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Thursday, September 20
 

7:00am

CHECK-IN & ON-SITE REGISTRATION

Thursday September 20, 2018 7:00am - 4:00pm
Registration Desk

7:30am

How to SCHED
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Thursday September 20, 2018 7:30am - 8:00am
Registration Desk

8:15am

Come to order and celebrate ESL
If you can't attend TNTESOL State Day, click here to watch and listen to Jan Lanier and colleagues from the TNDOE update us on the ESL state of the state on Thursday, September 20 from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm. You can livestream or watch the recorded sessions (post conference).

Speakers
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Jan Lanier

ESL Coordinator, Title III Consultant, TDOE
Jan has worked with English Learners from 1979 to the present time. She currently serves as the ESL Services Coordinator for the Tennessee Department of Education. Previously she worked with Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools both in the ESL office and in the classroom. She also... Read More →


Thursday September 20, 2018 8:15am - 8:30am
Salons 6-10

8:30am

Welcome
If you can't attend TNTESOL State Day, click here to watch and listen to Jan Lanier and colleagues from the TNDOE update us on the ESL state of the state on Thursday, September 20 from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm. You can livestream or watch the recorded sessions (post conference).

Speakers
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Dr. Candice McQueen

Commissioner of Education, Tennessee Department of Education
Dr. Candice McQueen was sworn in as Tennessee’s commissioner of education in January 2015. McQueen led a statewide effort to create a new strategic plan and vision for our schools called Tennessee Succeeds focused on increasing postsecondary and career readiness for all of Tennessee’s... Read More →



Thursday September 20, 2018 8:30am - 9:00am
Salons 6-10

9:00am

A Dive into Accountability
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Thursday September 20, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am
Salons 6-10

10:45am

ESL Research at the Department
If you can't attend TNTESOL State Day, click here to watch and listen to Jan Lanier and colleagues from the TNDOE update us on the ESL state of the state on Thursday, September 20 from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm. You can livestream or watch the recorded sessions (post conference).

Speakers


Thursday September 20, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Salons 6-10

11:45am

Lunch Break
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Thursday September 20, 2018 11:45am - 1:00pm
Lunch - offsite options

1:00pm

Q & A
If you can't attend TNTESOL State Day, click here to watch and listen to Jan Lanier and colleagues from the TNDOE update us on the ESL state of the state on Thursday, September 20 from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm. You can livestream or watch the recorded sessions (post conference).

Speakers
JL

Jan Lanier

ESL Coordinator, Title III Consultant, TDOE
Jan has worked with English Learners from 1979 to the present time. She currently serves as the ESL Services Coordinator for the Tennessee Department of Education. Previously she worked with Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools both in the ESL office and in the classroom. She also... Read More →


Thursday September 20, 2018 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Salons 6-10

1:30pm

A Review of Civil Rights Requirements
If you can't attend TNTESOL State Day, click here to watch and listen to Jan Lanier and colleagues from the TNDOE update us on the ESL state of the state on Thursday, September 20 from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm. You can livestream or watch the recorded sessions (post conference).

Speakers
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Rachel Suppé

Director of Office for Civil Rights and Staff Attorney, TDOE



Thursday September 20, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Salons 6-10

3:00pm

Wrap Up and TNTESOL Announcements
If you can't attend TNTESOL State Day, click here to watch and listen to Jan Lanier and colleagues from the TNDOE update us on the ESL state of the state on Thursday, September 20 from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm. You can livestream or watch the recorded sessions (post conference).

Speakers
JL

Jan Lanier

ESL Coordinator, Title III Consultant, TDOE
Jan has worked with English Learners from 1979 to the present time. She currently serves as the ESL Services Coordinator for the Tennessee Department of Education. Previously she worked with Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools both in the ESL office and in the classroom. She also... Read More →


Thursday September 20, 2018 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Salons 6-10

4:30pm

Welcome to TNTESOL - Reception and Celebration
At the end of State Day (9/20), come join us at the Marriott Terrace (courtyard through the hotel lobby) for light refreshments and entertainment.

Thursday September 20, 2018 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Marriott Terrace/Carothers
 
Friday, September 21
 

7:00am

Breakfast at the Marriott
Friday September 21, 2018 7:00am - 8:00am
Salons 6-10

7:00am

CHECK-IN & ON-SITE REGISTRATION

Friday September 21, 2018 7:00am - 4:00pm
Registration Desk

7:30am

How to SCHED
Need help figuring out how to use SCHED as your personal event planner? Come to the Registration Desk (conference center lobby) and get some friendly advice from our experts!

Friday September 21, 2018 7:30am - 8:00am
Registration Desk

8:00am

Plenary: An Intro to Corpus Linguistics for ESL Teachers
Early in my teaching career, I remember a student asking me "What is the difference between PERSUADE and CONSIDER?  Are they the same?"  Because of advances in corpus linguistics, how I answered that question then and how I would answer it in 2018 are very different.  In today's talk, we'll look at what corpus linguistics is and how this can (and should) be a valuable resource for every teacher regardless of what subject your teach.


Speakers
avatar for Keith Folse

Keith Folse

Professor, TESOL University of Central Florida, University of Central Florida
Dr. Folse is currently professor of TESOL at the University of Central Florida. For almost 40 years, he has taught English in the US (Mississippi, Alabama, Oregon, and Florida) as well as internationally (Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Kuwait, and Japan). He is both a researcher and an author... Read More →



Friday September 21, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Salons 6-10

9:00am

Celebrating Culture: Hosting an International Family Night
In this session, participants will leave with an easy-to-follow plan in order to host an organized and effective celebration that will promote cultural awareness and acceptance, encourage parental engagement and buy-in, and build school community.

Speakers
avatar for Alison Garland

Alison Garland

Lakeland Middle Preparatory School, Lakeland, TN
Alison Garland is the ESL teacher for grades 5-8 at Lakeland Middle Preparatory School in Lakeland, TN. Alison graduated from Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN with a B.A. in K-6 Elementary Education in 2009 and with a Masters of Arts in Teaching English Language Learners in 2010... Read More →


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Friday September 21, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Williamson

9:00am

Dazzling Our Way Into Vocabulary Success
Would you like to dazzle your ESL students with new, refreshing ideas when teaching dull, required academic vocabulary? In this session you will learn how to take grade-level vocabulary practice sheets and make them meaningful and engaging. Enjoyable, but rigorous vocabulary games that teach academic vocabulary will also be shared.

Speakers
BK

Becky Ketner

Mrs. Ketner has been teaching for 16 years in Title I schools. She started her career in early childhood elementary classrooms in Georgia where she taught kindergarten, first grade and second grade. She moved to Tennessee in 2014 and began teaching ESL at her present school. Mrs... Read More →
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Vanessa Saucedo

John Colemon Elementary School, Smyrna, Tennessee
Mrs. Saucedo has been teaching in elementary education for 30 years, with 20 of those years being in ESL instruction. She started her career in a private school, then moved to Metro Nashville Public Schools and recently moved to Rutherford County, where she is currently teaching... Read More →



Friday September 21, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Morgan

9:00am

Effective Writing Strategies to Improve Student Outcomes
A variety of writing strategies will be presented to use with elementary students. Strategies that will be discussed include using visuals to improve or inspire writing, interactive writing strategies, helpful anchor charts, and breaking down writing prompts for better student understanding.

