RITELL Spring 2018 Conference
"Welcoming and Supporting Newcomers in Our Classrooms"
Getting to Know the Newcomers We Serve
Newcomers arrive in the US from the far reaches of the world bringing life stories and perspectives that speak to the worlds they have left. The resources they bring and the challenges they face vary. When they reach our classrooms we have a complex job of teaching them English at the same time as we ensure they gain access to content that is rich and engaging and support their integrating into a new community and culture. Gaining an understanding of the students we meet can help us design programming and instruction that builds on their resources and addresses their specific needs. In this session, we will share characteristics of newcomers that can help schools and teachers make strategic choices about how newcomers are incorporated into their schools and programs.
Suzanna McNamara has an M.S.Ed. in TESOL & Applied Linguistics from Queens College, CUNY. She began her work with ELLs in adult education then transitioned into multilingual high school classrooms. She learned about programming and instruction for newcomers in her 11 years at Bronx International High School, before leaving the classroom to develop the initial curriculum for Bridges and launch the program in NYC high schools. Suzanna continues to work with the Bridges team to improve the curriculum, resources, and training for teachers of SIFE.
Annie Smith has an MA in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College. In addition to her work at Bridges Annie has taught as an adjunct professor for the Bard Master of Arts in Teaching program; developed and run the Refugee Youth Program for the International Rescue Committee; and established her own consulting firm, Brightminds, which provides teacher training and coaching to teachers of emergent bilinguals focused on integrating language and content.
Elementary, Secondary and Adult Breakout Sessions to Follow!