First-Time MELEd Presenter Scholarship
In order to encourage participation from exciting new contributors to our conference, we are offering a scholarship for first-time MELEd presenters (who are also MinneTESOL members). Members presenting at MELEd* for the first time are invited to apply for this scholarship upon acceptance to present at the conference. Scholarship winners will register and pay for their conference fee and after participating in the conference, coordinate with the conference co-chairs to receive reimbursement for one day’s registration costs.
*Members who have previously presented at MELEd, MinneTESOL, or MinneSLIFE are not eligible for this scholarship.
In an effort to provide support for new presenters and build relationships between presenters in various phases of their careers, we launched the MELEd Mentor program in 2016. When submitting your proposal, you can opt in to being paired with a MELEd Mentor who will help guide you as you develop your proposal into a presentation.
Preparing your Proposal
Check out this great presentation from MELEd 2014 by MinneTESOL’s own Debbie Hadas and Bonnie Swierzbin. They give some great advice to consider as you prepare your presentation.
- Workshop or Panel (90 minutes)
A workshop provides participants with a “hands on” experience in developing methods or materials, analyzing research data, or solving a specific research/teaching problem. In a workshop, there is very little lecturing; rather, the emphasis is on audience involvement. A panel explores a specific issue from the differing points of view expressed by participants.
- Demonstration or Presentation (60 minutes)
A demonstration describes or shows audience members how to do something, e.g. a technique for teaching or testing language which affects development of one or more language skills. A presentation is designed for sharing a variety of aspects of teaching, e.g. a successful teaching strategy, activities, curriculum ideas and materials.
- Paper or Presentation (45 minutes)
A presentation is designed for sharing a variety of aspects of teaching, e.g. a successful teaching strategy, activities, curriculum ideas and materials. A summary of action research or a graduate thesis or other paper would also be appropriate for this option. This is also a great option for graduate students or other newer presenters!
How will proposals be rated?
The rubric used for judging the proposals is below.
|Are the proposal abstract and title clearly written? (The abstract should weigh more heavily than the title in rating the proposal.)||The proposal is succinctly written and the title clearly describes the session.||The proposal is clearly written and the title clearly describes the session.||The proposal is adequately written and the title generally describes what the session will entail.||The proposal needs some additional work. The title may or may not describe what the session will entail.||The proposal clearly needs significant work. The title may or may not describe what the session will entail.|
|Is the proposed topic relevant, interesting and useful to all or some of the MinneTESOL conference attendees?||The proposal represents issues of immediate relevance, interest and usefulness to many MinneTESOL conference attendees.||The proposal is timely, interesting and useful for many MinneTESOL conference attendees OR is immediately relevant and very useful to a smaller, possibly underserved group of attendees.||The proposal is timely, interesting and useful for some MinneTESOL conference attendees.||The proposal’s topic is less timely or of little use or interest to MinneTESOL conference attendees.||The proposal’s topic is irrelevant and of no use or interest to the MinneTESOL conference attendees.|
|Is the session based on best/recommended practice, does it add to attendees’ foundational knowledge or does it present current research within the ESL field?||The session is solidly based on best or recommended practice, adds to important foundational knowledge or presents high quality current research in the ESL field.||The session is based on best or recommended practice, adds foundational knowledge or presents current research in the ESL field.||The session makes some mention of best or recommended practice, foundational knowledge or current research.||The session refers only to historically established practices, common foundational knowledge or research > 10 years old.||The session refers to few practices, little foundational knowledge or few research contributions in the ESL field.|
| Examples of underserved groups include rural educators with few resources, tutors, and teachers of workplace English.|
You are invited to exhibit at the 2020 Minnesota English Learner Education Conference, a partnership between MinneTESOL and the Minnesota Department of Education. This year’s MELEd Conference will be held at the Saint Paul RiverCentre.
Exhibitors are invited to participate on Thursday, November 19, Friday, November 20 and Saturday, November 21.
- The general conference will take place on Friday, November 20 & Saturday, November 21.
- The option to exhibit on Thursday, November 19 will be during the EL Coordinator meeting. There will be a short break for coordinators on that day.
We estimate that more than 1,000 participants from Minnesota and surrounding states will attend this year’s conference. The participants come from all areas of ESL, Bilingual and Migrant Education. Members of our organization teach in elementary, middle school, secondary, college, and adult programs. In addition to instructors, conference attendees include students preparing to teach, paraprofessionals, volunteers, refugee service providers, administrators and teacher educators.
Advertising in MELEd’s Online Program:
We have moved to an online program! Please consider advertising with us. Ads can now include links!
Half-page ads: 8.5” x 5.5” or 4.25” x 11” ($60)
Full-page ads: 8.5" x 11” ($100)
Ads should be 300 DPI PDFs. They can be in color or B&W.
Please email ads by October 1 to Leah.Soderlund@district196.org. If you have not already paid, an invoice will be sent to you.
Other Advertising Opportunities:
Promote your organization in one of these ways:
- Provide tote bags, folders, notepads, pens/pencils, or other supplies for conference attendees
- Contribute door prizes or to our silent auction
- Sponsor a “coffee break”
Please contact me by email if any of these opportunities are of interest to you.
Exhibitor Questions? Please contact Leah.Soderlund@