Speakers
avatar for Cinamon Collins, Ed.D.

Cinamon Collins, Ed.D.

Franklin Special School District, Franklin, TN
Cinamon Collins is an ESL Teacher in grades K-4, for the Franklin Special School District in Franklin, TN. She has worked in education for 10 years in three states: New York, California, and Tennessee. Cinamon earned her doctorate in Education from Lipscomb University, and a master's... Read More →
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Meghann Wynne

Franklin Special School District, Franklin, TN
Meghann Wynne has been an educator for 13 years and currently teaches ESL in grades K-3 in the Franklin Special School District in TN. She has facilitated workshops to promote academic success using SIOP and ESL strategies. Meghann has a Bachelors degree in Education from Ohio University... Read More →



Friday September 21, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Franklin

9:00am

Keep Calm and Use Schoology
Has your school implemented Schoology? Do you need additional training on the features? Need teaching & learning strategies to implement it within the ESL classroom? This presentation will explain the features, how to implement them with your ELs at all levels, and allow you to see the implementation from the perspective of student/teacher.

If you can't attend the TNTESOL conference this year, check out this page for a selection of sessions on a variety of topics essential to ESL, Friday, September 21 (8:00 - 5:00) and Saturday, September 22 (8:00 - 11:00).

Speakers
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Shelly Misenheimer

Collierville Schools/Collierville, TN
Shelly Misenheimer is in her 15th year of teaching with Collierville Schools. She begins her 10th year in ESL and previously taught Spanish at the elementary level. Her experience includes elementary, middle, and high school, and she also serves as an ESL Instructional Facilitator... Read More →
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Katherine Perry

ESL Instructional Facilitator, Collierville Schools
Katherine Perry is currently serving her fourth year as an ESL Instructional Facilitator for Collierville Schools, her 8th year as an ESL Instructor at Bailey Station Elementary, and also serves as the WIDA Testing Coordinator. She has helped design and implement ESL training for... Read More →



Friday September 21, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Appaloosa

9:00am

Wild GooseChase
Kids LOVE going on scavenger hunts. With the app, GooseChase, kids will scramble and be engaged on many levels. Require photo, video, text or GPS evidence of a completed mission. This is an excellent and engaging app for kids at school and over the weekend. It is IOS and Android compatible.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Littlefield

Mark Littlefield

LS Technology Coordinator, University School of Nashville, Nashville, TN
Mark is the lower school technology coordinator at University School of Nashville. He formerly worked at an ESL teacher for 10 years and as a technology coach, specifically with ESL teachers.


Friday September 21, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Arabian

9:00am

Using movement to teach academic vocabulary in middle and high school
Adolescent ELs often have difficulty mastering academic vocabulary because of its abstract nature, which can negatively influence their comprehension. This study explores the effectiveness of using TPR strategies to improve vocabulary acquisition among adolescent ELs and if text comprehension was subsequently improved.

Speakers
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Collin Olson

Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN
Collin Olson teaches ESL at Smyrna High School and is a Doctoral Candidate in Literacy Studies at MTSU.


Friday September 21, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Saddlebred

9:00am

Exhibitors
Exhibitors
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Bridgeview Education

Owner, Bridgeview Education
Chris Opstad
avatar for Benchmark Education

Benchmark Education

TN Educational Sales Consultant, Benchmark Education
My name is Lisa Bogle and I am the TN Educational Consultant with Benchmark Education. With 34 years experience, I recently retired from Rutherford County Schools as the Elementary Coordinator of Curriculum and Instruction. I am excited to begin my second career working with Benchmark... Read More →
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ELLevation

ELLevation
Pam Drescher
avatar for Jaci's Jewels

Jaci's Jewels

Lisa White
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Imagine Learning

Imagine Learning
Yvonne Parrish
avatar for Maggie Steingraeber

Maggie Steingraeber

Outreach Manager, U.S. Department of State English Language Programs


Friday September 21, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Highland & Hallways

10:00am

TNTESOL Annual Business Meeting
Friday September 21, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Salons 6-10

11:00am

Lunch at the Marriott
Friday September 21, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Salons 6-10

12:00pm

Dazzling Our Way Into Vocabulary Success : Elementary
Would you like to dazzle your ESL students with new, refreshing ideas when teaching dull, required academic vocabulary? In this session you will learn how to take grade-level vocabulary practice sheets and make them meaningful and engaging. Enjoyable, but rigorous vocabulary games that teach academic vocabulary will also be shared.

Speakers
BK

Becky Ketner

Mrs. Ketner has been teaching for 16 years in Title I schools. She started her career in early childhood elementary classrooms in Georgia where she taught kindergarten, first grade and second grade. She moved to Tennessee in 2014 and began teaching ESL at her present school. Mrs... Read More →
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Vanessa Saucedo

John Colemon Elementary School, Smyrna, Tennessee
Mrs. Saucedo has been teaching in elementary education for 30 years, with 20 of those years being in ESL instruction. She started her career in a private school, then moved to Metro Nashville Public Schools and recently moved to Rutherford County, where she is currently teaching... Read More →


Friday September 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Williamson

12:00pm

Empowering Students to Speak
Talk is the foundation of literacy. EL's aren't given years to learn to speak proficiently before they need to read and write. In this session, will explore instructional strategies to get our EL's talking and using academic language in meaningful ways. The presenter will model ways to integrate oral language into other domains and content areas.

Speakers
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Beth Williams

Rutherford County Schools, Smyrna TN
Beth Williams has been an educator, working with ELL students, for 16 years. Currently, she teaches K-2 and Newcomers with the Rutherford County School System.



Friday September 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Arabian

12:00pm

Illuminating Language:Engagement in Actions and Words
This session provides easy and exciting ways to develop higher order thinking skills through the use of storytelling and story acting. Literacy development is increased by providing young children with language experiences that promote a love of books, language, and stories within an environment filled with rich conversation and meaning.

Speakers
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Lee Ann Kelly

Lakeland Elementary, Lakeland, Tennessee
Lee Ann Kelly has been teaching for over 25 years. Her background ranges from kindergarten to high school in both special education and ESL.
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Diann Sorensen

Lakeland Elementary
Diann has been teaching elementary (grades K-5) for 21 years: 14 years as a classroom teacher and 7 in ESL. She added her ESL endorsement in 1999 and completed her master's degree in Teacher Leadership in 2011.



Friday September 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Morgan

12:00pm

The ELL Teacher's Toolbox: Ideas to Support Your Students
This will be a fast-paced session where participants will be given easy-to-use strategies to implement with ELL's of all levels. Participants will hear strategies, see examples, and have opportunities to ask questions about how they can use these ideas in their own classroom!

