Pre-Conference Workshops

Friday, October 25th at Renton Technical College

These 3-hour professional development workshops (Friday, October 25, 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.) are designed to provide opportunities to discuss and examine relevant topics and important issues in greater depth.  Annual conference sessions will follow on Saturday, October 26, 2019.

Pre-conference sessions will take place at Renton Technical College.

  • Parking is available in lot P7 near the Robert C. Roberts Campus Center.
  • Check-in and onsite registration for the workshops begins at 12pm (Building J in room 302)
  • The workshops begins at 1pm.

Clock Hours are available for the pre-conference workshops and the Saturday conference.

Pre-Conference Registration opens September 15th.

  • $30 for WAESOL Members ($40 on-site)
  • $35 for non-members ($45 on-site)

Scroll down to read descriptions of the sessions to choose from.  You will need to indicate your session choice when your register.

Link to Pre-Conference Registration


An Introduction to Culturally Responsive Classroom Management

Beth Ankcorn, Spokane Public Schools
Shawna Moore, Highline School District

Abstract:  This professional development opportunity provides K-12 educators with a curriculum to support the development of their culturally responsive classroom management practice. The curriculum was developed through collaboration between the University of Washington, WEA, and NEA. Educators can earn clock hours and develop CRS-based goals.

Participants will be introduced to some of the essential practices for developing one’s culturally responsive management. These include building social relationships, communicating in culturally responsive ways, cultivating a safe inclusive environment, and engaging with families and communities. In addition, they will be provided the opportunity to reflect, discuss, and share their cultural assumptions and beliefs to examine their cultural histories and biases in working with students from culturally, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds.

Beth Ankcorn has devoted her professional life to bringing people together in ways that increase understanding and mutual respect.  She taught composition and ESOL for fourteen years–at Gonzaga University and at Spokane Falls Community College where she led the Intensive English Language Program. She served as Team Leader for the TESOL Convention and received the Sally Wellman Volunteer Award from WAESOL. Beth is currently teaching ELD at Sacajawea Middle School in Spokane.  Beth remembers what is to be a language learner; she studied abroad in Italy and taught in Japan–experience which has guided her as she has taught students from over 35 countries and has traveled to 26 countries.  Beth has a BA of International Studies, a MA in TESOL, an MA in Literature, and is a certified teacher of English Language Learners, endorsed in secondary English Language Arts and Social Studies.

Shawna Moore is a dedicated educator of 18 years.  Her passion is ensuring all students have a caring adult they can rely on in their school setting, as well as educating professionals about the power of relationships and human connection. She is currently teaching 8th grade Health at Chinook Middle School in Seatac, Washington. She is an athletic coach of Track and Volleyball, peer mentor for her building and the Highline School District. She is a WEA Culturally Responsive Trainer, as well as a Core team member of RECN (Rainier Educators of Color network).  Prior to teaching Shawna spent 22 years in the Navy supporting and defending our country. Shawna has 3 associates’ degrees. She double majored in her bachelors in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education and doubled majored in the Master’s in Master Teacher and Curriculum Development. As well as being endorsed in Fitness and Health.


Materials Development and Design Principles for Busy Teachers

Bridget Green, ELT Materials Developer

Abstract:  We all do it — when the textbook fails to live up to our students’ needs, we write our own. But can we do it better? Learning how to scaffold, personalize/localize, recycle, and incorporate peer interaction may lead to higher student motivation and achievement, making teacher-created materials more effective than published textbooks.

In this session, you will learn key design principles and practical guidelines to follow for creating fabulous materials, evaluate a variety of classroom materials to discuss how well they adhere to design principles and how to improve them, coming away with a better understanding of how to develop effective materials for ELLs. You’re invited to bring materials of your own to share!

Bridget Green has over 30 years’ ESL/EFL teaching experience in the US, Japan, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, and Ecuador, and has recently returned from an amazing English Language Specialist teacher-training course in Uganda.  In addition, she has 15 years’ teacher-training experience at the post-secondary level. Her experience writing and editing ELT materials for Oxford University Press and Heinemann was the beginning of her training in materials development, which is her absolutely favorite thing to do.