Mini Conference

Saturday, February 21, 2015

This mini conference is designed for parents, teachers, administrators, and other interested stakeholders to learn together and collaboratively promote student learning and success for ALL!

Where: Delaine Eastin Elementary
34901 Eastin Drive.  Union City
Time: 9:00-1:00 (Registration 8:30am)
Cost: ACRA members FREE
Non-Members: Early Registration $20 (by mail), Door Registration: $25

To register: Send check with email address to Sybil Hoffman
4403 Lorren Drive, Fremont, CA  94536

Join ACRA today! Registration can go towards online membership!

Contact: Bee Medders at

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Adria Klein
                                Oral Language and the Common Core
Focus on Speaking and Listening, and Language Standards

Supporting teachers’ understanding of oral language development promotes equity and access to instruction for all students including English Learners. The session will focus on the speaking and listening, and language expectations for all students in order to be College and Career Ready.

Breakout Sessions:

Target Audience: (T)= Teachers (P)= Parents (A)= Administrators

How to Use Read-Alouds to Build Vocabulary and Influence Writing 
This session explores how to collect vocabulary and phrases from Read-Alouds to use in writing. It also explores how to identify author’s craft such as comparisons, and emphasis in Read-Alouds and then how to use author’s craft in one’s own writing. The audience will participate in creating leads, and character descriptions. Students’ writings will be shared.
Presenter: Joan Masaryk (T, A)

Struggling Reader Workshop
This Workshop will cover research based ideas and tips to help ALL children succeed in reading. Demonstrations, handouts, and ideas for practicing these techniques with your child will be included.
Presenter: Cheri Benafield (P)

Appy Hour for Teachers & Parents: Quality Education Literacy Apps for iPhone and iPad
We’ve found educational apps that provide children practice with essential literacy skills such as phonics, spelling, vocabulary, comprehension, and writing. We bet your child won’t complain about practical, technological fun like this! Come join us with your smart phone or iPad & have fun as well!
Presenter: Lynn Gurnee (T, P)

Learn how to improve attention, impulse control, and self-awareness. No yoga mat or incense required!
Presenter: Neena Barreto (T, P, A)

Mindful Classroom Design
Teaching is an Art and Science. This session uncovers the principles of the Art of Placement known as Feng Shui and the Science. Learn what to keep in mind when designing a classroom that promote health, a sense of wellbeing, and the joy  in learning and teaching.
Presenter: Bee Medders (T, A)

The Common Core and Your Child
Learn why we have switched to the Common Core State Standards, how the learning in the classroom is changing, and how that will affect homework. We will also take a look at the new standardized test.
Presenter: Kathy Langham (P)

California ELA/ELD Framework and the NEW California ELD Standards
Strategies from the new framework that will support English Learners to access grade level content will be highlighted. We will explore the many vignettes in the framework that provide clear models of how the ELA/ELD standards work together in the classroom to support all learners.
Presenter: Michele McKinley (T, A)