Speakers
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Tracey Anderson

Rutherford County Schools, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Tracey has been teaching ESL for 13 years. She enjoys working with younger students and newcomers. She believes in a hands-on approach to learning that involves manipulatives and lots of movement!
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Elizabeth Proctor

Rutherford County Schools, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
I am in my sixth year of teaching, all of which have been as an ESL teacher. Before working in Rutherford County Schools, I was in Metro Nashville Public Schools as a blended classroom and self-contained ESL teacher. I love the diversity my students bring into our school and I love... Read More →


Friday September 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Saddlebred

12:00pm

Vocabulary and Reading Resources for Teaching Newcomers
Two online resources for teaching vocabulary to newcomers, BarryFunEnglish and Mes English, will be discussed in detail. Also, the PALS Reading Program, developed by Vanderbilt University, will be discussed and how it can be adapted to teach beginning reading to ELLs. Finally, reading resources available on Learning a-z will be highlighted.

If you can't attend the TNTESOL conference this year, check out this page for a selection of sessions on a variety of topics essential to ESL, Friday, September 21 (8:00 - 5:00) and Saturday, September 22 (8:00 - 11:00).

Speakers
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Shauna Wells

ESL Teacher, Williamson County Schools
Shauna Wells was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mauritania from 1992-94. She received her Masters in Special Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1998. In 2006, she received her ESL endorsement from Seattle Pacific University. She currently teaches ESL in the Williamson... Read More →



Friday September 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Appaloosa

12:00pm

Exhibitors
Exhibitors
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Bridgeview Education

Owner, Bridgeview Education
Chris Opstad
avatar for Benchmark Education

Benchmark Education

TN Educational Sales Consultant, Benchmark Education
My name is Lisa Bogle and I am the TN Educational Consultant with Benchmark Education. With 34 years experience, I recently retired from Rutherford County Schools as the Elementary Coordinator of Curriculum and Instruction. I am excited to begin my second career working with Benchmark... Read More →
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ELLevation

ELLevation
Pam Drescher
avatar for Jaci's Jewels

Jaci's Jewels

Lisa White
avatar for Imagine Learning

Imagine Learning

Imagine Learning
Yvonne Parrish
avatar for Maggie Steingraeber

Maggie Steingraeber

Outreach Manager, U.S. Department of State English Language Programs


Friday September 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Highland & Hallways

12:00pm

The Key to Helping ESL Students with Seven Difficult Grammar Points
In this workshop, we will look at seven difficult grammar topics for ESL students, including prepositions, verb tenses, and phrasal verbs. We will identify student errors, discuss how to explain the correction, and consider class activities or teaching techniques to address these particular grammar issues.  This workshop is especially good for teachers who are not sure of how to explain why we say IN January but ON Monday, why we say "I HAVE EATEN SUSHI BEFORE" but not I HAVE EATEN SUSHI LAST NIGHT, or when we would prefer to say HE'LL CANCEL IT versus HE'LL CALL IT OFF (when CANCEL and CALL OFF are synonyms).

Speakers
avatar for Keith Folse

Keith Folse

Professor, TESOL University of Central Florida, University of Central Florida
Dr. Folse is currently professor of TESOL at the University of Central Florida. For almost 40 years, he has taught English in the US (Mississippi, Alabama, Oregon, and Florida) as well as internationally (Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Kuwait, and Japan). He is both a researcher and an author... Read More →



Friday September 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:45pm
Salon 6

12:00pm

Twist with the Rubik's Cube
Every one has seen the Rubik's Cube. Most people have twisted it to the delight of solving just one side. Learn how to solve it, integrated it and use it in the classroom for all grades and languages.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Littlefield

Mark Littlefield

LS Technology Coordinator, University School of Nashville, Nashville, TN
Mark is the lower school technology coordinator at University School of Nashville. He formerly worked at an ESL teacher for 10 years and as a technology coach, specifically with ESL teachers.


Friday September 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:45pm
Franklin

1:00pm

*Hot Seat!* with TDOE and ESL Regional Advisers
Got a burning question? Need some advice? Want to hear how others are handling things? Take part in this lively discussion with our friends from TDOE and several of the ESL Regional Advisers from across Tennessee. One rule: Be nice!

Speakers
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Debra Frantz

ESL Director, Shelby County Schools
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Jan Lanier

ESL Coordinator, Title III Consultant, TDOE
Jan has worked with English Learners from 1979 to the present time. She currently serves as the ESL Services Coordinator for the Tennessee Department of Education. Previously she worked with Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools both in the ESL office and in the classroom. She also... Read More →
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Joann Runion

Coordinator of Culturally Inclusive Practices, TDOE


Friday September 21, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Appaloosa

1:00pm

Engaging with Identity Langauges
I wanted to help my EAL students be successful in literature class. I decided to offer them the opportunity to read works of literature in their native language alongside their peers who are reading in English. I set this up as an action research project. During this presentation, I will discuss what I learned by doing this study.

Speakers
avatar for Shelly McClanahan

Shelly McClanahan

ESL Teacher, Rutherford County Schools, Murfressboro, Tennessee
I have been teaching for 18 years, with the last 11 in ESL. I have taught in Albania, South Korea, and England, and am finally back home in Tennessee, continuing to work with ELLs. In my free time, I like to read, write stories, and find good barbecue (both American and Korean).


Friday September 21, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Salon 4

1:00pm

Latino Parent Involvement
By helping educators understand the cultures and beliefs of parents, educators are equipped with knowledge and can develop relationships with the Latino families. Overcoming the barriers will only lead to improved relationships between educators, parents, and students.

Speakers
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Kelly Duran

Dickson County Board of Education, Dickson, TN
I have been an educator for 16 years - 13 years in the regular classroom and the last 3 years as an ESL teacher. I graduated from Lipscomb University in 2002 with a B.S. in Elementary Education, Tennessee State University in 2009 with a M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision, & Lipscomb... Read More →



Friday September 21, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Salon 2

1:00pm

Let's Read! Motivating ESL students to read more books
In this session, I will explain how you can identify your students' independent reading levels, how to set up a user-friendly, leveled classroom library, and how to motivate your students to read more books!

Speakers
avatar for Heidi Redmon

Heidi Redmon

ESL teacher, Smyrna Elementary School, Smyrna, TN
I have taught elementary ESL for the past four years. I also have twelve years of experience as a classroom teacher.



Friday September 21, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Salon 3

1:00pm

Lighting the Path to Language Acquisition for Newcomers (K-5)
In this session, you will learn research based information about the challenges that face Newcomer students from various sub-populations. You will also learn research-based and practical strategies to help these students begin to develop competency in all four language domains.

Speakers
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Amy Cunningham

Smyrna Elementary School, Smyrna, Tn
Amy Cunningham has thirteen years of teaching experience in a variety of school settings and grade levels. She holds a Bachelor of Science ('04) and Master of Education ('12) from Lipscomb University and has an ESL endorsement ('16) from Trevecca Nazarene University. She is currently... Read More →



Friday September 21, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Saddlebred

1:00pm

Using Interactive Word Walls to Increase Academic Vocabulary in ELLs
With the current shift towards a more rigorous curriculum, teachers must provide regular practice with complex text and academic vocabulary. Interactive word walls are a student-centered resource teachers of English Language Learners can use to explicitly teach academic vocabulary while integrating content area learning.

