PreK-12 Day

PreK-12 Day

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

An interactive education program for primary and secondary mainstream and ESL teachers and administrators


TESOL invites all ​PreK-12 teachers and administrators to join a group of distinguished ESL experts for a day of interactive training at TESOL’s PreK–12 Day in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. 

PreK-12 Day is designed to equip attendees with new strategies and resources for working with English language learners (ELLs).

Sessions for 2016 focus on dialogic teaching and learning, project-based learning, teaching math and science, implementing standards, and much more. Participants will enjoy a late-morning keynote by Giselle Lundy-Ponce from the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), followed by lunch. ​The day will conclude with a panel discussion on ​teaching ELLs living with trauma and chronic stress.

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

Reaching ELLs Living With Trauma and Chronic Stress

A significant number of English learners experience trauma and chronic stress. The panelists will discuss how to incorporate an empathetic approach and provide a safe, trusting, and welcoming environment.  They will include information about policies and practices to support this growing population while helping educators to combat compassion fatigue.

Debbie Zacarian, Zacarian & Associates, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA
Judie Haynes, Wyckoff, New Jersey, USA
Laura Lukens, North Kansas City Schools, Kansas City, Missouri, USA


A: Academic Language and Common Core Expectations

B: Scaffolding Rigor in Learning

C: Meaningful Content-Area Connections

D: Ensuring Equity Through Leadership

E: Hot Topics

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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