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Preconference Events

Extended learning opportunities are available through our preconference events. 

TexTESOL School Site Visits:

Thursday, November 2 8:00-1:00 

Wisdom High School (formerly known as Lee High School) is a comprehensive high school serving grades 9-12. Participants will see how this school embraces students from 72 different countries and speak more than 42 languages.   It will move into its new state-of-the-art building in June 2017 and will only be 5 months old for our TESOL visit.  Please visit their website at http://www.houstonisd.org/Domain/27

Las Americas Newcomer School is a newcomer school serving grades 4-8. Participants will see how this school uses workstations in each classroom to include listening, speaking, reading, and writing in every lesson. It focuses on the whole child by providing social, emotional, and mental services with its 7 social workers, and other wrap-around services including medical and clothing needs. Please visit their website at http://www.houstonisd.org/lasamericas

Round-trip transportation from the Westin Galleria to school sites is included in the cost of the site visit. 

The Liberty High School site visit has been cancelled due to complications from Hurricane Harvey. 

Pre-Conference Sessions

  1. TESOL ELT Leadership Management Certificate Program at TexTESOL Conference

Organized by TESOL International Association (TESOL), this TESOL ELT Leadership Management Certificate Program (LMCP) provides ELT teachers, teacher trainers, and administrators with the latest thinking on building quality ELT organizations and programs through effective leadership, management, and teacher training.

The LMCP format combines elements of a traditional conference with in-depth, hands-on workshops led by globally recognized experts to provide you with practical, research-based ideas, strategies, and tools to help you improve the quality of your ELT organization. You will also have numerous opportunities for networking and knowledge-sharing with your peers, both face-to-face and online after the academy.

TESOL gratefully acknowledges the support of TexTESOL, an affiliate of TESOL International Association and several regional sponsors. Learn More … 

  1. Advocacy Institute: Navigating Advocacy in Education for the Benefit of our ELL Learners

Thursday, November 2, 1:30-5:30

If you believe this is a pivotal time for educators and community members to discuss the role of advocacy in our organizations, then join us in this dynamic discussion to learn about the most recent legislative updates and the benefits of forming partnerships. This session will address resources that are available to our English Language Learners and their families while emphasizing action steps and successful strategies that build and promote a positive and diverse Houston culture amongst all.  Learn More …

Featured Speaker: Ramiro Fonseca


  1. Practitioner Workshop: Design Your Own Materials with a Content First Approach  

Thursday, November 2, 1:30-5:30

Why do so many teachers wish they could teach without a course book? Is it because the materials have become too overwhelming? Too expensive? Too confining? Or is something missing in the book that teachers want to explore? While there are many excellent course materials available through traditional publishers, there will always be creative teachers who want to strike out on their own in search of a more efficient way to meet the unique needs of their learners. This workshop offers a content first approach to materials development.  Learn More … 

Featured Speakers: Colin Ward and Alice Savage


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