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Please join us for our
2015 SPRING CONFERENCE
Building Bridges for Language Learners


May 27 (Wednesday) & 28 (Thursday)
Hyatt Regency Hotel, New Brunswick

Diane Staehr FennerWednesday's Keynote Speaker: Dr. Diane Staehr Fenner

Dr. Staehr Fenner is president of DSF Consulting, LLC, that supports English learner (EL) achievement through professional development, research, and curriculum design. She earned her Ph.D. in Multilingual/Multicultural Education from George Mason University with an emphasis in Literacy. Her instructional background in K-12 includes ten years teaching and assessing ELs in Fairfax County Public Schools (Virginia) as well as teaching English as a Foreign Language as part of a Fulbright Scholarship.

Dr. Staehr Fenner is the author of Advocating for English Learners: A Guide for Educators (Corwin, 2014). She writes a popular weekly blog for Colorín Colorado and is the lead author of Preparing Effective Teachers of English Language Learners: Practical Applications for the TESOL P-12 Professional Teaching Standards (TESOL International Association, 2012).

Kate KinsellaThursday's Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kate Kinsella

Kate Kinsella, Ed.D., is an adjunct faculty member at the College of Education at San Francisco State University and a national consultant to school districts and state departments to increase achievement of Grade K-12 English learners and less proficient readers. Her career includes extensive experience teaching high school English learners and bilingual first-generation college students.

Dr. Kinsella is co-author of Scholastic's READ 180 intensive intervention program for 4th-12th graders that includes an the English language development companion, the LBook. She led the development of the Longman Study Dictionary (2007) for secondary English learners and the new Longman Elementary Dictionary and Thesaurus (2010) for mixed-ability elementary classrooms. A former Fulbright lecturer in teaching English as a Second Language, Dr. Kinsella has received numerous awards for her statewide contributions to improving the education of immigrant youth.

Featured Speakers: Dr. Erin Haynes, John Segota, and Sean Hadley
President's Award Reception - Please join us for light refreshments as we honor our scholarship award winners at the President's Award Reception on Wednesday, May 27 at 6:00pm at the Hyatt. For your convenience, you may sign up and pay the $20 donation online.

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 Sandee McBride at smcbride@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. 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.

Parking:

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

  • Reserve a hotel room for 2015 online: TBA
  • Reserve a room by phone: 800-233-1234

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