Colorado TESOL News

Colorado Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

Volume 39 Number 2

Winter 2017


CoTESOL Spring Conference 2017

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Montrose High School
600 South Selig Avenue
Montrose, CO 81401

Keynote Speaker - Dr. Jennifer L. Daniels
Registration Fee: $60.00
Registration includes a lite breakfast, lunch, presentation materials, and free CoTESOL membership through November 2017 

There will be NO onsite registration.  Certificates of Attendance and CEUs will be available to attendees
Registration Deadline: Friday, May 5, 2017, or until the 130 limit is reached

Message from the President:
Susan Holloway, Ed.D.
CoTESOL President

Dear CoTESOL Enthusiasts:

Thank you for taking the time to look at these wo rds as CoTESOL begins its 5th decade.  Our 40th anniversary celebration and convention allowed us time to relive the vainglorious (ha!) days when the TESOL president was asked to bail us out of some precarious financial times, and it also allowed us to acknowledge where we are today; o ne of the
largest affiliate organizations in the country!  Now, with your help, we will take the next step and design our future.
I am honored to be a part of this process as CoTESOL's new president, so please allow me to introduce myself.  My area of expertise is at the intersection of language learning and subject areas, especially in the STEM fields.  My academic background and my experience reflect this combination of interests as I have undergraduate degrees in education and in engineering, a master's degrees in cultural and linguistic diversity as well as a master's in mathematics.  My doctorate was an attempt to combine both passions with an eye towards improving the success of K-12 language learners in mathematics.  As a Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages, I have primarily worked with language learners as a mathematics teacher in urban settings that are considered high poverty.
My personal interests dovetail very nicely with the upcoming goals of CoTESOL. This year, you should look forward to discussions about social justice issues (our changing political landscape is a virtual guarantee that this area of conversation will remain lively).  CoTESOL has already signed onto a coalition to establish a Seal of Biliteracy in the state of Colorado, and this is an effort that I wholeheartedly endorse.  Look for regular reports on other work from our wonderful Socio-Political Liaisons Kat Bradley-Bennett and Elizabeth Schroeder.
As we enter our fifth decade, we would like your input about how we can remain successful as an organization.  What do you think are success indicators for CoTESOL?  What would you like to see that is new?  What do you think we can jettison?  I hope to actively seek your input about the vision of CoTESOL and how we can improve.  Perhaps this discussion will stimulate your thinking about next year's convention.  Perhaps you will consider presenting for the first time....  And speaking of conventions, keep an eye out for more information about our exciting spring convention this year in Montrose which has been organized by our inimitable Patty Voorhis!
With gratitude and anticipation,
Susan Holloway, Ed.D.
President, CoTESOL
Montrose County School District hosts 
2017 Spring Conference - Partners with CoTESOL
Daniel M. Schweissing
CoTESOL Spring Conference Liaison

CoTESOL is partnering with Montrose County School District (MCSD) to co-host its spring conference at Montrose High School this coming May. The Conference will be held Saturday, May 13, 2017.  Patty Voorhis, MSCD's ELL/Migrant Coordinator, has taken the lead in organizing the conference. 
Dr. Jennifer L. Daniels of Colorado Mesa University will be the keynote speaker.

CoTESOL's 40th Annual Fall Convention Recap
Tom Germain
1st Vice President, CoTESOL

Thank you to all who attended CoTESOL's 40th Annual Fall Convention.  CoTESOL board members worked hard to make the experience not only worthwhile but enjoyable and inspiring.  We hope that the convention exceeded your expectations and supported you, the CoTESOL membership, in furthering your professional development. 

As always, there were many opportunities to connect, share ideas, and learn from one another.  With over 140 scheduled presentations, including 16 Exhibitor Sessions, 12 SIGnature presentations, and four Featured Presentations, there was a lot on offer.  We hope that you encountered sessions and presenters that spoke to your particular needs and interests within the TESOL field.   (Read more).
An Invitation to the 2017 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo
TESOL 2.0: Engage, Enrich, Empower
Margi Wald
Chair of TESOL's Conferences Professional Council

Join the international community March 20-25, 2017, in Seattle, Washington, for the TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo, our 51st annual gathering. Experience what makes TESOL and its affiliates unique: present and future teachers, administrators, researchers, and advocacy leaders engaging in conversation about language education and policy; enriching their knowledge, networks, and professional experience; and empowering themselves and their students to learn and lead in a 2.0 world.  (Read more).   
Socio-Political Updates - Spring 2017
Kat Bradley-Bennett and Elizabeth Schroeder
Socio-Political Liaisons

