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Friday, September 21

9:00am CDT

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.

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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 CDT

12:00pm CDT

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.


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 CDT
  Practice Oriented

1:00pm CDT

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.

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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.

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 CDT

2:00pm CDT

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.


Sarah Bice

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

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 CDT
  Practice Oriented

3:00pm CDT

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.

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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 CDT

4:00pm CDT

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.


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 CDT
  Research Oriented
Saturday, September 22

8:00am CDT

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.

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Pam Drescher

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

9:00am CDT

*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! 

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Debra Frantz

ESL Director, Shelby County Schools
ESL Director for the absolute BEST group of ESL teachers on the planet! Dedicated; driven; seeking to engage teachers in self-development which will result in the overall academic advancement of our English Learners!

Janette 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 →

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 CDT

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