The first Spokane Regional ESL Conference was in 1990 with a few local ESL directors and teachers meeting in the faculty lounge at Gonzaga University. (See copies of the the first two programs HERE
.) The conference has grown to more than 425 registrants by 2016 and includes attendees throughout the state of Washington, Idaho and Montana.
The conference has been a collaborative effort over the years of representatives
from Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga University, the Institute for Extended Learning, Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute, Spokane Public Schools, Whitworth University, the Community Colleges of Spokane, the Central Valley School District, the Intensive American Language Center (IALC) at WSU, the Spokane College of English Language and Moody Bible Institute - Spokane.