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Title: Native American Boarding Schools: The Continent's First ESL Immersion Program

Time: 1:15 pm

Room: MacDonald 13

Name: Joan Johnston Nelson

Institution: EL Trainer and Consultant

Co-presenters (if any):

Type: Informational Session (45 min)

Summary: Inspired by first hearing my grandfather’s ancestral language spoken in 1980, this session explores the history of Native American boarding schools, including their role in education today. The presenter discusses the societal impact boarding schools have had and what this means to ELL and Native education in current contexts.

Biography: Dr. Joan Johnston Nelson has worked with English language learners since 1986, teaching adults and children alike in k-12, adult literacy, university, and overseas programs. As a tribal member and an ELL teacher and trainer, she has had a very personal and professional interest in the impact of Native American boarding schools on language loss and identity. Joan is an active advocate, teacher trainer, and consultant, as well as a frequent presenter at local, state, and international conferences. She obtained her Masters degree in TESL from Gonzaga University and earned her PhD in Language and Literacy Education through Washington State University. Her passion is for working with those considered on the margins, especially those in the refugee and immigrant communities and her own Native American community.

Topics addressed: Other

Intended audience: K-12 Settings,Teacher Educators,Bilingual Programs

Thematic track: Other

Non-commercial

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