of listening, speaking, reading, and writing into your curriculum. Take what you learn today into your classroom tomorrow, and watch all your students become winners.

12. Poetry of Exile: Expressions of Culture and Language through Verse—Alfred Kisubi, UW Oshkosh

Professor Kisubi will share his journey from Uganda to the United States through his poetry. His poems, which address refugee crises, exile, becoming an immigrant, and adapting to American culture, open a window of understanding for anyone who works alongside immigrants and refugees.

13. Schooling and Immigrant Youth: A Panel of Students, Parents and Educators—Lori Menning, New London School District

What do bilingual students and their parents think about schooling? What insights can they offer to teachers, counselors, administrators, and other educational professionals? This panel, moderated by Lori Menning of New London High School, offers a unique opportunity to learn about program effectiveness from those who are at the heart of the educational experience.

1:30–3:30 p.m. Breakout Presentation

14. Wisconsin English Language Faculty (ELF) Working Group

This working group session of the Wisconsin English Language Faculty (ELF) offers an opportunity for higher education faculty to gather, network and strategize ways to promote best practices for English Language Learners at the college, university and state levels.

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