Attention ESL Teachers: a Fall Conference for YOU!

Attention ESL Teachers: a Fall Conference for YOU!

Do you teach non-native speakers of English?  Interested in connecting with others who work with immigrants and refugees, across all ages of learners and contexts for ESL?  The MELEd (Minnesota English Learner Education) conference is the state’s premiere professional gathering for anyone who works with English language learners, from Pre-K through university/adult settings.  This year, MELEd will be held at the St. Paul RiverCentre on Nov 20-21, 2020 (Friday and Saturday, with concurrent sessions on both days). This event is put on each year through a partnership between MinneTESOL (Minnesota Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) and the Minnesota Department of Education. MELEd is attended by over 1,200 English language educators annually. Keep reading to learn about an opportunity to receive funds to attend MELEd this year!

Adult ESL sessions at MELEd are in high demand.  Please consider submitting a proposal!  We in ABE have so much to share about how to teach language and content to adult learners.  The deadline has been extended: proposals for this fall conference are now due June 12. Maybe you are engaging in something in your classroom that seems to be really working that others could benefit from?  Maybe you have a pronunciation idea, a conversation starter, an alphabetics routine, a project or field trip you are proud of?  Consider sharing with your ESL colleagues from across the state!

It is invigorating to learn innovative ideas from other ESL teaching contexts (K-12, college and more!) that can be adapted easily to adult education settings. This opportunity for networking and teacher-brain expansion is not to be missed. Also, MELEd provides a chance to connect with other adult ESL educators and give input on professional development opportunities through its Adult Interest Section meeting.

GOOD NEWS! ATLAS is setting aside some funding for ABE practitioners to attend this conference.  This assistance can be put toward registration costs and travel, as needed. Funding will be application-based, with priority going to those who are presenting. More on scholarships this fall, as registration opens. So please consider putting in a proposal!

Learn more about the 7th annual MELEd conference (keynote speakers, previous years’ sessions, accommodations and much more):


You can also join MinneTESOL to save on conference costs, receive updates on events and opportunities in our field, and support MinneTESOL Journal along with local and national advocacy for EL education:

Follow “Minnesota English Learner Education Conference – MELEd” on Facebook and “@MELEdconference” on Twitter for exclusive conference updates!

Thanks for considering becoming a MELEd presenter.  Please share this information with your ABE colleagues who might be interested in presenting or attending as well.  And stay tuned for scholarship information!


Originally published 3/30/20

Patsy Egan, ATLAS Director ATLAS