Keynote Speakers

Aziz Abu Sarah – National Geographic Explorer

Aziz Abu Sarah is a National Geographic Explorer, cultural educator, and TED Fellow who has published articles for the New York Times and has been featured on CNN, Fox, and Al Jazeera as an expert contributor on the topic of conflict resolution and cultural education.

Joan Kang Shin – PhD – George Mason University, National Geographic Learning

Dr. Joan Kang Shin is an Associate Professor of Education at George Mason University. She specializes in teaching English to young learners. She is a Series Editor for several textbooks for teens and young learners by National Geographic Learning.

Thomas S. C. Farrell – PhD – Brock University

Dr. Thomas Farrell is a professor of Applied Linguistics at Brock University, Canada. He has published many books on the topic of reflective practice including his most recent Reflection as Action in ELT by TESOL and Reflective Practice in ELT by Equinox.

Betsy Parrish – M.A. – Hamline University

Betsy Parrish is a professor in the MA TESOL and TEF and adult ESL Certificate programs at Hamline University. She has published several books including her most recent Teaching Adult Eglish Language Learners: A Practical Introduction from Cambridge University Press.

Laura Baecher – PhD – Hunter College, City University of New York

Dr. Laura Baecher is an associate professor of TESOL at Hunter College, City University of New York. She specializes in content-language integration, teacher leadership, and practicum and supervision in teaching English learners.

Ruben Puentedura – PhD – Hippasus Educational Consulting

Dr. Ruben Puentedura is an educational consultant specializing in the use of technology for transformative purposes. He is the creator of the SAMR model for technology integration and is the founder of the educational consultancy Hippasus.

Keith Folse – PhD – University of Central Florida

Dr. Keith Folse is professor of TESOL at the University of Central Florida. He has published dozens of books for students and teachers and his most recent book is The Grammar Answer Key from University of Michigan Press.

Kara McBride – PhD – World Learning

Dr. Kara McBride is a Senior Education Specialist at World Learning in Washington D.C. She specializes in teacher training, educational technology, and second language acquisition.