CATESOL 2017 Highlights:
Speaker Lineup, K-12 Strand

May 17th, 2017 | By | Category: Annual Conference
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—The Annual Conference planning is under way in Santa Clara and we have secured a group of wonderful speakers to contribute to the discussion, “The World Is the Classroom: 21st Century Teaching and Learning.” Additionally, one of the new and exciting additions to the conference is Friday and Saturday’s K-12 strand, which aims to create a dialogue between the schools that are feeding into our community colleges and universities. All K-12 teachers in Nevada, California, other states, members, and nonmembers are invited to submit proposals that revolved around, but are not limited to: SB 48—culturally responsive teaching; designated and integrated instruction; technology for elementary and/or secondary English learners; STEM for English learners; authentic discourse; thematic units, and pathways. If you have any questions, contact Kristi Ward ( Also see A Call for Proposals: Seeking Submissions for Special K-12 Strand in this issue.

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Claire Bradin Sisken

Our Thursday plenary speaker, Claire Bradin Sisken, will give us insight into how computer-assisted language learning (CALL) will serve the 21st-century classroom. She is an enthusiastic practitioner of CALL and a former member of the Board of Directors of TESOL and has served as chair of the CALL Interest Section of TESOL and the Executive Board of the Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO). She directed the English as a Second Language Writing Online Workshop (ESL-WOW) project. She has given presentations and conducted workshops in 20 countries. Her principal interests are faculty development, research in CALL, and mobile-assisted language learning. See for more information.

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Kathi Bailey

Dr. Kathi Bailey will be our guest plenary speaker on Saturday. She is a professor of Applied Linguistics in the TESOL-TFL Program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey (MIIS), as well as a professor in the Anaheim University TESOL MA and EdD degree programs. She completed her MA and her doctorate at UCLA and has taught at MIIS ever since, with brief visiting professor positions at Georgetown University, Iowa State University, Michigan State University, Northern Arizona University, San Francisco State University, the School for International Training, St. Michael’s College, the University of New South Wales, Macquarie University, University of Hawaii, and UCLA. In 1996-1997 she spent a sabbatical year teaching EFL at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Dr. Bailey has been involved in teacher-training programs in Argentina, Czechoslovakia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Singapore, and Trinidad & Tobago. She has also given conference presentations in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, England, France, Greece, Guatemala, Ireland, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, the UAE, and Uruguay.

Dr. Bailey’s research interests include language-teacher education, development, and supervision, language assessment, and classroom research. She is a former president of TESOL, the president of TIRF–The International Research Foundation for English Language Education, and the past president of AAAL—the American Association for Applied Linguistics.

And while we look forward to hearing from these leaders in our fields, we look forward to seeing the proposals that all of you are planning to submit before or on July 23, 2017. Click here for more information. Also see the lead story in this issue from our president: Now Is the Time: Calling Everyone With Something to Share.

The CATESOL 2017 Annual Conference, Santa Clara committee is continually adding new presenters and activities for our Californian and Nevadan pedagogues to 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.


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