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Changes in the Expertise of ESL Professionals in the Era of New Standards

[Note: This virtual seminar is based on TESOL Professional Paper, Changes in the Expertise of ESL Professionals: Knowledge and Action in an Era of New Standards, written by Guadalupe Valdés, Amanda K. Kibler, and Aída Walqui (March 2014).]


Guadalupe Valdés, Amanda K. Kibler, and Aída Walqui


Wednesday, 18 June 2014
10:30 am—Noon US ET
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Cost: Free for members and nonmembers
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Registration Deadline: 15 June 2014
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Who Should Attend?

  • ESL and content-area teachers, teacher leaders, teacher educators, school principals, district administrators, and other K–12 educators who work primarily or exclusively with students labeled as ELLs.
  • researchers, policy-makers, state educational administrators

More About This Seminar

This era of new standards will require educators to make deep changes in expertise – including both knowledge and action – to address the needs of English learners. Using vignettes of existing and envisioned teaching, the presenters will discuss diverse conceptions of language, pedagogy, the learner, and educators to show how you can reconsider theoretical stances and pedagogy in light of the new standards.

What Will I Learn?

You will
  • develop awareness of the deep changes required by the implementation of new standards
  • understand the questions that could guide your reflection as you transform your pedagogy
  • understand why prevalent pedagogies do not serve English learners well in the new standards era
  • begin to envision richer, productive pedagogies with English learners

About the Presenters

Guadalupe Valdés is the Bonnie Katz Tenenbaum Professor of Education at Stanford University. She specializes in language pedagogy and applied linguistics. She has also worked extensively on bilingualism and education, and on preserving heritage languages among minority populations.

Amanda K. Kibler is an assistant professor of English education at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education. Her research interests include adolescent second language acquisition, multilingualism, second language writing, impacts of standards-based reform on multilingual populations, ethnography, and discourse analysis.

Aída Walqui directs the Teacher Professional Development Program at WestEd, an educational research, development, and service agency. She specializes in the professional growth required by teachers to work with second language learners deeply and generatively. Her work has focused on defining, designing, and supporting quality education in multilingual, intercultural contexts.