Keynote Speakers

Nelson Flores, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Educational Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, Philadelphia, PA

Tuesday, November 15, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Challenging the Specter of Semilingualism in Language Education Policy and Practice

Dr. Nelson Flores studies how language and race intersect in bilingual education policies and practices in ways that are harmful to bilingual students of color. This includes historical work that traces the origins of these policies and practices as well as contemporary work that documents the ways that these policies and practices are enacted in classrooms. He also works with bilingual teachers, administrators, and policymakers on reconceptualizing bilingual education policies and practices in ways that recognize and build on the linguistic dexterity of bilingual students of color. His work has been featured by NPR, Education Week, and Los Angeles Times.

Helaine W. Marshall, Ph.D.

Professor of Education and Director of Language Education Programs, Long Island University – Hudson Campus, Purchase, NY

Wednesday, November 16, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Reframing the Conversation about SLIFE: Achievement Gap or Cultural Dissonance?

Dr. Helaine W. Marshall is Professor of Education and Director of Language Education Programs at LIU Hudson, New York. She teaches courses in linguistics and multicultural education in face-to-face, blended, and synchronous online formats. Her research interests include culturally responsive-sustaining education, SLIFE (Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education), nontraditional teaching of grammar, and instructional technology, especially flipped learning.

In working with Hmong refugee-background students in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Dr. Marshall developed a culturally responsive-sustaining pedagogical approach, known as the Mutually Adaptive Learning Paradigm, or MALP. She has published articles on MALP in ELT Journal and TESOL Journal, among others. Her most recent book, published by University of Michigan Press, is Meeting the Needs of SLIFE: A Guide for Educators, 2nd ed., (2020), co-authored with Andrea DeCapua and Frank L. Tang. Dr. Marshall has also developed a model of online flipped learning, and her most recent article on that topic is “Fostering Teaching Presence through the Synchronous Online Flipped Learning Approach,” published in TESL-EJ and co-authored with Ilka Kostka.

Timothy Boals, Ph.D.

Founder and Director of WIDA, Wisconsin Center for Education Research, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

Thursday, November 17, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Promoting Opportunities for Multilingual Learners Through Productive Talk and Engagement

Dr. Timothy Boals is the Founder and Director of WIDA. He holds a Ph.D. in curriculum from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with an emphasis in the education of multilingual learners. His background includes language education, educational policy, and Spanish language and literature.

As WIDA Director, Dr. Boals oversees operations, research, and long-range planning efforts. His research interests involve the interplay between content and language learning for multilingual learners across the language acquisition continuum and the effects of standards on classroom practice for these learners. He has recently collaborated on articles about reconceptualization of academic language and the evolving construct of English language testing, the books Multilingual Learners and Academic Literacies and Formative Language Assessment for ELLs, and a book chapter on supporting multilingual learners with special needs. Current writings and presentations include the topic of opportunity to learn for multilingual learners and what is required to ensure high-quality academic environments for these students.

Dr. Boals frequently presents at international, national, and regional conferences on the challenges facing multilingual learners and how schools and educators can better meet their needs.

Special Guest Speakers

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Andrea G. Kolb, Ph.D.

Vice President of Education, WITF, Inc.

Thursday, November 17, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Differentiating Instruction for ELs in the Content Classrooms

Dr. Andrea Kolb has nearly 10 years of experience in the ELD field. She received her Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis on the education of English Learners. She is bilingual in Spanish and English and has experience working with teachers in the United States and abroad. She has served as a university instructor at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, teaching coursework related to the instruction and assessment of ELs as well as foundations of multicultural education, educational policy, multilingual literacies, and linguistics. She has experience in designing and delivering in-person, online, and blended professional development programs, and she has worked as an instructional coach for teachers of ELs in a large urban school district. Additionally, Andrea has leadership experience in early childhood education programs for ELs as well as expertise in program development for high-impact dual capacity-building family engagement.

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Christopher S. Weiler, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Elementary, Middle Level, Library and Technologies Education, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA

Wednesday, November 16, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Educating All Educators: The Imperative of Educator Preparation for Opportunity and Equity of English Learners

Dr. Christopher S. Weiler is an associate professor of elementary and middle-level education at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Weiler’s current research interests include middle-level education, science education, and equitable and culturally sustaining pedagogies, including those for English learners. He is a PA-certified ESL Specialist. He is a former public school teacher with 16 years of experience teaching young adolescents.

Fernanda Marinho Kray, Ph.D.

Researcher/Standards Program Lead Developer, Wisconsin Center for Education Research, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

Tuesday, November 15, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
In the Classroom: Unpacking Genre with the WIDA ELD Standards Framework, 2020 Edition

Dr. Fernanda Marinho Kray, a polyglot educator and researcher, leads the WIDA ELD Standards Project. Prior to joining WIDA, Dr. Kray was the Language Acquisition Lead for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Over the years, Dr. Kray has served as a classroom teacher, instructional coach, family & community liaison, program coordinator, and member of various school and district leadership teams. Presently, she is a governing board member of the Regional Educational Laboratory Program (REL) for the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), a founding member of the multi-state REL NEI English Learner Alliance, and a founding member of the Portuguese Language Partnership for Education. Dr. Kray has authored an array of materials in the field of education and directed local and large-scale policy and practice-oriented projects, frequently collaborating with practitioners and scholars from across the globe.

