Celebration of Teaching Conference

Celebration of Teaching 2022

Teaching Online in K-12: Best Practices, Challenges, and Perspectives


March 5, 2022


9:00 AM—4:00 PM EST

Every student and teacher has different strengths and levels of ability, and an essential component of teaching is keeping these differences in mind. Whether working with students with special needs, students with different styles of learning, and/or simply working with linguistically and culturally diverse students, the topic of differentiated teaching has a place. All students are different, but all students have the right to learn and engage with the material to receive the best education possible. In the language classroom, this issue is even more relevant. Thus, the question must be posed: how can teachers create a learning environment where (language) students of differing strengths and abilities are able to engage and challenge material without being overwhelmed by the difficulty? How is a teacher able to create lesson plans and classroom practices that will be suitable for all of their students? In this year’s Celebration of Teacher Conference, we will come together once again to pose answers to these questions. In this year’s annual event, our presenters will share their own techniques, and all participants will have chances to share in others’ resources to help veteran, and new teachers. We invite you to join us on Saturday, March 5th, 2022, to offer you successful strategies and tactics in teaching the English Language/multilingual learners in a diverse classroom setting to explore promising instruction approaches in the language-learning context. To learn more, visit our website at cottc.weebly.com.

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Keynote Speaker: Dr. Carolyn Strom, PhD

Carolyn is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Literacy at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Her work is focused on bridging the divide between scientific research and instructional practices. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, has a Master’s degree from USC in Reading Education and a PhD from NYU.

As a teacher educator and classroom researcher, Carolyn is passionate about linking what is known about how the brain learns with how reading is taught. Currently, she is leading an initiative with early childhood educators and families called 'Cortex in the Classroom.’ This work focuses on the practical application of reading research and on the development of new instructional media for supporting early reading.

Carolyn has studied the course of children's reading and spelling development for the past two decades and published her work in The Reading Teacher, The Reading League Journal, and The Handbook of Learning Disabilities. She maintains an active clinical practice where she works with children who have dyslexia and related reading difficulties. She is a state-certified reading specialist with advanced phonics training and was a classroom teacher for 8 years.

About CoT

Celebration of Teaching came about organically at Teachers College in response to students’ calls for less theoretical and more hands-on content based strategies directed toward serving English Language Learners (ELLs) in mainly PK-12 New York public school classrooms. During the CoT conference, innovative and exploratory practice is encouraged, as participants look for new ways to address age-old and new challenges faced by teachers and learners in school today. Our mission is one of cooperative practice, and this event provides participants with many opportunities to develop networks with peers at Teachers College and potential colleagues from the community, which will serve as helpful resource into the world of New York public schools. ​

Our Mission 

​Our mission is to provide all prospective and practicing educators a safe place to demonstrate new ideas, share proven methods, and network with others in the field. We aim to provide an event where you can see it today and teach it tomorrow. The aim of this conference is to provide teachers with new techniques and insights to better serve and support English Language Learners (ELLs) across multiple content areas. We invite all departments and content teachers (pre-service and in-service) to present and/or attend the conference to equip and be equipped with strategies to support all ELLs in our classrooms.

Who We Are

​We were founded in 2014 by graduate students in the TESOL/Applied Linguistics PK-12 Program of Teachers College, Columbia University. The first and second-year cohorts in the program continue to host this conference annually.

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