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AMTESOL 2024  Keynote Speaker


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January 12-13, 2024

Tupelo, Mississippi

Valentina Gonzalez

Keynote Speaker: Valentina Gonzalez

Valentina Gonzalez is an educational consultant and content creator who leads professional development and delivers keynote speeches at conferences both locally and nationally. She is also a longtime educator serving multilingual learners and their families from around the globe. Her personal experience as an immigrant from Yugoslavia and a language learner fuel her desire to advocate for multilingual children and support teachers with the best research-based teaching methods. Her work's primary focus has been on literacy, culture, and language.

In addition, she is the co-author of Reading & Writing with English Learners: A Framework for K-5, and the children's picture book, Krofne with Baba, which she wrote with her daughter. Her work has also been published in numerous journals and professional publications such as Edutopia, MiddleWeb, TEPSA, Ed Week, and School Library Journal. 

Valentina has served various roles in her decades in education. She is a lifelong learner pursuing her doctoral degree from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas.

To read more about Valentina please see her website

Twitter: ValentinaESL

Facebook: AdvocatingforELLS

Keynote Address: All Shook UP about Teaching Multilingual Learners

During 11:15am-1:15pm lunch on Friday January 12, 2024

In a global society and in one where our communities continue to change and diversify, it is important that we see our students and families, know them, and effectively meet their needs. English learners or multilingual learners are the fastest-growing population in our nation. Please join Valentina Gonzalez as she disrupts the deficit model and provides alternatives to old narratives. This keynote will make us think, push us to act, and inspire us to shake things up and design instruction that accelerates learning for our students.

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