Conferences & Events
MELLFIN Conference 2023

MELLFIN Conference 2023

Thursday, May 18, 2023
8:00 am
College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference

Check below for resources from the MELLFIN Conference.

Resources & Presentations

2023 Workshop Sessions at a Glance


An overview of the workshop sessions at the 2023 MELLFIN Conference.

2023 Workshop Descriptions & Presenter Bios


Descriptions of each session and biographies of the presenters at the 18th annual MELLFIN conference.

The Rights of English Learners and their Parents in Public Schools

Roger C Rosenthal, Esq., Executive Director, Migrant Legal Action Program

A document to accompany Roger C Rosenthal's talk at the 2023 Mellfin Conference.

Meet the Families Where They Are: Survivors to Leaders - Stages of Immigrant Parent Involvement

Young-chan Han, President

Many Barriers, Many Voices, Many Pathways: Unifying Multi-level Learners Through Adult Education and MD Department of Labor Resources

Douglas Weimer, Supervisor of Adult Instructional Services, Maryland Department of Labor, & Ahu Moser, Adult Education Program Specialist, Maryland Department of Labor

Elevating Achievement for English Learners with Exceptionalities

Drew Fagan, Ed.D., Associate Clinical Professor, Applied Linguistics and Language Education, College of Education - University of Maryland

Supporting EL & Immigrant Students & Families: It’s More than Just Language

Laura Gardner, MSW, Founder & CEO, Immigrant Connections

Family Engagement Post-Covid: What Does It Look Like Now for Our Youngest Learners?

Cyndi La Marca Lessner, Program Manager, Judy Center Early Learning Hub, Howard County, & Lourdes Salazar, Bilingual Program Assistant, Judy Center Early Learning Hub, Howard County

Family Engagement for All: Supporting the Families of Dual-Identified Students

Tammy Chisholm, Family Support, Carroll Springs School, & Kristin Kreit, Dual Language Assessment Specialist, Carroll County Public Schools

How Will Maryland Evolve Existing Policies and Practices to Ensure a Best-in-Class Education for Multilingual Learners?

Ilhye Yoon, English Learner/Title III Coordinator, Maryland State Department of Education, & Laurel Williams, Coordinator of Multilingual Education, Maryland State Department of Education

Unique Challenges EL Students Who Identify as LGBTQ+ Face and Ideas for Supporting Them

Ying Matties, Ph.D. (she/her/hers), President of Community Allies of Rainbow Youth (CARY) & Stacy Huh, MDiv. (she/they), HCPSS Multilingual Achievement Liaison & World Language Interpreter, Secretary of Community Allies of Rainbow Youth (CARY)

SEL Programming and Classroom Interventions for the ELL Population

Beth Hood, LCSW-C, School Social Worker, International High School at Langley Park & Christine Gilliard-Arthur, PE & Health Educator, International High School at Langley Park

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