Professional Presentations

– Invited Presentations and Panels –

Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2021). Ideas for the first and second language education of English Learners. Invited Speaker in the Learning for Life Summit, April, 2021.

Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2021). Languages, colonization, and residual effects: A brief overview. Invited Speaker in Panel titled Weaponizing Language: Making Counternarratives the New Narratives for the Marginalized. TESOL International Convention and English Language Expo, March, 2021.

Trinh, E., & Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2021). From self-researching to classroom transformation: Insightful perspectives in TESOL. Panel Moderators. TESOL International Convention and English Language Expo, March, 2021.

Aker, M., Daniel, L., & Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2021). Building a future in classrooms today: The promise of problem-based service-learning and SLIFE. Invited presentation for Concordia University Chicago (CUC)’s First Mondays Research Series, March, 2021.

Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2020). Honoring the Past: MDTESOL highlights over the last 40 years! Invited panelist for Maryland TESOL Association, November, 2020.

Pentón Herrera, L. J, Custodio, B., & O’Loughlin, J. (2020). Students with limited or interrupted formal education: What we have learned and next steps. Invited presentation for Maryland TESOL Association, November, 2020.

Pentón Herrera, L. J, Aker, M., & Daniel, L. R. (2020). Incorporating problem-based service-learning in your 21st-century classroom. Webinar presentation for Kappa Delta Pi Association, June, 2020.

Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2020). Restorative circles with Mayan Latinx ELs. In Panel entitled “Restorative practices for English learners at-risk”. Webinar presentation for the Maryland TESOL Association, March, 2020.

Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2020). The increasing role of TESOL affiliates as advocacy agents. Webinar presentation for the TESOL International Association’s Affiliate Network Professional Council (ANPC) webinar series, February, 2020.

Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2019). Documenting your success to inspire others. Inspirational presentation at Bowie High School’s 2019 ESOL Family Night, December, 2019, Bowie, MD.

Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2019). Empowering affiliate collaborations through leadership: Sharing best practices from MDTESOL. Invited panelist at the TESOL International Convention and English Language Expo, March, 2019, Atlanta, GA.

Konkel, M., Jenner, E., & Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2019). Voice and language: Mayan students and the quest for empowerment. Invited speakers at Urban Teaching Matters Conference and Teaching the World Forum, March, 2019, New Brunswick, NJ.

Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2018). Becoming an ESOL Teacher. Guest speaker for the Early Childhood Education Technical Program at Laurel High School, December, 2018, Laurel, MD.

Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2018). Advocacy in TESOL. Opening speech at Maryland TESOL’s 38th Annual Fall Conference, November, 2018, Baltimore, MD.

Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2018). Learning English as a third language: The language and literacy experiences of adolescent immigrant Ixil students in the United States. Invited presenter at Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers (ALER) Conference, November, 2018, Louisville, KY.

Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2018). La evaluación para profesores de idiomas: Una mirada a la función de la evaluación en las clases de inglés. Invited speaker at Universidad de Oriente, September, 2018, El Salvador.

Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2018). Evolution of the Spanish language education in the United States: Past, Present and Future. National Museum of Language – Amelia C. Murdoch Speaker Series, April, 2018, Adelphi, MD.

Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2017). The life and works of Mariano Cubí y Soler: A distinguished Spanish linguist in the 1800s. Invited lecture at the Maryland Historical Society, April, 2017, Baltimore, MD.

Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2016). Teaching Literacy to close the ESL students’ language gap. Invited presentation at the Prince George County Public Schools – 1st Year ESL Teachers Workshop, March, 2016, Upper Marlboro, MD.


– Professional Presentations at Conferences –

Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2021). Residual effects of language use and colonization: My story of decolonization. In panel: Words as weapons in the United States and Palestine: Towards restoration and reconciliation. Presented accepted to be presented at the Language Education for Social Justice Summer School and Conference in Applied Language Studies at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, June, 2021.

Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2021). Considerations for teaching L1 literacy to LESLLA learners: Lessons learned from a Spanish literacy program. In panel: Literacy Education and Second Language Learning for Adults (LESLLA) in Maryland: Current state, overview of findings, and available support. Maryland Virtual Training Institute, Baltimore, MD, June, 2021.

Martínez-Alba, G., & Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2021). Applying social and emotional learning strategies in your English learner classrooms: An interactive discussion to boost knowledge. National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) Annual Conference, Houston, TX, April, 2021.

Rashed, D., Yazan, B., & Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2021). Shared experiences: The multifaceted nature of language teacher professional identity. TESOL International Convention and English Language Expo, March, 2021.

Martínez-Alba, G., & Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2021). Social and emotional learning strategies for the well-being of English learners. Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) Spring Learning and Sharing Virtual Series, March, 2021.

Pentón Herrera, L. J., & Martínez-Alba, G. (2021). Social and emotional learning in TESOL: Implications for teacher educators and practitioners. 1st International Conference on Emotional Intelligence, Happiness, and Wellbeing in Higher Education, February, 2021.

Martínez-Alba, G., & Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2021). Social and emotional learning (SEL) for teachers supporting Latinx English learners. Latino Providers Network, February, 2021.

Martínez-Alba, G., & Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2021). Social and emotional learning (SEL) in teacher education programs focused on English learners. Association of Teacher Educators (ATE), February, 2021.

Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2020). Exploring linguistic, cultural, and social spaces of belongings: A critical ethnographic study of two Mayan Latinx ELs. In Colloquium Panel entitled “Immigration and Indigenous Languages”. Accepted to be presented at the Society for Linguistic Anthropology, April, 2020, Boulder, CO. (Conference canceled due to the Coronavirus).

