Dr. Jasmin (Bey) Cowin on “Practicing the Philosophy of Abundance: Resources to Support Displaced Learners,” VirtuaTELL Spring 2022 Conference May 14, 2022, NYS TESOL

It was my pleasure to present this workshop for the VirtuaTELL Spring 2022 Conference on May 14, 2022, NYS TESOL

I believe that in alignment with SDG 4.c that teachers are the change agents for the future.

4.c By 2030, substantially increase the supply of qualified teachers, including through international cooperation for teacher training in developing countries, especially least developed countries and small island developing States.

Dr. Jasmin (Bey) Cowin
Assistant Professor and TESOL Practicum Coordinator
Touro University
Graduate School of Education, New York, NY

This workshop covered:

The Philosophy of Abundance
Understanding Trauma and Its Impact
The Stress Response System
Words Matter
Teaching materials on refugees, asylum and migration for primary and secondary education
UNHCR Teaching About Refugees 2021 – Language Learning Guidebook
Teaching Techniques for Multilingual Learners
The Teacher Tech Tool Wheel
Google Resources
The Internet Archive
Open Educational Resources
Q&A

I am sharing the workshop with all the global conference participants and educators who support displaced learners. I believe that in alignment with SDG 4.c that “teachers are the change agents for the future.

Both PDF’s feature embedded links to resources you can click on – go ahead, download and use the abundant resources available to YOU.

Teaching is an Act of Love

Let us move away from deficit thinking and the scarcity education model where education providers together with a group of experts use expensive resources such as required purchases for materials, texts etc., and paid access to platforms which in essence constitute a social justice issue.

Instead, let us embrace the social and situated nature of learning while embracing and developing an asset-based approach to teaching and learning.

Dr. Jasmin (Bey) Cowin
Assistant Professor and TESOL Practicum Coordinator
Touro University
Graduate School of Education, New York, NY

Touro University TESOL Candidate Bianca Soto-King’s Reflections on her Fieldwork Experience in EDPN 673

EDPN 673 Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language

This course provides a historical overview of second language acquisition theories and teaching methods. Students learn how to apply current approaches, methods and techniques, with attention to the effective use of materials, in teaching English as a second language. Students will engage in the planning and implementation of standards-based ESL instruction which includes differentiated learning experiences geared to students’ needs. Emphasis is placed on creating culturally responsive learning environments. Includes 15 hours of fieldwork.

Bianca Soto-King is an NYC Public School teacher who currently works in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. She teaches 6th grade ELA and is completing her master’s degree in TESOL at Touro University. She is a native Brooklynite and a lover of all things literary.

During my fieldwork hours, I learned how to plan standards-based ESL instruction and how to implement differentiated learning experiences in order to meet my students’ needs. By observing others and working on the assignments given by Professor Cowin, I was able to create a more culturally responsive learning environment for my students.

Bianca Soto-King, Touro University TESOL Candidate

Touro University TESOL Candidates Luz Chavarrio’s and John Zurschmiede’s Discussion Board Vlogs on Multilingual Learner Support

When designing rich and meaningful online courses discussion boards (DBs) are an opportunity to increase the social presence of students and facilitator. Vlogs instead of text-based DBs create a social presence for students and faculty, thereby allowing connectedness and group cohesion to develop.

Dr. Jasmin (Bey) Cowin, Assistant Professor and TESOL Practicum Coordinator, Touro University, GSE

DBs are an important vehicle to measure growth, connect with students beyond text-based contributions, introduce new technology, and interact using different modalities and media. I find that varying the format and giving students the ability to express themselves through different media introduces spaces of discovery, communication, and peer-to-peer learning while giving diverse learning styles various ways to shine.

This Discussion Board focused on a deep dive and exploration of early interventions as well as the RTI system. Touro TESOL candidates were asked to reflect on the importance of providing Multilingual Learners the support and interventions they may need. Candidates also reflected on assessing students in their native language in order to differentiate between academic or language issues.

Luz Chavarrio currently attends Touro College. This is her first year as a public school teacher. She is currently working as a Spanish teacher in an elementary school on the Lower East Side.

Luz Chavarrio’s Vlog on“Making Content Comprehensible for English Learners”

Vlog References:

Ariza, E. N., & Coady, M. R. (2018). Why Tesol?: Theories and issues in teaching English to speakers of other languages in K-12 classrooms (5th ed.). Kendall Hunt Pub Co.

Echevarría Jana, Vogt, M. E., & Short, D. (2017). Making content comprehensible for English learners: The Siop model. Pearson.

John Zurschmiede: “I am originally from South Africa where I graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand with a Batchelor’s in Primary Education. Since came to the United States, I have worked at private ESL institutions as an instructor and as an Academic Lead. I have also completed a Master’s in Adult Education and am currently studying at Touro college pursuing NYS TESOL certification.”

Vlog Response to Intervention:

Vlog references:

Emerson Dickman, G (n.d.). RTI and Reading: Response to Intervention in a Nutshell. https://www.readingrockets.org/article/rti-and-reading-response-intervention-nutshell (Links to an external site.)