Speakers
avatar for Tanya Hill

Tanya Hill

ESL Teacher, Shelby County School, Memphis, TN
Tanya Hill is a National Board Certified Reading and Language Specialist with over 20 years of teaching experience. She is an ESL teacher at Kate Bond Elementary in Memphis, TN. Mrs. Hill is also a Hope Street Group TN State Teacher Fellow where she advocates for teachers and English... Read More →



Friday September 21, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Salon 1

1:00pm

Why Use DonorsChoose?
Learn how to address funding challenges in your public school ESL classroom using donors choose.org. Many teachers reach in their wallet to provide materials that their students need. We are going to explore the website donors choose.org and look at how to create a project and explore the best practices to get the supplies that the students need.

Speakers
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Lily Buzdugan

ESL Teacher, Shelby County Schools, Memphis TN
Taught ESL at Kate Bond Elementary for 12 years.
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Melanie Jackson

Shelby County Schools


Friday September 21, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Morgan

1:00pm

Writing for Publication: The TNTESOL Journal and TNTESOL Newsletter
You can be a published writer! The TNTESOL Journal, a peer-reviewed scholarly journal, provides a forum for both researchers and practitioners to share ideas and research findings. The TNTESOL Newsletter is an avenue to share your ideas and opinions in a more informal publication.

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Bontempi

Andrea Bontempi

Rutherford County Schools, Murfreesboro, TN
Andrea Bontempi, Ed.S., serves as the TNTESOL Newsletter Editor and is the ESL Specialist for Rutherford County Schools, Murfreesboro, TN.
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Dr. Johnna Paraiso

Rutherford County Schools Murfreesboro TN
Dr. Johnna Paraiso is the instructional technology/SIFE facilitator at Rutherford Schools. She is also an adjunct professor at Trevecca Nazarene University and Tennessee State University


Friday September 21, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Arabian

1:00pm

Exhibitors
Exhibitors
BE

Bridgeview Education

Owner, Bridgeview Education
Chris Opstad
avatar for Benchmark Education

Benchmark Education

TN Educational Sales Consultant, Benchmark Education
My name is Lisa Bogle and I am the TN Educational Consultant with Benchmark Education. With 34 years experience, I recently retired from Rutherford County Schools as the Elementary Coordinator of Curriculum and Instruction. I am excited to begin my second career working with Benchmark... Read More →
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ELLevation

ELLevation
Pam Drescher
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Jaci's Jewels

Lisa White
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Imagine Learning

Imagine Learning
Yvonne Parrish
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Maggie Steingraeber

Outreach Manager, U.S. Department of State English Language Programs


Friday September 21, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Highland & Hallways

2:00pm

Analyzing WIDA ACCESS 2.0 Data to Drive Instruction
This session will briefly discuss the importance and advantages of thoroughly analyzing WIDA ACCESS 2.0 data. Participants will be provided with a template that enables them to easily enter multiple years of data. Stakeholders will learn how to use the template to make important instructional decisions for students.

Speakers
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Lisa Clark

Knox County Schools, Knoxville, Tennessee
Lisa Clark is in her fourth year as ELL Instructional Coach and Liaison for Knox County Schools. Previous to her position as ELL Coach, she served as an ELL teacher, Reading Recovery teacher, first grade sheltered classroom teacher, and a general education kindergarten teacher. Lisa... Read More →



Friday September 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Morgan

2:00pm

Collaboration in the Digital Age
Professional development in the 21st century is changing to accommodate busy schedules and to promote connections across the miles. The presenter shares her experiences with professional learning networks and online book studies, you will be encouraged to explore new opportunities for your own professional growth.

Speakers
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Christine Tennyson, EdD

Rutherford County Schools
Christine Tennyson currently serves as president in the organization. She earned a BA in from Hope College in Holland, MI, a MAEd from Austin Peay, and an EdD from Trevecca. She has worked in ESL in Rutherford County for over 20 years. In addition, she teaches ESOL licensure classes... Read More →


Friday September 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Salon 2

2:00pm

Creating Reality: Using VR Creators to Promote Student Exploration
Interested in spicing-up your literacy and composition instruction through unique use of innovative technology? Virtual reality will transform your students' learning experiences through exploration, collaboration, and creation. Join us as we delve into the world of virtual reality and explore how to integrate it into your language instruction. Worksop participants should bring a charged laptop in order to engage with the session.

Speakers
avatar for Heidi Thevenot

Heidi Thevenot

Collierville Schools- Collierville, TN
Heidi is a graduate of the University of Memphis' Department of Applied Linguistics and has been teaching ESL for more than 10 years. She's really passionate about creating fun, authentic learning experiences for her students. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, traveling, and... Read More →
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Todd Thevenot

ESL Instructor, Collierville Schools - Colliervile, TN
A University of Memphis English department graduate, and EL instructor for over 14 years, Todd’s research interests include Language Learning and Technology, and Teacher Training. He enjoys Caribbean islands, growing chilies, and losing golf balls in the lovely lakes and forests... Read More →



Friday September 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Salon 4

2:00pm

Dimensions of Intercultural Communication in the ESL Classroom
As ESL teachers, we develop the intercultural awareness of our students, but we also need to improve our own intercultural communicative competence. After discussing the effects of national cultures on values and behaviors, participants will be led through critical incidents to uncover challenges from intercultural interactions.

If you can't attend the TNTESOL conference this year, check out this page for a selection of sessions on a variety of topics essential to ESL, Friday, September 21 (8:00 - 5:00) and Saturday, September 22 (8:00 - 11:00).

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Hastings

Christopher Hastings

ESL Coordinator, Southwest Tennessee Community College
Dr. Hastings has spent 16 years teaching ESL/EFL and training teachers. Before coming to Southwest Tennessee Community College, he was a State Department English Language Fellow in Russia and China. In addition to teaching in Colombia, Brazil, South Korea, and Saudi Arabia, he was... Read More →



Friday September 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Appaloosa

2:00pm

Effective Collaboration and Co-Teaching
ESL and general education teachers are being asked to co-teach more frequently. This presentation will discuss the different models of co-teaching and the benefits of using each model in different situations.

Speakers
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Sarah Bice

Liberty Elementary
Sarah Bice is currently in her third year as a third grade general education teacher at Liberty Elementary.
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Lindsee Stephens

Liberty Elementary School, Franklin Special School District. Franklin, TN
Lindsee Stephens is an ESL teacher at Liberty Elementary. She has taught for 7 years as both an ESL and general education teacher.



Friday September 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Arabian

2:00pm

Effective Writing Strategies to Improve Student Outcomes
A variety of writing strategies will be presented to use with elementary students. Strategies that will be discussed include using visuals to improve or inspire writing, interactive writing strategies, helpful anchor charts, and breaking down writing prompts for better student understanding.

