Regions: Capital District

Kathy Saso, Chair

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Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Past Events

Co-Teaching : Successes and Challenges: a NYS TESOL Capital Region Salon
Thursday Feb 25, 2016 from 7pm-9pm, private home in Ballston Lake, NY
View flyer here

RSVP by February 19, 2016 to

Thurs Feb 26, 2015 (7pm-9pm) -NYS TESOL Capital Region Salon How will changes to CR Part 154 affect your district?

Breaking Down Racial, Cultural, and Gender Bias in the Adult ESL Classroom
A NYS TESOL Capital Region Salon
Thursday, April 11, 2013 5:30pm-7:30 pm

Join us for an evening of wine and cheese In the Pine Hills Neighborhood of Albany

Hosted by Liz Allen, Capital Region Co-Chair

Members pay $5.00 to cover refreshment costs. (Non-members, $10.00; you may sign up to become a member at the Salon and pay the lower refreshment fee.)

This fifth Salon in the Capital Region will offer research and strategies that teachers of adult learners can use to help address stereotypes and bias in the areas of culture, race, and gender. After discussing recent research, we will share and discuss strategies that teachers and tutors can use to manage conflict and to facilitate positive discourse in the classroom.

There is room for a limited number of participants, so RSVP the first moment you can! RSVP at

Formative Assessments for English Language Learners
A NYS TESOL Capital Region Salon

Women and Literacy
Research and Strategies for Women Learners 

A NYS TESOL Capital Region Salon

  • Date: Thursday, June 7, 2012
  • Time: 5:30 - 7:30 pm
  • Location: In the Pine Hills Neighborhood of Albany
  • Host: Liz Allen, Capital Region Co-Chair
  • PDF of information

Members and non-members gathered for tapas and sangria and an informal discussion about research and strategies related to teaching ESL adult women learners. After discussing how each of us likes to learn as women (referring to Multiple Intelligences), we shared stories about our women learners. There were articles on research and practice from „The Change Agent, Issue 9, September 2004. A new book, Our Stories, Ourselves was presented and discussed. All participants received a list of strategies for teaching ESL adult women, derived from the discussion.

Free Panel and Discussion
"Getting by in America: Immigrants, Refugees, and New American Citizens in the Capital Region"

  • Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2011
  • Time: 5:30-7:30 pm
  • Location:Pine Hills Library, 517 Western Ave., Albany
  • PDF of information

Panelists include an immigration attorney and several members of the immigrant and refugee communities in the Capital Region of New York.

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Fifth NYS TESOL Salon for K-12:
"Instructional Strategies to Accelerate English Language Learning"

  • Date: April 19, 2011
  • Time: 2:00 - 4:00 PM
  • Facilitator: Roma Kumar (Capital Region K -12 Co-chair)
  • Contact her for Salon location and directions.
  • PDF of information


Discussion: Challenges and successes in the K-12 classrooms

View professional video for ESL and mainstream teachers of ELL in elementary grades

Whole Group Activities:

  • Activity 1: Turn - talk - share -- participants will write the most important key strategies and discussion points on chart paper and share at the end of the presentation.

  • Activity 2: Participants are asked to:
    1. Compare the identified key strategies presented in the video to the strategies they use in their own teaching
    2. Develop a lesson to implement important new strategies learned
    3. Whole group share - out

Contact us at for directions or questions.

Adult Ed SIG Salon
"One Class Fits All: Differentiated Instruction Strategies for the ESL Adult Classroom"
Date: March 11, 2011
Location: Albany

Joint event by NYS TESOL's Adult Education SIG and the Capital Region.