K-16 Partners Network Meeting: How university partners can support immigrant and English language learners in our schools

Posted by on January 30, 2017

Thursday February 23rd, 2017 |1:00 – 2:30 PM

School District of Philadelphia | 440 N. Broad St. Room 1080

The theme of this meeting draws from our upcoming PHENND Annual Conference on “Immigration,” but will have a specific focus on university partnerships that support immigrant and English language learners in our K-12 schools.


  • Allison Still, Deputy Chief of the Office of Multilingual Curriculum and Programs at the School District of Philadelphia
  • Maria Giraldo Gallo, Bilingual Special Project Assistants at the School District of Philadelphia
  • Jill Swavely, Ed.D. Associate Professor of Teaching and Learning, Temple University
  • Edwin Mayorga, Assistant Professor, Educational Studies Swarthmore College

We will share an overview of data on English Language Learners in the school district as well as current projects to support ELLs with Anchor Goal 1 and Anchor 2 (part of Superintendent Hite’s Action Plan). We will also discuss how university partners can support these initiatives and immigrant English language learners in general.

Who should attend?

  • University faculty, staff and students who work with or are interested in working with K-12 schools
  • Non-profits and community programs who are interested in partnerships with colleges, universities and K-12 schools.
  • K-12 teachers, administrators and staff interested in partnerships.

PHENND University Partner Meetings bring together university, nonprofit, and school-based practitioners around common themes. Attendees will have the chance to ask questions to all presenters, network with peers and obtain concrete information on how to connect with the School District. The three main goals for K-16 University Partners meetings are:

  • provide practitioners with “take aways” (e.g. ideas you can adapt for use in your own programs)
  • exposure to new and innovative programs and practices
  • introduction to key School District personnel and strategies

Register here: http://tinyurl.com/k16immigration or try out a new system we are piloting, GivePulse! https://givepul.se/734mx

Street parking is limited at the school district. It is best to use SEPTA. The school district building is easily accessible via the Broad Street Line from the Spring Garden station.

Light snacks will be provided.

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