Special CATESOL 50th Anniversary
Pre-Conference Session
Learn - Network - Collaborate - Advocate 

CATESOL at 50 – Advocating for Our Learners and Programs


Who should attend?

  • ESL K-12, Adult, and Community College Instructors 

  • Program Administrators, Principals, and Superintendents

  • Community-based organizations and others working with English language learners


What’s included?

Two plenaries

  • one on federal advocacy:  “TESOL Advocacy and Policy Priorities” by David Cutler of TESOL

  • one on state advocacy: “California Advocacy and Legislative Priorities Supporting English Learners” by education advocate Jeff Frost


Four breakout sessions

  • Advocacy Skill Building for the CATESOL Professional

  • K-12 EL Roadmap

  • Adult Education:  WIOA Update and Priorities

  • Community Colleges and AB 705

Invited speakers

  • David Cutler, Policy and Communications Manager, TESOL International Association

  • Shelly Spiegel-Coleman, Executive Director, Californians Together

  • Jeff Frost, Ball/Frost Group

  • Bette Empol, ESL/ABE/Literacy/Bridge Coordinator, Conejo Valley Adult School

  • AB 705 The California Opportunity Project Team


When and where will it be?

Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, from noon to 5:30pm, at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center

How much does it cost?

$120, which includes all materials and a beverage break, payable through Annual Conference registration website. (You do not have to register for the conference to attend this pre-conference event! Once on the website, you can select only this event.)

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