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NYS TESOL 47th Annual Conference

Nov 3 & 4, 2017- Hilton Long Island/Huntington Melville, New York

Empathy in Action: Social Pedagogy and Public Advocacy for English Language Learners

   



The Program will be available in September 2017



Dr. Ester J. de Jong

Ester J. de Jong is Professor in ESOL/Bilingual Education, and the Director of the School of Teaching and Learning. She teaches courses in ESOL/bilingual education and in curriculum, methods, and assessment for English speakers of other languages.  Prior to academia, she worked for the K-12 public schools in Massachusetts as the Assistant Director for Bilingual Education and ESL programs. Her research focuses on two-way bilingual education, language-in-education policy, and mainstream teacher preparation for bilingual students.  Her book “Foundations for Multilingualism in Education: From Principles to Practice” (Caslon Publishing, 2011) addresses policies and practices of responding to increasing linguistic diversities in schools. She is currently co-PI for a Center of Excellence in Elementary Teacher Preparation grant.  She is currently the President of TESOL International Association.

 






Osman Canales
Osman Canales is the founder of Long Island Immigrant Student Advocates and volunteers his time as the Organizer working with immigrant youth. Mr. Canales graduated from SUNY Old Westbury with a major in Politics, Economics and Law. In 2012 Mr. Canales received his Associate degree on Liberal Arts from Suffolk Community College. Mr. Canales has become a strong immigrant rights and social justice activist here on Long Island. He came from El Salvador when he was 10 years old and his experience as an immigrant motivated him to advocate for immigrant rights and immigrant students. The Long Island Immigrant Student Advocates-LIISA is a non- for profit organization committed towards equality and the right to a higher education for all students. Their purpose is to educate and empower and engage youth, educators and the community to take action and create a stronger, more diverse leadership movement on Long Island.




Dr. Tamara O. Alsace
NYSABE President
Dr. Alsace, a retired educator from the Buffalo, New York Public Schools, began her career as a bilingual elementary teacher. After receiving her Master’s Degree in Bilingual Special Education, she taught ELL/bilingual learners with disabilities. Tamara was also Program Coordinator at Bilingual Early Childhood Center #36; Bilingual Professional Development Specialist for the Special Education Training and Resource Center; and Director of Multilingual Education. As Director, she oversaw the Bilingual, ESOL, and World Languages programs and the Language Assessment Center. She led many initiatives benefitting ELL/bilingual learners and all students, including the expansion of dual language programs and piloting the New York State Seal of Biliteracy.

An active community member, Dr. Alsace has served on several non-profit boards, including AIDS Family Services, Benedict House, and Buffalo State College’s Community Academic Center. She currently serves on the board of Explore and More Children’s Museum, as board Vice-Chairperson for the National Federation for Just Communities, and as Secretary of the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York, Inc. She is a member of the Hispanic Women’s League and NYS TESOL.

Tamara, currently president of the New York State Association for Bilingual Education, views bilingual education as more than a career, but as a calling; more than just a service for students, but as an opportunity and a right; and biliteracy as more than just an aspirational goal, but as a critical skill for success beyond college and for full participation in the global society.

Dr. Alsace, a native Buffalonian, is the proud mother of two children (now adults), and the proud daughter of Dominican parents. As the descendant of grandparents born in Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and Martinique - who all connected in Santo Domingo, she is dedicated to preserving and celebrating the aspects of culture that unite us, while recognizing the unique qualities that define us.

Dr. Shondel Nero

Understanding your students' world: Building empathy in teacher education through study abroad

Dr. Shondel Nero is Associate Professor and Director of the Program in Multilingual Multicultural Studies at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Her research examines the politics, challenges, and strategies of educating students who speak Caribbean Creole Englishes in the US and the Caribbean; World Englishes; and nonstandard varieties of English. Dr. Nero’s research has appeared in TESOL Quarterly, World Englishes, Language Policy, and other prominent peer reviewed journals as well as in three books, including, most recently, Vernaculars in the Classroom: Paradoxes, Pedagogy, Possibilities (co-authored with Dohra Ahmad). She is the inaugural recipient of the James E. Alatis Prize (2016) for an outstanding article on language education policy based on her research as a Fulbright scholar in Jamaica. Dr. Nero also directs a study-abroad program in the Dominican Republic as a means of developing teachers' linguistic and intercultural competence.

Call for Proposals: NYS TESOL 47th Annual Conference
Empathy in Action: Social Pedagogy and Public Advocacy for English Language Learners
Please submit a proposal to the NYS TESOL 47th Annual Conference
November 3 & 4, 2017
Hilton Long Island/Huntington, Melville, NY
Proposal Deadline extended to June 28, 2017!!

Notification of acceptance will be sent by August 15, 2017.

The NYS TESOL 47th Annual Conference invites you to join us, along with the TESOL community across New York State, to rethink the role of English language teaching and learning as part of an ongoing cycle of inquiry, reflection, and action. Join us in the quest for a new paradigm of public advocacy that will allow us to create strong inroads towards open dialogue and crack open new possibilities for social changes.

