Please join us for our

Engage and Empower ELLs for Excellence

May 31, June 1 & 2 (Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday)
Hyatt Regency Hotel, New Brunswick

General interest, bilingual, ESL, and advocacy
will be presented all 3 days

Wednesday & Thursday - workshops for Pre-K through 8
Friday for HS, Higher Ed, Teacher Ed, Adult Ed, & K-12 Administrators

Advocacy Summit
Wednesday, May 31
from 4:00-7:00 PM Please join us at the Hyatt for an informative meeting about advocating for our students and their families and a celebration of our advocacy honorees. Light refreshments will be served.
President's Award Reception
- Please join us for light refreshments as we honor our scholarship award winners at the President's Award Reception on June 1 at 6:00pm at the Hyatt.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. adria F. KleinWednesday - Dr. Adria F. Klein is professor emeritus at California State University, San Bernardino, and is the Director of the Early Intervention Center at Saint Mary's College of California. She has taught courses in language development, literacy and ESL in the graduate program, as well as being a Reading Recovery Trainer of Teacher Leaders. Her workshops focus on the implications of the new standards and expectations for English learners, and include support strategies and monitoring of and coaching for students' language growth. She has written articles on a wide range of subjects such as emergent literacy, oral language development, and technology. Dr. Klein is the author of many professional books and articles, as well as more than 200 books for beginning readers.

Dr. Michael W. SmithThursday - Mark Chapman is the associate director of test development at WIDA. In this position, he has to ensure that the new WIDA assessments are delivered to specification and on time, and are coordinated both within WIDA and with WIDA vendors the Center for Applied Linguistics, MetriTech and the Data Recognition Corporation. Since becoming the associate director, his work has focused on MODEL, Early Years and ACCESS 2.0. In the past, Mr. Chapman was the associate director of assessment in the University of Michigan's English as a Second Language testing program. For more than ten years, he taught English in Japan, and most recently at Hokkaido University. He studied in the U.K. for a bachelor's degree in economics from Coventry University, a master's in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from the University of Birmingham, and is currently working toward a Ph.D. in assessment from the University of Bedfordshire.

Mary CurranFriday - Dr. Mary Elizabeth Curran is Associate Dean of Local-Global Partnerships and Coordinator of Language Education Programs at the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Besides courses in language teacher education, she also teaches classes on second language acquisition, and on the connection between language and culture founded in her previous experience as an ESL and Spanish teacher. For three years, she served as the faculty liaison for Rutgers with the United Nations and worked on the Rutgers United Nations Curriculum Development Project. Currently, she is the director of the award-winning Conversation Tree: Community-Based Language Partnership Program, and for the past eight years has been a STARTALK grant recipient for Chinese language teacher preparation programs. She has written and published articles in scholarly journals: the TESOL Quarterly, Learning Languages, and The Journal of Teacher Education. She is committed to teacher partnerships, both locally and world-wide, and to training teachers to be advocates for their students.

Conference check-in begins at 7:30 AM and ends at 10:00 AM
Please note:
Once you are registered for the conference,
you do not pre-register for the individual workshops

For questions concerning your membership status or conference registration,
please contact Gwen Franks at gfranks@njtesol-njbe.org
For other conference questions email Caia Schlessinger at cschlessinger@njtesol-njbe.org

As a conference participant, you will be able to...

  • See relevant and exciting keynote speakers
  • Select from one hundred workshops and presentations approved for the continuing education requirement
  • Investigate a variety of topics covering theory and application for bilingual/ESL classrooms
  • Obtain the latest information on state and national initiatives
  • Review varied resource and teaching materials exhibited by sixty publishers with the option of earning one hour of professional development
  • Participate in professional meetings and network with colleagues

Publishers' Exhibits:

  • Open from 7:30 AM to approximately 5:00 PM on Wednesday and Thursday and until 4:30 PM on Friday. Earn 1 hour of professional development when visiting the Exhibitors.
  • A raffle will be held at 4 pm each day in the Exhibit Area. You must be present to win!

Professional Development Hours

NJTESOL/NJBE is a New Jersey registered provider. Participants will be able to earn professional development hours each day, depending upon their attendance at the seminars and workshops offered at the conference.


Hotel parking for 400 cars will be available for $7.00 per car for the day. Additional city parking lots are also available a few blocks from the hotel at regular rates. Maps and addresses for all parking will be available soon. Carpooling and public transportation are recommended. New Brunswick is served by NJ Transit buses and trains.

Hyatt Regency Reservations

Hyatt Regency New Brunswick, Two Albany Street, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA 08901 Tel: +1 732 873 1234 Fax: +1 732 873 1382

Click below for the reduced NJTESOL-NJBE hotel rate