13th Annual MELLFIN Conference
Unified Commitment, Renewed Purpose

Registration is Now Open!
Please join us at our 13th Annual Conference on Thursday, May 25, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m (registration begins at 8:00am). 
You can register online or download the registration. The cost is $75.00 (Pre-registered) and $100.00 for on-site (Fee includes continental breakfast & lunch). Registration extended to Friday, May 5th.

We are hosting at a NEW location!
College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
3501 University Blvd. East, Hyattsville, MD 20783

Morning Keynote:
Aisha Saeed
Written in the Stars

Afternoon Keynote:
Dr. Joshua Starr
Chief Executive Officer,
Phi Delta Kappan International

Concurrent Sessions:

Connecting with Youth and Families from Central America 
Presenters: Matthew Peters, Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center
For nearly two decades, many communities in Maryland have seen an increase in the number of families from the Northern triangle of Central America. Join us to gain insight into the history of this region, families' journey to the United States, and daily struggles faced by many in their new community.

Maryland's Family Engagement Toolkit 
Presenters: Cyndi La Marca Lessner and Karina Cortes-Huddack, Maryland State Department of Education
Participants will learn about Maryland's Family Engagement Toolkit. This resource helps educators and providers put strategies of the Early Childhood Family Engagement Framework: Maryalnd's Vision for Engaging Families with Young Children into practice. Presenters will discuss various strategies and resources to support them as they work to increase and improve family engagement practices.

Early Learners in Maryland 
Presenters: Robin Hopkins and Steven Hicks, Ready At Five
Parents and families are their child's first teachers. Maryland's earliest learners deserve the best start possible to help them be ready to fully participate when they start kindergarten, In this session, we will explore the Kindergarten Readiness Data and the changing population of Maryland's youngest learners and their families; and consider effective strategies for engaging families for the start. Presenters will also cover Ready At Five programs and resources designed to support young English learners, their families and their early childhood educators.  

Resettling Refugees in Maryland: Successes and Challenges 
Presenters: Ruben Chandrasekar, International Rescue Committee
This highly interactive session provides important information on who refugees are, the process they undergo in order to be resettled in the United States, services they receive and successes and challenges associated with their resettlement in Maryland. The session is facilitated by the Executive Director of the International Rescue Committee, the largest refugee resettlement agency in Maryland.