Friday, October 17, 2014 4:00 PM
Location: Eberhard Center
October 17-18, 2014.
The theme of this year’s conference seeks to address the increasingly diverse needs of our membership—including those of our traditional constituents (in elementary, secondary, and postsecondary contexts), and those of professionals working with adult ESL learners in community-based and government-funded programs across the state. Adults comprise a large ESL demographic in Michigan, which resettles more refugees as a proportion of its population than any other state. In 2013, we resettled 3,594 refugees from 26 countries (4% of our population)—the third highest number, behind only California and Texas. In addition, we have the fifth highest number of registered migrant and seasonal farm workers in the nation (Michigan Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Enumeration Profiles Study, 2013). These immigration and resettlement figures translate into increasing numbers of English learners with limited or interrupted formal education (SLIFE)—and little or no print literacy—at all levels of schooling in Michigan. Join us, as we explore ways that educators, researchers, and administrators alike can address the unique needs of these students—and those of all of our learners.
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Colleen Brice, Conference Chair