The E-Teacher Scholars’ Conference was held at UMBC on August 11-12, 2011. The conference was the culmination of the E-Teacher Professional Development Workshop 2011, which was held on UMBC’s campus July 23-August 13, and was moderated by Joan Kang Shin ’08 Ph.D., language, literacy and culture, clinical assistant professor of education and director of TESOL Professional Training Programs in Continuing and Professional Studies.
The conference included presentations from the 26 English teaching scholars from 25 countries who developed projects during their three-week stay at UMBC. Click here to see a list of the participants and their countries of origin.
The E-Teacher Professional Development Workshop is a three-week teacher leadership program that takes place each summer at the UMBC. Workshop participants are alumni of the E-Teacher Scholarship Program, a fully online training program for English teaching professionals sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and developed by UMBC and the University of Oregon. The purpose of the workshop is to enhance participants’ understanding of TESOL methodology and empower them as teacher leaders in their home countries.
On August 11, people from over 100 locations logged onto the live stream broadcast. The viewers included U.S. Embassies worldwide and alumni from the E-Teacher Scholarship Program. After each 20-minute presentation by an E-Teacher scholar, viewers from around the world texted through the live stream web chat box with comments and questions for the presenter. The conference continued through August 12, culminating in an awards ceremony and a cultural evening.