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A Brilliant Blend! 2003 State Conference
ESOL/Bilingual/Migrant/Refugee Education

June 4-6, 2003 / Airport Hilton Hotel / Wichita, Kansas

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Sponsored by:
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.

Keynote Speakers
Kay Toliver
Akot Arech

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.

Keynote Speakers
Kay Toliver
Akot Arech

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
Melanie Stuart
Kansas Department of Education
120 SE 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612
(785) 296-7929

Cynthia Adcock
USD 305 Salina Public Schools
P.O. Box 797
Salina, KS 67402
(785) 309-4718

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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.