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LETTER FROM THE CHAIR
Laura Lukens

Greetings from Kansas City, where we’ve had an unusually cold and snowy winter! I am sure everyone is as excited as I am about the upcoming 45th Annual TESOL Convention and Exhibit in New Orleans. In addition to providing a respite from the winter weather, the convention promises to be an outstanding opportunity to further your professional knowledge, network with colleagues, and meet new friends! Not to mention the chance to enjoy the fabulous dining and entertainment options New Orleans offers!

This year’s convention program provides many opportunities for elementary ESL teachers to become more knowledgeable about their chosen field of work. The EEIS was allotted 31 sessions, plus five poster sessions, which focus on topics of interest to our members. Several well-known veterans in our profession will be presenting as well as some first-timers. All in all, a wide variety of discussion sessions, practice and research-oriented sessions, workshops, and colloquia are offered in this year’s EEIS program. Be sure to attend the local author book talk by Louisiana native Johnette Dowell. Johnette’s work focuses on teaching language through music and rhythm.

A new development this year is the way that interest section booths are being handled. TESOL listened to our concerns about booth location and staffing and came with an innovative idea for the booths. This year, IS booths will be part of the TESOL Center, which is the organization’s primary outreach to its members at the convention. Two Interest Sections will be represented at the IS booth area at one end of the TESOL Center during the convention. Each IS is allotted three time slots during the convention to staff the booth. In addition to the IS booth in the TESOL Center, TESOL is providing the ISs with a regular-size booth in the Exhibition Hall called the “TESOL Interest Section Networking Booth.” ISs may use this booth during the convention to maintain a presence, but this booth must be shared by all ISs. TESOL is creating flyers for each IS to leave at the TESOL Center booth, so our IS will be represented there at all times. The EEIS signed up for the TESOL Center booth on Thursday, March 17 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., Friday, March 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 19 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. We need at least two EEIS members to staff the booth during these times, so please e-mail me at llukens@nkcsd.k12.mo.us if you are interested in doing this! Also, let me know if you are interested in representing the EEIS at the TESOL IS Networking Booth during the convention.

If you haven’t signed up yet for the K-12 Dream Day on Wednesday, March 16, please consider doing so. Last year was the first time for this full day of workshops geared toward PreK-12 ESL educators, and I thought TESOL hit the nail on the head with the variety of speakers and topics presented. This year’s Dream Day “promises to provide interactive, practice-oriented sessions that focus on concrete ways to increase student engagement and achievement from preschool to high school.” Carolyn Graham is the morning keynote speaker and Pedro Noguera will give the lunch keynote for the K-12 Dream Day.

The EEIS Academic Session, titled “Leading From the ESL Classroom and Beyond,” will be presented by Christel Broady, EEIS incoming chair; Judie Haynes; Carol Behel; and Deborah Sams. Don’t miss what promises to be an outstanding session on Saturday, March 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

The EEIS is teaming with the Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) Interest Section to present an InterSection titled “Technology in ESOL Classrooms and Preparing Teachers for Successful Integration.” Presenters are Christel Broady, Karen Kuhel, Ellen Dougherty, Margaret McKenzie, Stacey Abbott, Sandra Rogers, and Ben Fabie; the time is to be determined.

EEIS WEEK AT A GLANCE: ITEMS OF INTEREST TO ELEMENTARY ESL EDUCATORS

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

5:00-5:30 p.m. Carolyn Graham, Jazz Chants Special Performance

5:30 p.m. Dr. Thelma Melendez, Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education, Opening Plenary

Thursday, March 17, 2011

7:30-8:15 a.m. First-time convention attendee orientation

3:00-5:00 p.m. EEIS booth time, TESOL Center

5:00-6:00 p.m. EEIS Open Meeting

6:15-7:15 p.m. EEIS Open Meeting continues

7:15 p.m. EEIS Dinner; location TBD (suggestions, anyone?)

Friday, March 18, 2011

9:00-10:00 a.m. K-12 networking at the Networking Mall (this is new this year!)

11:00a.m.-1:00 p.m. EEIS booth time, TESOL Center

5:00-6:30 p.m. TESOL Annual Business Meeting

Saturday, March 19, 2011

9:00-10:00 a.m. EEIS booth time, TESOL Center

10:00 a.m.-12:45 p.m. EEIS Academic Session

2:00-3:00 p.m. Shondel Nero, Closing Plenary

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone in New Orleans! In the meantime, go online at www.tesolconvention.org for more details on registration, hotels, program details, and such. Laissez les bons temps roulez!

 Laura Lukens, llukens@nkcsd.k12.mo.us

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