WAESOL, the Washington state affiliate of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), is a professional, non-profit organization whose purposes are to:
  • Promote scholarship
  • Disseminate information related to ESOL
  • Strengthen instruction, teacher training, and research in the teaching of English to speakers of other languages

Date: Saturday, October 23, 2021; Online
Visit waesol.org for membership, conference information, and to learn more about WAESOL.

Recordings will be posted by November 1st.

Clock hours will be available for both the live conference and the recorded sessions. Please note: Clock hours can only be earned once for a particular session either during the live conference or as a recording.  
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Saturday, October 23 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Afternoon Keynote: Welcoming Washington: A Collective Effort to Support Afghan Arrivals

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Washington state has a long history of welcoming people from refugee and immigrant backgrounds.  Since 1979, more than 140,000 people have resettled in Washington’s local communities through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.  Supporting the integration of newcomers involves many different members of our communities.  English as a Second Language Programs for kids and adults play a critical role in helping people to not only learn English but also supporting kids in schools, building community across refugee and immigrant groups, and gaining important knowledge and information needed for people to grow and thrive.  Join me in discussing how Washington communities play a vital role in supporting our nation’s response to welcoming our newest neighbors from Afghanistan.

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Sarah Peterson

WA State Refugee Coordinator, Office of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance, DSHS
Sarah Peterson is the Washington State Refugee Coordinator and oversees the Washington Office of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance (ORIA). Before taking on this role in 2014, Sarah spent 15 years working with refugee and immigrant communities in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Sarah attributes... Read More →

Saturday October 23, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
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