February 23-26, 2022

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About

The

Conference

The National Best Practices Conference brings the best teaching and learning strategies for ALL teachers and programs; Bilingual, ESL, Gifted and Talented, Special Education, Core Content, Early Childhood, and Technology.  This conference meets the needs of ALL teachers, administrators, and support staff.

Teachers, administrators, and support staff learn effective strategies from members of the same program or a different program! Educational "silos" are no longer viable. Instead, we learn how to best meet our students' academic and/or linguistic needs from practicing practitioners from specialized areas!

Conference

philosophy

Our philosophy is to bring together staff from entire campuses to learn together how to best meet the needs of their students who reflect a myriad of educational needs.

Conference Host
and
Featured Speaker
February 23-24, 2022

Carlene Thomas

Texas Education Agency

ESL Program Coordinator

English Learner Support Division

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 Quick Guide to Content-Based Language Instruction

 

Effective instructional practices for emergent bilingual (EB) students/English learners (ELs) are grounded in content-based language instruction (CBLI) methods that can be applied to any bilingual or English as a second language (ESL) program. Participants in this session will explore CBLI methods that are practical for daily use and can be used for systemic support of EB/EL students.

 

Carlene Thomas serves as the ESL Program Coordinator for the Texas Education Agency. She has advocated for English learners throughout her career, beginning as a TESOL professor in Beijing, China. In Texas, Carlene has served in various roles in both elementary and secondary school settings as ESL teacher, ESL curriculum writer, LPAC coordinator, ESL director, and regional ESL/migrant consultant at ESC 10. She is dedicated to serving English Learners and their families by supporting LEAs in expanding effective bilingual and ESL programs and by advocating for additive bilingualism, particularly within ESL programming.

 
 
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2022 Pre-Conference
Special Education Keynote Speaker
Wednesday, February 23, 2022

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2022 Regular Conference
Featured Speaker
Karina Chapa

Thursday, February 24, 2022

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Language Proficiency, Biliteracy, and Cultural Diversity Director

Region One ESC

TEDx Speaker

The Revolutionary Power of Bilingualism TEDx Talk

In America, over 5 million students speak a language other than English at home, but regardless of this linguistic diversity only 20% of Americans are bilingual. Karina sheds light on the history of bilingualism in the United States and how we can move forward in today’s educational system embracing bilingualism as an asset and not a deficit. Karina’s talk also looks into the neuroscience behind bilingualism and its positive effects on mental health, cognitive flexibility, creativity, and problem-solving skills. Come join the movement to revolutionize our educational systems through the power of bilingual education!

Karina Chapa was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, Karina completed her Bachelor’s in International Relations from el Tecnológico de Monterrey. After moving to Texas, she became a Bilingual teacher through Alternative Certification. She completed her Master’s in Bilingual Education and School Principalship at the University of Texas PanAmerican in 2005. She later became a Bilingual/ESL Strategist, Newcomer Academy Coordinator, Middle School Assistant Principal, and Bilingual/ESL Director in McAllen ISD. Karina received the Public Education Honoree Award from the Texas Association for Bilingual Education in 2016. She served in the Rio Grande Valley-Texas Association for Bilingual Education Executive Board as Secretary, President, and Parliamentarian; and in the TABE Executive Board as Secretary, Bilingual Administrator Representative, Legislative Chair, and Newsletter Chair. Currently, she is the Language Proficiency, Biliteracy, and Cultural Diversity Director in Region One Education Service Center, where she has the pleasure of working for more than 160,000 emergent bilingual students in deep South Texas. She also serves as an adjunct professor of Testing and Measurement, Language Acquisition, and Applied Linguistics for future bilingual teachers at the Texas A&M University in Kingsville. Follow Karina on Twitter @bilingualpride

2022 Regular Conference
Featured Speaker
Claudia Rodriguez

Friday, February 25, 2022

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Chief Education Officer at Cognitive Concepts

Adjunct Professor in the School of Education at the

University of Texas in Arlington

Writing and English Learners

Teaching writing to English Learners is an incredibly rewarding endeavor.  It can also be painstaking and frustrating for the writer and the teacher.  For this reason educators must work to foresee the academic roadblocks that English Learners may encounter and adapt accordingly.  Come experience how much authentic student writing takes place when you chunk the writing. 

Claudia Rodriguez is the Chief Education Officer at Cognitive Concepts and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Education at the University of Texas in Arlington. She is a passionate, highly motivated bilingual professional with over 20 years of experience in education. Mrs. Rodriguez’s knack for innovation in biliteracy instruction has led her to hold diverse educational and leadership roles. Her mission is to combine her knowledge and experience to deliver the best instructional strategies and content to teachers and, ultimately, students. Mrs. Rodriguez has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Santa Clara University and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from The University of Scranton. As a result of being an immigrant, Claudia has experienced firsthand being an ESL student which contributes to her overall approach to teaching and learning.

