The fall 2013 conference at University of Southern Maine was a great success thanks to our conference chair, Farrah Giroux, and all the other amazing members of our board. Linda Marshall gave an engaging keynote on how accountable talk read alouds can be used with ELLs to help them reach the new Common Core Standards. There were also many interesting workshops given by our colleagues from all over northern New England and we
enjoyed checking out the publishers’ goodies and networking with colleagues and friends.
This year we’ve just added three new members to our board: Mary Lou Donahoe (NH State Representative), Karlene Groshek (Secretary) and Rebecca Wurdak (Veteran Board Member-At-Large). We’ve also moved some of our old members around: Kevin Giddens is becoming VT State Representative, Farrah Giroux is now our president and Anne Wright Shank is President Elect and will be Conference Chair for our fall 2014 conference which is already being planned!
In other news Kathryn Peppe received the Graduate Student Award from NNETESOL this fall and Shauna Wight received our Research Award for work she is doing with adolescent multilingual writers. Keep checking our grants page on our website for updates on our awards. The deadline for applications is September 1st each year, so you have plenty of time to start thinking about it.
Last, but certainly not least, SAVE THE DATE for our fall 2014 conference! It will be held Saturday, November 8th, 2014 somewhere in Vermont. We look forward to seeing you then!
Kirsten Kollgaard, Past President