• Welcome to my portfolio.

    CECI GOMEZ-GALVEZ

  • PROFILE

    I’ve been the leader of an ELL support program based on support practices within a sheltered immersion philosophy and the use of differentiation strategies. An approach which gives all learners, regardless of their language level, the opportunity to succeed in rigorous curricula in international school settings.

    I’m a collaborator, co-teacher and coach who empowers educators to create learning opportunities to suit all language learners' needs.

    I’m an innovator who effectively integrates eLearning tools and contemporary practice of 21st century skills that enhance learning across all divisions for ELLs and all students.

  • TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

    I believe it is our responsibility as educators to be advocates for the learning of all students regardless of their language level or learning style.

  • EXPERIENCE

    EAL Teacher

    Shekou International School, Shenzhen, China | 2010-Present

    Currently I work with teachers as a collaborator, consultant and coach to support ELLs grades 6-10 and IB; work one-on-one with ELLs of high, medium and low support needs; and teach a grade 9 EAP (English for Academic Purposes) class. In the the past eight years, I’ve supported teachers and learners in both lower (KG-G1) and upper (G4-5) primary as well.

    EAL Coordinator | Team Leader

    Shekou International School, Shenzhen, China | 2010-Present

    My responsibilities as coordinator and team leader included:

    • scheduling and coordinating regular team meetings to discuss student progress, teacher schedules, reporting and admissions matters across divisions

    • keeping abreast of current trends and practices in second language learning; facilitating implementation of changes as needed to strengthen and balance the school’s ELL support model

    • updating and informing parents on aspects of the EAL program by maintaining transparency about the support given to ELLs at the different divisions

    I also led our team into integrating innovative contemporary tools to support ELL development as well as embed the WIDA can-do framework to both assess and report on our ELL population.

     

    In addition to my duties as team leader, as coordinator of the program I organized two highly successful EAL conferences for the region. Each conference hosted 150 participants on average. For more information on the events, see the 'Conferences' section below.

    MS/HS EAL Support Teacher

    The American School of Milan, Milan, Italy | 2006-2010

    I supported MYP Years 1-5 students within a blended EAL program (in class support as well as a pull-out support class). I was advisor to both MYP Personal Projects and IB Extended Essays.

    MYP Language B Spanish Teacher

    The American School of Milan, Milan, Italy | 2007-2010

    I taught Spanish Language B to MYP year 2 students (G7).

    TOEFL Preparation Teacher

    Politecnico di Milano (Polytechnic University of Milan), Milan, Italy | 2005-2007

    I taught preparation courses to Italian nationals looking to apply to universities overseas.

    ESL Coordinator & Support Teacher

    Equity American School, Guatemala City, Guatemala | 2001-2005

    Led the ESL program and supported students and teachers across all divisions. I also taught an ACT prep course which allowed for many of our students to apply and attend colleges in the United States.

  • EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS

    License in Pedagogy & Education - Guatemala City, Guatemala – 2004

    Teaching Certification in Elementary Bilingual Education - Guatemala City, Guatemala – 2001

    • The Opportunity of Bilingualism, Harvard Graduate School of Education (gse.harvard.edu) - Completed online course Oct 31-Nov 12, 2016
    • Cognitive Coaching Seminar | Foundation Training (ThinkingCollaborative.com) - Part 1, International School of Bangkok, Sept 1-4, 2016; Part 2, Hong Kong Academy, Sept 28-Oct 1, 2016
    • Adaptive Schools Seminar | Foundation Training (ThinkingCollaborative.com) - Days 1-4 (two weekends), March & April 2015
    • Coaching for Digital Literacy (2014.learning2asia.org) - Full day pre-conference workshop - October 2014
    • COETAIL | Certificate of Educational Technology and Information Literacy – 2013-2014
    • Writing Workshop Training (readingandwritingproject.org) - Teacher’s College Institute, Columbia University, New York City, NY – 2013
    • TTC (Teacher’s Training Course) EAL in the Mainstream (theptc.org) - Trainer: Dr. Virginia Rojas; Miami, FL – 2013
    • WIDA Framework & Assessment Training (wisc.wceps.org), Taipei – 2012
    • Apprenticed Facilitator Critical Friends’ Protocols (schoolreforminitiative.org) - China – 2011-2012
    • MYP Language B, Category 1 & 2; Bucharest – 2007

     

     

  • PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

    reThinking Learning Conference | May 2018

    Featured Presenter

    • Empowering Student Voice:  Using Podcasts, Flipgrid & Social Media to Showcase Young Voices
    • # - The Power of Twitter & PLNs (Professional Learning Networks)
    • Digital Learning Portfolios

