Keynote Speaker

Title for Keynote: Creating and Chronicling: Honing our Skills to Help Students Tell Their Stories

Abstract: In our shifting educational landscape, how do we ensure that our English learners’ voices and stories come to the fore? This lighthearted talk first asks us to consider what we know about story—its connection to identity, engagement, and learning—then invites us to explore tools and projects that promote the creation and chronicling of students’ stories in our classes.

Jayme Adelson-Goldstein is an ESL teacher educator, consultant, materials writer and frequent presenter and speaker at national and international conferences. Over the course of her 40 years in the field, she has been an ESL tutor, classroom teacher, program coordinator, teacher educator, and professional development specialist. Her work with Wisconsin adult English language teachers began in 2016 through the LINCS ESL Pro project and she’s been a frequent presenter at the WTCS Common Ground conference.

Her current work includes supporting the Teaching Skills That Matter projectwith the American Institutes for Research; providing technical assistance for Massachusetts English language instructors transitioning to online instruction; and developing curriculum for the Division of Adult and Career Education for Los Angeles Unified School District.

Under the moniker, Lighthearted Learning, Jayme conducts F2F and online workshops and seminars to support English language teachers in creating meaningful, relevant, learner-fronted instruction. Her publications include the Oxford Picture Dictionary, Step Forward, Read and Reflect, and Listen First as well as numerous open educational resources that she’s always happy to share.