2021 Spring Conference

Riding the TIDE: Transformation * Inclusion * Diversity *Engagement

Welcome! With current challenges in English language education, our spring conference explores the themes of transformation, inclusion, diversity, and engagement. Our goal is to embrace the new landscape in education and foster innovation with a positive outlook. We hope you can join us virtually to share your expertise and insights. #catesolvirtual21

CATESOL Spring Virtual Conference 2021 Committee

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Conference Days and Times: Friday, 1-7pm & Saturday,  9am-2:30pm California Time (UTC-7)

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Friday Plenary

Friday, 4:15-5:00 pm

Social Justice Praxis – In and Beyond the Classroom

Dr. Nancy Kwang Johnson, Dr. Jenifer Crawford, Dr. Esther Gross, Dr. Emmy J. Min, Dr. Ekaterina Moore, Dr. Kimberly Ferrario .

This panel seeks to explore how ESL/EFL educators may effectively engage in social justice praxis (Freire, 1970) - in and beyond the classroom. Panelists will describe social justice curriculum and equitable assessments that effectively place their students‘ funds of knowledge (Espinoza, et al., 2021) at the epicenter of the classroom.


Saturday Plenary

Saturday 9:00-10:00 am

Positivity and Engagement in Online and Hybrid Teaching

Dr. Dawn Bikowski

This presentation will explore the concept of engagement from a personal level. We will look at how we can maximize student engagement in order to build positivity in online and hybrid classes through three best practices.


Program Sessions

In addition to our Friday and Saturday plenaries, the conference offers attendees:

Live Presentations – 45-minute sessions by a speaker or group of speakers

Teaching Tip Videos – Short, specific, and pedagogically-focused pre-recorded sessions

In additions, Exhibitors will offer short live sessions.

Exhibitor Showcases  – 20-minute sessions that introduce a product, highlight a particular series or text, or focus on a skill area or student population.


Download the program here.

Information for Presenters

For Conference speakers (presenters), we have details and resources for you here.

Navigating the Platform

To access the platform according to the technical requirements, learn how to log into the platform, get an overview of the virtual lobby, and become familiar with Attendee icons, click here.

If you have any questions regarding the conference platform, please contact

Conference Committee

Three dozen members of the conference committee have been working hard over many months to bring this professional development opportunity to fruition.

Check out the list of volunteers on our team here.

Keeping up with CATESOL

Find the latest live events happening at CATESOL.

Sign up for Chapters, Levels and Interest Groups Message Boards. How to opt in

Access the CATESOL Journal, CATESOL Newsletter, and Blog.

View recordings of events you may have missed.

Learn about paying and volunteer job opportunities.

Apply for awards and grants for teachers & students.

Access all the benefits of CATESOL membership.

Become a member of the CATESOL community!

Check out the list of volunteers here.

Conference Registration 

TESOL affiliate members who supply proof of membership may register at the CATESOL member price.

Early Bird

Ended April 7, 11:59 pm PDT

Regular Registration

Deadline April 30, 11:59 pm PDT

  • Regular membership: $50
  • Non-members: $65
  • Student Members: $25
  • Student Non-Members: $35
  • Group registrations (minimum 5): $40 (must be group payment)
  • Member presenters: $20

Late Registration

After May 1st

  • Regular membership: $60
  • Non-members: $75
  • Student Members: $25
  • Student Non-Members: $35
  • Member presenters: $20
  • No Group registrations 

Presenters and Board Members

  • Member presenters and Board members $20
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