Learn how TK can provide opportunities for dual language learners to develop English language skills and conceptual knowledge in multiple subjects. This interactive session will have participants walk through classroom environments that contain effective strategies that promotes young students' acquisition of English through cross-curricular and integrated content.
Christie M. Baird
Ms. Christie Baird has been in education for 24 years. During this time, she has been an elementary teacher, an assistant principal and School Readiness coordinator and Family Literacy program director in the Buena Park School District. She has worked with state agencies, local partners and a variety of funders to build high-quality programs to ensure children have opportunities for school success and parents understand their role as their child’s first and most important teacher.
Currently, Ms. Baird is employed by the Orange County Department of Education in Instructional Services. She is an Early Intervention for School Success (EISS) coordinator and the director of the Preschool Guided Language Acquisition Design (GLAD) program. She works statewide with preschool through 2nd grade teachers, providing professional development and support in applying best practices to increase student achievement. Additionally, she coordinates state training networks for EISS and Preschool GLAD. Her research interests include early literacy development and teacher efficacy.
Ms. Diane Ehrle has been an educator in California for close to 20 years. In addition to her experience as a K through 4th grade teacher, she has served as a district reading specialist, district intervention coordinator, director of a countywide literacy campaign, county Language Arts and English language development coordinator and a statewide Language Arts and ELD professional development facilitator.
Ms. Ehrle has presented at both the California Kindergarten Conference and California Reading Association Conference on bringing language instruction to life in the kindergarten/1st grade classroom. She has developed and led pre-k through 12th grade interactive workshops on effective strategies across the curriculum to teach English learners.
Over the past two years, Ms. Ehrle has focused on district-wide implementation of the California Common Core State Standards and engaging teachers in viewing the California Common Core State Standards through the lens of the English learner. She is currently employed with the Orange County Department of Education as an early childhood education coordinator.
Dr. Cathy Wietstock works with programs and services that support students from preschool through college (P-16). Some of her professional assignments and activities include District Assistance and Intervention Team (DAIT); director for Early Intervention for School Success (EISS); executive board member, Latino Education Attainment, Orange County Business Council; Preschool English Learner Guide state trainer; and board member for CREER: Comunidad y Familia.
Dr. Wietstock has been a professional educator for more than 29 years and has taught at both K-12 and college levels. She is a National Board Certified Teacher, Early Childhood Generalist. She received her doctorate in educational leadership at California State University, Fullerton in 2010.
Christie M. Baird, Preschool GLAD Director of the Orange County Department of Education, shares how teachers can enrich their classroom for English learners. Baird believes that teachers must use a child's learned experience as scaffolding to help create meaning.