Please consider presenting and sharing discussing ideas related to the conference theme within the following categories:

•    Adult Education
•    Applied Linguistics
•    Bilingual Education
•    Elementary Education
•    Higher Education
•    Secondary Education
•    Special Education
•    Teacher Education
•    Teaching English Internationally

Submit proposals at http://ac17.nystesol.org/ac-17-prop.html

Session Types

•    35 minute paper presentation 70 minute workshop Poster presentation Virtual Presentation

•    Panel 20 Minute Teaching Tip

•    Paper Presentation: tells about something you are doing in relation to theory and/or practice. Often, this type of information is presented using audio-visual aids and is accompanied by handouts. Papers are generally not read, but spoken from notes. (35 minutes)

•    Workshop/Demonstration: provides participants with "hands on" experience in developing methods and materials, analyzing research data, or solving a specific research/teaching problem. In a workshop, there is very little lecturing by the leader(s); rather, the emphasis is on the participants doing something. A demonstration describes or shows how to do something, e.g., a technique for teaching or testing language which affects development of one or all of the four skills. (70 minutes)

•    Panel: explores a specific issue from the different points of view expressed by the participants. (70 minutes)

•    Poster session: features successful lesson plans, projects and research studies. Presenters stay near posters during scheduled session times to discuss their work and answer any questions.

•    Virtual Presentation: a short prerecorded presentation intended to feature successful lessons, projects, reports on work in progress, and/or research studies. Virtual Presentations will be broadcast on the NYS TESOL website during the Annual Conference.

•    20 Minute Teaching Tip: a short format presentation, which allows presenters to share a quick strategy, game, or tool that facilitates instruction in their classroom. Teaching tips should be practical in focus and simple enough to be explained in a 20-minute format.

•    Commercial: NYS TESOL accepts a limited number of Commercial Presentations, those given by publishers or sponsors of publisher's materials. These require purchase of exhibitor space and must be specifically marked as “Commercial”.

For more information, please contact:

Ching Ching Lin/Conference Chairperson: vpconference@nystesol.org
Teale LaBarbera and Karen Gregory/Proposal Co-Chairs: proposals@nystesol.org
 
Conference Location:
Hilton Long Island/Huntington, 598 NY-110, Melville, NY 11747
 
Plan ahead:
Make early hotel reservations by phone at 1-631-845-1000
Online at: http://tinyurl.com/NYSTESOL-AC17-hotel-reserve

Don’t forget to mention the code (TESOL) to receive the special rate: $ 139/night!



 




Conference venue
Hilton Long Island/Huntington Melville, New York
Make early hotel reservations by phone at 1-631-845-1000
Online at: http://tinyurl.com/NYSTESOL-AC17-hotel-reserve


Don’t forget to mention the code (TESOL) to receive the special rate: $ 139/night!
Volunteer at http://www.tinyurl.com/NYS-TESOL-AC17-vol


Conference Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions  (FAQs)

Q: Who can volunteer?

A: Anyone can volunteer. However, you do need to pre-register for the Conference to be a volunteer at the Conference.
While volunteering is open to all, only student volunteers are eligible for registration fee discount. In order to receive discount for the registration fee, you must submit your proof of student status at the time you register for the conference. You must pre-register and volunteer at least one shift during the meeting. Shifts are usually two hours each. Most shifts are in the morning and afternoon, but we do have a few evening shifts available.

Q: What are the duties of volunteers at the NYS TESOL Annual Conference?
You will be trained for your volunteer assignment(s) when you check in at the start of your shifts, so no particular experience or training is required ahead of time.
Volunteers assist NYS TESOL staff with a variety of meeting tasks, including registering attendees, managing registration lines, bagging registration material, checking badges, collecting luncheon/dinner tickets and answering attendee questions. You will be provided with a name tag identifying you as a volunteer at the beginning of your first shift.

Q: When should I expect to receive my volunteer schedule?

You will receive a Google invitation to edit that allows you to sign up shifts via email at least two weeks prior to the conference start date. Shifts are available to sign up at a first-come, first-served basis. So we cannot guarantee you specific shifts when you sign up.

Q: Where should I check in prior to my volunteer shifts?

All volunteers should report to the NYS TESOL registration desk and sign-in with Jessica Cho Hang or Derek Baylor. Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to each shift.
If you are unable to make your scheduled shifts, you must alert Volunteer Coordinators, Jessica Cho Hang or Derek Baylor, as soon as possible.

For any questions or inquires, please contact Volunteer Coordinators, Jessica Cho Hang or Derek Baylor at volunteer_coordinator@nystesol.org

Thanks to everyone who participated in the 2017 NYS TESOL Student Logo Contest and helped make this contest a success! We received many outstanding entries. Our only regret is that there can only be one winner. Every student who entered will receive a Certificate of Participation.