Speakers
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Cinamon Collins, Ed.D.

Franklin Special School District, Franklin, TN
Cinamon Collins is an ESL Teacher in grades K-4, for the Franklin Special School District in Franklin, TN. She has worked in education for 10 years in three states: New York, California, and Tennessee. Cinamon earned her doctorate in Education from Lipscomb University, and a master's... Read More →
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Meghann Wynne

Franklin Special School District, Franklin, TN
Meghann Wynne has been an educator for 13 years and currently teaches ESL in grades K-3 in the Franklin Special School District in TN. She has facilitated workshops to promote academic success using SIOP and ESL strategies. Meghann has a Bachelors degree in Education from Ohio University... Read More →



Friday September 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Williamson

2:00pm

Resettled Refugees' Strengths and Responsive Instruction
Based on an ethnographic study, this presentation will review how resettled refugees leverage their strengths to make sense of schoolwork. Drawing upon third space theories, the author will share findings and implications for educators. All participants can engage in collaborative discussions to think about implications specific to their work.

Speakers
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Shannon Daniel

Vanderbilt University's Peabody College, Nashville, TN
Shannon M. Daniel is a senior lecturer at Vanderbilt University, Peabody College. She researches how multilingual youth mediate one another’s learning in and out of school and how educators responsively refine their instruction to support culturally and linguistically diverse l... Read More →


Friday September 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Saddlebred

2:00pm

Exhibitors
Exhibitors
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Bridgeview Education

Owner, Bridgeview Education
Chris Opstad
avatar for Benchmark Education

Benchmark Education

TN Educational Sales Consultant, Benchmark Education
My name is Lisa Bogle and I am the TN Educational Consultant with Benchmark Education. With 34 years experience, I recently retired from Rutherford County Schools as the Elementary Coordinator of Curriculum and Instruction. I am excited to begin my second career working with Benchmark... Read More →
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ELLevation

ELLevation
Pam Drescher
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Jaci's Jewels

Lisa White
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Imagine Learning

Imagine Learning
Yvonne Parrish
avatar for Maggie Steingraeber

Maggie Steingraeber

Outreach Manager, U.S. Department of State English Language Programs


Friday September 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Highland & Hallways

2:00pm

Academic Vocabulary for More Precise Language
Academic Vocabulary is the Gold Standard for Academic Success.

Speakers
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Beth Houck

ELL teacher, Pigeon Forge High School, Pigeon Forge, TN
Participants will learn....how to explicitly teach high-utility, precise vocabulary for academic competency, and how to develop students’ competent command of a word through speaking, writing, and assessment tasks. Hands-on activities and digital handouts will be provided, which... Read More →


Friday September 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:45pm
Franklin

2:00pm

Engaging ELs: Developing Lifelong Learners Through Literacy and STEAM
Actively engaging ELs can often be a struggle no matter the subject or level. This interactive session will explore hands-on strategies for engaging ELs through various literacy and STEAM activities. Come prepared to actively learn through discussion, investigation, and exploration!

Speakers
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Hannah Brown

Rhea Middle School, Evensville, Tennessee
Hannah Brown is an educator who loves motivating students to achieve through hands-on learning. A graduate of Lee University, she has taught students in grades K-8 and currently teaches at Rhea Middle School. When she isn't presenting or teaching, she enjoys writing, reading books... Read More →



Friday September 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:45pm
Salon 3

2:00pm

Teachers Plus Technology Equals Text that Matters to All Students
Transform literacy with digital texts and tools: Padlet, Google Suite, Benchmark Universe, Flipgrid, and videos. Create engaging eBooks; provide reading assignments; and blend classroom instruction with interactive whiteboard resources. Bring Your Own Device to customize texts for close reading and review the Universal Design for Learning.

Speakers
avatar for Shauna Williams

Shauna Williams

National Literacy Consultant, Benchmark Education Company
I am passionate about technology and how I am constantly challenged to keep up with all of the changes. I'm always learning!



Friday September 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:45pm
Salon 1

3:00pm

ELL Strategies that Work
Are you interested in finding more ways to reach your ELs? Come learn creative yet practical strategies for presenting content and differentiating assessments and materials. You will leave the workshop with new ideas that can be implemented in your classroom next week.

If you can't attend the TNTESOL conference this year, check out this page for a selection of sessions on a variety of topics essential to ESL, Friday, September 21 (8:00 - 5:00) and Saturday, September 22 (8:00 - 11:00).

Speakers
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Ashley Fern

Franklin Special School District, Franklin, TN
I am a K-4 ELL teacher at Moore Elementary school. This is my fifth year teaching in the Franklin Special School District. I also spent two years teaching in Malawi, Africa.
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Karen Hunter-Mennenga

Poplar Grove Elementary, Franklin, TN
I am a K-4 ELL teacher in Franklin Special School District. I was a bilingual Spanish teacher in Oakland, California, before moving to Tennessee in 2006. This is my seventeenth year teaching and I am National Board Certified in ELL.
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Sara Simmons

I am a 7/8 ELL teacher in Franklin Special School District. This is my eleventh year teaching and I am certified in K-12 ELL and 7-12 Social Studies.



Friday September 21, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Appaloosa

3:00pm

English Teachers as Citizen Diplomats
In an increasingly globalized world, English language skills are in high demand in nearly every country because of the educational and economic opportunities they provide. Meet TESOL professionals who are alumni of U.S. State Department programs and learn how they supported U.S. foreign policy by strengthening English teaching around the world.

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Hastings

Christopher Hastings

ESL Coordinator, Southwest Tennessee Community College
Dr. Hastings has spent 16 years teaching ESL/EFL and training teachers. Before coming to Southwest Tennessee Community College, he was a State Department English Language Fellow in Russia and China. In addition to teaching in Colombia, Brazil, South Korea, and Saudi Arabia, he was... Read More →
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Maggie Steingraeber

Outreach Manager, U.S. Department of State English Language Programs


Friday September 21, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Saddlebred

3:00pm

Implications of Cognitive Approaches to Linguistics for TESOL
As a field, TESOL has been strongly influenced in the last 50 years by Chomskyan approaches to Linguistics. Few practicing teachers have had the opportunity to consider the implications of cognitive approaches to the field of Second Language Acquisition, and this presentation will contrast them and offer practical implications for teaching.

Speakers
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David Broersma

Lee University, Cleveland, TN
David Broersma is an Associate Professor of TESOL and Linguistics at Lee University in Cleveland, TN. Before moving to Tennessee, he spent 17 years living and working in Moscow, Russia.



Friday September 21, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Arabian

3:00pm

Scaffolding Science Content in the Middle School Classroom
Learning academic language is incredibly challenging for ELs. The language in the science classroom is demanding and creates a barrier for higher order thinking. In this session you will be given specific tools to create rigorous science lessons that challenge ELs to utilize higher order thinking while also building their language background.