RTI-Based Specific Learning Disability Determination Worksheet. (n.d.). https://wyominginstructionalnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/MTSS-SLD-Eligibility-Documentation-Worksheet.pdf

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

New York is a state that speaks many languages. We need teachers who can find the common ground.

The MS in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Program helps NYS-certified PreK-12 teachers more effectively teach and communicate with a diverse student population.

Academically rigorous and practice-intensive, the 33-credit program includes 50 hours of fieldwork and at least 20 days or 100 hours of supervised student teaching experience. Candidates that complete all coursework, fieldwork, and student teaching requirements are eligible for recommendation for ESL certification.

NYS TESOL Webinar Event: Digital Storytelling and Community Asset Mapping, Thursday, May 5, 2022🔹Time: 4:00-5:15PM Eastern

NYS TESOL Webinar Event📣FREE to ALL Interested.Join  #NYSTESOL’s president Dr. Ching-Ching Lin, Nicole Bell, and Dr. Jasmin Cowin for an interactive webinar event that reimagines digital storytelling as a tool for community asset mapping. The purpose of this webinar is multifold:

1.Provide a very brief review of digital storytelling as a classroom community building strategy

2. Introduce a simple, easy-to-follow model of implementing digital storytelling 

3. Analyze a variety of model texts as well as early practitioners’ samples4.    Participants will have the opportunities to create your digital stories and seek feedback from each other.

🔹 NYS TESOL Event: No app needed. Digital storytelling and community assets mapping🔹Presenters: Dr. Ching-Ching Lin, Nicole Bell and Dr. Jasmin Cowin

🔹Date: Thursday, May 5, 2022

🔹Time: 4:00-5:15PM Eastern 🔹Event Registration & Information: https://lnkd.in/evfUC98R is required, no later than 1 hour prior to the start of the session.  (1 CTLE credit for NYS TESOL members)#bilingual #NYSTESOL2022#ENL #TESOL

Africa Leader features “Computers for Schools Burundi: Gukorera Hamwe through Cultural Competency Training” by Dr. Jasmin (Bey) Cowin

Africa Leader features news from around the continent. Serving the African continent for a period spanning two decades, Africa Leader prides itself on presenting the latest news and feature stories from around the region and featured Dr. Cowin’s article “Computers for Schools Burundi: Gukorera Hamwe through Cultural Competency Training.”

Cowin, J. (. (2022, April 27). Computers for Schools Burundi: Gukorera Hamwe through Cultural Competency Training. Retrieved from Africa Leader: https://www.africaleader.com/newsr/15023

Touro University TESOL Candidate Meghan Schick on “Making Content Comprehensible for English Learners”

When designing rich and meaningful online courses discussion boards (DBs) are an opportunity to increase both the facilitators’ teaching and the social presence of the students and facilitator. Video DBs create a social presence for students and facilitators, thereby allowing connectedness and group cohesion to develop.

DBs are an important vehicle to measure growth, connect with students beyond text-based contributions, introduce new technology, and interact using different modalities and media. I find that varying the format and giving students the ability to express themselves through different media introduces spaces of discovery, communication, and peer-to-peer learning while giving diverse learning styles various ways to shine.

To gain a further understanding of early interventions as well as the RTI system Touro TESOL candidates were asked to reflect on the importance of providing Multilingual Learners the support and interventions they may need. Candidates also reflected on assessing this student in their native language in order to tell if it is an academic or a language issue.

Video contributions increase “the ability of participants…to project their personal characteristics into the community, thereby presenting themselves to the other participants as real people”

Garrison, Anderson, & Archer, 2000, p. 89.

Meghan Schick is completing her second semester at Touro Univerity, Graduate School of Education, TESOL & BLE Department and working towards her Master’s in TESOL.

I feel that I have already learned a lot of valuable information that will help me in my career.

Meghan Schick, Touro University TESOL candidate

Meghan Schick: “I thoroughly enjoyed reading Chapter 10 in “Making Content Comprehensible for English Learners.” I am very passionate when it comes to the topics of issues with Reading, RTI, and Special Education for English Learners. As an educator who has the opportunity to work with English learners, I have to be aware of their language proficiency levels. We have to be aware that a student’s difficulty to learn reading might just be from their limited English Proficiency and not mislabel them as special needs.

References:
Echevarria Jana,Vogt,M.E., & Short, D.(2017). Making Content Comprehensible for English Learners: The SIOP Model. Pearson

Meghan Schick, Touro University TESOL candidate

Questions:

  • How would you avoid the trap of confusing and labeling an entering ESL student with a student with special needs?
  • What is RIT and how might it be useful to you as a TESOL professional?
  • How might you use the RTI-Based Specific Learning Disability Determination Worksheet?

