Friday, 30 July: ELevate Us

Find out about current topics and issues that will help advance the English language teaching field, including social and emotional learning, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and teacher research.

All listed times are in U.S. Eastern Time. To find the time in your time zone, please click on the time link listed. 

*Note: All sessions and presenters are subject to change.

6:00 am-7:15 am


Kindall Tyson

Educator Self-Care as a Pedagogical Imperative (Workshop)

During this interactive workshop, participants will explore what self-care is, its importance, and the vital role it plays in ensuring that educators perform at their optimal levels. This session will teach strategies to help educators prioritize their mental and physical wellness-helping them to experience greater career satisfaction, assertively articulate their needs and wants, withstand the damaging effects of stress and burnout, experience increased emotional intelligence to build coalitions, and become skilled at addressing the increasing demands of this industry. Prioritizing self-care teaches educators to set healthy boundaries, thereby increasing their professional longevity and career satisfaction. This session aims to help educators uncover what works for them and create a plan of action to help them thrive.

China Daily - Zheng Cui

Cui Zheng

Using Scaffolding Strategies in Cultivating Critical Thinking Skills (Exhibitor Session)

This presentation discusses the connotation of critical thinking ability, provides a brief review on some previous work and existing problems, and explains how to use scaffolding strategies to cultivate college students' critical thinking skills based on the theoretical framework of the Critical Thinking Hierarchy Model.


Hind Elyas

Elevate Your Game Through Communities of Practice: Onwards and Upwards (Conversation)

In this session, the presenter will give an overview of communities of practice by explaining what they are, how they benefit professionals, and why one should get involved. The participants will leave with a better understanding of these communities and how they can empower educators both inside and outside the classroom.


9:00 am-10:15 am


Dorina Sackman-Ebuwa

B.E.L.I.E.V.E.!® in Transformative Emotional IntELLigence: How Navigating Emotions ELevate Teaching & Learning (Workshop)

In this highly energetic and interactive workshop, new Teachers of English learn about Transformative Emotional IntELLigence (TEI) and the positive impact it has on personal and professional growth, resilience, and working with ALL students. With real talk and self-awareness as it pertains to teaching in our present climate, new Teachers of English engage in 4 strategic techniques that help achieve meaningful growth and change, bring out individual potential for intelligent self-direction and new behaviors that lead to a stronger, healthier relationships - especially with oneself as you begin your teaching career. Focusing on Visions, Values, Non-Negotiables and the Power of Boundaries, participants see the positive impact each has on managing, understanding, regulating, and balancing emotions for improved goal setting and becoming your best at your pace! With authentic teacher-talk, vulnerability, and fun, participants leave feeling refreshed, hopeful, revived and ready! That is, if you B.E.L.I.E.V.E.! 

Ozgehan Ustuk, Yasemin Bayyurt, Zhongfeng Tian, Jamie  Schissel, Angel Arias, Yuliana KenfieldDiversity, Equity, Inclusion in ELT: International Perspectives and Local Resonances (Workshop)

Conceptualizations of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) differ in various policy contexts. This panel of teachers and researchers explores DEI from global perspectives, including in English as an additional language (EAL), English as a foreign language (EFL), and English-medium instruction, and examines practices such as teaching academic language, assessment, translanguaging, as well as bi/multilingual identities. We conclude with small-group discussions.

Vista Higher Learning-Maria Torres

Maria Torres

Unlock English Learners' Potential Bridging Academic Language, Literacy, and Content (Exhibitor Session)

The presenter will expose participants to authentic materials maximizing ELs' potential through language, literacy, and content utilizing differentiated instruction while addressing language proficiency and academic rigor. Join this presentation with engaging print and online materials featuring interactive activities, videos, multimedia, and online tutorials leading ELs to mainstream classroom success.


SIT Speakers

Elka Todeva, Leslie Turpin


Harmonizing Real Life Trends and Educational Realities (Exhibitor Session)

This exhibitor session will familiarize participants with the unique features of the SIT MATESOL Program with its long tradition and established reputation as a trailblazer. It will offer a brief participatory exploration of two of these features, plurilingual pedagogy and grammaring, which foster expedited, brain-friendly multimodal learning.


12:00 pm-1:15 pm


Ayanna Cooper

Peer Mentoring in the Moment: Elevating Your TESOL Career (Conversation)

Mentor/mentee relationships are unique, multifaceted, and beneficial for one's personal and professional development. What's the purpose of peer mentoring? Who needs a mentor and where can they be found? This session explores formal and informal ways in which TESOL professionals can support one another through peer mentoring.


Kristina Robertson

Post-Pandemic Multilingual Family Engagement: Return to Better (Workshop)

Crisis often sparks creativity, and the pandemic provided an opportunity to increase family partnerships for student learning. In this interactive session, participants will learn about methods of empowering multilingual families through effective communication, outreach, and setting staff expectations. Discussion focuses on returning to better by building on effective family engagement practices.

Collage Linking

Frederic Lim, Amy Burden, Stephanie Bolaños, Karissa Cuffy, Pearlie Lubin, Kerry Zahn

Linking Online Teaching and International Cultural Exchange (Exhibitor Session)

A panel of English Language Programs participants share their most successful teaching tips for online classrooms, for all ages and levels, as well as ideas for incorporating cultural exchange, even when thousands of miles apart. Learn more about the U.S. Department of State's new Virtual Educator program!


3:00 pm-4:15 pm

Luis  Herrera

Luis Javier Pentón Herrera

Social-Emotional Learning in English Language Teaching: What, Why, and How (Conversation)

In this presentation, I introduce social-emotional learning (SEL) in the context of English language teaching (ELT), explain my position of why ELT educators should embrace SEL in their pedagogies, and share practical examples of SEL that they can use in their learning spaces to support learners.


Joyce Nutta

When ELs Aren't Your Only Students: Techniques & Hacks for Support (Workshop)

Promoting ELs' achievement in K-12 classrooms requires support. This session presents a simple process (a hack) identifying when/how much support is needed in standards-based lessons for ELs at different proficiency levels. Participants will leave with a tool for identifying where support is needed and resources for using support tools/techniques.


VS Pictures

Selena Protacio, Virginia David


Traditional and Nontraditional Ways to Engage with Families of ELs (Workshop)
In this presentation, the presenters will share various examples of how K-12 teachers implemented both traditional and nontraditional ways to engage with families of English learners in their schools. These examples will be discussed in relation to the continuum to family engagement (Goodall & Montgomery, 2014) to help attendees reflect on the family engagement initiatives in their own school settings.