Join us on Wednesday, October 19 for a free presentation on how to meet the learning needs of immigrant populations. Why is Minnesota a unique place for education? Together, we will examine the booming immigrant populations that bring so much richness to our state. In this interactive presentation, attendees will consider the unique learning needs of our varied immigrant populations and how schools can respond in ways that foster positive cultural identity.

Presented by Dr. Michelle Benegas
Assistant Professor, Second Language Teaching and Learning

Michelle Benegas is an assistant professor of Second Language Teaching and Learning in Hamline’s School of Education. Also an alum, Benegas earned her ESL teaching license and MA.Ed. at Hamline in 2003. Her teaching career began in secondary ESL at LEAP High School in Saint Paul where she taught newcomers to the United States. In addition to her work in teacher education, Benegas has taught ESL and Spanish at the secondary, adult basic education and college levels. Through her contributions to the 2014 Minnesota LEAPS Act (the most comprehensive legislation for English learners in the nation) and her role on the ESSA School Accountability System Advisory Committee at the Minnesota Department of Education, she has been active in education policy work. In 2015, Benegas completed her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota in Curriculum and Instruction – Second Languages and Cultures Education. Her dissertation research is in culturally relevant pedagogy for English learner and her current research is in ESL and co-teaching. She was the 2015 president of MinneTESOL (Minnesota Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages).

Wednesday, October 19  4-6 PM Chanhassen High School Forum  2200 Lyman Blvd  Chanhassen, MN 55317