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The 2016 Advancing Justice Conference (AJC) is the first and only national conference in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community focusing on civil rights and social justice. Over 700 AAPIs from across the U.S. will come together to address issues facing our fastest growing populations. The theme will focus on civic engagement and building our electoral and social power in support of economic and racial justice. Conference attendees will participate in two days of panel discussions, caucus sessions, skills and capacity building, trainings, and networking receptions.

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Wednesday, March 30 • 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Community Action in the Beginning ESL Classroom

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This panel is interested in the ways ESL/Civics education can facilitate English language learners’ civic participation in order to build vibrant, secure and cohesive communities. The ability to communicate in English can be a cornerstone of an immigrant’s economic success, but the ESL/Civics classroom can also highlight the interdependence of its students and the community, and form a bridge for the two-way process of integration. How can programs and educators bring the community into their beginning level ESL classrooms, and what difference can this make in the lives of beginning English language learners?

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Gaelin Monkman-Kotz

ESL/Civics Instructor, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA
Gaelin Monkman-Kotz is an ESL/Civics Instructor at Advancing Justice - Los Angeles. She teaches English Conversation and bilingual English-Mandarin Citizenship classes, and leads financial literacy workshops for permanent residents in Chinatown and the San Gabriel Valley. With the Citizenship team, she has designed an English Conversation curriculum that uses communicative, task-based learning and other student-centered approaches to embrace... Read More →

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Theresa Jung

ESL/Civics Coordinator, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA
Theresa Jung is the ESL/Civics Coordinator at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles. She has been developing the ESL/Civics program, creating and implementing curricula for Civics and ESL classes in partnership with instructors. She teaches Citizenship and English Conversation classes in Koreatown. She finds teaching most rewarding when students come back to share their stories of successful naturalization. She hopes to see her students... Read More →
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Jing Li

Jing Li has been a student in Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles’s ESL and Civics program since September of 2015. Li recently passed her United States Citizenship interview.
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Andy Nash

Professional Developer, World Education
Andy Nash is the Director of the New England Literacy Resource Center (NELRC), where she coordinates projects that emerge from collaboration among the policy-makers, professional developers, and practitioners in the six New England states. She is also a Professional Development Specialist at World Education, Inc, where she facilitates a diverse set of professional development projects at the local, state, and national levels. Andy specializes... Read More →
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Saul Rodriguez

ESL/Civics Instructor, Catholic Charities of Los Angeles
Saul Rodriguez grew up in Tijuana, Mexico and immigrated to the United States at the age of 10. After graduating from California State University, Long Beach with a B.A. in Political Science, Rodriguez moved to Chicago where he earned a M.A. in Teaching from Dominican University and worked as a Bilingual Instructor and English Language Learner Liaison for 3 years. Since moving back to Los Angeles in the Summer of 2014, he has worked as a... Read More →