References:

Garrison, R., Anderson, T., & Archer, W. (2000). Critical inquiry in a text-based environment: Computer conferencing in higher education. The Internet and Higher Education, 2(2 – 3), 87-105. doi: 10.1016/S1096-7516(00)00016-6

Dr. Jasmin (Bey) Cowin peer-reviews for the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education

It was my honor to serve as a peer- reviewer for the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, “which is aimed at those in the academic world who are dedicated to advancing the field of education through their research. JISE provides a range of articles that speak to the major issues in education across all content areas and disciplines. The Journal is peer-reviewed through a blind review process that utilizes a national and international editorial board and peer reviewers. JISE aspires to advance research in the field of education through a collection of quality, relevant, and advanced interdisciplinary articles in the field of education.

Publication Ethics
Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education (JISE) and its Publisher, STAR Scholars, are committed to publishing and widely disseminating high-quality content. members of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). It is critical that the editorial operations of this journal be governed by rigorous ethical standards that are both transparent and fair. We recognize that the scholarly publishing ecosystem is complex and includes editors, authors, reviewers, and publishers. As such, this journal follows the COPE Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors and the Code of Conduct for Journal Publishers. In this journal, it is expected of authors, reviewers, and editors that they follow the best-practice guidelines on ethical behavior contained therein.”

Quoted from the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education (JISE) website: https://www.ojed.org/index.php/jise

Dr. Cowin invited as Keynote Speaker on the topic ” Metaverses, Transdisciplinary Pedagogy and Nanoscience in Education” at InovSciTech’s 4th Global Webinar on Applied Science, Engineering and Technology (WEBAS-2022)

JUNE 11-12, 2022 as an online event.

WEBAS-2022 will focus on the theme: Contemporary Challenges and Practical solutions in Applied Science, Engineering and Technology. The online conference aims to bring together leading scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Applied Science, Engineering and Technology.

The online conference provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for eminent scientists, researchers, educators, students, and professionals in related fields to present and discuss current trends, challenges, and solutions in these fields. It further aims to create a global platform for researchers, scientists, engineers, and industrial experts in the field of Applied Science, Engineering and Technology to exchange and share their experiences, ideas, and research results on different aspects of Applied Science, Engineering, and Technology.




Dr. Jasmin (Bey) Cowin presents at the Fifteenth International Conference on e-Learning & Innovative Pedagogies, National Changhua University of Education, Taiwan the E-Learning and Course Design Wheel: Multimodal and Multiliteracy Perspectives

Cowin, J. (2022, April 15-16). E-Learning and Course Design WheelMultimodal and Multiliteracy Perspectives [poster presentation]. Fifteenth International Conference on e-Learning & Innovative Pedagogies, National Changhua University of Education, Taiwan. 

https://cgscholar.com/cg_event/events/Q22/about

The possibilities that are opened up by digital platforms, eLearning, and distance education are of great benefit to institutions, corporations, educators, and learners. However, design information for course design is mostly oriented toward listing steps or defining the terms of instructional design, eLearning, and blended learning. This poster visualizes eLearning and course design through an eLearning and course navigation wheel keeping in mind multimodal and multiliteracy perspectives. The eLearning and course design wheel can function as appealing support for individuals designing online learning environments or as an eLearning course design guidance.

Access, Equality, Equity, and Inclusion – May 14th VirtuaTell’s 2022 Conference Scholarship Application/Fee Waiver

Access, Equality, Equity, and Inclusion and VirtuaTell’s 2022 Conference Intentionally Inclusive Practice!

Emerging Technologies in Language Learning and Teaching: Diversity, Criticality and Multimodality, May 14, 2022

Our conference theme reflects current trends and approaches in second language learning and teaching through inclusive, self-reflexive, and multimodal practices embedded in our research and our everyday teaching. This theme invites a broad consideration of related issues, including (but not limited to) the following: Smart CALL, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, language assessment, and learner’s data, Natural Language Processing, Mobile Learning, Intelligent Tutors, games and language learning, gamification, Adaptive Learning algorithms.

Our goal: To facilitate equal and equitable opportunities for attendees to take advantage of our VirtuaTell 2022 Conference presentations, workshops and seminars, including access to educational & tech resources. We hope to accomplish this through removal of any actual or potential barriers such as conference cost to facilitate equitable worldwide participation from interested attendees .

VirtuaTell’s 2022 Conference Team
Amany Alkhayat, Conference Chair
Farah Akbar, Conference Co-chair
Dr. Jasmin (Bey) Cowin, Conference Co-chair
Christian Perticone, Conference Co-chair
Dr. Ali Safivand, Conference Co-chair

VirtuaTell 2022 Conference Scholarship Application/Fee Waiver
Filling out this application will enable the VirtuaTell 2022 conference team to register you free of charge to the VirtuaTell 2022 Conference if you meet eligibility. Eligibility centers around financial needs and personal/professional hardship. This free registration is available for the first 200 applicants. Your registration does not give you membership to NYS TESOL. Submissions close May 8th, 2022.

VirtuaTell 2022 Conference Scholarship Application/Fee Waiver