GENERAL SESSION

Friday Morning Keynote

Karen Beeman
Karen is an education consultant whose specialty is biliteracy and bilingual education. Karen’s professional experience includes working as bilingual teacher, principal of a dual language school in the city of Chicago, and as a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and at National Louis University. The area that has most captured Karen’s passion and work is biliteracy, how to teach children how to read and write in two languages at the same time. As a professional developer, Karen works at the national level providing training for teachers and principals and she also collaborates with the Illinois Resource Center. A simultaneous bilingual born and raised in Mexico City, Karen is co-author, along with Cheryl Urow, of the book Teaching for Biliteracy: Strengthening Bridges between Languages (Caslon Publishing, 2013) and is co-founder of the Center for Teaching for Biliteracy, an on-line forum for supporting and connecting educators who teach for biliteracy.

Saturday Morning Keynote

Jeff Zwiers
Jeff is a senior researcher at the Stanford Graduate School of Education and the director of professional development for Understanding Language/SCALE, a research and professional learning center focused on improving instruction and assessment of English learners and other diverse students. He consults for national and international teacher development projects that promote language, literacy, lesson design, and formative assessment practices. His current research focuses on improving professional learning models and developing classroom instruction that fosters high-quality oral language and constructive conversations across disciplines.