English Language Learners

Parent Conference 2013

Here is what many of the attendees said:

“I was so pleased to be part of your program last week and truly touched by so many elements of the day.  I cried, hearing the stories from the high school students from the Charter School for immigrant students and their favorite sentences from their college entrance essay … your program was so well received:  informative, warm, supportive and I was honored and thrilled to be included.” 

-Josie Harris
Parent, District 5

“Very inspirational and emotional event…I can’t wait to get home and share with my 8 year old daughter what I learned.”

-Parent, District 1

“You are all to be commended for putting together such a huge and highly successful event yesterday Congratulations!!  We look forward to participating again next year.”

-Pat Craddick
Executive Director
ParentJobNet, Inc.

“Just want to let you know that one of the parents who attended yesterday said the conference yesterday was amazing, huge, and inspiring! She was so glad that she attended!”

-Joyce Serra
Parent Coordinator
New York City Department of Education–Public School 7, Queens 

“Thank you to the City of New York and Department of Education because of attending this conference this 50 year old will get a GED”

-Parent, District 79

“This conference has been one of the best I ever attended.  Congratulations on having a wonderful conference.  This event was of great significance for us parents!”

- Parent, District 1

“Amazing keynote speaker! Inspiring for as a Mom going through some challenges…Thank you for putting this event together! Looking forward to the next one!”

-Parent, District 28

“I am so proud to have attended this event because I learned so much.”

-Parent, District 9

“The conference was very interesting and well organized.  Sonia Sotomayor was a very special gift for the parents and her message filled me with inspiration. Thanks a million!”

-Parent, District 15

“I hope you continue to host these excellent conferences to help us parents! Truly magnificent!”

-Parent, District 24

“It was a pleasure to present in this wonderful and powerful event.  Each year, I'm more and more impressed by your work and the work of my colleagues at the office of ELLs.  Putting together this mega-event is arduous but it was beautifully done.  The conference has grown by leaps and bounds from that first conference in 2004.  My breakout session was well attended, with standing room only, including parents, counselors, students, teachers, etc beyond the target English and Spanish.  My message was loud and clear to that audience -- college bound!”

-Jesús Fraga
Lecturer and Director
Programs in Bilingual Education and TESOL
The City College of New York

“First time attending. Great Conference!”
-Parent, District 17

“I want to thank you for putting together such a great program and for giving me the opportunity to enjoy one of the great moments of my life.  The presence of someone who lived a life very similar to many of those parents in attendance was inspiring and emotional.”

-Teresa Arboleda
Citywide Council on English Language Learners

“My sincere thanks and congratulations to the Office of English Language Learners for hosting a high quality conference.  In the five years that I have been working with the DOE, I have not missed one of your events. It is sad that this event is one of the last for this administration since you have been doing so well.”

-Greisys Féliz
Parent Coordinator
New York City Department of Education –The Urban Assembly Gateway School for Technology

“On behalf of the adult learners and teachers at the Mid-Manhattan and Bronx Learning Centers- The Welcome Centers, we thank you for including us in your dreams, beliefs and success.  Mere words can barely express the gratitude and pride our immigrant parents in particular felt about being in the same room with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and for being able to share in her inspirational speech. The hundreds of parents that we enrolled of which most attended, loved how Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor related to the packed auditorium on such a personal level as she answered questions. In addition, the parents loved the books and it was great seeing them so happy as they touched the beautiful glossy cover of their very own book to keep.”

- Nancy Fernandez
Assistant Principal
New York City Department of Education–Office of Adult and Continuing Education