ConnTESOL Conference 2016

Saturday, October 22, 2016

The 46th Annual ConnTESOL Conference: Lifelong Learning for Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Populations

46th ConnTESOL Program 2016


Here is the agenda for the day:

8:00-9:15 Registration/ Breakfast/ Exhibitors

9:15-10:00 Scholarship Recipients & Remarks from co-chairs

10:00-11:00 Keynote Address

11:10-12:10 Concurrent Sessions 1

12:15-1:30 Lunch, Annual Business Meeting, and Exhibitors

1:35- 2:35 Concurrent Sessions 2

2:45-3:45 Concurrent Sessions 3

Detailed Session Descriptions

Session 1

Supporting secondary SLIFE students
Kristi Lawson, Stamford Public Schools

How They Got Here: Diversity in Refugee and Immigrant Experiences
Kristin Mendoza New Haven Public Schools, Tanya Kimball Genn, Integrated Refugee & Immigration Services

The Hallway Workshop: Meeting Families Where They Are
Dr. Teresita Galarza, Hartford Public Schools

Culturally Responsive Instruction: Fostering Student Collaboration and Critical Thought
Wendy Seger, Center for the Collaborative Classroom

Tips and Tools for ESL Writing
Carla Cerino, ERACE and Middlesex Community College

Use Realia in Every Lesson
Jessie Hernandez & Nancy Samponga, New Jersey Public Schools

Session 2

State Department Update
Megan Alubicki Flick, CSDE

EL State Update-Conntesol — downloadable materials from session

Supporting language and literacy development for young ELs through STEM
Jessie Lavorgna & Jacqueline J. Bourassa, Education Development Center

Library, Museum, Archival & Historical Societies: Resources for Emerging Bilinguals
Bernadette Lopez-Fitzsimmons

Library, Museum, Archival & Historical Societies: Resources for Emerging Bilinguals — downloadable materials from session

The Sounds of Silence in the ESL Classroom
Abigail Bruhlmann, ELS Language Centers, Atlantic City

Incorporating Culturally Diverse Englishes into ESL Materials for Integrated Skills
Mary Romney, Capital Community College

A Call for Coherence: Standards-Aligned Curriculum Design for Elementary ELLs
Darci Melchor, PhD,  National Geographic

Session 3

Language Learning Motivation and Instructional Strategies for Secondary School Bilinguals
Dr. Matt Cissel Central CT State University

The Power of the LAS Links Online Reporting System
Genevieve Olvera, CTB/DRC

Grammaring with Error Logs
Kelly McKenna, UCONN

One Fish, Two Fish: Learning to Read Together
Ruth Stewart Curley, New London Public Schools, Katrina Bercaw, Norwich Adult Education

Let’s Have Fun! Games to Support Language Learning
Kerry Brewster, Jessica McOuat, & Marisa Frisk, Middletown Public Schools

Let’s Have Fun — downloadable materials from session

Who am I? Who are you? Fostering self-awareness for culturally responsive practices
 Jessie B. Lavorgna, Education Development Center

Call for Proposals — deadline June 30, 2016

Please consider sharing your professional expertise, experiences, and innovation with your peers at this year’s conference. All the research has shown peer learning is the most valuable and effective for teachers, especially when it’s hands on, interactive, and immediately applicable. Click the link below for proposal guidelines.


Annual Scholarships

We are pleased to be able to again offer scholarships for both high school students and adult learners. Please review the links below and encourage your students to apply.

High School Scholarship

Adult Scholarship


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