Kidwell, T., & Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2020). Culturally sustaining pedagogy: Celebrating students’ assets, supporting their learning. Poster accepted to be presented at the TESOL International Convention and English Language Expo, April, 2020, Denver, CO. (Conference canceled due to the Coronavirus)

Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2020). Con respeto: Exploring Mayan ELs’ learning experiences and negotiations in the language and literacy classrooms. Paper accepted to be presented at the American Association for Applied Linguistics, March, 2020, Denver, CO. (Conference canceled due to the Coronavirus)

Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2019). Resilience and survival: The story of an Ixil SLIFE EL. Maryland TESOL Conference, November, 2019, Largo, MD.

Rivera-Vega, E., & Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2019). Conceptualizing the TPL design at a dual language institution in higher education. Puerto Rico TESOL Convention, November, 2019, Guayanilla, Puerto Rico.

Trinh, E., & Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2019). Writing as an act of rebellion: United voices of LGBTQ scholars of color in academia. American Educational Studies Association (AESA) Annual Conference, October, 2019, Baltimore, MD.

Jenner, E., Konkel, M., & Pentón Herrera, L. J. (in absentia). (2019). Residual effects on conquest and colonialism: A past and present review of the Mayan experience. III Encontro Ibero-Americano de Estudos Mayas, October, 2019, Campinas, Brazil.

Kidwell, T., & Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2019). Culturally sustaining pedagogy 101: Practical applications to support student learning. WATESOL Conference, October, 2019, Washington, DC.

Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2019). Teaching Spanish literacy to adult Latinx learners: Exploring interest, impact, and sustainability. Literacy Education and Second Language Learning for Adults (LESLLA) Symposium, August, 2019, Pittsburgh, PA.

Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2019). Discovering and negotiating linguistic and social spaces of belongings: Indigenous Latinx students in the U.S. The Georgetown University Round Table (GURT), March 2019, Washington, D.C.

Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2019). The power of languages in the newcomer ESOL classroom. TESOL International Convention and English Language Expo, March, 2019, Atlanta, GA.

Kidwell, T., & Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2019). Literature circles 2.0: Building literacy in the 21st -century TESOL classroom. TESOL International Convention and English Language Expo, March, 2019, Atlanta, GA.

Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2018). Exploring moral values and behavior in the ESOL newcomer classroom. West Virginia Reading Association, November, 2018, White Sulphur Springs, WV.

Kidwell, T., & Pentón Herrera, L. J. (in absentia). (2018). Breaking through culture barriers: Integrating diverse cultures across content areas through culturally sustaining pedagogy. Ohio TESOL Conference, October, 2018, Columbus, OH.

Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2018). La enseñanza de la lectoescritura a adolescentes hispanos con educación formal limitada o interrumpida en Estados Unidos. Instituto Cervantes Symposium at Harvard University, May, 2018, Cambridge, MA.

Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2018). Advocating for Indigenous Hispanic EL students. National Council of Teachers of English – Assembly for Research, March, 2018, Baltimore, MD.

Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2017). Cuba for students and educators: Updates on new cultural and educational opportunities. Greater Washington Association of Teachers of Foreign Language, April, 2017, Washington, D.C.

Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2017). Ixil students in the United States: An introduction. TESOL International Convention and English Language Expo, March, 2017, Seattle, WA.

Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2017). Adolescent immigrant Ixil students in the United States: Emerging findings from dissertation. Maryland TESOL Graduate Student Section Conference, February, 2017, Baltimore, MD.

Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2016). ESL urban high school teachers’ perceptions of their instructional strengths and challenges: A qualitative case study. Literacy Research Night in Concordia University Chicago, December, 2016, Chicago, IL.

Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2016). Teaching Literacy to Central American ESL students in the United States. Maryland TESOL Conference, November, 2016, Columbia, MD.

Pentón Herrera, L., J., & Toledo-López, A., A. (2016). Inmigrantes escolares centroamericanos en Estados Unidos: Retos y propuestas. Latin American Studies Association, May, 2016, New York, NY.

Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2016). Spanish Literacy Program: An opportunity for first language development. Literacy Research Night in Concordia University Chicago, April, 2016, Chicago, IL.

Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2016). Facilitating English language acquisition: ESL educators as literacy practitioners. Maryland TESOL Graduate Student Section Conference, February, 2016, Catonsville, MD. Published at the MD TESOL Newsletter.

Pentón Herrera, L. J., Toledo-López, A. A., & Frómeta Cárdenas, D. (2016). La educación bilingüe como agente de sostenibilidad global: Una mirada a la educación superior cubana. 10th International Congress of Higher Education, February, 2016, La Habana, Cuba. Published at Ministerio de Educación de Cuba.

Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2015). The reading paradox: Bilingual education and ELL instruction. Maryland TESOL Conference, October, 2015, Chestertown, MD. Published at Ámbito de Encuentros.

Pentón Herrera, L. J., & Toledo-López, A. A. (2015). The impact of bilingual education in the professional development of Hispanic women. Latin American Studies Association, May, 2015, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Published at Ámbito de Encuentros.

Pentón Herrera, L. J., & Toledo-López, A. A. (2014). Language immersion for adult learners: Bridging gaps from childhood to college. Florida Foreign Language Association, October, 2014, Miami, Florida. Published at the Florida Foreign Language Journal.

Pentón Herrera, L. J., Toledo-López, A. A., & Dávila, J. (2014). Bridging linguistic and teaching skills: The Discipline-Based Dual Language Immersion Model. International Conference on Education (ICE), May 2014, Chicago Illinois.