A Brilliant Blend! 2003 State Conference
June 4-6, 2003 / Airport Hilton Hotel / Wichita, Kansas
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Kansas Association of Migrant Directors
Kansas State Department of Education-State and Federal Programs
Kansas Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
Goal of the Conference
To increase statewide collaboration and awareness for
all professionals and community members who serve Kansas
migrant students and English language learners; to provide
opportunities for lifelong learning and professional development
in areas of ESOL techniques, literacy development, assessment
and resources through delivery of high quality workshops.
Objective of the Conference
To provide participants with practical experiences in effective
teaching methods, current research and technology regarding
ESOL/Bilingual, Migrant and Refugee education. This conference
will include workshops for everyone working with English language
learners in both regular and migrant education settings.
Kay Toliver was born and raised in East Harlem and the South
Bronx. She is a product of the New York City public school system
and received both bachelor's and master's degrees from Hunter
College. She has done additional graduate work in mathematics
at the City College of New York.
Becoming a teacher was the fulfillment of a childhood dream
for Kay. For over 30 years, she has taught mathematics and
communication arts at P.S. 72/East Harlem Tech in Community
School District 4. Prior to instructing seventh and eighth grade
students, Kay taught grades one through six for 15 years. At
East Harlem Tech, she established the Challenger Program.
Designed for grades 4-8, Challenger presented the basics of
geometry and algebra in an integrated curriculum. Although it
is designated as a program for gifted students, Kay accepts
students from all ability levels.
Kay's educational philosophy is quite simple: All students can
learn. She feels that it is her job to expand minds and take children
from the known to the unknown. Over the past few years, however,
Kay has begun working with teachers in her school district as
a staff developer.
Kay Toliver has received many accolades for her teaching ability
including the 1992 Presidential Award in Secondary Mathematics
at both the state and national levels, the 1992 Disney Outstanding
Teacher of Mathematics Instruction, the 1993 Reliance Award for
Excellence in Middle School Education, the 1996 Kilby Award and
the 1996 Essence Award. Kay was featured in the Peabody
award-winning PBS special, "Good morning Miss Toliver," and
received the 1995 Outstanding Educator of the Year Award from
the National Conference on Diversity in the Scientific and Technological
Workforce, National Science Foundation.
Kay has worked with the Peabody Award winning Foundation for
Advancements in Science and Education (FASE) to create a number
of educational video products. These materials include the classroom
series, "The Eddie Files," and the staff development series, "The Kay
Toliver Files" and "Teacher Talk." She will open the conference at
1:00 P.M. on Wednesday, June 4.
Akot Arech came to the United States in 1995 from Sudan. He spent time
as a refugee in Kenya before coming to the U.S. He is currently a caseworker
for Catholic Charities in Kansas City and is Executive Director of Jump Start
Sudan, a non-profit organization formed by local churches in Kansas City
to help the people of Sudan. Akot will speak after the Banquet Wednesday
night on his life as a refugee in Kenya and the U.S. Refugee program.
Conference Schedule and Concurrent Sessions
For More Information
Kansas Department of Education
120 SE 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612
USD 305 Salina Public Schools
P.O. Box 797
Salina, KS 67402
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The comprehensive fee for all activities of the Migrant/ESOL/Bilingual/Refugee
Conference is $100. Pre-registration deadline is May 16, 2003. Late registration
is $115. On-site registration is $125 CASH OR CHECK ONLY (No purchase
orders accepted for on-site registration). A special full-time/part-time student
rate of $40 is offered for pre-registrants only. Parent rate is $50. Registration
fees include continental breakfasts on Thursday and Friday, banquet on
Wednesday, lunch on Thursday, refreshment breaks, conference tote bag,
conference handouts, and hospitality room.
This page was last updated on 05/02/03.