“The World Is the Classroom: 21st Century Teaching and Learning”

Sep 12th, 2017 | By | Category: Annual, Conferences, Lead Story
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Alejandra Pulido


—The CATESOL Annual Conference, Santa Clara, is less than two months away and the Annual Conference Committee keeps the magic coming with new events, speakers, and socials!

A limited number of hotel accommodations are still available at the conference site. The Hyatt Regency Santa Clara venue has three restaurants and bars; it’s walking distance to Levi’s Stadium, California’s Great America, and other attractions; guests can enjoy the outdoor heated pool, whirlpool, and cabanas; conference attendees have access to jogging paths and a 24-hour gym; and last, modern guest rooms feature premium amenities to come home to after a busy and productive conference day. The city of Santa Clara provides an opportunity for professional development, along with taking time for yourself or bringing the family to enjoy the beautiful sights and attractions that northern California has to offer. If you have not registered, preregistration rates are still available but will end on October 4. Register today!annual conference logo

We have worked on classic conference staples and are eagerly looking forward to new ones. The conference is ushering in this new era in education with a new Friday and Saturday K-12 strand, featuring 10 concurrent sessions to give every attendee an opportunity to attend a presentation, two plenary speakers on Saturday, the Saturday Night Sizzle, awards, diverse exhibits, the president’s opening reception, an ice cream social, a graduate student mixer, networking dinners, the CATESOL Education Foundation Event, rap sessions, the Town Hall meeting, and Sunday Workshops. With so many options, both experienced and new conference attendees should come to the Newcomers’ Sessions to learn about each of the featured events.

Are you interested in getting to know more of your colleagues in your level and professional academic concerns and find out what they are doing throughout the state? This is the first year that Educational Level Workshops and Interest Group Sessions will be held separately instead of concurrently on Saturday! CATESOL represents six levels and eight interest groups (IGs) to encourage teachers and administrators to communicate regularly within their field and to exchange ideas and dialogue (see “Pronunciation Operator on Duty” in this issue for details on the TOP-IG sessions at the conference.) Recently, CATESOL added a new interest group, the Materials Writers Interest Group, a forum for ESL instructors and administrators who are interested in discussing the creation of print or online support materials and texts for ESL classes.  Participants can share ideas for writing projects and post writing opportunities, as well as network and find others with whom to collaborate. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet a mentor, mentor a new teacher or graduate student, and to enrich your own teachings and curriculum. The level and interest group representatives on the Board of Directors will be present and ready to work with you and answer questions. It’s a great opportunity to get better connected.

We Need Volunteers for the Conference in October!

We have never been able to get through a conference of this size without volunteers. We need volunteers for the CATESOL conference and we would appreciate it if you give your time and your energy to four hours of the conference, and CATESOL members receive a $25 rebate. And you’ll make friends and colleagues for life! Sign up here, or email helpcatesol2017@gmail.com for more information.

—Stefan Frazier

CATESOL Thanks Our 2017 Annual Conference Sponsors

Last, we want to thank all of our current sponsors for their generosity—Oxford University Press, Alliant International University Press, Notre Dame de Namur University, National Geographic, Burlington English, the CATESOL Education Foundation, and a special thanks to Pearson for sponsoring our conference bags.

—Gail Simons

Every CATESOL Annual Conference reconfirms the strength and knowledge of our membership and our field, and this #CATESOL17 shows that it won’t be any different. Look for the #CATESOL17 hashtag and tag us on all your conference pictures. Look for our booth and signs that will guide you to our online platforms.

We look forward to seeing all of you there!

Alejandra Pulido is the liaison to the CATESOL News and Update for the CATESOL 2017 Annual Conference, Santa Clara.

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Friday Night Lite at the Conference in Santa Clara

Join us for drinks, dessert, and networking fun to promote our first-ever Spelling Bee! The creators of Broadway’s The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee are coming to CATESOL 2018 in Anaheim. Put your spelling skills to the test now. Sign up to compete next year and get a special sign-up bonus. Plus enter for a chance to win four Disneyland Resort admissions and a one-night stay at the beautiful Anaheim Hilton. This prize is up for grabs Friday night only! You need to be present to win, 9-10:30 p.m. in the Hyatt Magnolia room off the lobby.

Saturday Night Sizzle at the Conference in Santa Clara

Get ready for a swinging good time at the Saturday Night Sizzle. Get dolled up in your best 1920s attire. Bring your dancing shoes and check your inhibitions at the door. Cast your raffle tickets for prizes at the CATESOL Education Foundation’s annual silent auction, including a two-night stay at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, tickets to the San Francisco Ballet, free registration for the EdTech Team Summit, great dining, museum admissions, and more.

—Margaret Teske



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