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Registration Closed.
Last Date to Register: 10/14/2022 12:01 AM
Last Date to Cancel: 9/11/2022 12:01 AM
Agency: CESA 2
Agency Contact: Brook Goralski-Cumbajin
Agency Assistant: Kayla Barr 262-473-1473
Location Facility Date Time Notes
Zoom Link Web Link 9/14/2022 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
CESA 2 - Whitewater
1221 Innovation Drive
Whitewater, WI 53190
Room 111A 11/9/2022 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
CESA 2 - Whitewater
1221 Innovation Drive
Whitewater, WI 53190
Room 111 4/26/2023 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
CESA 2 - Whitewater
1221 Innovation Drive
Whitewater, WI 53190
Room 111 5/17/2023 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Price: $675.00

Networking With Fellow Educators and Ready to Use Resources Within Your Classroom, Building, and District

Description: The CESA 2 EL Network provides high-quality professional development and program support to school districts and teachers with culturally and linguistically diverse students. We facilitate the sharing of ideas, resources, and expertise within our member districts. Services include four full-day meetings, online resources and networking groups based on your EL needs. Join Brook Goralski-Cumbajin, Robin Rivas, Gretchen Lettau, Fran Veguilla, and Ruslana Westerlund as they lead our EL Network.

You can attend this event in-person or virtually; please indicate your peference when registering. We'll send the zoom link for participants who would prefer to attend virtually via a calendar invite once registration has closed.

Included in the price of the series is the book Portraits of Collaboration: Educators Working Together to Support Multilingual Learners by Honigsfeld and Dove, 2022. Please make sure your home address is updated on your MyQuickReg profile page to ensure the book may be delivered to your household.

Cost: Free for Title III Consortium Members, $675 for non-members

Presenters: Brook Goralski-Cumbajin, Robin Rivas, Gretchen Lettau, Fran Veguilla, and Ruslana Westerlund


About the Presenters:

Brook Goralski-Cumbajin, Ph.D. is a Title III, Language Acquisition, and Culture Consultant at CESA 2. For more than 20 years she worked as an educator, instructional coach, program coordinator, and curriculum developer serving Wisconsin’s linguistically and culturally diverse students and families. Brook is a certified PreK-12 ESL and Spanish teacher, Principal, and Director of Curriculum and Instruction. She earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction and Second Language Acquisition at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and approaches consultation and collaboration via a growth mindset. She strives to foster the development of positive, reflective, and sustainable communities of practice that are committed to working towards social justice by connecting theory to practice and is driven by her passion for serving first-generation, low-income, and immigrant students and families.




Gretchen Lettau is a consultant in the Language and Culture Center of Excellence supporting the areas of Language Acquisition, English Learners, and Dual Language Education. Gretchen has worked as a teacher and coordinator for 19 years with culturally and linguistically diverse populations. She comes to CESA 2 after working in the Menasha Joint School District as a high school history, ESL and Bilingual teacher, and coordinator for the EL and Bilingual Programs. Throughout her career, Gretchen has collaborated with school districts in the areas of best practices, EL Co-teaching methods, academic language development, literacy and language practices when implementing workshop models, program reviews, and professional learning. Gretchen has a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and holds administrative licenses for the principalship and director of curriculum and instruction.




Robin Rivas is the interm director of the Language & Culture Center of Excellence. She has worked as a teacher and administrator for 34 years with culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Robin is a certified ESL teacher and administrator who is bilingual (Spanish/English). She did her undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she majored in education (ESL). Subsequently, she received a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, with an emphasis on multicultural education from UWM. Robin has recently received her Ed.D in curriculum, instruction, and assessment from Walden University with a research focus on RTI and English Learners.





Fran Veguilla is a transformational leader, committed to equitable practices that help eliminate barriers for our more marginalized students and their families, so that they can fulfill their true potential. Fran has over 15 years of experience as a classroom teacher, bilingual/EL teacher, mentor, instructional coach, PLC facilitator, and advocate for change. Fran holds a Master’s degree in Bilingual Education from Rockford University and an Educational Leadership degree from Edgewood College. She is a collaborative leader who envisions schools and programs where diversity, inclusivism, and culture are seen, valued and celebrated.





Ruslana Westerlund, Ed.D., is a Ukrainian-born educational consultant at CESA 2 specializing in using the WIDA Standards for equity through rigorous and culturally relevant teaching, providing access to disciplinary genres for all students, and designing equitable instructional practices for English Learners. She is driven by the vision to transform schools where all teachers are equipped with the knowledge to meet the needs of English Learners at both systems and classroom levels. Her unique area of expertise and research is writing in the disciplines through an apprenticeship pedagogy called the Teaching and Learning Cycle.




Cancellation Policy: Registered participants will receive a refund if they cancel prior to 3 working days before an event, minus any material costs that have already been incurred. Cancellations must either be made on MyQuickReg or by emailing Because of our commitment to the presenter and the food vendor, participants who cancel less than 3 working days prior to the event or who do not attend the event, will be billed the full fee. CESA 2 reserves the right to cancel any event. Registered participants will be notified via phone and email if a cancellation occurs and will receive a full refund. 

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Disclaimer: CESA 2 will do its best to accommodate general dietary requests; if your dietary need is very specific or severe, you may want to bring your own lunch to ensure your comfort and health. CESA 2 does not assume liability for adverse reactions to food consumed or items one may come into contact with while eating at a CESA 2 event. If you have a dietary need or food allergy, please go into your MyQuickReg profile and update the special accommodations section. Notice of a special dietary need must be made 2 weeks in advance of the event.

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In-Person Events: Restrictions on our in-person events due to COVID-19 have been lifted. We will be responsive to what's happening within our communities, and guidelines from the CDC and local health agencies for future offerings and will update guidelines when necessary.