Professional Presentations

– Invited Presentations and Panels –

Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2019). Empowering affiliate collaborations through leadership: Sharing best practices from MDTESOL. Invited panelist at TESOL International Association, 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 Conference –

Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2019). Discovering and negotiating linguistic and social spaces of belongings: Indigenous Latinx students in the U.S. Paper presented at 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. Paper presented at the TESOL International Association, March, 2019, Atlanta, GA.

Kidwell, T. & Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2019). Literature circles 2.0: Building literacy in the 21st -century TESOL classroom. Paper presented at the TESOL International Association, March, 2019, Atlanta, GA.

Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2018). Exploring moral values and behavior in the ESOL newcomer classroom. Paper presented at the 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. Paper presented at 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. Paper presented at the Instituto Cervantes Symposium at Harvard University, May, 2018, Cambridge, MA.

Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2018). Advocating for indigenous Hispanic EL students. Paper presented at the 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. Paper presented at the 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. Paper presented at TESOL International Association Conference, March, 2017, Seattle, WA.

Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2017). Adolescent immigrant Ixil students in the United States: Emerging findings from dissertation. Paper presented at the 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. Paper presented at the 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. Paper presented at the 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. Paper presented at the Latin American Studies Association, May, 2016, New York, NY.

Pentón Herrera, L. J. (2016). Spanish Literacy Program: An opportunity for first language development. Paper presented at the 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. Paper presented at the 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. Paper presented at the 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. Paper presented at the Maryland TESOL Conference, October, 2015, Chestertown, MD. Published at the Ámbitos de Encuentros Journal.

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

Pentón Herrera, L. J., & Toledo-López, A. A. (2014). Language immersion for adult learners: Bridging gaps from childhood to college. Paper presented at the 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. Paper presented at the International Conference on Education (ICE), May 2014, Chicago Illinois.