Building on her own experience as a multicultural and multilingual learner (and formerly undocumented immigrant), Dr. Kray has dedicated her life’s work to developing interdisciplinary critical perspectives and research-based pedagogies for multilingual learners. Her interests include the advancement of educational equity, and investigating if and how critical pedagogical spaces can exist within traditional structures of public schooling.

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Margo Gottlieb, Ed.D.

Co-Founder and Lead Developer of WIDA, Wisconsin Center for Education Research, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

Tuesday, November 15, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Where’s the Equity in Classroom Assessment for Multilingual Learners?

Dr. Margo Gottlieb is the lead developer for WIDA at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Starting her career as an elementary school teacher and bilingual coordinator, she served as a longstanding director of assessment and evaluation before co-founding WIDA. Dr. Gottlieb has been a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Santiago, Chile, and was honored by TESOL International Association as one of 50 persons who has made a significant contribution to the TESOL profession in the last 50 years.

Having keynoted, presented, and consulted in over 21 countries and almost every state in the U.S., Dr. Gottlieb has enjoyed meeting thousands of educators. Over the years, her scholarship has focused on designing language development standards frameworks, co-constructing linguistically and culturally sustainable curricula, and creating classroom assessment systems. Working in K-12 settings has sparked her interest in evaluating language education policy and promoting student and teacher agency.

Dr. Gottlieb has authored, co-authored, or co-edited over 30 books on academic language and classroom assessment. During the global pandemic, Dr. Gottlieb participated in podcasts and webinars, joined the blogging community, and even learned how to tweet. She has also been busy writing! Besides her recent white paper for the Center for Applied Linguistics and co-authoring Beyond Crises (with Zacarian and Calderón, 2021), Dr. Gottlieb’s most recent books include Assessment in Multiple Languages: A Handbook for School and District Leaders and its companion, Classroom Assessment in Multiple Languages: A Handbook for Teachers (Corwin, 2022, 2021). She is currently working on the 3rd edition of her assessment best-seller.

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Peggy Hickman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Education, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA

Wednesday, November 16, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Supporting Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Their Families in Education

Dr. Peggy Hickman completed her doctorate in Multicultural Special Education at the University of Texas, Austin, and an M.Ed. in Bilingual/Elementary Education from Arizona State University. Her professional expertise includes literacy and biliteracy, multicultural special education, educator preparation related to diverse and multicultural populations (including RTI/MTSS implementation), and educational leadership in diverse cultural and linguistic environments, with children in general and special education. Peggy also taught school-aged students for 9 years in monolingual English and bilingual inclusive settings.

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Tim Vetere, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Teaching and Learning, College of Education, University of Florida, Gainsville, FL

Thursday, November 17, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Implementing Arts-Based Pedagogy to Design Equitable Instruction for Emergent Bilingual Learners

Dr. Tim Vetere is a Clinical Assistant Professor of ESOL/Bilingual Education and Elementary Education (K-6). He co-coordinates the Elementary Education, BAE, program alongside the MAE/M.Ed. in ESOL/Bilingual Education in the School of Teaching and Learning at the University of Florida. His teaching and research areas revolve around teacher education (pre-service and in-service professional development). His research has sought to understand teaching practices as anchored within complex and diverse contexts. He has endeavored to investigate the dynamic relationships that exist between L2 instruction and teacher preparation. To date, much of his research has focused on the role of creativity, play, and imagination in PK-12 language learning contexts. Currently, his interest lies in the need to critically examine the dialogic voices of multilingual/multicultural classrooms, including the lived experiences, expectations, and practices of both language learners and their teachers through the strategic use of new emerging technology.


Learn more about the presenters at Presenter Biographies.

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Alison Noyes

Alix Croswell

Allison Audet

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Amanda Sheaffer

Amber Abreu

Amy Waltemyer

Bob Measel

Carmen Shahadi Rowe, Ed.D.

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Deborah Hioutis

Elaine Harper, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Quinn

Ernesto Ortiz, Jr.

Gabriela DeHart

Heather-Lee Baron, Ph.D.

Jodie Shell

Jonathan Klingeman

Julia Hutton

Julie Baxa, Ph.D.

Julie Miller

Kate Fritz

Kathy Alston

Keenan W. Lee

Kelly Darvishi

Kristen Haase

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Kristin Larsen, Ed.D.

Makaya Revell

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Maria Ronneburger

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Sandra Ness, Ed.D.

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Ximena Izquierdo Bernabe