2010 ITESOL Conference

Celebrating English Language Learners

Weber State University, Ogden, Utah, October 22-23

CONFERENCE SPEAKER – Dr. Francisco Jiménez -Santa Clara University

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English language learners bring new ideas and cultural insights from around the world.  They also remind us of the challenges and joys of learning a new language and adapting to a new culture.  Come and share your own stories as we explore ways to enhance language learning, academic instruction, and intercultural awareness in our schools and communities.

Dr. Francisco Jimenez is a recipient of many awards including the Americas Award, the Boston Globe Horn Book Award for Fiction, and the 2002 U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  Emigrating from Tlaquepaque, Mexico to California, Francisco and his family followed the agricultural circuit laboring in the fields and moving from one crop harvest to the next.  Through extreme poverty, heartache, and seemingly impossible setbacks, Francisco never gave up his love of learning nor his dream of becoming a teacher.  His autobiographical trilogy, The Circuit, Breaking Through, and Reaching Out, vividly relates Francisco’s compelling life story.  For more info about him see www.scu.edu/fjimenez.For more information about the Fall 2010 Conference, email tconrad@weber.edu

To submit a presentation proposal, click here. September 10th, 2010 is the deadline.

K-12/Bilingual Ed Interest Section Speaker Info

Creating potential college access and outreach partnerships with local universities to best serve under-represented populations.

Ruth Patiño Stubbs

In this presentation, participants will receive a model on how to develop an effective college outreach partnership to best serve their students.  Different types of outreach programs as well as the services needed to best assist these students to be on track for college will also be presented.  Finally, participants will hear testimonials from students on the impact these programs have made.  Come learn strategies that will help ensure increased access to college opportunities for all students!

Ruth Patiño Stubbs received her undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University in 1999 and her a graduate degree in Social Work at the University of Utah in 2003.   She has worked with diverse communities in the areas of case management, counseling, domestic violence education and community outreach.  She also worked at the University of Northern Las Vegas, primarily with pre-college programs, ETS (Educational Talent Search) and Upward Bound.  She has been at Weber State University since August of 2003 serving in a variety of roles including college counselor for multicultural students, outreach program coordinator, and director of the TRiO-Educational Talent Search federal grant program.  In Fall 2008, she was appointed as the Director of the Education Access and Outreach office at Weber State University.  These programs focus on providing community outreach and college access services to increase college participation for our under-served communities.  Efforts focus on creating collaborations and connections of the university’s educational outreach efforts to better meet the needs of the local community.  Initiatives also include extensive partnerships with local school districts through grant programs and services that involve college-readiness and guidance, academic support, parent involvement, and engaging the community in the importance of education and going to college.

Adult Ed Interest Section Speaker Info

Shauna K. Brown

Shauna K. Brown has been the executive director for Project Read, a nonprofit adult literacy program serving Utah County since 2001. She has also been the literacy trainer and training coordinator for Project Read for the past 11 years, and a certified literacy trainer through ProLiteracy America since June 2008. Prior to her work as a trainer and executive director for Project Read, Shauna served as a volunteer tutor for Project Read. Shauna completed a graduate certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at Brigham Young University (BYU) in 2003. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations with a minor in Spanish from BYU in 2000. She was formerly a reporter and editor for The Lake Mountain Interactive and The Crossroads Journal, newspapers serving Saratoga Springs and Eagle Mountain. She currently teaches piano lessons apart from her duties at Project Read. She and her husband Dennis are the proud parents of Shaylee (16), Devin (13), Aspen (5), Connor (2), and Joshua (5 months). They also have two cats: Athena and Margaret Thatcher (Maggie). In her “spare” time, Shauna enjoys spending time with her husband and children, playing the piano, organ, and guitar, dancing, traveling, outdoor activities (hiking, camping, horseback riding, roller blading, etc.), and, of course, reading.