The Spokane Regional ESL Conference has been providing high quality (clock hour approved) professional development to teachers since 1990. The first conference was held in 1990 when a few local ESL directors and teachers met in the faculty lounge at Gonzaga University. (See copies of the the first two programs HERE
. See more below.)
The conference has grown over the years (431 registrants in 2016) with participants across the state of Washington, northern Idaho and Montana as well as attendees from California, Nevada, Oregon and Japan. The last 3 years registrations have averaged 325-350.
In the last 5 years, K-12 attendees make up a little more than 50% of the registrations. Intensive English program faculty and administrators make up about about 20% and the remaining registrants include students, people from community and volunteer ESL organizations (faith-based and non-profit), as well as publishers and exhibitors.
Over the years the conference planning committee also has expanded to a growing number of representatives
from Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga University, the Institute for Extended Learning, Mukogawa U.S. Campus, 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 Great Northern University.
Many thanks to Mukogawa U.S. Campus
(formerly Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute) for hosting the conference since 2011.