Thursday, November 14, 2019

Conference Line-Up

Thursday, November 14, 2019

NYS TESOL is excited to share our conference line-up for Thursday! The conference will be launched with a passionate presentation by Dr. Stella Flores of NYU. Dr. Flores had been recognized as One of the Top 25 Women in Higher Education and Beyond. She will speak about inequity in education, specifically how public policies affect the educational pathways of low-income and under-served minority students from kindergarten to college graduation.

Conference attendees will then have the opportunity to attend one of our intensive workshops or site visits. We have scheduled some of our most popular presenters to provide intensive workshops related to important issues in the lives of English Language Learners and their educators.

  • Former NYS TESOL president Susanne Marcus will dive into the sensitive subject of Supporting ELLs Who Experience Trauma. How can we identify trauma and better support the academic and emotional needs of our ELLs who are experiencing the effects of trauma?
  • Speech pathologist and community organizer Rebecca Garrard will help us navigate School Assessments and English Language Learners. She will look at what is and is NOT appropriate when trying to distinguish between language acquisition difficulties and learning disabilities.
  • Resource Specialist Alison Provencher from Hudson Valley Regional Bilingual Resource Network will present strategies and resources to address the Instructional Needs of ELLs with Disabilities.
  • We are also providing conference attendees the opportunity to prepare for Google certification. Our beginner and advanced sessions presented by Google Certified Trainer Carmen Diaz will give you the information you need to prepare you to take the Google certification exam(s) for Level 1 and 2.

Thursday conference attendees will also have the option to register for a school site visit. This year NYS TESOL is collaborating with several local schools in order to provide conference attendees the opportunity to see ENL best practices in action. White Plains Central School District is hosting conference attendees to visit elementary or middle/high school classes. The Internationals Network for Public Schools is inviting us to visit one of their schools in the Bronx. And Keio Academy is welcoming us to their Japanese boarding school in Purchase, NY. These three unique programs will provide conference attendees insight into the varied practices of ENL programs in New York.

Thursday evening will feature a special presentation by Dr. Tatyana Kleyn of The City College of New York. She will address current immigrant issues and speak about how ALL teachers can support immigrant students and families.

Following a jam-packed day of visits and presentations, please join us for our Special Interest Group (SIG) and Region Social. Complementary appetizers and a cash bar will be available. Network with colleagues, meet educators from around the state or in your own backyard, and visit our sponsor and exhibitor booths!