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Conference Information


The 3rd Annual Wyoming ESL/DLI Conference aims to provide forums for disseminating and sharing of information among K-12 teachers, dual language immersion and ESL teachers, administrators, community program teachers, and graduate students involved in teaching English as a second language and dual language instruction.  More information on the conference and presentation topics will be coming soon.


Key Note Speakers:


Dr. Claude Goldenberg:  Nomellini and Olivier Professor of Education, Stanford University 


Dr. Susan Neuman: Professor of Childhood and Literacy, New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development


For more information please contact conference chairs

Dr. Jenna Shim (, Chad Ransom (


Hotel Information
Registration Required - (Opening Soon)


Keynote Speakers



Dr. Claude Goldenberg is the Nomellini & Olivier Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. A native of Argentina, his areas of research center on promoting academic achievement among language minority students. He received the 1993 Albert J. Harris Award from the International Reading Association for an article describing improvements in early Spanish reading achievement at an elementary school where he taught first grade. His 2004 book Successful School Change: Creating Settings to Improve Teaching a Learning was the basis for the 2010 Best Research Award from Learning Forward.

Goldenberg is co-author of Promoting Academic Achievement among English Learners: A Guide to the Research (Corwin) and co-editor of Language and Literacy Development in Bilingual Settings (Guilford). He currently directs a randomized control trial in Rwanda evaluating an early literacy intervention created by Save the Children and advising Save on improvements to the program and preparing trainers in developing-world contexts.



Susan Neuman

Dr. Susan B. Neuman is a specialist in early literacy development; whose research and teaching interests include early childhood policy, curriculum, and early reading instruction for children who live in poverty. In her role as the U.S. Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, Neuman established the Early Reading First program, developed the Early Childhood Educator Professional Development Program, and was responsible for all activities in Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Act.

She has written more than 100 articles, and authored and edited eleven books, including the three-volume Handbook of Early Literacy Research (Guilford Press), Changing the Odds for Children at Risk (Teachers College Press, 2009), Educating the Other America (Brookes, 2008), Multimedia and Literacy Development (Taylor & Francis, 2008), and Giving Our Children a Fighting Chance: Poverty, Literacy, and the Development of Information Capital. (Teachers College Press, 2012). Her most recent book is All About Words: Increasing Vocabulary in the Common Core Classroom, Pre-K Through Grade 2 (Teachers College Press, 2013). She received her doctorate from University of the Pacific, Stockton, California.



Featured Presenters


Richard Kitchen   
Dr. Richard Kitchen 

Dr. Richard Kitchen is Professor and Wyoming Excellence in Higher Education Endowed Chair in Mathematics Education at the University of Wyoming (UW). Dr. Kitchen was the co-Principal Investigator of the Center for the Mathematics Education of Latinos/as (CEMELA) that was funded through the National Science Foundation, Center for Learning and Teaching. As part of the work of CEMELA, he developed a formative assessment protocol in mathematics specifically for ESL students that builds on their cultural and linguistic resources as a means to support their problem solving strategies. He is the author of one book, lead author of another book, the co-editor of two books, and initiated and served as a co-editor of the TODOS: Mathematics for All Research Monograph. Dr. Kitchen has worked nationally and internationally with numerous schools as a consultant and professional development provider in mathematical content and pedagogy. His research interests include diversity and equity in mathematics education, school reform at urban schools that serve the poor, and formative assessment of English language learners.

Topic: TBA
Leigh Hall   
Dr. Leigh A. Hall 

Dr. Leigh A. Hall is a professor at the University of Wyoming where she holds the Wyoming Excellence in Higher Education Endowed Chair in Literacy Education. She taught middle school language arts and social studies in Houston, Texas before returning to graduate school to earn a doctorate in literacy education. Prior to coming to UW, Dr. Hall was at the University of North Carolina for 12 years. Dr. Hall’s research centers on helping adolescents improve their academic reading and writing abilities. She examines how teachers can work with diverse learners to help them improve their literacy practices within the context of the classroom. Dr. Hall is particularly interested in the role technology can play in enhancing instruction to achieve these goals. Her research has received several awards including the Outstanding Dissertation award from the International Literacy Association, the Early Career Achievement Award, and the Edward B. Fry Book Award for Empowering Struggling Readers: Practices for the Middle Grades (both from the Literacy Research Association. She has published in such journals as Research in the Teaching of English, Journal of Literacy Research, Teachers College Record, and Harvard Educational Review.

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Dana Robertson   
Dr. Dana A. Robertson 

Dr. Dana A. Robertson is Executive Director of the Literacy Research Center and Clinic and Assistant Professor in the School of Teacher Education at the University of Wyoming. He is a former classroom teacher, literacy specialist, and coach. Dr. Robertson has conducted research and written on classroom discourse, comprehension instruction, struggling readers and writers, coaching, and teacher professional development related to literacy. He is a frequent presenter at national and international literacy conferences, a co-author of two books and two chapters and has been published in several journals, including The Reading Teacher, Reading Psychology, Language Arts, Voices From the Middle, and Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy.

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Patrick Manyak   
Dr. Patrick Manyak 

Dr. Patrick Manyak is an associate professor of Literacy Education at the University of Wyoming. A former bilingual teacher, he has published numerous articles resulting from his research on the language and literacy development of English learners. Manyak has recently served as a co-principal investigator in an IES-funded research project focused on the development and feasibility testing of a multifaceted, comprehensive, vocabulary instruction program (MCVIP) for 4th and 5th grade English learners and native English-speakers.

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Topics for Breakout Sessions




Pre-Conference Features



Hotel Information


The Antler Inn Hotel has blocked off rooms at $72.00 per night. Participants need to mention
the ESL conference to get the special rate. Their number is (307) 733-2535.


For more information about the conference, please contact conference chairs: Dr. Jenna Shim ( or Chad Ransom (


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