Speaker Information

Luncheon Keynote: Dr. Joseph Boomenyo

Dr. Joseph holds a Doctoral Degree of Theology in Ministry, Master of Arts in Leadership and Management and an Executive Master’s Degree in Peace, Leadership and Governance. He is the Founder and Executive Director for Refugee Empowerment Network, a registered non-profit organization based in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. He is an international speaker, church planter and a pastor.

Dr. Joseph Boomenyo has written this book to reveal the courage, resilience, potential, and ability of refugees to move from being liabilities to assets. The book is packed with stories worth telling, that no one else can tell them better than the person who lived them. Dr. Joseph has been forced to leave his country of origin and habitual residence due to the civil war and lived in a country of asylum as a refugee for twenty years. This man has experienced and seen with his own eyes the misery, vulnerability and plight of refugees living in various refugee camps in African countries. He decided to sacrificially invest his time, spiritual gifts, talents, knowledge, and abilities to contribute to the empowerment of his fellow refugees and other vulnerable people in communities through capacity-building. He calls for collective action, solidarity, and strong partnership in addressing the plight of refugees around the world.


Directors’ Roundtable

John Spear is the ESL director for Southcliff Baptist Church in Fort Worth. He has been involved in ESL programs for 18 years.

Hear Here: The Audio Revolution of Podcasts, Adapted for Literacy Instruction

Wes Young is the executive director of Tarrant Literacy Coalition and has spent the last 6 years working in adult education classrooms of all types. Currently, he tutors basic literacy students in Fort Worth and Arlington. He also teaches HSE in White Settlement.

Using National Geographic Resources to Find Your Voice in English 

Janet Kay -received her degree in education with a specialty in reading instruction from the University of Texas in Austin. She has worked with schools and educators for more than 25 years. As an educational sales consultant with National Geographic Learning, Janet provides training and support for ESL programs throughout Texas.

This session provides attendees with activities and resources from National Geographic Learning to help adults communicate in English on a variety of topics including: classrooms, health, shopping, careers, and more.

Contextualized Learning: Journey to Success by New Readers Press  

Ann Beeson has worked with literacy and adult education programs since 2001. She currently works in seven states as an independent sales consultant, offering primarily New Readers Press resources for adult learners. She has a master’s degree in curriculum and instructional design from the University of Minnesota. Learners need to learn academic skills at lower reading levels, with content contextualized to HSE and workforce needs. Journey to Success by New Readers Press helps fill content gaps and better engage learners.

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