AZTESOL 2017 State Conference

Online Registration Ends on Saturday, October 14th at Midnight!

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Friday, October 20, 2017 at 3:00 PM
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Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 4:30 PM (MST)

The University of Arizona
815 E. 2nd Street
Tucson, AZ 85719


Arizona Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc.

presents our annual

State Conference for 2017:

Learn, Connect, Grow @AZTESOL

Friday, October 20, 2017, 3:00 P.M. – 6:30 P.M. and

Saturday, October 21, 2017, 7:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

Arizona's largest annual event for English-language-teaching professionals will feature a keynote address by Dr. Fred Mednick, founder of Teachers Without Borders and Assistant Professor of Education at Johns Hopkins University. Invited guests also include Michelle Doherty, Arizona Educational Foundation's 2017 Teacher of the Year, and Amber Akapnitis, Arizona 2017 PBS Digital Innovator, as well as featured presenters Maria Plata, Arizona Educational Foundation 2017 Teacher of the Year Ambassador and Victoria Gonzalez, Arizona 2016 English Language Teacher of the Year. There will also be sessions, workshops, roundtable discussions, and presentations for practitioners in every setting: PreK-12, community colleges, higher education/Intensive English Programs, adult education, workplace and refugee programs, and more. This conference will take place on the main campus of the University of Arizona in Tucson. Certificates for professional development credit will be available and all attendees who register by October 14, 2017 will save $25 off of the on-site registration prices. All registrations include a one-year membership in AZTESOL (or a one-year renewal if you are already a member) effective Oct. 21, 2017. Please read the FAQs below for answers to common questions.

Exhibitors/Vendors: Please use this site to purchase an Exhibitor ticket for each table that you wish to reserve in the conference exhibit hall. Please contact AZTESOL's acting Business Manager, Scott Welsh, at if you have any questions.

Volunteers: Interested in helping out for a day? We need help setting up rooms and exhibit spaces, passing out materials, directing visitors, cleaning up, and other conference tasks. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Tory Hunzikerat as soon as possible.



How do I register?

Click on the green "Tickets" button above to begin the online order process.


What sessions will be offered at the conference?

Click here to see our conference schedule-at-a-glance. More specific session information will be posted here at a later date. All conference schedule information posted online is subject to change.


How much will it cost to register?

There are four registration categories:

     Member: $100 advance registration on this website / $125 at the door

     Nonmember: $125 advance registration on this website / $150 at the door

     Student/Part-time/Retired: $75 advance registration on this website / $100 at the door

     Exhibitor/Vendor: $75 per table (Must register in advance; no on-site registration)

Each registration includes lunch on Saturday. (Vegetarian options will be available–please check your preference during the order process on the next screen.)

NOTE: Online registration at the lower rates will close at the end of the day on October 14. After October 14, you can only register in person on October 20 or 21 at the higher on-site prices.


What forms of payment are accepted?

This site accepts VisaMastercardDiscover, and American Express credit cards. There are no additional fees to register online; the price you see when you finish selecting your ticket(s) is the total amount that will be charged to your card.


I don't want to use a credit card. Can I pay by check?

Yes, but do not register on this website if you wish to pay by check. Instead, download and fill in by hand a copy of our paper registration form, print it out, and mail it to the address shown at the bottom of the form with a check for the correct amount made payable to AZTESOL. Your form and check must be received by October 14, 2017for your mailed registration to be valid.


How can my institution (school, program, department) pay for me?

The same way individuals do: by credit card on this website, or by check through the mail. Tell the purchasing agent for your institution to use the drop-down menu labeled "Quantity" in the Ticket Information box above to select up to 10 attendees to include on one order. (They can place multiple orders if they want to register more than ten.) If they need to pay by check, they should download the paper registration form, print and fill out one for each attendee, and mail all of the completed forms, together with a check, to the address indicated on the form. (Please see "I want to register a group"below.)


What proof of advance registration do I need to bring to the event?

On the day of the conference, please bring with you to the check-in table:

·  a valid photo I.D.

·  a printed copy or screenshot of your ticket that can be easily accessed from your digital device (e.g. smartphone or tablet)

·  documentation mentioned in the next section below if you registered at the student, part-time, or retired rate.


Do I need to show proof of eligibility for the student/part-time/retired rate?

Students: Please bring a valid student ID with photo to show at the check-in table when you arrive at the conference. Part-time employees: Please bring any document (faculty ID card, paycheck stub, letter from your supervisor, etc.) to show where you are employed. Our rate for retired professionals is intended for anyone over the age of 50 who is no longer actively employed more than half-time, so you just need to bring yourself and a smile!


Is my registration/ticket transferable?

No. Each attendee needs to be registered separately in his/her own name. For group orders, information needs to be entered for each member of the group.


The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

No. Name badges that are required for admission to all conference events and sessions will only be given to the person whose name is on the badge. When you finish the online registration process, please print out your ticket and bring it with you along with a valid photo ID when you come to the conference.


Can I update or revise my registration information?

Not after you have completed the online registration process, but we can do it for you. Please send an e-mail message to if you need to update your information in any way.


I want to register a group (two or more people on a single order using a single credit card). Can I do that?

Yes. Simply select the number of tickets for each category (member, nonmember, student/part-time/retired) in the pull-down menus above. You will still need to enter information on the order form page separately for each person who is attending: the group "leader" (usually the person whose name is on the credit card if it is a personal card) and then the other attendees. Please keep in mind that there is a 60-minute time limit to complete each order, and a limit of 10 tickets per order. In other words, if you are registering a very large group, you will need to divide your group into subsets of 10 people each and complete an order for 10 tickets at a time. It is a good idea to have all of the order form information for each person (name, address, membership status, etc.) ready before you begin your online order.


I want to stay in a hotel near the conference site. Where can I reserve a room?

You can reserve rooms at a special discount rate of $139/night at the Aloft Tucson University Hotel at 1900 East Speedway Blvd. at Campbell Ave. To get this conference rate, you must use this link to reserve online before October 6, 2017. In addition, the Visit Tucson website has a list of area accommodations. Other good sites for finding rooms and comparing rates are Kayak, Travelocity, Priceline, Trivago, and hotel/motel chains' own websites.


Where do I go when I arrive at the conference location?

Please follow signs for AZTESOL when you arrive at the University of Arizona campus in Tucson. Click here for a map of the campus. We expect most conference events to take place in the northwest area of the campus near the intersection of 2nd Street and Olive Road (just east of Park Avenue). For this reason, we recommend parking in either the Main Gate Garage (which has free parking all day Saturday, but not on Friday) or the Second Street Garage (which does not have free parking at any time). Please click here to see parking rates at these two garages


What are my transportation options to get to the University of Arizona campus in Tucson?

Click here to access a map of live traffic conditions on Arizona highways. (Under "Pick a Region," you can select "Pima County.") Click here to visit the site of Sun Tran, which operates the public transit system in the Tucson area. 


What is the refund policy?

You can request a refund at this website ( until Friday, October 13 at 3:00 PM, one week before the conference. Registrations made after 3:00 PM on October 13 are generally non-refundable. Exceptions for extenuating circumstances can be made on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the AZTESOL Treasurer. Please send an e-mail message to that includes your name, phone number, e-mail address, the amount you paid, and the reason you are requesting a refund. Refunds will only be processed between 10 and 60 days after the conference.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please send any questions not answered here to: