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Bilingual/ESL Conferences

At the 2019 Region 4 Bilingual/ESL Conference, join fellow educators in learning techniques and strategies to directly impact the academic success of English learners (ELs). Session topics will address dual language, transitioning from L1 to L2, sheltered instruction, assessment, and technology.

Guests will be able to create their own conference experience by choosing one keynote and one breakout session, two keynote sessions, or only breakout sessions for the day. Lunch will be provided for all preregistered guests.
Thursday, December 12, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Session ID: 1464278
Credit: 6 CPE
Fee: $150
Audience: Bilingual/ESL teachers, directors, and administrators
Location:   Region 4 Education Service Center
McKinney Conference Center
7200 Northwest 100 Drive
Houston, TX 77092




besl-2019-virginia-collierVirginia P. Collier, Ph.D, is Professor Emerita of Bilingual/Multicultural/ESL Education at George Mason University. She is best known for her work with senior researcher Dr. Wayne P. Thomas on school effectiveness for linguistically and culturally diverse students, working with many school districts in all regions of the U.S. over the past 34 years. Spotlighted by the national and international media, their award-winning national research studies have had a substantial impact on school policies throughout the world.A popular speaker, Dr. Collier has given 248 keynote speeches and 511 invited and refereed presentations to international, national, state, and local conferences over the past 39 years. She and Dr. Thomas have conducted educational leadership training for superintendents, principals, and education policy makers in 32 U.S. states and 15 countries.

Drs. Collier and Thomas are authors of five new books that summarize all their research of the past 34 years: Educating English Learners for a Transformed World (2009), Dual Language Education for a Transformed World (2012), Creating Dual Language Schools for a Transformed World: Administrators Speak (2014, with 24 collaborative authors), Why Dual Language Schooling (2017), and Transforming Secondary Education: Middle and High School Dual Language Programs (2018, with 19 collaborative authors). 



besl-2019-wayne-thomasWayne P. Thomas, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Evaluation and Research Methodology in the Graduate School of Education at George Mason University. His doctorate training and primary professional experience are in program evaluation methodology and social science research methods. His research and publications focus on the evaluation of school effectiveness for linguistically and culturally diverse students and Title I students and the evaluation of educational technology applications. Since 1985, he has collaborated with Dr. Virginia Collier in work on school effectiveness for linguistically and culturally diverse students.


Currently, he is senior author (with Dr. Collier) of the largest studies ever conducted to investigate the long-term school success of English learners. Their award-winning joint research has been utilized by many school systems in the U.S. and abroad to reform the education of linguistically and culturally diverse students and to promote school improvement for both native English speakers and English learners



besl-2019-kate-kinsellaKate Kinsella, Ed.D., author of English 3D, is a teacher educator at San Francisco State University, Center for Teacher Efficacy.. Dr. Kinsella provides consultancy to state departments of education throughout the U.S., school districts, and publishers on evidence-based instructional principles and practices to accelerate academic English acquisition for language-minority youths. Her professional development institutes, publications, and instructional programs focus on career and college readiness for English learners, with an emphasis on high-utility vocabulary development, informational text reading, and writing. She is the author of instructional programs to support English learners and under-resourced classmates, including READ 180 Universal, English 3D, and the Academic Vocabulary Toolkit.




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