By ALEJANDRA PULIDO
—Calling all TESOL teachers from California and Nevada! Our fall annual conference is nine months away, but in a moment it will be around the corner! Now is the time to begin planning for our yearly trip and prepare to head to Santa Clara to join friends and colleagues from the Gold and Silver States at the CATESOL 2017 Annual Conference. The conference is set to take place October 19-22 at the Hyatt Regency and Santa Clara Convention Center complex in the heart of the techie town of Silicon Valley. Befittingly so, the theme of this conference is “The World Is the Classroom: 21st Century Teaching and Learning.”
We are excited to announce the names of the colleagues who will contribute to our provocative plenary sessions and stimulating Sunday workshops. It is an honor to welcome Dr. Francisco Jiménez to share his insight and experience with the professionals in our field for the Saturday plenary session. An author and educator, Francisco Jiménez emigrated with his family from Tlaquepaque, Mexico, to California and as a child worked alongside his parents in the fields of California. He received his BA from Santa Clara University and a MA and PhD in Latin American literature from Columbia University under a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. He has served on various professional boards and commissions, including the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (10 years, two as chair), California Council for the Humanities, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities (WASC), Santa Clara University Board of Trustees, and the Far West Lab for Educational Research and Development.
Dr. Jiménez’s autobiographical books The Circuit: Stories From the Life of a Migrant Child (Cajas de cartón, Spanish edition), Breaking Through (Senderos fronterizos, Spanish edition), Reaching Out (Más allá de mí, Spanish edition), La Mariposa, and The Christmas Gift/El regalo de Navidad have won several national literary awards, including The California Library Association’s 10th annual John and Patricia Beatty Award, the Américas Book Award, the Pura Belpré Honor Book Award, the Tomás Rivera Book Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, Reading the World Award, and the Carter C. Woodson National Book Award. His books have been published in Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Italian, and Spanish. In addition, he has published and edited several books on Mexican and Mexican American literature, and his stories have been reprinted in more than 100 textbooks and anthologies of literature. His latest work is Taking Hold: From Migrant Childhood to Columbia University, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
He was selected U.S. Professor of the Year by CASE and Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2002, and he is the recipient of University of California, Santa Barbara’s Luis Leal Award for Distinguished Chicano/Latino Literature and the John Steinbeck Award.¹ He holds honorary degrees from De Anza College and the University of San Francisco. In 2015 a new school in Santa Maria, California, was named in his late brother’s and his honor: The Roberto and Dr. Francisco Jiménez Elementary School. He is now professor emeritus in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Santa Clara University.
After a couple of days full of learning and catching up with friends, our presenters will also have you sprinting to the nearest coffee shop and getting ready to participate in one of the relevant workshops offered on Sunday, the day we close up shop! Take advantage of this opportunity to incorporate technology into your classroom right away and join Susan Gaer and Blair Roy for their workshop, “Developing Virtual Reality Lessons Using 360° Photos.” Susan Gaer is a professor at Santa Ana College School of Continuing Education, which is one of the biggest noncredit programs in the state of California since 1994. She is an advocate for the integration of technology and a frequent presenter at conferences. She is a series consultant for Project Success, Pearson LTD, and has written many articles on technology integration. She is an OTAN trainer, certified Google Innovator, Remind Certified Educator, and Kahoot and Quizlet ambassador. She has taught levels of ESL from literacy to advanced.
Blair Roy has worked for the Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (OTAN) since 2010 as a project specialist for educational technology. Before moving to OTAN she taught at Garden Grove Adult Education in high school subjects and ESL. Blair’s excitement for integrating technology into the curriculum developed into a passion and a pursuit of the best ways to share new technologies with her students as they worked toward their academic, employment, and civics goals. In her role at OTAN, Blair continues to explore promising practices with new technologies. She champions online/blended learning by administering and teaching California adult education providers how to use a learning-management system with their learners. Additionally, Blair trains colleagues to share their promising practices through online presentations. She also produces videos highlighting the successes of adult education learners. She enjoys encouraging teachers as they discover new ways to integrate technology into their curriculum through online and face-to-face workshops in California and conference presentations both statewide and nationally.
The CATESOL 2017 Annual Conference, Santa Clara committee is continually adding new presenters and activities through which our Californian and Nevadan pedagogues can learn, rejuvenate, and renew. And remember, encourage new teachers to become part of an organization that strives to create a supportive environment where new and experienced teachers can come together!
Don’t forget to check in with Facebook and Twitter for hot-off-the-presses updates as well as your CATESOL Update emails! We look forward to seeing new and familiar faces.
Alejandra Pulido is the liaison to the CATESOL News and Update for the CATESOL 2017 Annual Conference Santa Clara.
¹“The John Steinbeck Award is given to writers, artists, thinkers, and activists whose work captures Steinbeck’s empathy, commitment to democratic values, and belief in the dignity of people who by circumstance are pushed to the fringes.” Past recipients include musician Bruce Springsteen, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, filmmaker Ken Burns, playwright Arthur Miller, and United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores Huerta.)