Opening Plenary

WITESOL is excited to have John Segota, the Associate Executive Director for Public Policy & Professional Relations at TESOL International Association (TESOL), as our opening plenary speaker!

Federal Education Policy in 2018 and What it Means for TESOL

The past 18 months have brought sweeping changes across Washington, DC. What has been the impact upon K-12 and adult education? Where do things stand with immigration policy? This session will deconstruct the federal policy climate for education and present an overview of recent Congressional and administrative actions impacting TESOL educators and English learners.

John Segota, MPS, CAE, is Associate Executive Director for Public Policy & Professional Relations at TESOL International Association (TESOL). John’s responsibilities at TESOL include government relations, policy analysis, media relations and communications, oversight of standards development, and management of TESOL’s advocacy activities. John works closely with TESOL’s senior leadership on policy management, strategic planning, public relations, and governance issues.

John has presented both nationally and internationally on public policy as it relates to English language education, and has written extensively on issues of education policy. John has a BA in Political Science with a concentration in International Studies from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, a Master’s of Professional Studies in Public Leadership from The George Washington University in Washington, DC, and has earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).