NABE 2024

Leticia M. Trower will be presenting “ChatGPT in the Classroom: Leveraging AI to Help Our English Learners Succeed” at NABE 2024, March 28-30.

ASCD 2024

Margarita Calderon, Lisa Tartaglia, and Leticia M. Trower will be presenting at ASCD, March 22-25, 2024.

CABE 2024

Margarita Calderon, along with several of her co-authors, will be conducting a session on their book Breaking Down the Monnolingual Wall, then signing copies of the book at the Corwin booth, at CABE 2024, February 21-24.

Find out where & when members of the Exc-ELL team will be talking about our work! This list includes conferences, podcasts, and more.

La Cosecha 2023

Dr. Margarita Calderon will be presenting ¡JUNTOS PODEMOS! Educators and Families Working Together in Dual Language Professional Development with Dr. Margo Gottlieb at La Cosecha, November 8-11, 2023.


Leticia M. Trower will be presenting two sessions on ExC-ELL at the SETESOL Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC, on November 8-10, 2023.

Providing Soluciones

Dr. Margarita Calderon will join Dr. Luis Cruz to deliver the keynote address at Providing Soluciones, October 9-11, 2023.


Cristina Zakis will be presenting “Expediting the Acquisition of Academic English for ALL Students” at the 2022 Georgia TESOL Conference in Athens, GA on October 28, 2022.

Highest Aspirations Podcast

Leticia M. Trower was invited to discuss “Implementing Sustainable Professional Development” on the ELLevation podcast Highest Aspirations. The episode is now live! Listen to it on Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.

Here are some of the questions answered on this episode:

  • What are some positive outcomes from the uptick in virtual professional development that came out of the pandemic?
  • How can administrators roll out professional development in a way that is both sustainable and sustained?
  • In what ways can educators take an asset-based approach in how they speak about their students – specifically multilingual learners?

Podcast: Supporting ELs with Interrupted Formal Education

ELs who are students with interrupted formal education, or SIFE, often face many serious challenges when attending school in the United States. Educators also often encounter difficulties in meeting their needs. In this two-part podcast, Francisco Lopez, an Education Program Specialist from OELA, speaks with educators on research and practices in the field related to SIFE.

In part 1, Dr. Margarita Calderon, professor Emerita at Johns Hopkins University, describes her research on ELs who are SIFE and provides information to educators on research-based best practices for supporting this population of students. In part 2, Teresa Vignaroli, an English Learners Supervisor from Loudoun County Public Schools in Virginia, discusses practical considerations and the day-to-day programming involved with serving ELs who are SIFE.

WIDA 2022

Margarita Calderon, Margo Gottlieb, and Debbie Zacarian will present their session, “Taking an Assets-Based Stance for Instilling Hope Beyond Crises,” at the WIDA Conference in Louisville, KY, Sept 28-30, 2022.

ALAS 2022

Dr. Margarita Calderón and Dr. Hector Montenegro will be presenting at the 19th Annual National ALAS Education Summit in San Juan, Puerto Rico, October 5-7, 2022.


Dr. Margarita Calderón will be delivering a keynote address at the SETESOL 2022 Conference, hosted by VATESOL in Richmond, VA October 12-15. Lisa Tartaglia and Leticia M. Trower will also be hosting a booth in the exhibitors’ hall – come grab a button & learn more about ExC-ELL!

NABE Author Chat

Dr. Margarita Calderón participated in the first NABE Author Chat in September 2021. Dr. Debbie Zacarian said it best in her recent blog post:

“It was an honor to be interviewed by the National Association of Bilingual Educators (NABE) for their inaugural Author Chat on our best-selling book- Beyond Crises: Overcoming Linguist and Cultural Inequities in Communities, Schools and Classrooms. Thank you, Sandra Medrano-Arroyo, Margarita Pinkos, and Nilda Aguirre for this wonderful opportunity to join the NABE live community with co-authors Margarita Calderón and Margo Gottlieb. Go to to listen to the recording.

Thank you, NABE!”

Podcast: Ensuring Language Learners Excel

Dr. Margarita Calderón was a guest on Tan Huynh’s podcast Empowering ELLs on July 3, 2020. You can listen to their conversation here:

Highest Aspirations Podcast

Dr. Margarita Calderón was invited to discuss “What’s Working in Multilungual Education” on the ELLevation podcast Highest Aspirations. The episode is now live! Listen to it at the links below, or wherever you get your podcasts!
Part 1:
Part 2: