We are excited for our upcoming MCIU ELD Community Partner Fair & Instructional Symposium at our conference center in Norristown on May 16th. Our community partners, keynote, and presenters have all confirmed and this year’s event looks like it will be the place to be! Registration is open and will close on April 30th or when we hit our participant limit, so don’t wait! Once registration closes, sign-ups for individual concurrent learning sessions will be emailed to registered participants.

We have structured this day to be a robust day of learning and connection! We encourage teams to attend and hope that you will spread the word to others in your district that support multilingual learners and their families within your district.

Possible roles to consider include ELD Coordinators/Administrators, Principals, ESL Specialists, Guidance Counselors, Social Workers, Cultural Liaisons, Home and School Visitors, etc., to attend. This is a free event to member districts.

Headshot of Jo Napolitano

 Keynote Speaker: Jo Napolitano

Jo Napolitano spent nearly two decades reporting for The New York Times, Chicago Tribune and Newsday before winning a Spencer Education Fellowship to Columbia University in 2016: She was paid to attend the Graduate School of Journalism so she could write a long-form piece on young immigrants. 

That story morphed into a book. The School I Deserve: Six Young Refugees and Their Fight for Equality in America was published by Beacon Press in Spring 2021. A sought-after public speaker, Napolitano lectures across the country about the often-overlooked potential of newcomer students.

She believes no child’s life should be left to chance. 

Schedule Of the Day

Time Activities
8:00 – 8:45 Registration
8:30- 9:00 Coffee and Conversation: Breakfast Sponsored by LinkIt!
9:00-10:00 Keynote: Jo Napolitano
10:00 – 10:15 Snack Break Community Partner Fair Open
10:15 – 10:45 Concurrent Learning Sessions
11:00 – 12:00 Concurrent Learning Sessions
12:00 – 12:45 Lunch on Your Own or Lunch-N-Learn Sponsored by LinkIt! (RSVP required)
1:00 – 2:00 Concurrent Learning Sessions
2:00 – 2:15 Snack Break
2:15 – 3:00 Closing Remarks and Connection


Some of the community partners that are scheduled to attend include:

  • Center for Schools and Communities
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
  • Early Learning Resource Center 17 (ELRC 17)
  • Fair Housing Rights Center in Southeastern Pennsylvania
  • Family Services of Montgomery County – Project HOPE
  • HealthLink Dental Clinic
  • HHS Office of Community Connections
  • ICNA Relief
  • Keystone Opportunity Center
  • Laurel House
  • Literacy Council of Norristown
  • MCCC – Dental Hygiene Program
  • MCIU #23 – Early Learning Programs
  • Montgomery County Library District
  • Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library
  • NAMI Montgomery County
  • Penn Asian Senior Services
  • Project AWARE (MCIU)
  • State Rep. Liz Hanbidge
  • Unides Para Servir Norristown
  • VNA Community Services, Inc.
  • Women’s Center of Montgomery County

A preview of concurrent learning sessions (titles may change slightly):

  • Providing Access through Systematic Language Support for Families
  • ELD Curriculum Writing: One Team’s Journey
  • Q&A with Jo Napolitano
  • Increasing Newcomer Multilingual Learner Engagement
  • What We Face Project: Portraits of Ukrainian Refugees
  • Breaking Barriers, Building Pathways
  • Collaborating to Meet the Needs of ELs With Disabilities
  • Identifying and Supporting Gifted ELs
  • Collaborative Goal Setting to Support Student Growth
  • ELL – The Stories Behind The Letters
  • Language Accessibility: Tools, Tips & Tricks!
  • MTSS for ELs/PLUSS Framework
  • EL Data Tools (LinkIt!)
  • UDL for MLs

We hope you can join us for a great day of connection and learning!