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2018 PLENARIES and KEYNOTES
Keynote: On Thursday, May 10th, Chane Eplin will give updates on state educational policies affecting English language education, discuss current research and practices, and emphasize the importance of collaboration between higher education and K-12 in order to deliver quality education for English LanguageLearners.
Chane Eplin has served Florida’s English Language Learners (ELLs) for over 34 years as a teacher, administrator, professor, consultant, tutor, and friend. He currently serves as Bureau Chief in the Florida Department of Education, Bureau of Student Achievement through Language Acquisition where his goal to make a positive difference in the lives of Florida’s ELLs and their families. He believes that if teachers provide the appropriate education and tools to ELLs, they will increase both their language skills and their academic achievement in content areas.
Plenary: Pauline Gibbons comes from a land down under to deliver the plenary talk on Friday, May 11th entitled Talk Matters: Creating Bridges to Literacy. Gibbons speaks to how classrooms today are increasingly multicultural and multilingual: indeed they represent a ‘kaleidoscope’ of ethnicities, identities, experiences and languages. We know that such classrooms offer rich contexts for learning. At the same time, English language learners are faced with the challenge of learning a new language while concurrently using that language to develop subject-specific knowledge and subject-specific literacies.
Drawing on classroom examples, she will show how well-planned language activities, where students are engaged in meaningful talk with others, can provide strong scaffolding for subject-specific reading and writing, and encourage higher-order thinking.
Dr. Pauline Gibbons taught postgraduate and undergraduate TESOL courses at the University of Technology Sydney for many years, and is now an Adjunct Professor at the University of New South Wales. Her work with teachers has taken her to Hong Kong, Sweden, Laos, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, China, South Africa, Marshall Islands, Iran, Germany, UK, and USA, among other locations. In recent years she has been working with teachers in remote indigenous communities in Australia, with English Language and subject/mainstream teachers across Australia, and in International Schools in South East Asia. She also regularly speaks at international conferences, most recently in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Dubai, Thailand and USA.
Dr Gibbons has published extensively in the TESOL area, including Scaffolding Language, Scaffolding Learning: Teaching English Language Learners in the Mainstream Classroom, 2nd edition (2015) Heinemann; English Language Learners, Academic Literacy and Thinking (2009) Heinemann; and Bridging Discourses in the ESL Classroom: Teachers, Students and Researchers, (2006) Continuum.
Keynote: Patricia Martinez-Alvarez and Nelson Flores will give a panel presentation on Friday May 11th entitled “Something’s Going on at Home,” on why and how teachers can recognize and use cultural tools students bring from home and community to promote language, content and literacy development.
Patricia Martinez-Alvarez is an assistant professor of Bilingual Education in Teacher’s College, Columbia University. Her areas of interest include bilingualism, special education and STEM disciplines. Her research aims at identifying the contextual and child-level factors that promote language and literacy development such that having two languages is indeed an asset. Dr. Martínez-Álvarez’s is currently involved in two research projects in NYCPS involving the use of instructional technology to help students use their cultural tools to bring their home and communities into the classroom
Nelson Flores is an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Education in the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Flores has a Ph.D. in Urban Education from the CUNY Graduate Center at the City University of New York. His research involves the study of the historical and contemporary instantiations of racio-linguistic ideologies, where language and race are co-constructed in ways that marginalize racialized communities. He has collaborated on several studies related to the education of language-minoritized students in U.S. schools.
Featured Speaker: Paulino Brener will bring a lot of drama to SSTESOL this May! Join him on Saturday, May 12th for an hour of learning how to incorporate drama games, movement, and improv in the language classroom.
Brener is an educator, performer, and social media manager from the Greater Minneapolis / St. Paul, Minnesota area. With more than 15 years of experience, Mr. Brener has been active in the Concordia Language Villages and the Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures (MCTLC).
Closing Keynote: Luciana de Oliveira, President-Elect of TESOL International, will close the 40th Annual SSTESOL Conference on Saturday, May 12th with a keynote address entitled, “Things TESOL Professionals Should Know.”
Luciana C. de Oliveira, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair in the Department of Teaching and Learning in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Miami, Florida. Her research focuses on issues related to teaching English language learners (ELLs) at the K-12 level, including the role of language in learning the content areas and teacher education, advocacy and social justice. Currently, Dr. de Oliveira’s research examines scaffolding in first grade classrooms and multimodal representation in picture books. She is the author or editor of 21 books and over 160 publications in various outlets. She’s President-Elect (2017-2018) of TESOL International Association and will become President in March 2018 at the TESOL Convention in Chicago.