FEATURED SPEAKERS

Dr. Andrea Honigsfeld | Friday Morning Keynote Speaker

Keynote: A Cultural and Linguistic Journey to Celebrate Diversity

Dr. Andrea Honigsfeld will share her cultural and linguistic journey of coming from Hungary and becoming a New York City EL teacher, a TESOL professor, Fulbright Scholar, and an author of over 25 books in the United States. In this inspirational TED-talk-like presentation, she will intertwine photographs, a poem written by Maya Angelou, and some Hungarian folk songs.


About Dr. Andrea Honigsfeld: Dr. Andrea Honigsfeld is Professor in the School of Education and Human Services at Molloy College, Rockville Centre, New York, where she teaches graduate courses related to cultural and linguistic diversity. Before entering the field of teacher education, she was an English-as-a- foreign-language teacher in Hungary, an English-as-a-second-language teacher in New York City, and taught Hungarian at New York University. As a Fulbright Scholar, she lectured in Iceland and she has been presenting at conferences across the United States, Great Britain, Denmark, China, Sweden, the Philippines, and the United Arab Emirates. She frequently offers professional learning sessions primarily focusing on effective differentiated strategies and collaborative practices for ELD/ELL and general education teachers. She has published numerous articles on co-teaching, teacher collaboration, EL strategies, and learning styles.

Dr. Sharroky Hollie | Friday Afternoon Workshop

Two-Part Keynote: Six Ways to Know If You Are Culturally and Linguistically Responsive

The session will answer this question for you: Am I culturally and linguistically responsive? The phrase “culturally and linguistically responsive” has now become cliché, the death knell in education. Cultural responsiveness benefits all students, in particular those students who have been traditionally underserved in the United States’ schools. Given its importance to empowering and inspiring educators to be responsive and for students to be academically successful, how do you know if you are culturally and linguistically responsive in your mind-set and skill set? Find out through a motivating, inspiring, and thought-provoking keynote address. The session will answer this question for you: Am I culturally and linguistically responsive?


About Dr. Sharroky Hollie: Dr. Sharroky Hollie is a national educator who provides professional development to thousands of educators in the area of cultural responsiveness. Since 2000, Dr. Hollie has trained over 150,000 educators and worked in nearly 2,000 classrooms. Going back 25 years, he has been a classroom teacher at the middle and high school levels, a central office professional development coordinator in Los Angeles Unified School District, a school founder and administrator, and university professor in teacher education at Cal State University. Sharroky has also been a visiting professor for Webster University in St. Louis and a guest lecturer at Stanford and UCLA.

In addition to his experience in education, he has authored several texts and journal articles. Most recently, he wrote Strategies for Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching and Learning (2015) and contributed a chapter in the Oxford Handbook of African American Language (2015). Dr. Hollie’s first book, Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching and Learning: Classroom Practices for Student Success, was published in 2011, followed soon thereafter by The Skill to Lead, The Will to Teach, co-written with Dr. Anthony Muhammad. Also, Dr. Hollie has been a contributing author with Pearson publishing, in the Cornerstone and Keystone textbook series (2009), Prentice Hall Anthology (2012), and iLit e-series (2014). In 2003, he and two colleagues founded the Culture and Language Academy of Success, a laboratory school that demonstrated the principles of cultural responsiveness in an exemplary school wide model, which operated until 2013.