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Leveraging Instructional Technology for Effective Dual Language and Multilingual Education

November 2
10:30 am - 11:20 am CT
Room: B9
Digital Learning and Innovative Practices
Administrators, Instructional Coaches, Instructional Leaders, Teachers

This session finds the balance between research and What does that look like in the classroom? by providing a systematic and research-based approach to using instructional technology to support biliteracy instruction in Dual Language and Multilingual Classrooms. The presenters will establish a common understanding that by taking a metalinguistic approach to instruction, students will be set up to achieve higher levels of academic performance. Then participants will be guided through an engaging and collaborative discussion of ways to implement instructional technology to support emerging multilingual students.
The presenters will provide a breakdown of language allocation, sample schedules, and models for instructional design before demonstrating how the theory is put into practice through practical application using some tools your school/district may already have and some that may be new to you! Participants will be given ample time to ask and answer questions during this portion of the session as they go deeper into the instructional structure and how technology is used to support it. Specific recommendations on evidence-based practices will be shared, giving teachers ideas for what to “Do on Monday” and administrators what to look for in multilingual classrooms.

Rocio del Castillo
Rocio del Castillo
Assistant Superintendent , Freeport School District

Julia Cloat
Julia Cloat
Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, Freeport School District #145

Dr. Julia Cloat spent a combined total of 22 years working in Kaneland CUSD #302 and Huntley CSD #158, where she served in roles including Literacy Specialist, Assistant Principal, RtI/MTSS Coordinator, and Curriculum Director before accepting her position as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction at Freeport SD 145 in 2020. Dr. Cloat holds a Doctor of Education degree from Northern Illinois University (2014). She also holds a Master of Teaching degree from Aurora University (2001) and a Bachelor of Science degree from Northern IL University (1991). Dr. Cloat currently teaches as an adjunct professor at Northern Illinois University. Dr. Cloat lives in Sycamore, Illinois with her husband, Max, and two children, Olivia and Alexander. In addition to teaching/learning and her family, Julia is passionate about the outdoors. She can be found hiking and camping year-round.