Robert Bruce Scott, assistant professor of special education and English for speakers of other languages in the College of Education and Technology at Fort Hays State University, presided over the annual conference of the Kansas Association of Teachers of Speakers of Other Languages and Bilingual Educators (KATESOL/BE) at Emporia State University from Feb. 18-19.
Scott, KATESOL/BE president, awarded KATESOL Honor Roll certificates to educators from across the state at the opening ceremony and chaired the annual KATESOL business meeting on Saturday morning, as well as presenting a session titled "Conversation Flowchart Activities." He also co-presented, with Dr. Salim Sehlaoui, of Emporia State University, a session titled "Improving Access to ESOL Endorsement Programs for Kansas Teachers" and participated in a roundtable discussion with ESOL program faculty from eight different Kansas institutions of higher education.
KATESOL/BE has more than 200 members state-wide, and the 2006 KATESOL conference will be hosted by Kansas State University.
Scott also presented a session at the seventh annual Child Advocacy Day in Topeka. The session was titled "Advocating for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners."
Child Advocacy Day is an annual conference that provides the opportunity for those working with and on behalf of children to gain new information and advocacy techniques that will enhance their efforts to improve the health and well-being of children and families in Kansas communities. Scott was invited by Kansas Action for Children to share information on bilingual approaches to early childhood and family literacy.