The TexTESOL 5 Annual Conference is our featured event of 2017. Our goal is to provide a dynamic forum for ESL professionals and interested parties to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing our students, teachers and schools. From the exploration of best practices to research-based innovations in the field, the possibilities for professional development are endless.
The conference is an excellent opportunity to meet with researchers and practitioners from North Texas as well as other key members in the ESOL profession. In addition to presentations, the TexTESOL V Annual Conference offers a great opportunity for networking in order to create and sustain interactive communities of practice. Publishers and other educational vendors exhibit the latest textbooks, materials and educational resources to help ESL professionals better meet the needs of students. The Tex TESOL V Interest Sections also afford additional opportunities for in-depth discussion related to specific populations, such as Adult Education, Elementary, Secondary, and Higher Ed.
The TexTESOL V Annual Conference strongly encourages presentation proposals from professionals at all stages of their career, from graduate students to seasoned professionals. The conference environment is supportive and welcomes broad participation from all members of the ESL community
The 2017 Keynote Speaker is
Dallas Superintendent Michael Hinojosa
Dr. Michael Hinojosa!
Dr. Hinojosa returned to Dallas ISD when he was named by the board of trustees to serve as superintendent in October 2015. Dr. Hinojosa has served 20 years as a superintendent/CEO of six public education systems, including two of the 25 largest school systems in America, Dallas ISD in Texas and the Cobb County School District in suburban Atlanta, Georgia. His career in public education, from teacher and coach to superintendent/CEO, spans more than three decades.
With a firm belief that education and not environment is the key to a student’s success, he has led several school districts to improved student achievement. Dr. Hinojosa’s recognitions include being named 2002 Superintendent of the Year by the Texas Association of School Boards and 2005 Superintendent of the Year by the University of Texas at Austin. He was honored as Distinguished Alumnus by the College of Education at Texas Tech University and as the Outstanding Latino Educator by the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents in 2014. He is a past president of the Texas Association of School Administrators. He has served as an educational consultant for various organizations that support public education, including as a master teacher and coach for the American Association of School Administrators and the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents.
Dr. Hinojosa, a proud graduate of Dallas Independent School District, holds a doctorate in education from the University of Texas at Austin. He and wife Kitty have two sons, graduates of Princeton University and Harvard University. He has a son from a previous marriage who graduated from Texas Tech University. All three attended Dallas ISD for a significant portion of their K-12 careers.
TexTESOLV proudly presents the 2017 Featured Speaker - Dr. Feyi Obamehinti
Dr. Feyi Obamehinti has over 20 years of experience in the educational field. Her career began as a homeschool mom, later as an elementary, middle school, and high school math and science teacher in inner city public schools where she excelled in working with underprivileged students. Her passion for student achievement expanded to empowering and equipping educators at all stages of their practice. As a result of her impact, Feyi was nominated for the 2007 Teacher of the Year Award in Irving ISD and DFW Teacher of the Year at Texas Virtual Academy.
A dynamic international trainer and speaker, Feyi utilizes her expertise in providing leadership and promoting best practices in teaching and learning. Due to her excellent track record in the educational field, in 2010, Dr. Feyi Obamehinti was appointed to the Texas Education Agency State Review for English Language Proficiency Standards to review the Teacher Edition for Proclamation 2010. In 2013, she was appointed to the review panel for the Texas 2013 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Furthermore, Dr. Feyi Obamehinti is a 2011 Barbara Bush Fellowship Award recipient, a research award that promotes literacy among disadvantaged populations. In 2016, she was named to the National Small Business Association Leadership Council- a non- partisan small business advocacy organization that works with policymakers in Washington, D.C. In 2017 she was appointed to a four-year term on the Texas Advisory Council for the U.S. Commission of Civil Rights-a bipartisan agency charged with advising the President and Congress on civil rights matters.
A regular consultant for state and federal agencies in areas of grant reviews and program evaluations, Dr. Feyi Obamehinti is highly sought after for strategic partnerships at the local, state and national levels. Currently, she is the managing director of Ravir LLC- an educational consulting and technical firm that specializes in professional training, coaching and mentoring services. She is the author of The Cooperative Teacher
Handbook, Incorporating Science Apps in Grades 6-12, and The Values of Immigrant Students on Citizenship as a Trait of Character Education. She is the co-author of The Minority Homeschooler’s Guide and Texas Refugee Student Framework.
Feyi obtained a B.S. in Microbiology from University of Texas at Arlington, a M.S. in Education from Peru State College and a doctorate in education from Texas A&M University at College Station.