AMTESOL 2020 Conference


A Shared Vision for Multilingual Learner Success

January 24-25, 2020

The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center

Auburn, Alabama

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P-12 CEU Information

Professional Learning Unit (PLU) in Diversity/English Learners

Available for Alabama P-12 Administrators

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Keynote Speaker: Deborah Short, Ph.D., directs the Academic Language Research and Training company and provides professional development on academic literacy, content-based ESL, and sheltered instruction worldwide. She has directed research projects and program evaluations related to English learner education for the Carnegie Corporation of NY, U.S. Department of Education, and U.S. Department of Justice, among others. She co-developed the SIOP Model for sheltered instruction. Publications include The 6 Principles books for TESOL, SIOP Model books for Pearson, ESL textbooks for National Geographic Learning/Cengage, and professional journal articles. She has taught ESL and EFL in New York, California, Virginia, and the DR Congo. Dr. Short is TESOL's President-Elect for 2019-2020.

Keynote: Building a Community of Shared Responsibility

Friday, January 24th 7:30pm

Dr. Short will share stories and examine strategies to develop a community of shared responsibility among ourselves and our colleagues to ensure our students' needs are met through knowledge and action. Drawing from TESOL's Strategic Plan, the 6 Principles initiative, and the Action Agenda, this talk looks at ways we as TESOLers can and have strengthened our programs, our classrooms, and our profession for our multilingual learners.

Workshop: Implementing The 6 Principles in Your K-12 Classroom and School

Saturday, January 25th 9:00-10:45am

This session offers an overview of TESOL's The 6 Principles for Exemplary Teaching of English Learners: K-12, and its application to classrooms, programs, and schools. It describes the vision for ELT education in the 21st century, explains optimal conditions for second language learning, showcases effective instructional and assessment practices, and discusses how to use the 6 Principles for teacher development and program improvement. By implementing the 6 Principles in strategic ways, English language educators can promote multilingual learner success.

Keynote Speaker: Ana Behel is the 2019-2020 Alabama Teacher of the year. Originally from Guatemala, she first visited northwest Alabama as an exchange student and fell in love with the beautiful area and the wonderful people. She returned to Alabama two years later, married her sweetheart and raised two children. She first worked as a high school foreign language teacher and taught Spanish and German for six years. She has enjoyed working as an English as a Second Language Facilitator and Teacher for most of her teaching career. Mrs. Behel earned her National Board Certification in 2009 and holds an undergraduate degree from the University of North Alabama, graduate degrees from the University of Alabama, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Alabama.

Keynote: Educating Multicultural and Multilingual Learners: Moving from Best Practices to Next Practices

Saturday, January 25th 8:25am

Strong forces work against change. We will explore how educators can move from best practices to next practices to ensure that all students can be future ready. We can start with the question of what does available data tell us about the effectiveness of our work and what are we going to do with this information to become more student-centered in all our work.

Workshop: Supporting and Empowering English Learners in the Classroom

Friday, January 24th 3:00pm

This workshop will give the classroom teacher practical research-based tools to reach K-12 English Learners at all stages of language development. This interactive and hands-on session will present effective strategies to help English Learners reach their educational goals.

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