The theme of this year's fall conference, Navigating Change in TESOL, highlights the need for ESOL professionals to explore how changing learner demographics, employment trends, skills, and teaching strategies create new opportunities for transforming our teaching practice in ways that are relevant, innovative, and adaptable to different contexts.
➢ Teacherpreneurship: sessions that explore innovative ways to develop alternative means of earning income outside of the classroom through materials writing, self-publishing, open educational resource development, grant writing, social enterprise, app development, and launching new programs or businesses.
➢ Pathways and Pivots: sessions that explore ways to leverage your skills to shift into new teaching contexts (e.g. IELP, Adult Ed, Workplace, Career and Technical, Transitional, Developmental Education, K12, and Tutoring), a new role (e.g. administrator, coordinator, counselor) or exploring different sectors with strong affinity with education and meeting the needs of newcomers.
➢ Responding to Change: shifting pedagogical strategies and skills needed to remain flexible and adaptable to the needs of diverse groups of learners (e.g. Shifting learner demographics, multi-purpose, mixed-level, alter-abled, and LGBQT learners).
➢ Content and Technology: exploring new content-based, community-based, and critical pedagogies relevant to today’s changing world as well as technological modes of delivering content and opportunities for learners to practice language skills.
➢ Employment Skills: polishing your professional skills with resume writing tips, good teaching demos, navigating HR systems, giving great interviews, and being more competitive.