The Language Series: 2014

Exploring Academic Language and Literacy Development: Connections to the Common Core

 The Bank Street Language Series began in the fall of 2000 and has expanded to meet the needs of all teachers from Pre-K through high school.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Celia GenishiCelia Genishi, Professor of Education and Co-Coordinator of the Program in Early Childhood Education at Teacher's College, Columbia University, is an authority on early childhood education, language in the classroom, qualitative research and childhood bilingualism. She is the author of Ways of Assessing Children and Curriculum: Stories of Early Childhood Practice (Teachers College Press), The Need for Story: Cultural Diversity in Classroom and Community (National Council of Teachers of English), Children, Language and Literacy: Diverse Learners in Diverse Times (with Anne Haas Dyson; Teachers College Press); and On The Case: Approaches to Language and Literacy Research (with Anne Haas Dyson; Teachers College Press). Read more...

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"Networking and sharing ideas and experiences with teachers at my grade level and others were extremely useful. Engaging with the presenters and doing hands-on activities in my workshops was the best way for me to experiment and learn. Thank you for a wonderful experience!" M.L. The Cathedral School

“The use of different media including Power Point, posters, and pocket charts with word/sentence strips made the presentations very engaging. The descriptions of specific procedures given in the handouts and presentation materials gave me a wealth of ideas I can use for creating charts during my minilessons or use as references for my students during independent workshop activities.” E. V. T. PS 17 Queens

"I am overwhelmed with the amount of good, practical information!” P.T. Bank Street College

“Everything was interesting and engaging. I got ideas that I will implement immediately, like a workshop for parents to help them help their children. I also learned about things I want to explore further.” M.C. The Family School 443X

“Have never been to Bank Street before, only know of its wonderful reputation. It has been a treat to attend. Thanks for the opportunity!” A. L. Plainedge, Long Island

"Can’t wait for next year!" M.C. George Washington School, White Plains, NY

"The discussion from my peers on oral language, building language and project-based learning was and continues to deepen my understandings of language and literacy development for my students." A.J. Museum Magnet School

History of the Language Series

Wilkomen! Benvenuti! Bienvenidos! Ni hau! Welcome!

The goals of the series are:

  • To support the professional growth of all classroom educators: Dual Language, Bilingual, ESL, Special Ed, and Monolingual teachers in Pre-K to high school settings;
  • To promote discussions on language learning principles and methodology with a focus on multiple ways of learning and classroom applications in all content areas;
  • To foster the exchange of ideas by providing opportunities for networking among teachers and leaders across schools with a diverse range of learners.

The original Language Series was titled "The Dual Language Series" and focused on the needs of Dual Language teachers. The methodologies that Dual Language teachers use are effective across the board for all teachers, regardless of the setting so we changed the name and focus of the program to the Language Series to include all educators of children Pre-K through high school.

Originally the conference took place over 3 Saturdays. In 2012, the conference was revamped to a one weekend conference. In addition, we changed the name again to “Beyond the Language Series”.

We still have the same goals for the event with a focus on hands-on interactive, differentiated language development that supports all learners in all settings. Each year we choose a topic that is current and much needed in our practice and also includes those who support our work: parents, coaches, leaders, school staff.

Explore previous years’ presenters and resources:

We look forward to seeing you this fall!