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Friday, September 21
 

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

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

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/Peer Coach, Shelby County Schools
Ms. Hill teaches at Willow Oaks Elementary and is an elementary Peer Coach



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

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
avatar for Dr. Christine Tennyson

Dr. Christine Tennyson

Title I ESL District Instructional Coach, Rutherford County Schools
Dr. Christine Tennyson is an ESL instructional coach for Title I schools in Murfreesboro, TN in the Rutherford County School District. Previously, she taught middle school ESL for 18 years. She also currently teaches adjunct at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN. She teaches... 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 →
avatar for Todd Thevenot

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
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 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Williamson

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 →
avatar for Maggie Steingraeber

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
avatar for David Broersma

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

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
avatar for Jennifer Long

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.

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Sydney Bassett

Auburn Global at Auburn University
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
 
Saturday, September 22
 

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

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.

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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