Dr. Tamara O. Alsace
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
3 & 4, 2017
Hilton Long Island/Huntington, Melville, NY
Proposal Deadline: May 30th, 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:
Submit proposals at http://ac17.nystesol.org/ac-17-prop.html
For more information, please contact:
Ching Ching Lin/Conference Chairperson: firstname.lastname@example.org
Teale LaBarbera and Karen Gregory/Proposal Co-Chairs: email@example.com
Hilton Long Island/Huntington, 598 NY-110, Melville, NY 11747
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!