35th Anniversary

2019 Fall Conference

Speakers


Keynote Speaker                   

Pedro Noguera, Ph. D.

Pedro Noguera is the Distinguished Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. Prior to joining the faculty at UCLA he served as a tenured professor and holder of endowed chairs at New York University (2003 – 2015) Harvard University (2000 – 2003) and the University of California, Berkeley (1990 – 2000). He is the author of eleven books and over 200 articles and monographs. He serves on the boards of numerous national and local organizations and appears as a regular commentator on educational issues on CNN, MSNBC, National Public Radio, and other national news outlets. His most recent books are Excellence Through Equity” (Corwin 2015) with Alan Blankstein, “School for Resilience: Improving the Life Trajectory of African American and Latino Boys” with E. Fergus and M. Martin (Harvard Education Press 2014), and “Creating the Opportunity to Learn” with A. Wade Boykin (ASCD, 2011). Dr. Noguera appears as a regular commentator on educational issues on CNN, MSNBC, National Public Radio, and other national news outlets. From 2009 - 2012 he served as a Trustee for the State University of New York (SUNY) as an appointee of the Governor. He serves on the boards of numerous national and local organizations including the Economic Policy Institute, the Young Women’s Leadership Institute, The After School Corporation and The Nation Magazine. In 2013 he was appointed to the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society and in 2014 he was appointed to the National Academy of Education. Noguera recently received awards from the Center for the Advanced Study of the Behavioral Sciences/Sage for outstanding achievement in advancing the understanding of the behavioral and social sciences as they are applied to pressing social issues, the National Association of Secondary Principals for distinguished service to the field of education, and from the McSilver Institute at NYU for his research and advocacy efforts aimed at fighting poverty.


 Plenary Speakers               

 Dr. Luciana C. de Oliveira

Dr. Luciana C. de Oliveira is Professor and Chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of Miami in Miami, Florida. She is Past President (2019-2020) of TESOL International Association and was President (2018-2019). Her research focuses on issues related to teaching emergent to advanced bilinguals (EABs) at the K-12 level, including the role of language in learning the content areas; teacher education, advocacy and social justice; and nonnative English-speaking teachers in TESOL. Currently, Dr. de Oliveira’s research examines scaffolding in elementary classrooms and multimodal representation in picture books.

She earned her Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Language, Literacy and Culture and an additional specialization in Second Language Acquisition from the University of California, Davis, in 2006. She earned her M.A. in English with an emphasis in TESOL at California State University, East Bay, and B.A. in English and Brazilian Portuguese and teaching credential in secondary English from São Paulo State University in Brazil. Prior to coming to UM, Dr. de Oliveira was an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the MA TESOL in K-12 program at Teachers College, Columbia University and prior to that she was an Associate Professor of Literacy and Language Education with a focus on TESOL at Purdue University, where she developed and directed the English Language Learning licensure program.

Luciana is the series editor of five volumes focused on the Common Core and ELLs (2014-2016) with TESOL Press. She has authored, co-authored, edited, or co-edited 21 books and has several others under contract or in review and has published a number of refereed journal articles and book chapters. Luciana has over 20 years of teaching experience in the field of TESOL and was an elected board member for the TESOL International Association (2013-2016) before being elected President. Among many awards and honors, she was the recipient of the Mid-Career Award (2017) by the Second Language Research special interest group and the Early Career Award (2012) by the Bilingual Education Research special interest group of AERA.



Emily Francis 


Emily Francis is an English as a Second Language teacher at Concord High School in Concord, North Carolina. She serves students in 9th-12th grade with various English proficiency levels. Emily’s experience as an English Language Learner inspired her to become an ESL teacher and affords her a deep understanding of the challenges her students must overcome to find success.

Emily earned a BA in Spanish, and a MAT in ESL from UNC-Charlotte. She serves as a professional development facilitator, motivational speaker, and Keynote. Emily is a member of the Carolinas TESOL board and Team member of Confianza LLC.

Emily served as teacher liaison to the Cabarrus County Board of Education as Teacher of the Year 2016.   As a leader, Emily’s focus is to inspire students to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more.




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