Speakers
avatar for Meghan Vigil

Meghan Vigil

ESL Teacher, Smyrna Middle School, Smyrna, TN
With a M.Ed in English Language Learning, Meghan Vigil has taught ESL at Smyrna Middle School in Rutherford County for 6 years.



Friday September 21, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Morgan

3:00pm

Exhibitors
Exhibitors
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Bridgeview Education

Owner, Bridgeview Education
Chris Opstad
avatar for Benchmark Education

Benchmark Education

TN Educational Sales Consultant, Benchmark Education
My name is Lisa Bogle and I am the TN Educational Consultant with Benchmark Education. With 34 years experience, I recently retired from Rutherford County Schools as the Elementary Coordinator of Curriculum and Instruction. I am excited to begin my second career working with Benchmark... Read More →
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ELLevation

ELLevation
Pam Drescher
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Jaci's Jewels

Lisa White
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Imagine Learning

Imagine Learning
Yvonne Parrish
avatar for Maggie Steingraeber

Maggie Steingraeber

Outreach Manager, U.S. Department of State English Language Programs


Friday September 21, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Highland & Hallways

3:00pm

Bring Mentor Sentences to Light: Strengthen Grammar in Context
Using a mentor text to teach writing lends innovation to the idea of teaching good writing at the sentence level. Participants will not only examine the practice and philosophy of using a mentor sentence routine, but will also use authentic texts to choose and create mentor sentences they can take back to the classroom in this interactive session.

Speakers
avatar for Sunita Watson

Sunita Watson

ESL Teacher, Rutherford County Schools, Murfreesboro, TN
Sunita Watson has taught elementary education for 25 years and ESL for 13 years. She is an avid writer and works with the Middle Tennessee Writing Project at Middle Tennessee State University. She has experience presenting and mentoring novice teachers.



Friday September 21, 2018 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Salon 2

3:00pm

Writer's Workshop for EL Students: Putting the Pieces Together
Participants will learn how to break down a writing prompt into a week-long writer's workshop session. Participants will learn how to utilize Thinking Maps, Share and Pair speaking exercises, and writing rubrics to create and support 5 daily writing tasks that help students successfully produce a final writing product by the end of the week.

Speakers
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Marissa Tomasic

EL Teacher, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, Taylor Stratton Elementary School, Madison, Tennessee
Marissa Tomasic has been an educator for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools for eleven years. Ms. Tomasic has a Master's Degree in English Language Learning, and she currently teaches and provides K-2 EL services for Level 1 and Level 2 students at Taylor Stratton Elementary School... Read More →


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Friday September 21, 2018 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Salon 4

4:00pm

*Hot Seat!* with TDOE and ESL Regional Advisers
Got a burning question? Need some advice? Want to hear how others are handling things? Take part in this lively discussion with our friends from TDOE and several of the ESL Regional Advisers from across Tennessee. One rule: Be nice!

Speakers
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Debra Frantz

ESL Director, Shelby County Schools
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Jan Lanier

ESL Coordinator, Title III Consultant, TDOE
Jan has worked with English Learners from 1979 to the present time. She currently serves as the ESL Services Coordinator for the Tennessee Department of Education. Previously she worked with Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools both in the ESL office and in the classroom. She also... Read More →
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Joann Runion

Coordinator of Culturally Inclusive Practices, TDOE
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Sarah Ziegler

Macon County Schools


Friday September 21, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Appaloosa

4:00pm

Engaging the Digital English Learner
This session focuses on innovative ways to foster digital literacy and provide language develop. Participants will explore ways to scaffold content, target assessment, and redesign the classroom with integrated technology. Participants will leave exploring such tools as Storyboard, Flipgrid, Nearpod, and others. (laptop or device needed)

Speakers
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Jennifer Long

ELL Educator & Adjunct Lecturer for Johnson University, Oak Ridge High School, Oak Ridge, TN & Johnson University, Knoxville, TN
Jennifer Long is an EL teacher at Oak Ridge High School in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. She is also an adjust lecturer at Johnson University. She provides regular professional development for Oak Ridge Schools. She holds a B.A. in K-6 education with an endorsement in ESL, M.A. in holistic... Read More →


Friday September 21, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Williamson

4:00pm

Improving Interactive Communication through “Presentation Stations”
In this session we will explain and demonstrate a new classroom technique called “presentation stations”. We will go through steps and concepts that will allow instructors to facilitate sessions in which every member of class is being an active learner. Attendees will be given the opportunity to walk through this class design formula.

Speakers
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Sydney Bassett

Auburn Global
Sydney currently works as an English Program Specialist at Auburn Global. Her interests include curriculum development, faculty collaboration, and socio-cultural adjustment of international students.
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Geoffrey Goodman

Auburn Global, Auburn, AL
Geoff Goodman taught ESL and did teacher training at Seoul National University and Chung-Ang University in Seoul before working in the Auburn Global pathways program at Auburn University.



Friday September 21, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Salon 3

4:00pm

Teach Abroad with the English Language Fellow Program
Learn how you can enhance English language teaching capacity abroad through 10-month paid teaching fellowships designed by U.S. Embassies for experienced U.S. TESOL professionals. As a Fellow, you can provide English language instruction, conduct teacher training, and develop resources. Join us to hear from program staff and alumni.

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Hastings

Christopher Hastings

ESL Coordinator, Southwest Tennessee Community College
Dr. Hastings has spent 16 years teaching ESL/EFL and training teachers. Before coming to Southwest Tennessee Community College, he was a State Department English Language Fellow in Russia and China. In addition to teaching in Colombia, Brazil, South Korea, and Saudi Arabia, he was... Read More →
avatar for Maggie Steingraeber

Maggie Steingraeber

Outreach Manager, U.S. Department of State English Language Programs


Friday September 21, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Saddlebred

4:00pm

The Volunteer State Seal of Biliteracy
The VSSB works to provide material and program support for schools across Tennessee that wish to offer the award, building on the recommendations and successes of the national Seal of Biliteracy movement. After four years of piloting a similar program in Nashville, we are expanding our program to include schools throughout our state.

Speakers
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Lynne Robinson

John Overton High School, Nashville, Tennessee
25+ year veteran in education in the US and abroad; currently in her 20th year of ELL in MNPS; 3rd year implementing the Volunteer State Seal of Biliteracy


Friday September 21, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Salon 1

4:00pm

Trauma Informed Teaching for ELLs
Many ELLs come from a background of violence, poverty and warfare. These traumatic experiences affect the way they learn and the way they function in the school environment.Participants will learn to identify the way that adverse childhood experiences change student learning and behavior as well as ways to maximize student potential.

Speakers
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Dr. Johnna Paraiso

Rutherford County Schools Murfreesboro TN
Dr. Johnna Paraiso is the instructional technology/SIFE facilitator at Rutherford Schools. She is also an adjunct professor at Trevecca Nazarene University and Tennessee State University



Friday September 21, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Franklin

4:00pm

Developing norms for scientific sensemaking with resettled refugees
This session involves a presentation about a yearlong after-school program that engaged resettled refugee youth in scientific sensemaking. We make the argument that consistent, longterm scaffolding is needed to engage youth in rich dialogue about science. All session participants will engage in discussion about potential implications.