Conference Schedule 2022

 
Wednsday

February 23

Special Education

Pre-Conference

8:30-9:30

Breakout Session #1

9:45 am- 10:45 am

Featured Speaker

10:45-11:30

Vendor Visits

11:30 am- 12:30 pm

Breakout Session #2

12:45 pm-1:45 pm

Lunch

2:00 pm- 3:00 pm

Breakout Session #3

3:15 pm- 4:15 pm

Breakout Session #4

Thursdsay

February 24

Regular 

Conference

8:30-9:30

Breakout Session #1

9:45 am- 10:45 am

Featured Speaker

10:45-11:30

Vendor Visits

11:30 am- 12:30 pm

Breakout Session #2

12:45 pm-1:45 pm

Lunch

2:00 pm- 3:00 pm

Breakout Session #3

3:15 pm- 4:15 pm

Breakout Session #4

Friday

February 25

Regular 

Conference

8:30-9:30

Breakout Session #1

9:45 am- 10:45 am

Featured Speaker

10:45-11:30

Vendor Visits

11:30 am- 12:30 pm

Breakout Session #2

12:45 pm-1:45 pm

Lunch

2:00 pm- 3:00 pm

Breakout Session #3

3:15 pm- 4:15 pm

Breakout Session #4

Saturday

February 26

Regular

Conference

8:30-9:30

Breakout Session #1

9:45 am- 10:45 am

Breakout Session #2

11:00 am- 12:00 pm

Breakout Session #3

 

INTERESTED IN PRESENTING in 2022?

Proposal Submission Now Being Accepted for the

National Best Practices Conference 2022 

Accepted Proposals Receive a $100 Registration Discount

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Dallas, TX 75244

972-661-3600

Special Conference Rate $109

MUST BOOK BY FEBRUARY  7, 2022

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Conference Location 2022

 

Upcoming Professional Development

2021 Academic & Language
Acquisition Institute
November 1-4, 2021

This is MORE than a typical EL Institute. 

This professional development opportunity is geared for administrators, district support staff, and teachers who provide instructional support and services to promote ELs' academic and linguistic development. 
 

An in-depth of special and intensive topics are addressed throughout the Institute to support and guide district EL programs. 

Additional Registration Options Below

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2021 Institute Sponsors

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Upcoming Events

  • NBPC 2022
    NBPC 2022
    Dallas
    Feb 23, 2022, 8:30 AM CST – Feb 26, 2022, 11:30 AM CST
    Dallas, 4801 Lyndon B Johnson Fwy, Dallas, TX 75244, USA
    Transforming Education for ALL students
  • Academic & Language Acquisition Institute  2021
    TBD
    Academic & Language Acquisition Institute 2021
    South Padre Island
    November 1-4, 2021
    South Padre Island
    Professional Development of Best Practices in Dual Language Programs that promote academic and linguistic development. This conference is ideal for administrators, support staff, and teachers.
  • NBPC ESL 154 Supplemental 1-Day Preparation Training
    NBPC ESL 154 Supplemental 1-Day Preparation Training
    Location is TBD
    Oct 16, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    Location is TBD
    This training provides a comprehensive look at domains I, II, and III of the TExES English as a Second Language (ESL) Supplemental #154 exam. Learn how to unpack questions and increase the accuracy of answers and your score.
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New ESL 154 Supplemental 1-Day Training

National Best Practices Conference

is excited to announce a NEW strand of trainings

and partnership with Gran Vīa Pro

 

ESL 154 Supplemental

1-Day Preparation Training

 

Saturday, October 16, 2022

8:00-4:00

TBD

*Additional trainings available per request

 

Onsite and Virtual platforms available

$100 per participant

NBPC Strives to Provide Best Practices for

ALL Educators

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2022 NBPC Sponsors

Educational Support Services

Professional Development tailored to meet your training needs.

Gómez and Gómez Dual Language Consultants

G&G Dual Language Consultants is committed to helping any school district interested in educating their students in one-way or two-way dual language programs create the best possible learning environment to ensure their students' success academically and as future bilingual, bicultural and biliterate members of society.

Gomez and Gomez Dual Language Homeschool

Supplement home schooling for K-2 children with our Research-Based Dual Language Program through the addition of Spanish Language Arts/Social Studies and Science. Classes are conduct on a virtual platform by an experienced dual language certified bilingual teacher.

 
 

New Conference Coming Soon

NBPC Elevating Early Childhood Education Conference

This conference is a great way to acquire valuable information through a multitude of presentations on a variety of topics specific to early childhood. 

Stay Tuned for More Information!

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