Upcoming Conference

Maryland TESOL 38th Annual Fall Conference

Theme: Ways to Advocate for ELLs through Education and Our Community

Date: Saturday, November 10, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: Notre Dame of Maryland University, Baltimore, Maryland

Our fall conference will be held on the beautiful campus of Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore, Maryland. There are several parking lots on campus. All parking is included with the conference fees. Registration will take place in the Le Clerc building and break-out sessions will be in the Knott building.


Notre Dame of Maryland University
4701 N Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21210


Keynote Speaker


Roger C. Rosenthal, Esq.

Attorney Roger C. Rosenthal is the Executive Director of the Migrant Legal Action Program (MLAP), a national non-profit support and advocacy center located in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Rosenthal is widely recognized as one of the foremost national experts on the rights of English Language Learners, immigrant students, and migrant farmworker students in the public schools. He undertakes advocacy on Capitol Hill and before federal administrative agencies on behalf of these student populations and their families. He has served a two year term as Co-Chair of the National Hispanic Education Coalition. He is also a frequent and popular trainer on these topics at national, regional, state, and local events.

Invited Speakers


Deborah J. Short, Ph.D.

Deborah J. Short, Ph.D., directs Academic Language Research & Training, LLC and provides professional development on academic literacy, content-based ESL, and sheltered instruction worldwide. As a former Division Director at the Center for Applied Linguistics, she co-developed the SIOP Model for sheltered instruction. She has directed research and program evaluations for the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Rockefeller Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Justice. Publications include SIOP Model books, ESL textbooks for National Geographic/Cengage, and professional journal articles. She taught ESL/EFL in New York, California, Virginia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. She recently led the 6 Principles writing team and served on TESOL's Board of Directors.



Christa de Kleine, Ph.D.

Dr. Christa de Kleine is Professor of Education/TESOL at Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore, USA, where she teaches linguistics courses at the MA and PhD levels, and coordinates the MA in TESOL program. Dr. de Kleine’s research has primarily focused on writing skills development among ESL students, in particular those that are 'Generation 1.5' and those who are speakers of English-lexifier creole languages from West Africa and the Caribbean. Her most recent research project investigates the knowledge and beliefs regarding second language acquisition among EFL instructors at various universities in Panama. 



Efraín Soto Santiago, Sr.

Mr. Efraín Soto Santiago, Sr. holds a B.A. in English as a Second Language (ESL) Education at the secondary level and a M.A. in Administration of Post-Secondary Educational Institutions from the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico (IAU-PR). He has completed a variety of post-graduate courses in English Education at the University of Puerto Rico’s Mayaguez Campus; Educational Leadership/Administration at Caribbean University’s Ponce Campus; and several doctoral-level courses in Educational Administration at IAU-PR. Efrain’s professional experience includes service as ESL teacher and materials writer with the Puerto Rico Department of Education from 1980 until 1990. He is currently certified/licensed by the Puerto Rico Department of Education to serve as both School Director (K-12) and English Facilitator.

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Be sure to purchase your MDTESOL lanyard at the Fall Conference -- $3.00 (CASH ONLY)!

The Maryland TESOL Fall Conference is always held on the second Saturday of November.