Speakers
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Shannon Daniel

Vanderbilt University's Peabody College, Nashville, TN
Shannon M. Daniel is a senior lecturer at Vanderbilt University, Peabody College. She researches how multilingual youth mediate one another’s learning in and out of school and how educators responsively refine their instruction to support culturally and linguistically diverse l... Read More →


Friday September 21, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Morgan

4:00pm

Dual Language Immersion: Why State Policy Matters.
State policy plays a key role in the emergence of dual language immersion in the U.S. State policymakers can either support or hinder implementation. This presentation explores the impact of state support for dual language education, highlights existing challenges to its implementation, and examines steps taken to meet these challenges.

Speakers
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Matthias Maunsell

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Matthias Maunsell is a PhD student in Educational Studies in Diverse Populations at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has over 20 years experience in English language teaching, management, testing and assessment, and program development in Europe, Latin America, & the Middle... Read More →



Friday September 21, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Arabian

4:00pm

Exhibitors
Exhibitors
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Bridgeview Education

Owner, Bridgeview Education
Chris Opstad
avatar for Benchmark Education

Benchmark Education

TN Educational Sales Consultant, Benchmark Education
My name is Lisa Bogle and I am the TN Educational Consultant with Benchmark Education. With 34 years experience, I recently retired from Rutherford County Schools as the Elementary Coordinator of Curriculum and Instruction. I am excited to begin my second career working with Benchmark... Read More →
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ELLevation

ELLevation
Pam Drescher
avatar for Jaci's Jewels

Jaci's Jewels

Lisa White
avatar for Imagine Learning

Imagine Learning

Imagine Learning
Yvonne Parrish
avatar for Maggie Steingraeber

Maggie Steingraeber

Outreach Manager, U.S. Department of State English Language Programs


Friday September 21, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Highland & Hallways

6:00pm

Give Light: an evening of music and friendship
This is a pre-paid ticketed event.
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Friday September 21, 2018 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Columbia State Community College - Franklin 1228 Liberty Pike Franklin, TN 37067
 
Saturday, September 22
 

7:00am

Breakfast at the Marriott
Saturday September 22, 2018 7:00am - 8:00am
Salons 6-10

7:00am

CHECK-IN & ON-SITE REGISTRATION

Saturday September 22, 2018 7:00am - 9:00am
Registration Desk

8:00am

Tapping into Adult English Language Learners’ Funds of Knowledge
Connecting students’ funds of knowledge to the current content is vital in order to improve student academic achievement. This presentation intends to engage participants in hands-on activities that validate students’ lived experiences, create a culturally responsive learning environment, and strengthen relationships in the Adult ESL classrooms.

Speakers
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Anna Sanczyk

Graduate Assistant/ Doctoral Student, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Anna Sanczyk has taught English as a Second Language for over 10 years in Poland, Norway, and the U.S. She was also a Program Coordinator in the Refugee Education Department at Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, NC. Currently, she is a Ph.D. student and works at the University... Read More →


Saturday September 22, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Franklin

8:00am

Utilizing Technology to Manage ELL Programs: Spend Less Time on Compliance, and More Time on Instruction
Utilize technology to manage your ELL student data and reporting while streamlining heavy administrative processes. Save time spent on managing compliance needs and searching for student data which frees up precious time for instruction. Lighten the burden by unifying disparate ELL data sources, capturing key ELL decisions, monitoring pre-and post-exit progress, and sharing information with stakeholders.

Speakers
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ELLevation

ELLevation
Pam Drescher


Saturday September 22, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Arabian

8:00am

Illegal or Undocumented: Immigrant Terminology in American Media
This session will present the results of an extensive analysis of the terms illegal alien, illegal immigrant, and undocumented immigrant conducted to determine if these legal synonyms exhibit pragmatic differences in actual practice found in American media. Afterward, participants will be invited to engage in a thoughtful discussion on the topic.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Patricia Davis-Wiley

Dr. Patricia Davis-Wiley

Professor, WL/ESL ED, The University of Tennessee
Dr. Davis-Wiley is a Professor of WL and ESL Education at The University of Tennessee where she works with MS and PhD students in WL and ESL ED and teaches classes in Methods and Research in these two fields. Her research interests include the impact of WL study on academic success... Read More →
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Robin Lee Nelson

Central HS, Knox County Schools
Robin Lee Nelson, MS, ESL ED, UTK, is an ESL teacher at Central HS in Knox County Schools. Her research interests include social justice issues for ELs.



Saturday September 22, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Appaloosa

8:00am

Resettled Refugees' Strengths and Responsive Instruction
Based on an ethnographic study, this presentation will review how resettled refugees leverage their strengths to make sense of schoolwork. Drawing upon third space theories, the author will share findings and implications for educators. All participants can engage in collaborative discussions to think about implications specific to their work.

If you can't attend the TNTESOL conference this year, check out this page for a selection of sessions on a variety of topics essential to ESL, Friday, September 21 (8:00 - 5:00) and Saturday, September 22 (8:00 - 11:00).

Speakers
SD

Shannon Daniel

Vanderbilt University's Peabody College, Nashville, TN
Shannon M. Daniel is a senior lecturer at Vanderbilt University, Peabody College. She researches how multilingual youth mediate one another’s learning in and out of school and how educators responsively refine their instruction to support culturally and linguistically diverse l... Read More →


Saturday September 22, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Morgan

8:00am

Exhibitors
Exhibitors
BE

Bridgeview Education

Owner, Bridgeview Education
Chris Opstad
avatar for Benchmark Education

Benchmark Education

TN Educational Sales Consultant, Benchmark Education
My name is Lisa Bogle and I am the TN Educational Consultant with Benchmark Education. With 34 years experience, I recently retired from Rutherford County Schools as the Elementary Coordinator of Curriculum and Instruction. I am excited to begin my second career working with Benchmark... Read More →
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ELLevation

ELLevation
Pam Drescher
avatar for Jaci's Jewels

Jaci's Jewels

Lisa White
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Imagine Learning

Imagine Learning
Yvonne Parrish
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Maggie Steingraeber

Outreach Manager, U.S. Department of State English Language Programs


Saturday September 22, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Highland & Hallways

8:00am

Turning Long Term Language Learners Into ESL Graduates
Speakers
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Christine Tennyson, EdD

Rutherford County Schools
Christine Tennyson currently serves as president in the organization. She earned a BA in from Hope College in Holland, MI, a MAEd from Austin Peay, and an EdD from Trevecca. She has worked in ESL in Rutherford County for over 20 years. In addition, she teaches ESOL licensure classes... Read More →
avatar for Meghan Vigil

Meghan Vigil

ESL Teacher, Smyrna Middle School, Smyrna, TN
With a M.Ed in English Language Learning, Meghan Vigil has taught ESL at Smyrna Middle School in Rutherford County for 6 years.