We are pleased to announce that Maxine Leu has been selected as the winner of the 2017 NYS TESOL Student Logo Contest. Her logo design (see below) eloquently and insightfully addresses the conference theme through visual representation and has received the most votes among our panel of judges.


Artist’s Statement

The picture, "Empathy in action", expressed the cooperation of diverse races in painting. The topic based on the artist's past experience in which she used to paint a 23 x 8 foot mural with her young art students back in Taiwan. In the process, she experienced children’s helping each other with pleasure by understanding and learning how to work with others. There are several symbolisms that show every element of interaction with each other. In America, a borderless melting pot, people have totally different backgrounds in language, culture, and experience. However, understanding individuals has never been an obstacle. It's as pure as kids helping each other.

About the artist:

Maxine Leu is an ESL student at the Haggerty English Language Program at SUNY New Paltz. Maxine’s ESL professors at SUNY New Paltz always try different methods to make students feel learning English is fun and relaxing. As a student who worked in the education field with an artistic talent, Maxine thought art could also make every class interesting. She once made 3D puzzles of maps for people to better understand her home country, Taiwan, in her school’s Multicultural Festival. At that time, her interactive posters and props got people's attentions. Maxine has expressed that she would like to use this award for studying 3D printing and makes more playful teaching props in the future.


NYS TESOL 47th Annual Conference
Nov 3 & 4, 2017
Hilton Long Island/Huntington Melville, New York
Call for Sponsors & Exhibitors

Exhibit hours at the Conference

Friday, November 3, 2017 from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 8:00 am – 2:30 pm
Exhibitors must commit to being present on both days of the conference.

Set up Times

Set up can occur on Thursday, November 2, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 5: 00 pm. If you have a conflict and need to make some alternative accommodation, please contact Exhibitor Liaison, Ms. Tilla Alexander, at exhibitorliaison@nystesol.org as soon as possible.

NYS TESOL discourages set up on Friday morning; however, if this is necessary then set up must be completed by 7:30am. . Overnight security will be provided in the conference center for both Thursday and Friday nights.

Payment and Registration Information

Apply online using a charge card at http://tinyurl.com/NYSTESOL-AC17-exhibitor-form

Purchase by August 31st for Early Bird Rate. After August 31st, there will be a $100 increase.

For questions or inquiry, please contact
Exhibitor Liaison, Tilla Alexander, exhibitorliaison@nystesol.org



Sponsorship Opportunities:

Platinum A - $ 2,500.00 Sponsorship (limit of 2 vendors) (valued at $2,655)
Company name and logos projected to big screens prior to Saturday’s breakfast and lunch plenary sessions ($1,000 value)
Full-page advertisement on outside back cover of program ($475 value)
Premium or one-page flyer in the conference bag (if supplied by vendor by deadline) ($220 value)
One vendor presentation session (if submitted by deadline) ($100 value)
Two (maximum) conference registration for educators at lead presenter status who may help with vendor booth or presentations (if names are submitted in advance) ($360 value)
Listing on the program sponsor page
Logo on the conference website with link to company page
Receive end-cap position in vendor hall

Platinum B - $ 2,500.00 Sponsorship (limit of 2 vendors) (valued at $2,715)
The equivalent of two vendor booth spaces ($1,050 value)
Full-page advertisement in program ($360 in value)
Premium or one-page flyer in the conference bag (if supplied by vendor by deadline) ($220 value)
One vendor presentation session (if submitted by deadline) ($100 value)
Two (maximum) conference registration for educators at lead presenter status who may help with vendor booth or presentations (if names are submitted in advance) ($360 value)
Listing on the program sponsor page
Logo on the conference website with link to company page
Receive end-cap position in vendor hall

Gold - $ 1,500.00 Sponsorship (limit of 4 vendors) (valued at $1, 790)
Company name and logos projected to big screens prior to one of the Friday’s breakfast ~OR~ lunch plenary session ($500 value)
Premium or one-page flyer in the conference bag (if supplied by vendor by deadline) ($220 value)
Full page advertisement in program ($360 value)
Two (maximum) conference registration for educators at lead presenter status who may help with vendor booth or presentations (if names are submitted in advance) ($360 value)
Listing on the program sponsor page
Logo on the Conference website with link to company page
Choice of table location within exhibition area (based on availability)

Silver - $ 1,000.00 Sponsorship (limit of 4  vendors) (valued at 1, 270)
Company named as “coffee break” ~OR~  “Regions & SIGs Social Hour” sponsor with credit printed in program and on signs in break areas ($300 value)
Half - page advertisement in program ($270 value)
Premium or one-page flyer in the conference bag (if supplied by vendor by deadline) ($220 value)
One conference registration for an educator as lead presenter status who may help with vendor booth or presentations (if names are submitted in advance) ($180 value)
Listing on the program sponsor page
Logo on the Conference website with link to company page
Choice of table location within exhibition area (based on availability)