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2014 OELAS Conference - Empowering Literacy through Language
The 2014 OELAS Conference focuses on empowering literacy for our English language learners through masterful and explicit language instruction. Sessions will provide continuing professional development and skills to effectively deliver this instruction. Best practices as demonstrated by Arizona's school districts and charter schools will continue to be showcased as we polish and celebrate our success and continue to look for ways to improve and exceed expectations.

This year we are excited to kick off the conference with a keynote address by Jeff Charbonneau, the 2013 National Teacher of the Year and we will conclude the conference with a powerful message by renowned speaker, LTC Consuelo Castillo Kickbush, Retired. Dynamic sessions will again feature Kevin Clark, Kate Kinsella, Heidi Koski, Tim Shanahan, Kylene Beers, and Bob Probst as well as newcomer William van Cleave and many others. The conference will again include ELL Success Stories, honoring the achievements of Arizona's ELL students. Students will be recognized in a presentation following lunch on Thursday, December 11.

The presentation and banquet to honor the 2014 Arizona ELL Teacher of the Year (TOY) will take place on Wednesday evening, December 10, and is included in your registration fee as long as you register at the ELL Teacher of the Year online registration page. When you register for the TOY event, you will need to enter your conference confirmation number in the payment blank instead of a payment number. A portion of your registration fee will be used to support the ELL Teacher of the Year program. Do not forget to register separately online for this important event in order to receive an admission ticket.

Note: You must make your guest room reservations before November 7, 2014 to receive the conference rate of $83 per night. The conference rate is also based on availability. Make guest room reservations by calling (520) 792-3500 or toll-free 1-877-622-3140. If you prefer to make guest room reservations online, you may do so at: This year we will again be going ‘green,’ meaning that descriptions, biographies, and handouts will be available in advance on our website. We will leave it to you, the participants, to print any handouts you will want in advance and bring these with you. Wireless internet access will be available in the meeting rooms if you choose to view handouts on your computers. Paper copies of the handouts will not be available in the meeting rooms.

Your payment or purchase order in the amount of $395.00 should be sent to the Arizona Department of Education, 1535 W. Jefferson Bin 31; Phoenix, AZ 85007. Your purchase order should be made out to the Arizona Department of Education and can be mailed, faxed to 602-542-3050, or emailed to

Unless you cancel in writing on or before the December 1, 2014 deadline, you are responsible for all conference fees even if you fail to attend the conference. No changes or cancellations will be accepted after that date. Online registration will close on November 21, 2014. Any additional registration will be onsite at the conference on a space-available basis.  

Who Should Attend: ELL educators including teachers, coordinators, coaches, directors, and administrators
Contact: Candis Middlebrook @ 602-364-1801
JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort, 3800 West Starr Pass Boulevard, Tucson, AZ 85745 Dec 10, 2014 - Dec 12, 2014 @ 8:00AM - 4:00PM 22 $395

All Dates and Times are Subject to Change
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