    United World College, Dover Campus, Singapore

    Session Resources: Empowering Student Voice | # | Digital Learning Portfolios

    ELLSA Conference | March 2018

    Presenter

    Empowering ELL Voice: Using Flipgrid, Podcasts & Social Media to Showcase ELLs

    United World College, Dover Campus, Singapore

    Session Resources

    21st Century Learning Conference | January 2018

    Co-Presenter

    • Powerful Podcasts: Publishing Personal Narratives to Global Audiences
    • #Disruptive PBL Part I & Part II
    • Strong Women #LiftEachOtherUp

    Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai, Hong Kong

    Session Resources: Podcasts | #DisruptivePBL | #LiftEachOtherUp

    Photo Credit @kristinziemke

    reThinking Literacy Conference | May 2017

    Co-Presenter

    Powerful Podcasts: Publishing Personal Narratives to Global Audiences

    United World College, Dover Campus, Singapore

    Session Resources

    EdTech Team Shekou Summit | September 2017

    Presenter

    Using the iPad to Support ELLs

    Co-Presenter

    Powerful Podcasts: Publishing Personal Narratives to Global Audiences

    Shekou International School, Shenzhen, China

     

    The iPad Conference | Nov 2016

    Presenter

    Extended Session | iPad Tools to Support ELLs

    Workshop | Device Autonomy for Language Development

    Snapshot | Bilingualism: iPad Multilingual Tools

    United World College, Dover Campus, Singapore

    Session Resources

    reThinking Literacy Conference | April 2016

    Presenter

    Showcasing to Global Audiences: Empowering Literacy Development in ELLs

    United World College, Dover Campus, Singapore

    Session Resources

    21st Century Learning Annual Conference | Feb 2016

    Presenter

    Showcasing to Global Audiences: Empowering ELLs

    Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai, Hong Kong

    Session Resources

    SIS EAL Conference - Nov 2014

    Lead Event Coordinator & Organiser

    Shekou International School, Shenzhen, China

    Featured on the SIS EAL Conference summary video

     

    ELLSA Conference | Nov 2013

    Presenter

    Integrating eLearning to Support ELLs

    NIST, Bangkok, Thailand

    Session Resources

    Create Conference | March 2013

    Presenter

    Infographics to Support ELLs

    Shekou International School, Shenzhen, China

    ACAMIS EAL Conference | April 2013

    Lead Event Coordinator & Organiser

    Shekou International School, Shenzhen, China

    Transforming Learning with the iPad | February 2013

    Presenter

    Using the iPad to Support ELLs

    Shekou International School, Shenzhen, China

    Session Resources

    ACAMIS EAL Conference | April 2012

    Lead Event Coordinator & Organiser

    Shekou International School, Shenzhen, China

     

  • Flipgrid Ambassador

    I am a champion of #studentvoice and use @Flipgrid as a platform to amplify learning.

    Google Certified Educator

    Currently training for Level 2 and becoming more versed in Google Tools for Education

    Wordpress 'Super Admin'

    Managed creation, administration and upkeep of blogs on Edublogs through the Wordpress platform.

    For samples of websites created, visit these Podcasts, STEAM & TIME blogs.

    Collaboration Tools & Devices

    Fluent in both Apple (Pages, Numbers & Keynote), Microsoft (Word, Excel & Powerpoint tools; as well as the Office 365 (Outlook, OneNote, Teams) platform. I have been part of a 1-to-1 iPad and MacBook program for students, constantly supporting learners in the use of their devices for academic purposes.

  • SOCIAL FEED

    Daily sharing of best practices and classroom support | #sisrocks

  • MEDIA

    Snippets of reflective practice

    TIME2 (Technological Impact Museum & Exhibit) Project

    Project collaboration with Nathan Lill , documented by Martin Ruthaivilavan | March 2017

    TIME Blog

    ADE Application Video 2017

    Application video for the Apple Distinguished Educator program | March 2017

    TIME (Technological Impact Museum & Exhibit) Project

    Project collaboration with Nathan Lill , video by Martin Ruthaivilavan | March 2016

    ADE Application Video 2105

    Application video for the Apple Distinguished Educator program | January 2015

    EAL Conference Summary Video

    Video summary of the SIS EAL Conference | November 2014

    COETAIL Course 5 Project

    Final project for my COETAIL course | 2013-2014

  • CONTACT ME

    For further inquiry regarding my official CV and references.