Keynote Speakers

October 6-8, 2020

  • Hector_Ramirez

    Hector Ramirez

    Keynote speaker on Tuesday, October 6, 2020

    With over 25 years of experience in education, I am committed to the evolving classroom by supporting educators with necessary tools and strategies that provide access to all students. These practices equip teachers for a new generation of learners who benefit from blended environments while navigating 21st century skills. A teacher’s efforts must be accomplished with creativity and innovation.

    After 19 years’ experience in training teachers throughout Latin America, Asia and the Middle East, my student-centered strategies make the difference in leading schools through effective implementation of content in English.

    • David Jaimes

      David Jaimes

      Keynote speaker on Tuesday, October 6, 2020

      David Jaimes is currently a 3rd Grade Two-Way-Immersion Teacher at Bridgeport Elementary in the Tigard-Tualatin School District.  He has been working there for the past 7 years and has held multiple positions.  He is passionate about educating Emerging Bilinguals and his colleagues in Dual Language education. He obtained his M.Ed from Portland State University. Currently Mr. Jaimes is a Community Pillar Leader for the district's equity work.  Mr. Jaimes has worked with historically underserved and marginalized communities in order to provide them access to services that they do not typically have access to. He is passionate in helping these communities navigate our educational system. As well as, educating and informing them of available opportunities to develop their leadership role in the community.   

      • Maria_Estela_Brisk

        Maria Estela Brisk

        Keynote speaker on Wednesday, October 7, 2020.

        For decades, Maria Brisk’s work has focused on language and education—individually and where they intersect. Teaching since the mid 1960s, her expertise has centered on how literacy and bilingualism are developed.

        After joining the Lynch School in 1999, Brisk served as Chair of the TESpECI Department from 2007–2012. She uses systemic functional linguistics to teach writing and implement genre-based pedagogy, most recently and successfully at Russell Elementary School.

        Brisk earned her first degree from the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba in Argentina, her master’s degree from Georgetown University, and her doctorate from the University of New Mexico. She recently won the AERA Bilingual Research SIG Lifetime Achievement Award and was appointed chair of the 2018 International System Functional Congress.

        Her illustrious career includes dozens of book and scholarly journal publications, as well as speaking engagements around the world. Brisk has been a translator, Spanish instructor for the U.S. Peace Corps, and even served as an expert witness on several court cases on desegregation and bilingual education. She was a long-standing member of the Board of Editors for the Bilingual Research Journal.

        • Paul Mellom

          Paula Mellom

          Keynote speaker on Thursday, October 8, 2020.

          Dr. Mellom holds a Ph.D. in linguistics specializing in second language acquisition.  She works primarily with pre and in-service teachers to develop their ability to make academic content accessible to linguistically and culturally diverse learners. Her qualitative analysis explores the role of collaborative, conversation-based instruction in identity construction, and cognitive and linguistic development. Dr. Mellom is also the Associate Research Scientist, Center for Latino Achievement and Success in Education.