Effective Advocacy: Practical Applications from the Classroom and Beyond

Tuesday, 21 March 2023
9:00 am - 4:00 pm US Pacific Daylight Time

Target Audience: EL/EFL instructors and administrators, across the globe, who seek to provide voice to their students and profession

Skill Level: All levels of expertise

Advocacy begins as a personal journey, one in which we are all traveling, and extends through and engages our circles of influence. This Advocacy Workshop guides attendees through effective strategies and skills in developing their own, personal, plan for action in being an advocate for the English learner community and profession.


As a result of attending this workshop, attendees will

  • understand advocacy and its importance for multilingual learners and the profession.
  • analyze what advocacy could look like in their personal and professional context.
  • develop a personalized advocacy plan focused on self-identified issue(s).


Linville Faculty 2019Heather A. Linville, PhD, is professor and TESOL director at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. Her current research explores how digital storytelling encourages translanguaging in English language teaching. Dr. Linville has worked in various countries and has served TESOL International Association in various ways. She also researches how teachers advocate for multilingual learners and how different factors influence advocacy beliefs and actions. With James Whiting, Dr. Linville is the coauthor of the TESOL Zip Guide: Advocating for English Learners.
jcwhead2James Whiting, PhD, is on the faculty at Plymouth State University, New Hampshire, where he also coordinates the graduate program in TESOL. Over the last 30 years, he has taught multilingual learners and prepared English language teachers in the United States and internationally, in Spain, Russia, Quebec, and Panama, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. His research interests include advocacy in TESOL and multilingual learners in low-incidence settings. With Heather Linville, Dr. Whiting is the coeditor of Advocacy in English Language Teaching and Learning. He is currently chair of TESOL’s Teacher Education Interest Section..
101119_Hutcheson_11 (2)Jeff Hutcheson, Director of Advocacy & Public Policy for TESOL International Association, leads efforts to raise awareness and voices for multilingual learners and TESOL professionals. Through this role, Jeff works closely with TESOL’s members and affiliates to ensure its diverse voices are amplified and its interests served at all levels – locally, federally, and globally. A life-long educator and advocate, Jeff has worked in several countries and served in several associations advancing English learners and international education. Jeff holds a master’s in TESOL from Western Kentucky University and has completed doctoral coursework in policy and administration at Peabody College within Vanderbilt University.


 Advance: 1 MarchOn-site: After 1 March
Registration Fee (6 hours)$225$305

You do not have to register for the full TESOL convention to attend this workshop, but you do have to register for the workshop through the convention registration form.​

Questions?  Please contact conventions@tesol.org.