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October 26, 2013 Conference

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The upcoming 2013 WITESOL Conference, directed at Professional in Higher Education and Adult Education fields, will be held on Saturday, October 26 at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. The theme is “Multiple Literacies for 21st Century: Secondary, Adult, and Higher Education English Learners.” We will feature: Keynote speaker Martha Bigelow of the University of Minnesota, Plenary Panel, concurrent sessions and more. Be sure to join us!

Martha Bigelow is Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota, in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Her areas of expertise are:

  • Second language acquisition
  • Schooling experiences of adolescent immigrant youth
  • Preservice language teacher education
  • Multicultural education

Martha Bigelow wanted us to know that…
“My research interests span fields of education, applied linguistics, and cultural studies. While I have focused mainly on the language learning and schooling of adolescent refugees from East Africa, I am deeply invested in the schooling of all language learners as they learn in home, community and school settings. I am also interested in teacher education experiences and classroom pedagogies that support equity and access in education.”

Other research areas of Dr. Bigelow–

  • The multilingualism and multiliteracy of immigrant and refugee youth
  • The role of native and second language literacy in the acquisition of second language oral skills
  • The intersection of race, religion, gender and ethnicity among Somali youth
  • Somali youth’s experiences with racialization in school and community settings
  • The educational needs of adolescent English language learners with limited formal schooling
  • Making out-of-school connections to classroom learning for immigrant youth (funds of knowledge and culturally relevant pedagogy)
  • The role of education policies in access to education for adolescent immigrant youth with limited formal schooling

Conference Schedule

7:00 am Registration; Lobby Entrance, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
8:00 am - 9:30 am Continental Breakfast
9:15 am - 10:15 am Keynote Speaker, Martha Bigelow
10:15 am - 10:30 am Break
10:30 am - 11:20 am Concurrent Session #1
11:30 am - 12:15 pm Concurrent Session #2
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm Lunch and Membership Meeting
1:15 pm - 2:00 pm Plenary Panel
2:00 pm - 2:15 pm Cake and Break
2:15 pm - 3:30 pm Concurrent Session #3
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Raffle