Register now for 2018 Emerald Coast TESOL Winter Conference

Posted on Jan 13, 2018 in Events, News | 0 comments

Register now for 2018 Emerald Coast TESOL Winter Conference

Emerald Coast TESOL invites educators of all levels to attend its 2018 Winter Conference at the University of West Florida, International Center, Building 71 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3.

This professional development conference will feature guest speakers, workshops, entertainment and refreshments and more. See below for complete agenda.

Chane Eplin, Bureau Chief of the Student Achievement through Language Acquisition at the Florida Department of Education, will be the keynote speaker at the conference. He will address “Quality Education for English Learners K-12 and Beyond.”

Also speaking at the event will be Susan Ferguson Martin, Ph.D., a faculty member at the University of South Alabama, who will address “Academic Language in Teaching and Learning Across the
Curriculum: A Functional Approach.”

ESOL educators and those who are interested in ESOL are encouraged to attend to network with like-minded educators, learn from top leaders in WIDA, Language, Teaching, and working with K-12 and adult English language learners.

A certificate of attendance, in-service points or credits, complimentary lunch and ECTESOL membership are all benefits of winter conference. Please register by Jan. 26 using this registration form. The registration fee is $25.

For more information, contact Amany Habib at,  Dr. Arlene Costello at or Vicki Murphy at

Pictured: Chane Eplin


Agenda for Conference

  • 9:30-10 a.m.
    • Registration (front desk)
  • 10-10:10
    • Welcome – Council Vaughan, Director, International English Program
    • Overview of Conference – Dr. Arlene Costello, VP/ECTESOL
  • 10:15-10:50
    • Keynote address (Rm 136) Quality Education for English Learners K-12 and Beyond Chane Eplin
  • 10:50-11:00
    • BREAK (snacks available in the breakroom)
  • 11:00–11:30 Concurrent Sessions
    • Rm 130 (K-12) ELLs as Independent and Autonomous Learners Mary Ann Kiss and Arlene Costello, Session Chair: Milagros Sessions
    • Rm 131 (ALL) Saudi ELLs’ Digital Gameplay Habits and Effects on LA Sandra Rogers, Session Chair: Keith Hardy
  • 11:35-12:15
    • Lunch and Cultural Performances (Rm 136) door prizes, boxed lunches provided
      • Venimos de Panama, Danzon Cumbia and Viva Panama
      • Dancers: Ted and Indrany Pabo, Vielka Forbes, Detley Waldrop, Yanina Mai, Eyra Tenorio
    • 12:20-1:00
      • Featured Speaker (K-12): Academic Language in Teaching and Learning across the Curriculum: A Functional Approach, Susan Martin
    • 1:00-1:10
      • BREAK
    • 1:10-1:35
      • Panel: Rm 133 (ALL)
        • Costa Latina, Grace McCaffery, founder
        • Early Learning Studer Institute, Shannon Nickinson, project manager
      • 1:35-1:45
        • BREAK
      • 1:45-2:15 Concurrent Sessions
        • Rm 130 (K-12) Sowing Seeds and Cultivating a Community: Service Learning, Milagros Sessions and Leslie Cuyuch, Session Chair: Arlene Costello
        • Rm 131 (All) ESOL, EFL, and Reciprocal Service Learning, Laureen Fregeau, Ukaiko Bitrus Ojiambo, William Cornejo and Suhana Chikatla, Session Chair: Amany Habib
      • 2:15-2:25
        • BREAK
      • 2:25-2:55 Concurrent Sessions
        • Rm 130 (K-12) The SUCCESS from Teachers, Students, and Parents Working Together, Maegan Baker, Session Chair: Vicki Murphy
        • Rm 131 (Adult/IEP) Google Suite Advanced Tools to Enhance English Language Instruction, Sandra Rogers, Session Chair: Laureen Fregeau
      • 2:55 – 3:05
        • Brief business meeting and door prizes
          • Report by President; Paper Report by Treasurer
          • Closing: Amany Habib, ECTESOL President
        • 3:00 – 3:20
          • ECTESOL Board Meeting

Breaks Session: An Informal Minute -Table Talk on Advocating for DACA and Florida ESSA Plan will be held during each break time. Facilitator: Dr. Arlene Costello.

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