2016 Minnesota English Learner Education Conference keynote speakers

2016 Friday Keynote Speaker

Hello MinneTESOL members and friends!

As you may recall, this fall’s 2016 MELEd Conference included a keynote address by Shegitu Kebede, founder and president of Women International at the Well. Part of Ms. Kebede’s work includes developing schools within Ethiopian refugee camps. During her address, Ms. Kebede shared this work, as well as the need for more resources to serve the youth and families in the camp.

Please consider a tax exempt gift to support Women International at the Well. Your donation will be used to directly impact  educational experiences of youth in the camp and help to prepare them for future opportunities.

Checks may be written to Crossing Communities with the following note on the memo line: Women at the Well

Please mail your check to:

Alyssa Andersen
3817 Macalaster Dr NE APT 110
St. Anthony MN 55421

*10% of all donations goes to Crossing Communities for their support in providing 501(c)3 tax-deductible status and financial reporting services to Women International at the Well.

Thank you for considering a donation to Shegitu’s non-profit organization and for your dedication to MinneTESOL.


Sam DiVita, MinneTESOL, President 2016-2017

MN EL Education Conference Keynote Address

On Friday, October 14th, Ms. Shegitu Kebede Permann, Founder and President of Women International at the Well, will give a keynote address that focuses on inspiring teachers to recognize and accept the tremendous order sibutramine 15mg opportunities and potential available to make real and lasting differences in the lives of their students. Drawing on her own life experiences as a former refugee, award-winning social entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker, Ms. Kebede Permann shares her insights and passion about making a difference in the lives of young people.

Ms. Shegitu Kebede Permann will lead a follow-up discussion to her keynote address and will answer questions. The session will focus on the crucial roles we can each play in our schools and communities to create environments of nurturing and belonging so that all of our students have the courage and support to use their talents to positively impact their own communities.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Diane Staehr Fenner, Ph.D.

2016 Saturday Keynote Speaker

Advocating for Diverse ELs in Minnesota: Issues and Strategies

In this session, the presenter will share her vision of advocating for ELs, highlight key advocacy issues for ELs in Minnesota, and suggest practical strategies for educators to foster equity for ELs in the state.

Follow-up Session: Honing your Advocacy and Leadership Skills to Support ELs

To successfully advocate for ELs, educators must position themselves as leaders and form alliances to create positive change. This session focuses on developing leadership skills that you can leverage to extend your sphere of influence and benefit ELs in your school, district, and the state.

MELEd Breakout Session Handout