So, slightly less difficult than getting our heads around what is going on is the task of writing a concise Socio-Political article for CoTESOL's spring newsletter. We are up for the task... that is if you are all cool with a story and an index of issues with hyperlinks out for further exploration and calls to action. Yes, it is stretching the definition of concise, but there is a lot to cover... (Read more).
Meet Ryan Jeffers, CoTESOL Board Member

What is your current job?
Currently, my title is Assessment Specialist and ELA Instructor at Emily Griffith Technical College. Basically, I'm a part time teacher and part time test designer. My job is awesome!
Where are you originally from?
I was born in Lincoln, NE, but I grew up here in Denver, Colorado.   (Read more).
Language Instruction in Content Areas, or "I Don't Teach ESL. 
I Teach _________"
J uli Sarris and Donna Kapp
Content Area SIG Co-Chairs

Fill in the blank with any content area: math...PE.  Ad nauseam.  Many secondary content area teachers appear to relegate the teaching of language to the ESL specialist in a sheltered classroom.  Many elementary teachers appear to isolate the teaching of language to the language arts block.  Some teachers, but not enough, have embraced including the teaching of language with their content instruction.  As a result, our bilingual students have limited opportunities to learn. (Read more).
CoTESOL Board Comes Together for Annual Holiday Dinner
Hilario Benzon
CoTESOL Communications Liaison

On Sunday, December 11, 2016, outgoing and incomi ng board gathered  at Stout Street Social for our annual Co TESOL Holiday Dinner. (Read more).
Volunteers Wanted for 2020 TESOL - Denver

Denver, Colorado will host the TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo in 2020. We are looking for individuals who are interested in helping plan this momentous event. If you are interested in being part of TESOL International 2020 Denver, please fill out this  (click on link). If you have any questions, contact Hilario Benzon or Susan Holloway. 

If you have any questions or comments about this newsletter, please contact the CoTESOL Communications Liaison.
Hilario Benzon
Christine Deines,
Communications Liaisons/
Newsletter Editors
TESOL 2017:
Rocky Mountain TESOL Reception

Are you attending 
TESOL 2017
in Seattle?

If so, please join us for the annual Rocky Mountain TESOL Reception on

March 22, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Billiards Room
1506 6th Avenue
Seattle, WA
(close to the Convention Center)



Are you going to TESOL 2017 Seattle?

Join other CoTESOLers at the reception sponsored by Colorado, New Mexico, and Intermountain TESOL:  Wed., March 22, 7:00 p.m., at the  Seattle Tap House .    

Are you presenting at TESOL 2017 Seattle?

CoTESOL annually maintains a list of presentations by CoTESOLers at TESOL conventions.   If you are presenting at TESOL 2017 Seattle, please click on this link and submit your presentation information (i.e., time, day, room). 
Executive Board

CoTESOL Executive Board  2017

Last Name First Name E-mail Address Board Member
Austin Sarah Past President
Benzon J. Hilario Communications Liaison
Bradley-Bennett Kat Socio-political Liaison
Bruhn Dieter Hospitality/Entertainment
Conner Olivia TE/AR Co-chair (2nd yr)
Davis Connie AE Co-Chair (2nd yr)
Deines Christine Communications Liaison
Dewing Stephanie Colorado Springs Liaison
Farkas-Roszell Agnes 2nd VP
Fisher Larry Executive Secretary
Germain Thomas 1st  VP
Graham Liliana Member-at-Large
Helson Maritza EE Co-chair (2nd yr)
Hilken Mary Tech Co-chair (2nd yr)
Holloway Susan President
Jeffers Ryan
Tech Co-chair (1st yr)
Kapp Donna CA Co-chair (2nd yr)
Karabushin Lena TE/AR Co-chair (2nd yr)
Livneh Olivia TE/AR Co-chair (1st yr)
Nicolai Virginia Western Slope Liaison
Raese Michelle AE Co-Chair (2nd yr)
Rogers Bruce Publisher liaison
Russell Leigh Ann
IEP/HE Co-chair (1st yr)
Saenz Suzanne
IEP/HE Co-chair (1st yr)
Sarris Juli CA SIG Co-chair (2nd yr)
Schroeder Cara SE Co-chair (2nd yr)
Schroeder Elizabeth Socio-political Liaison
Schweissing Daniel Spring Conference Liaison
Skelton Beth SE Co-chair (1st yr)
Stokely Sandy EE Co-chair  (2nd yr)
Convention Services


CoTESOL supports its members.

  • Encourages participation in professional discourse.
  • Supports collaboration, networking, leadership and research.
  • Provides professional development.
  • Disseminates information.


CoTESOL supports students and education.


  • Advocates and fosters respect for language and culture.
  • Promotes high standards.
  • Upholds the profession of English language teaching.  
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