Community College Day

NEW! Community College Day

Monday, 4 April 2016
Baltimore Convention Center, Maryland, USA

An interactive one-day program for teachers and administrators of ​community college programs


TESOL International Association invites college instructors and administrators to attend Community College Day in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, prior to the start of TESOL’s International Convention.

This one of a kind event is designed exclusively for community college educators and features sessions on a variety of topics such as curriculum redesign, formative assessment, teaching grammar, literature in academic writing, working with ELLs with special needs, and much more!

​Community College Day provides a wealth of professional development and networking opportunities, concurrent sessions throughout the day, and a late-morning keynote from Giselle Lundy-Ponce of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). After lunch, the day concludes with a panel discussion on Generation 1.5.

Keynote Speaker

GLP-PhotoGiselle Lundy-Ponce, American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC, USA

All Together Now: The Need for Collaboration and Activism in Pre-K–Higher Education Classrooms

This keynote address focuses on why we must foster collaboration between ESL and content educators. Too often, the ESL faculty are the sole crusaders for our ELLs. It can be exhausting and lead to educator burnout. It doesn’t have to be this way. Let’s get others on our bandwagon!

Giselle Lundy-Ponce has been working in the field of Pre-K–12 education policy and advocacy for the last 22 years. Currently, her work focuses on policy and research analysis for the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), and she leads the AFT’s work on ELLs and Latino student achievement. Her other areas of policy expertise include teacher evaluation, early childhood education, and academic standards. Prior to her work at the AFT, she developed and directed programs in the fields of youth development, teacher professional development, and community-school collaborations in Washington, DC, and San Francisco in the United States. She has served as a foundation program officer, director of a citywide AmeriCorps volunteer program, and a school principal.

Ms. Lundy-Ponce holds a BA in political science from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, USA, and an MA in education policy and evaluation from Stanford University, California, USA.

Panel Discussion

Myths and Misperceptions About Generation 1.5

As a growing population within the college ESL student demographic, Generation 1.5 students present unique challenges to institutions. This panel includes information regarding the motivation, literacy, and learning differences between Gen 1.5 students and other nonnative speakers; empirical analyses regarding error patterns in essay writing; intercultural communication; and institutional changes to accommodate Gen 1.5 students. Because the panelists are employed at different colleges with varying numbers of Gen 1.5 students, they address the topic from multiple perspectives. Attendees leave the session with a better understanding of this important student population.

Olga Weston, Bergen Community College, Paramus, New Jersey, USA
Bill Jiang, Bergen Community College, Paramus, New Jersey, USA
Minah C. Woo, Howard Community College, Columbia, Maryland, USA
Grace Lin, Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria, Virginia, USA
Eileen Cotter, Montgomery College, Rockville, Maryland, USA


A: Curriculum Redesign

B: ​Technology

C: ​Assessment

D: ​Writing

E: Sociopolitical Issues

View the detailed schedule here


  By 22 January 2016 By 22 February 2016 After 22 February or
Member  US$215 US$270 US$295
Nonmember US$245 US$300 US$325
Group Member* US$180 n/a n/a
Group Nonmember* US$205 n/a ​n/a

*Groups must include 5 or more registrations and registrations must be sent in together

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