Saturday September 22, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Williamson

9:00am

*Hot Seat!* with TDOE and ESL Regional Advisers
Got a burning question? Need some advice? Want to hear how others are handling things? Take part in this lively discussion with our friends from TDOE and several of the ESL Regional Advisers from across Tennessee. One rule: Be nice! 

Speakers
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Debra Frantz

ESL Director, Shelby County Schools
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Jan Lanier

ESL Coordinator, Title III Consultant, TDOE
Jan has worked with English Learners from 1979 to the present time. She currently serves as the ESL Services Coordinator for the Tennessee Department of Education. Previously she worked with Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools both in the ESL office and in the classroom. She also... Read More →
JR

Joann Runion

Coordinator of Culturally Inclusive Practices, TDOE
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Sarah Ziegler

Macon County Schools


Saturday September 22, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Arabian

9:00am

Beyond the Classroom: Not Your Mother’s Teacher Preparation Program
The participants will share two programs created to combat the summer slide. Panelists will share their perspectives on the reason for the creation of the programs, the logistics. the impact on the teacher candidates’ practice, the impact on the faculty members’ practice, and the results for the children who participated in Power Lunches.

Speakers
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Sharon Hixon

Dalton State College, Dalton State College
Sharon Hixon is Dean, School of Education. She previously taught ESOL and literacy methods courses. She previously taught in private and public school elementary classrooms.
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Jacquelyn Mesco

Dalton State College School of Ed


Saturday September 22, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Saddlebred

9:00am

Making Data Relevant to the ESL Student
In our teaching, we are required to collect and use data to better reach our student's specific needs with targeted instruction. Often our districts and schools mandate what this data collection should look like and it can be difficult to make that data relevant to the student. This session's goal seeks to do just that.

If you can't attend the TNTESOL conference this year, check out this page for a selection of sessions on a variety of topics essential to ESL, Friday, September 21 (8:00 - 5:00) and Saturday, September 22 (8:00 - 11:00).

Speakers
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Stacy McGoldrick

Shelby County ESL-Kate Bond ES
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April Perdomo

Kate Bond Elementary, Memphis, TN
Both April Perdomo and Stacy McGoldrick teach 1st Grade ESL at Kate Bond Elementary. Perdomo has taught for a total of 8 years and McGoldrick a total of 19 years. Both are passionate about the English Language Learner and have collaborated together the past several years to build... Read More →



Saturday September 22, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Appaloosa

9:00am

Preparing Teachers for Advocacy & Social Justice
In this session, the presenter shares strategies and "best practices" for preparing pre-service teachers to become effective advocates for ELs. The presenter will engage participants in dialogue focused on the importance of advocacy and discuss the challenges and successes of incorporating a social justice approach to ESL teacher prep.

Speakers
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Kisha Bryan

Tennessee State University Nashville, TN
Kisha C. Bryan, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Tennessee State University. She is an advocate for ELs and other linguistically diverse populations. Her research focuses on identity construction among Black and immigrant adolescents, language... Read More →


Saturday September 22, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Williamson

9:00am

Exhibitors
Exhibitors
BE

Bridgeview Education

Owner, Bridgeview Education
Chris Opstad
avatar for Benchmark Education

Benchmark Education

TN Educational Sales Consultant, Benchmark Education
My name is Lisa Bogle and I am the TN Educational Consultant with Benchmark Education. With 34 years experience, I recently retired from Rutherford County Schools as the Elementary Coordinator of Curriculum and Instruction. I am excited to begin my second career working with Benchmark... Read More →
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ELLevation

ELLevation
Pam Drescher
avatar for Jaci's Jewels

Jaci's Jewels

Lisa White
avatar for Imagine Learning

Imagine Learning

Imagine Learning
Yvonne Parrish
avatar for Maggie Steingraeber

Maggie Steingraeber

Outreach Manager, U.S. Department of State English Language Programs


Saturday September 22, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Highland & Hallways

9:00am

Get Teachers Hooked on the Reading Habit: Read-Alouds Do Work
Students can think and discuss far above the level at which they can read. Selecting books that are both complex in ideas and language help build metacognitive skills. Participants will use interactive Read-Alouds that support the development of language and literacy by planning intentional teaching opportunities for the read-aloud.

Speakers
avatar for Shauna Williams

Shauna Williams

National Literacy Consultant, Benchmark Education Company
I am passionate about technology and how I am constantly challenged to keep up with all of the changes. I'm always learning!



Saturday September 22, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Morgan

9:00am

Best Vocabulary Teaching Practices: Research Findings and the Real World
Vocabulary knowledge is crucial for all learners, but lack of vocabulary knowledge is especially important to ESL learners. While everyone pretty much agrees that vocabulary is important, very few programs do anything to address vocabulary on a consistent basis.  
This workshop will address key issues in teaching vocabulary such as: identifying words that students are not likely to know, explaining new vocabulary, and practicing new vocabulary. Teachers will leave with a new appreciation for the lexical plight that our learners face and take away specific classroom activities to help students with learning vocabulary.


Speakers
avatar for Keith Folse

Keith Folse

Professor, TESOL University of Central Florida, University of Central Florida
Dr. Folse is currently professor of TESOL at the University of Central Florida. For almost 40 years, he has taught English in the US (Mississippi, Alabama, Oregon, and Florida) as well as internationally (Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Kuwait, and Japan). He is both a researcher and an author... Read More →



Saturday September 22, 2018 9:00am - 10:45am
Salon 6

9:00am

Shining a Light on Linguistic Diversity in the ESL Classroom
A workshop on language change and linguistic diversity that empowers teachers to address nonstandard dialects in the K-12 classroom to ensure all speakers feel valued in academic spaces. Participants will engage with real data to practice leading discussions on dialect appropriate for classrooms with native and non-native speakers.

Speakers
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Trini Stickle

Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY
Trini Stickle is an Assistant Professor of English at Western Kentucky University. She has published on the pedagogical value of using dialect data, specifically the use of the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE), and has chapters in two forthcoming edited collections on... Read More →
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Alison Youngblood

Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY
Alison Youngblood is an Assistant Professor of TESOL at Western Kentucky University. She has been an ESL teacher educator for 6 years and previously taught ESL in the U.S., Japan, and South Korea for 10 years.



Saturday September 22, 2018 9:00am - 10:45am
Franklin

10:00am

Exhibitors
Exhibitors
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Bridgeview Education

Owner, Bridgeview Education
Chris Opstad
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Benchmark Education

TN Educational Sales Consultant, Benchmark Education
My name is Lisa Bogle and I am the TN Educational Consultant with Benchmark Education. With 34 years experience, I recently retired from Rutherford County Schools as the Elementary Coordinator of Curriculum and Instruction. I am excited to begin my second career working with Benchmark... Read More →
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ELLevation

ELLevation
Pam Drescher
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Jaci's Jewels

Lisa White
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Imagine Learning

Imagine Learning
Yvonne Parrish
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Maggie Steingraeber

Outreach Manager, U.S. Department of State English Language Programs


Saturday September 22, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Highland & Hallways

11:00am

Awards & Recognitions
Saturday September 22, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Salon 6