Those who work with or desire to work with culturally and linguistically diverse learners in Kansas schools are invited to attend Fort Hays State University's second annual ESOL Multicultural Fair from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 15 at the Foust Math and Science Building at Garden City Community College.
FHSU's Department of Special Education and the English as a Second Language (ESOL) program are co-sponsoring the event with GCCC's Center for Teaching and Learning.
The event is designed to give FHSU students the opportunity to network with others in the state who have experience helping culturally and linguistically diverse children and adults to succeed academically in Kansas schools.
Matthew Greenlee, Virtual College graduate student and teacher in the Garden City school district, is serving as the conference chair for this day of informal workshops. In addition to presentations and poster demonstrations given by FHSU graduate students in the special education and ESOL programs, several guest speakers from across the state are scheduled to appear.
Guest speakers are listed below by name and title.
-- Melanie Stuart, ESOL consultant for the Kansas Department of Education
-- Clayton Tatro, Dean of Learning Services at GCCC
-- Steve Wolf, director of Migrant Education and ESOL for Great Bend schools
-- Isabel Aguilera, Familia Unidas (Families Together) in Garden City
-- Dan Le, Vietnamese translator in the Office of Supplemental Services for Garden City schools
-- Itzel Stewart, coordinator of Title III Transition Services at GCCC
-- Patti Peitz, interpreter for deaf and hard-of-hearing students in the Garden City schools
-- Dr. Placido (PLAH-see-doh) A. Hoernicke (HOHR-ni-kee), chair of FHSU's Department
of Special Education
Several publishers are donating books, resources and other give-aways to be used as door and raffle prizes. Two Kansas City publishers are sending representatives. Dorothy Hagen, of
Hampton-Brown Publishers, and James Mayfield-Smith, Pearson Learning Group, will give demonstrations and present give-aways.
Karen Gustavson, director of GCCC's Center for Teaching and Learning, has provided assistance in the planning of this year's Multicultural Fair. FHSU's Virtual College also made donations to the list of give-aways.
The workshop is free to attend; brunch will cost $4.25.