33rd Annual MD-TESOL Fall Conference

2013 MD-TESOL Fall Conference: "Creating Pathways for Success"
Saturday, October 26, 2013 - CCBC, Essex Campus - Baltimore Maryland

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Early Bird* ends 10/1/2013

Map of Buildings and Parking / Directions

Conference Sessions Schedule

Schedule Overview (Updated)

7:30 - 8:15 Registration (Lower Lobby) & Breakfast (Cafeteria in E.COMM Bldg.
8:15 - 8:30 Assemble in Cafeteria for the Opening Ceremony and Keynote
8:30 - 10:00 Opening Ceremony and Keynote (Cafeteria)
10:15 - 11:00 Concurrent Sessions I
11:00 - 11:30 Vendors/Exhibitors Time (Upper Lobby)
11:30 - 12:15 Concurrent Sessions II
12:30 - 1:15 Lunch (Cafeteria)
1:15 - 1:45 Interest Section (IS) Sessions & Exhibitors Time (Upper Lobby)
2:00 - 2:45 Concurrent Session III
3:00 - 3:30 Raffle

Main Conference Building: E.COMM

Parking: Parkling Lot 1

This year’s conference theme reflects a variety of changes and transitions affecting our profession and our students. There are new policies affecting immigrants, such as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and other proposed immigration reforms. There are changes in K-12 education policy, such as Maryland’s adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the upcoming PARCC assessments, and tying teacher evaluations to test scores. Whether one sees these shifts as positive, negative, or somewhere in-between, there is always the imperative to make a pathway through and continue learning, growing, adapting, and, somehow--succeeding. Come join us for a day of professional development as we learn together about Creating Pathways for Success for English Language Learners!

Announcing our Keynote Speakers!

Portraits of Collaboration:

Teachers Creating Pathways for Success

Dr. Andrea Honigsfeld Dr. Maria G. Dove
Dr. Andrea Honigsfeld Dr. Maria G. Dove

Teacher collaboration, an effective school-wide practice, can be developed to accommodate the needs of diverse English Language Learners (ELLs) and help all students meet instructional standards and academic goals. This keynote address will explore the types of collaboration among teachers that yield effective instruction to meet ELLs’ academic and language development needs. This collaboratively designed and executed keynote address will offer participants authentic portraits of teacher collaboration that have been highly effective. A collection of strategies that will help encourage cross-disciplinary professional conversations and ongoing teacher collaboration will be explored. Examples will be provided from a variety of instructional levels, including elementary, secondary and adult education contexts.

Announcing Special Breakout Sessions with our Keynote Speakers!

This year, MDTESOL is particularly pleased to announce a special opportunity:
Following their Keynote Address, Dr. Honigsfeld and Dr. Dove will each offer a breakout session, allowing for further interaction with conference attendees!

Breakout Session: A Framework for Teacher Collaboration

The content of this session builds on the research and best practices related to teacher collaboration. It will focus on the ten-point collaboration framework for the sake of English language learners (ELLs) developed by Honigsfeld and Dove (2010). Each presenter will guide a review and assessment of various instructional and non-instructional collaborative practices in support of ELLs. Discussion will include the types of teacher collaboration that yield the most effective instruction to meet the diverse academic and language development needs of ELLs. An exploration of how interdisciplinary collaboration benefits both ELLs, their English-speaking classmates, and their teachers and recommendations for how collaborative skills can be built into school settings will be addressed.

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Keynote Profiles

Dr. Honigsfeld and Dr. Dove have co-authored several books together, including Collaboration and co-teaching: Strategies for English Learners and Co-teaching and other collaborative practices in the EFL/ESL classroom: Rationale, research, reflections, and recommendations. They have presented on this topic extensively, and have been invited keynote speakers for TESOL conferences across the country.

Maryland TESOL extends its warm welcome to our Keynote Speakers for the 2013 Fall Conference!

Dr. Andrea Honigsfeld is Professor in the Division of Education at Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY. She teaches graduate education courses related to cultural and linguistic diversity, linguistics, ESL methodology and action research. Before entering the field of teacher education, she was an English as a Foreign Language teacher in Hungary (Grades 5-8 and adult), an English as a Second Language teacher in New York City (Grades K-3 and adult), and taught Hungarian at New York University.

She was the recipient of a Doctoral Fellowship at St. John’s University, where she conducted research on individualized instruction and learning styles. She has published extensively on working with English Language Learners and/or providing individualized instruction based on learning-style preferences. She received a Fulbright Award to lecture in Iceland in the Fall of 2002. In the past eight years, she has been presenting at conferences across the United States, Great Britain, Denmark, Sweden, the Philippines and the United Arab Emirates.

Dr. Honigsfeld frequently offers staff development primarily focusing on effective differentiated strategies and collaborative practices for English as a second Language and general education teachers. Her co-authored book Differentiated Instruction for At-Risk Students (2009) and co-edited book Breaking the Mold of School Instruction and Organization (2010) are published by Rowman and Littlefield.

Dr. Maria G. Dove is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the MS TESOL program in the Division of Education at Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY where she teaches courses to preservice and inservice teachers. Having worked as an English as a Second Language teacher for over thirty years, she has provided instruction to English language learners in public school settings (Grades K-12) and in adult English Language programs in Nassau County, NY.

During her years as an ESL specialist, she established co-teaching partnerships, planned instruction through collaborative practices, and conducted ESL co-taught lessons in mainstream classrooms with her fellow educators. She has served as a mentor for new ESL teachers and coaches both ESL and mainstream K-12 teachers on research-based instruction for English learners.

Dr. Dove has published several articles and book chapters on collaborative practices, differentiated instruction, instructional leadership, and the education of English language learners. She regularly offers professional development workshops regarding the instruction of English learners to school districts as well as at state and national conferences. She is the recipient of the 2010 Outstanding Teacher Award from NYS TESOL.

Membership Renewal made EASY. This year MDTESOL has made it easier to renew membership while also registering for the conference. See the fees below:

Conference Registration Options
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WITH Active Membership
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WITH Free First-Year Membership
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WITH Volunteer or Student Membership Renewal
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WITH Regular Membership Renewal
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WITHOUT Membership or Renewal
Early Bird
(Ending October 1)
$50 $50 + $0 = $50 $50 + $15 = $65 $50 + $25 = $75 $75
(October 2 - October 25)
$60 $60 + $0 = $60 $60 + $15 = $75 $60 + $25 = $85 $85
(October 26)
$70 $70 + $0 = $70 $70 + $15 = $85 $70 + $25 = $95 $90

Cost of Membership: Regular = $25, Volunteer/Student = $15, First-Year = FREE