Conferences & Institutes

The Language Series

Save the Date! October 24, 2020

Wilkomen! Benvenuti! Bienvenidos! Ni hau! Welcome!

Teachers, parents, and leaders will expand their repertoire of effective and developmentally appropriate language learning skills at the day-long The Language Series.  During the conference, you will choose breakout sessions for hands-on learning opportunities and discuss topics relevant to progressive language learning. Led by experts in the field, you’ll explore teaching tools such as music, movement, and drama and learn how they will excite your students as they develop their ability to learn English or another language.

Participants of the conference will:

  • Learn to create transformative moments of language growth in the classroom
  • Re-energize your practice with developmentally appropriate tools and techniques
  • Choose from interactive, hands-on sessions that match your personal interests
  • Meet and network with peers and explore an exchange of progressive ideas together

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Mariana Souto-Manning

Language Series 2019—Reading, Writing and Talk: Inclusive Teaching for Diverse Learners

Featuring Keynote Speaker Mariana Souto-Manning
Mariana Souto-Manning, Ph.D., is Professor of Early Childhood Education and Teacher Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Professor Souto-Manning serves as Director of the Doctoral Program in Curriculum and Teaching and Director of the Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education Programs.
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Language Series Workshop

Language Series 2018

Multiple Pathways to Learning in the Age of Accountability
The 2018 Language Series explored teaching methods designed to support educators looking to enhance their practice in spite of accountability pressures. We focused on student engagement in both language and content development through multiple pathways: music, project based learning, multimodal literacy, and others. Dr. Nancy Cloud led us in the exploration of this topic in her keynote.
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2017 Highlights

Last year's conference included workshops focusing on the classroom as a learning laboratory, student agency and voice, music as a pathway for learning at every age, and more.
  • Four participants building with blocks
    Participants in the block building workhop.
  • Luisa Costa speaking in the auditorium
    Luisa L. Costa, Coordinator of the Language Series, welcoming everyone to the conference.
  • Two students cutting up magazines for a collage
    Participants cutting up magazines for a collage.
The discussion with my peers on oral language, building language, and project-based learning was and continues to deepen my understandings of language and literacy development for my students.
Museum Magnet School
Networking and sharing ideas and experiences with teachers at my grade level and others were extremely useful. Engaging with the presenters and doing hands-on activities in my workshops was the best way for my to experiment and learn. Thank you for a wonderful experience!
The Cathedral School
The use of different media including PowerPoint, posters, and pocket charts with word/sentence strips made the presentations very engaging. The descriptions of specific procedures given in the handouts and presentation materials gave me a wealth of ideas I can use for creating charts in my mini lessons or use as references for my students during independent workshop activities.
PS 17, Queens
I am overwhelmed with the amount of good, practical information!
Bank Street Graduate School Student
Everything was interesting and engaging. I got ideas that I will implement immediately, like a workshop for parents to help them help their children. I also learned about things I want to explore further.
The Family School 443X
I have never been to Bank Street before, only know of its wonderful reputation. It has been a treat to attend. Thanks for the opportunity!
Plainedge, Long Island
Can’t wait for next year!
George Washington School, White Plains, NY