Please join us for our

Leadership & Partnership for Language Acquisition

June 1, 2, & 3 (Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday)
Hyatt Regency Hotel, New Brunswick

New Schedule for 2016! The workshops will last all afternoon, so plan to stay for an evening with friends on Wednesday or Friday or the Awards Reception on Thursday.

Registration is now closed! We look forward to seeing you in New Brunswick.

Update! 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

President's Award Reception, Thursday - Please join us for light refreshments as we honor our scholarship award winners at the President's Award Reception on June 2 at 6:00pm at the Hyatt. For your convenience, you may sign up and pay the $20 donation online.
Wednesday Evening - Stay for the whole day and top it off by dining, networking, and relaxing with friends and colleagues at the Hyatt or at one of the many good restaurants within a block or two of the hotel. (Note - The wine and cheese social has been cancelled.)

Keynote Speakers

Dr Debbie ZacarianWednesday - Dr. Debbie Zacarian is known nationally for her work in advancing student achievement. Her accessible explanations of the most current research into practical instructional, school-climate, and parent engagement strategies as well as strength-based teacher evaluation systems are widely practiced. Dr. Zacarian consults with state agencies, school districts, and colleges throughout the United States, has led and provided professional development for thousands of educators, and is the author of more than 100 articles, chapters, books, teacher training and coaching manuals, strategic plans, and policies.

Dr. Michael W. SmithThursday - Dr. Michael W. Smith, Professor, College of Education Temple University, joined the ranks of college teachers after eleven years of teaching high school English. He has won awards for his teaching at both the high school and college levels. His research focuses on how experienced readers read and talk about texts, as well as what motivates adolescents' reading and writing both in and out of school. He has written eight books and monographs, including "Reading Don't Fix No Chevys": Literacy in the Lives of Young Men, for which he and his co-author received the 2003 David H. Russell Award for Distinguished Research in the Teaching of English. His writing has appeared in such journals as Communication Education, English Journal, Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, Journal of Educational Research, Journal of Literacy Research, and Research in the Teaching of English.

Dr. Eli HinkelFriday - Dr. Eli Hinkel has taught ESL and applied linguistics, as well as trained teachers, for over thirty years and has published numerous books and articles on learning second culture, and second language grammar, writing, and pragmatics in such journals as TESOL Quarterly, Applied Linguistics, Journal of Pragmatics, and Applied Language Learning. She is also the editor of the Routledge ESL & Applied Linguistics Professional Series of books and textbooks for teachers and graduate 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 JoAnne Negrin at jnegrin@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 until 3:30 PM on Thursday and Friday. Earn 1 hour of professional development when visiting the Exhibitors.
  • Raffles will be held at various times throughout each day in the Exhibit Area. (You will not have to be present to win, but you must return prior to closing to collect your prize.)

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