The following graphs show the range of attendees that come to the conference to learn new ways to support English Learners and advocacy efforts.

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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 

 John Seidlitz is an independent educational consultant and the author of Sheltered Instruction Plus: A Guide for Texas Teachers of English Learners; Navigating the ELPS: Using the New Standards to Improve Instruction for English Learners; and a contributing author for The SIOP® Model for Teaching History-Social Studies for English Learners.

He co-developed the 7 Steps to Developing a Language-Rich Interactive Classroom™ methodology. Mr. Seidlitz has been a member of the SIOP® National faculty and guest lecturer for many regional and national language development conferences.

He taught social studies and ESL, served as a secondary ESL program coordinator, and held the position of education specialist at ESC Region 20 in San Antonio, Texas. In 2005, Mr. Seidlitz founded Seidlitz Education which is dedicated to the mission of Giving Kids the Gift of Academic Language™.

Please join us on November 5th as Mr. Seidlitz shares his expertise on best practices for Teachers of English Learners.

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Also, don’t miss our Featured Speaker, CONNIE BECK, as she presents and shares her valuable experience and insight.

CONNIE BECK received a Bachelor of Education degree from Hardin Simmons University with a specialty in Early Childhood Development. Besides teaching, she has experience in Family Intervention both as a Child Protective Services Case Manager and now as the School Impact Program Specialist in the Refugee Services Department of Catholic Charities Fort Worth.  Her perceptive cultural understanding and language abilities come from a long history of living overseas, first as a child of military personnel, and later on, as a cross-cultural worker with a non-profit organization in Central and South America, as well as, the Middle East.

With adept organizational skills and office management experience, Connie has supervised personnel, overseen language and cultural acquisition, and managed projects for businesses and non-profit organizations.  She has assisted in the launch of several different entrepreneurial ventures abroad and was recently endorsed by Oklahoma Baptist University to help manage an MBA Student Support Services Business in the Arabian Gulf.

Connie’s passion for people makes her a popular mentor, as well as, advocate on subjects related to the needs of children, refugees, and other vulnerable people in society.

Connie Beck
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