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ORTESOL sponsors a two day conference in the fall and a one day spring workshop with the goal of providing professional development and networking opportunities for our members. 

Speaker presentations from past events are available.


Interested in exhibiting educational materials, taking out an ad in the conference program, having a table to promote your organization, or recruit educational professionals at one of ORTESOL's events? In addition to exhibitor tables, there are many sponsorship opportunities available. 

Learn more: Exhibitor, Sponsorship, and Advertising Fee

To inquire about exhibiting, sponsoring or advertising with ORTESOL, please contact us at exhibitors@ortesol.org.

Upcoming Events

    • 4 May 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Portland Community College Southeast Campus - 2305 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97216

    2019 ORTESOL Spring Workshop

    Empowering Teachers, Empowering Learners

    PCC Southeast Campus

    2305 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97216

    Saturday, May 4th 2019

    Empowering teachers and empowering learners means recognizing that we all have the power we need to control our own teaching and learning -- and the power to claim our rights both inside and outside the classroom. This year’s Spring Workshop theme is all about helping teachers and learners feel stronger, more confident, and able to access all the resources we need to be leaders.

    This years workshop threads include:

    Empowering Teachers

    • Professional development, collaboration, and mentoring

    • Social justice leadership skills for promoting equity, inclusion, and diversity

    • Skills, resources, and ideas for community-based learning, nonprofit partnership, grant writing, locating and creating alternative learning resources

    Empowering Learners

    • Skills, technology, and other tools for promoting autonomy

    • Alternative materials and content that promotes diverse viewpoints

    • Strategies for goal setting, self-reflection, self-assessment, and motivation

    • Helping learners get more deeply engaged in institutional, community, and civic leadership opportunities, clubs that promote learning, and ways of finding resources to meet basic needs

      • 17 Jun 2019
      • 19 Jun 2019
      • Arlington, VA United States

      2019 TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit

      The only event of its kind in the United States, the TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit is an2019 TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit unparalleled professional development opportunity for educators to learn about U.S. federal education issues and advocate for policies that support English learners and the field of English language education. By attending the TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit, you will:

      • learn from experts and insiders about the latest federal education policy
      • enhance your leadership skills with hands-on advocacy training
      • share a powerful message with your members of Congress
      • join your colleagues from across the United States to make a difference

      For registration information see the TESOL.org website.

      Tentative Schedule

      The full ss will be released in early June. The summit's tentative schedule is:

      Monday 17 June: Check-in and materials pick-up: 8:00 am - 9:00 am

      • Welcome and Introductions: 9:00 am - 9:30 am
      • Federal Policy Update: 9:30 am - 11:00 am
      • Breakout Sessions and Lunch: 11:15 am - 1:30 pm
      • Advocacy Training: 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

      Tuesday 18 June: Keynote Speaker: 9:00 am - 10:00 am

      • Breakout Sessions and Lunch: 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
      • Advocacy Training: 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
      • Wednesday 19 June: Capitol Hill Meetings: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
      • Closing Dinner: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

      Note: ORTESOL is an affiliate of International TESOL. TESOL membership and event registration is through the TESOL website (tesol.org)

      • 21 Mar 2023
      • 24 Mar 2023
      • Portland, Oregon


      International TESOL will be coming to Portland in 2023! 

      The event will take place 21-24 March 2023 hosted by ORTESOL.

    Conference Justification

    As an English language educator, you value attending ORTESOL conferences. The current economy has caused many school districts, governments, and other organizations to carefully watch travel and education budgets. 

    To obtain the financial support and/or possibly time off you need from your employer, you will likely have to justify your attendance. To help you, ORTESOL has prepared the following resources:

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