Upcoming Conferences & Workshops



In-Person Workshop
February 7th, 2024, 9:00am
The Nineteenth Century Club


February 7, 2024

9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. CT

The Nineteenth Century Club

178 Forest Ave #1
Oak Park, IL 60301



Registration includes:
Breakfast, 5 PD Hours, Workshop Materials
Lunch on Your Own


Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings articulates, “All instruction is culturally responsive, ” therefore, centering instruction on our Emergent Bilinguals’ language practices, culture, and identity should be the norm. Connecting and accessing cultural and linguistic materials grow student identity when using a heritage language as well as a new language. Participants will experience how opening linguistic spaces offers students opportunities for meaning-making while learning content and languages simultaneously. When educators allow students to use their entire linguistic resources while negotiating meaning-making, instructional activities must consider culturally-driven materials. Hence, teachers can elevate current Literacy and Language practices for emergent bilinguals. As a result, students’ confidence and acquisition of content are highly observable through the use of language. Considering all student's linguistic resources, teachers will erase the misconception that these students have inferior language skills and need remedial classes (Garcia and Kleifgen, 2018).


Success Criteria for Attendees (Expected Outcomes)
• Open linguistic spaces for students to utilize their entire linguistic resources through the use of culturally relevant materials.
• Leveraging equity among languages allows all languages to be considered valuable in academic settings.
• Elevate and cultivate Biliteracy and Language instructional practices while bolstering students’ linguistic resources and pedagogies that work for all.


Meet Adelfio J. García

Adelfio J. García advocates for students learning in two or more languages. His experiences in education range from Bilingual Teacher, Special Education Teacher, District Facilitator, Assistant Principal, and K-8 Principal within the Chicago Public Schools and Chicagoland Suburban School Districts. In his different teaching and administrative roles in urban education serving students from Latin America, he supported teachers in implementing strategies and methodologies that best apply to their student population. Adelfio recently earned his doctorate in Reading and language inspired by his work with Mexican families and students. His research interests include biliteracy, transnational literacies, translanguaging, and teacher development. He provides teachers, parents, and

administrators with professional development in Spanish and English. He currently serves as a consultant to various Chicago Public Schools and Chicagoland Suburban School Districts. He is also a member at large and consultant of the Illinois Writing Project. He actively participates in the Reading Leadership Institute at National Louis University, the Chicago Area Reading Association (CARA), the Suburban Council of the International Reading Association, International Literacy Association. He is one of the editors of the Professional Development column for the Illinois Reading Council Journal. Dr. Garcia is a Literacy and Language Consultant for two national and international instructional book publishers. He is the founder of www.biliteracysolutions.org and the Latinx Literacy Leaders Group.


Conference Fees

Early Bird $179 (Until October 1, 2023)

ILASCD Member $199

Non-Member $248, 2 People Each $238, 3 People Each $228

(Call 618-203-3933 for larger team discounts of five or more people)


How to Register

  • Online: Use your Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express card at http://www.illinoisascd.org
  • Call: 800-877-1478 or 309-438-2160, Mon. - Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and use your Visa,
    MasterCard, Discover, or American Express.

  • Mail: Send the completed form with a check or copy of the PO to IL ASCD Garcia— Illinois State University, Conference Services, Campus Box 8610, Normal, IL 61790-8610.

  • Fax: Fax the completed form to 309-438-5364 using your Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express or a copy of your school P.O.  





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