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The ELevate Conference on June 7-8, 2023 offers professional learning opportunities for K-12 English Learner educators. This two-day event features keynote addresses and workshops by EL educational consultant and advocate, Kate Kinsella and 2021 National Teacher of the Year, Juliana Urtubey, as well as over 35 different breakout sessions presented by EL education leaders from around the region.  Educators can learn about best practices, gain new strategies for creating inclusive and effective learning environments and network with other educators who have experience working with English learners.

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Kate Kinsella
Kate Kinsella, Ed.D. is an emeritus teacher educator at San Francisco State University where she addressed English language development research and evidence-based classroom practices and is a consultant dedicated to academic English Learner achievement. Dr. Kinsella maintains K-12 classroom involvement by conducting research, writing ELD curriculum, teaching demonstration lessons and coaching both teachers and administrators. She is the author of research-validated instructional programs to support English learners and struggling readers, including READ 180, English 3D, Language Launch and the Academic Vocabulary Toolkit. She has served as the lead scholar and pedagogy guide on three recent U.S. Department of Education funded research initiatives to improve educational outcomes for English Learners. Dr. Kinsella taught in local San Francisco Bay Area schools through their K-12 partnership Step to College Program.

Juliana Urtubey
Juliana teaches at Kermit R. Booker, Sr. Innovative Elementary School in Las Vegas, where she serves as a co-teacher in pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade special education settings and as an instructional strategist developing supports to meet students’ differing academic, social-emotional and behavioral needs. A bilingual, first-generation immigrant, Juliana has worked throughout her teaching career to serve as a mirror for her school community, helping students to be proud of their identities and families, and to acknowledge their strengths and contributions to the community. Since being announced as National Teacher of the Year in May 2021, Juliana has shared her “joyous and just” message with thousands  of educators and policymakers and through U.S. and international media.