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‘Let’s Talk’ is Keynote Topic

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This fall our keynote will be “Let’s Talk: How Accountable Talk Can Help ELLs Reach the Common Core,” by Linda Marshall of Palm Beach County Public Schools in Florida.  This keynote will focus on the literacy and oral skills standards from the Common Core and show how the practice of Accountable Talk Read Aloud can be used at all levels to enhance students’ speaking and listening skills, reading comprehension and writing proficiency.

Linda is currently a literacy coach in Palm Beach County, \where 99% of students qualify for free and reduced lunch and 90% of entering Kindergartners are ELLs. In the summer she provides ELL professional development and teaches a graduate course at a high incidence district in Vermont. Linda has been working in US public schools for 28 years as a classroom teacher, ELL teacher, literacy coach and ELL district administrator. She has presented at the International Reading Association Convention, the Florida Reading Association Conference, Florida TESOL, Palm Beach County TESOL and Florida ASCD. Her areas of expertise are the Common Core literacy and “Speaking and Listening” standards. In her work she uses the practice of “Accountable Talk Read Aloud” to develop ELL students’ oral skills, reading comprehension and writing proficiency.

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