Area Educators Present at Statewide Migrant Education Conference

Baldwin-Whitehall School District educators Kate Musselman and Holly Niemi presented at the 2019 Migrant Education Program & English Language Development Conference hosted by the Pennsylvania Department of Education in Harrisburg on April 2nd–4th. The 2019 statewide conference showcases new practices, perspectives, and connections for those working with migrant students or English-learners. Ms. Musselman and Dr. Niemi were invited to conduct a full-day institute entitled It Takes a Village: The Power of Positive Relationships in Supporting English Learners, which was filled to capacity with over 50 participants from around the state. They also led a round-table discussion themed I Wish My Teachers Knew, as well as two posters sessions. One poster, Zero, Zilch, Nada, Free, shared how the Baldwin-Whitehall School District promotes community-involvement with free field experiences. The other poster, Refugee Résumé, shared a student résumé project that was implemented at BHS to strengthen relationships between teachers and English-learners. Their final workshop, School's (NOT) Out for Summer, highlighted the District's high-interest, community-based summer ESL program, hosted last year at BHS.