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CPELL 2014 Conference

February 1, 2014

Parent Engagement:
Transforming Schools
through Family and Community Collaboration

CPELL 2014 Conference

On February 1, 2014, Chicagoland Partners for English Language Learners (CPELL) hosted a conference on the Loyola University Chicago Lake Shore campus. As a federally funded grant program, CPELL works with seven partner districts in Chicago and the Chicagoland area. The CPELL team, members of the partner school district administration teams, and CPELL scholars and graduates form a Governing Board that meets twice yearly to discuss work that has been accomplished and to plan future work.

This conference was developed in response to need expressed at the Governing Board meetings as a way to bring the topic of parent engagement into a setting where all who are interested—inside the CPELL program and within the greater community—could come together to learn, discuss, and share ideas.

Thank you to all who attended the CPELL 2014 Conference. Even a significant snowstorm could not put a damper on the enthusiasm and energy that each of you brought that Saturday. Your positive feedback has confirmed that the event was a success. For all of you who braved the weather to participate in this day, we say thank you! You made the day great.

From the key note speech delivered by Dr. Soo Hong, to the presentations by CPELL graduates, community members and academicians, to the panel discussion, and to the community building we continue to foster, we agree that it was a wonderful conference! Thank you for spending this time with CPELL.

This page is designed to allow everyone the opportunity to watch videos of the keynote speech and panel discussion. Furthermore, several presenters have made their materials available for you here. We hope you will find this page to be useful in promoting knowledge and community.

Conference Events

Keynote: Dr. Soo Hong Assistant Professor, Wellesley College & author of A Cord of Three Strands

Theme: Parent Engagement: Transforming Schools through Family and Community Engagement.

Welcome by: Dr. Anita Thomas Associate Dean, LUC School of Education                  

Introduction by: Dr. Elizabeth Vera Professor & CPELL Co-PI, LUC School of Education

Video of the keynote speech!

From the Field: Session 1 Presentations

Joanna Brown, Monica Soto Espinoza, & Iyabo Anifowoshe /Logan Square Neighborhood Association— Parent Mentors Tell Their Stories

Rebecca Hoffman & Sandra Raciti/Fairview District 72—"How-To” Night for ELL Parent Support

Rebecca Vonderlack-Navarro & Natalie Vesga/Latino Policy Forum—Engaging Multiple Partners to Support English Learners: A Policy Forum Perspective

Jasmine Myalil & Amy Harder/Windsor Elementary District 25—Con Respecto: A Multi-Year Approach to Parent Engagement

From the Field: Session 2 Presentations

Lucy Gomez-Feliciano & Lilia Carbajal /Logan Square Neighborhood Association—Parents Leading: Early Learning Ambassadors

Christina Sylvester/Valley View District 365U—After school programming in STEM:Engaging Parents in education through targeted identification of students and co-curricular mentoring and support

Melissa Arof & Richard Schroeder/North Shore District 112—Using Student Portfolios to Engage Parents in the Classroom

Erica Mallett/Loyola Cultural and Educational Policy Studies—Two-Way Dual Language Holds Promise for Narrowing the Achievement Gap between Bilingual Spanish Speaking Students and Students Speaking Standard American English

Panel Discussion Creating Unique & Meaningful Connections

Introduction: Dr. Marla Israel Assistant Professor & CPELL Co-PI, LUC School of Education

Panelists:

Dr. Soo Hong, Assistant Professor, Wellesley College

Dr. Cindy Whittaker, Superintendent, Fairview South District 72

Mr.  Francisco Perez, Principal, Fairview South District 72

Dr. Robert Hudson, Asst. Superintendent, Aptakisic-Tripp District 102

Video of the panel discussion!

Below are some more photos from the conference, we hope to see you at the next one!

Iyabo Anifowoshe, Monica Soto Espinoza and Joanna Brown from the Logan Square Neighborhood Association presented a session titled Parent Mentors Tell Their Story.

Lilia Carbajal and Monica Soto Espinoza, presenters from the Logan Square Neighborhood Association, listen with other conference attendees during a break out session during the CPELL 2014 Conference on parent engagement.

CPELL graduates Rebecca Hoffman (left) and Sandra Raciti, both of Fairview South School D72, presented a session titled “How-To” Night for ELL Parent Support at the CPELL 2014 Conference on parent engagement.

Rebecca Vonderlack-Navarro and Natalie Vesga, both of Latino Policy Forum, presented a session titled Engaging Multiple Partners to Support English Learners: A Policy Forum Perspective at the CPELL 2014 Conference.

Lucy Gomez-Feliciano (above) and Lillia Carbajal (below) from the Logan Square Neighborhood Association presented a session titled Parents Leading: Early Learning Ambassadors at the CPELL 2014 Conference on February 1, 2014.

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CPELL graduate and Brooks Middle School D365Uassistant principal Christina Sylvester presented a session titled STEM: Engaging Parents in Education through Targeted Identification of Students and Co-curricular Mentoring and Support in the Classroom at the CPELL 2014 Conference.

Loyola University Chicago School of Education graduate student Erica Mallett presents her session titled Two-Way Dual Language Holds Promise for Narrowing the Achievement Gap between Bilingual Spanish Speaking Students and Students Speaking Standard American English at the CPELL 2014 Conference.

A panel discussion gave CPELL 2014 Conference attendees the opportunity to ask questions of local experts. Panel members included Fairview South School D72 Superintendent Dr. Cynthia Whittaker, Loyola University Chicago professors of education & CPELL program members Dr. Marla Israel and Dr. Elizabeth Vera, Wellesley College professor of education and keynote speaker, Dr. Soo Hong, and Aptakisic-Tripp D102 Assistant Superintendent of Educational Innovation, Dr. Robert Hudson.

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Loyola University Chicago professor of education  & CPELL program member Dr. Elizabeth Vera  (right) converses with Dr. Mara Grujanac from CPELL partner district Adlai E. Stevenson High School  D125 in Lincolnshire, IL.

Wellesley College professor of education and CPELL 2014 Conference keynote speaker, Dr. Soo Hong, (center) converses with conference attendees in between sessions. Dr. Hong’s book A Cord of Three Strands: A New Approach to Parent Engagement in Schools, offers a close study of the Logan Square Neighborhood Association, a grassroots organization on the northwest side of Chicago, whose work on parent engagement has drawn national attention.

A networking session and lunch sponsored by the CPELL program brought attendees together after the presentations to continue their discussions and provided opportunities for sharing ideas and strategies.

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