February 2015


Table of Contents

  1. MATSOL News
  2. Community News
  3. Links & Resources
MATSOL is the only membership association in Massachusetts for educators of English language learners. With over 1,300 members, including program directors and administrators, you can reach your target audience through MATSOL advertising and sponsorships.

Registration is Open!

MATSOL 2015 Conference
Early registration rates end February 15! Information & Registration...

Keynote Speakers

  • Raúl Gonzalez III, Artist & Illustrator, The Book I Wanted to Read as a Kid
  • Ofelia García, City University of New York, Translanguaging: Reconceptualizing Language and Education


Feb 15: Conference early registration period ends.
Mar 2: MATSOL Award nominations/proposals due
Mar 6: MELLC Meeting
Mar 9: Low Incidence SIG Meeting

MATSOL 2015 Awards
Nominations & Proposals due March 2, 2015. More information...

Community News

Language Opportunity Coalition
The Language Opportunity Coalition was founded in the summer of 2014 by MATSOL and Massachusetts Association for Bilingual Education (MABE), along with other education and community groups in Massachusetts.  The goals of the Coalition are to 1) increase language learning opportunities for learning English, developing native/heritage language, or learning foreign language; and 2) ensure that all learners have equal access to a high quality education and professional opportunities.  MATSOL joins the Coalition in supporting two pieces of legislation introduced in 2015: 

  • “An Act to Establish a State Seal of Biliteracy” 
  • “An Act relative to Language Opportunity for Our Kids (LOOK)”

The Language Opportunity Coalition is growing and welcomes new organizational members that support its mission.  Find out more about MATSOL Advocacy and the Language Opportunity Coalition.

MABE 4th Southern New England Annual Conference for Dual Language Programs 2015
Massachusetts Association for Bilingual Education (MABE),Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT), Worcester, MA More...

Spring Festival 春节 Chunjie
Chinese New Year Traditional Music and Dance
In Collaboration With: Chu Ling Dance Academy, Boston Chinese Music Association, Cambridge Center for Chinese Culture, Wahlum Kungfu, Boston Beijing Opera Association. Featuring guest artists from China: GUO Qianyun, GUO Jun, SHEN Zhijuan. Saturday, February 21, 2015, 7:30 PM, John Hancock Hall, 180 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA More...

Links & Resources

TESOL Connections
MATSOL members receive free access to TESOL Connections, TESOL's monthly online newsletter.  The latest issue includes articles on 6 Ways to Ensure Your Ed Tech Is Optimizing Student Performance, Higher Order Thinking Skills With Question Cubes, and 5 Core Ideas to Build Effective PD Programs. Read the latest issue...

TIRF 2015 Doctoral Dissertation Grants

The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF) is pleased to announce its 2015 Doctoral Dissertation Grants (DDG) competition. Grants of up to US $5,000 will be made to successful applicants investigating any of the following topics:

  • Bilingualism or Plurilingualism in Business, Industry, and the Professions
  • Language Assessment
  • Optimal Uses of Technology in the Delivery of English Language Instruction
  • Language Teacher Education
  • Students’ Age and Effective English Language Education in Schools
  • Language Policy and Planning

Applicants must be enrolled in legitimate doctoral programs and must have been advanced to candidacy. That is, they must have completed any required coursework and/or examinations, and must have had their research plan officially approved by the university. More...

Condition of Education in the Commonwealth 2015 
From The Rennie Center: This report identifies and measures state-level indicators linked to outcomes to inform decision-making among Massachusetts education leaders. These indicators focus on critical stages in learning and development from school readiness and early learning to the emergence of a strong and productive workforce. It identifies three areas in which statewide action can build on existing, effective practice to generate significant improvements in student outcomes. View report...

Profile of the Unauthorized Population
From Migration Policy Institute: Learn about the estimated 11.4 million unauthorized immigrants living in the United States. Where do they live? When did they arrive in the United States, and from which origin countries? What are their levels of education, top industries of employment, incomes, parental and marital status, health care coverage, and more? And how many are potentially eligible for relief from deportation via deferred action? This unique data tool provides detailed sociodemographic profiles for the U.S., 41 states and D.C., and 94 counties with the largest unauthorized populations. View Massachusetts report...

Bilingual Magazines for All Ages
From Colorín Colorado: These recommended bilingual (English-Spanish) magazines and Spanish-language magazines offer activities, articles, games, and projects for kids of all ages — whether at home or at school! They can be used for literacy and language learning for students who are already bilingual or learning a new language. View resource...

Bilingual Safety Guides for Children & Teens
From BRYCS: Every day, children and teenagers enter the United States without their parents or legal documentation. These unaccompanied children often come to reunite with family, to work, or to pursue an education. Some may be fleeing violence and abuse, avoiding gang persecution and recruitment, or escaping political and religious persecution. These bilingual guides (Spanish/English) are the first publications created for the unaccompanied youth themselves and will assist young people in knowing their rights while they are in the United States. View resources for children and teenagers...

Multilingual Refugee Portal
We created this portal to ensure that refugees have easy access to multilingual resources.  The languages shown here represent the most common languages spoken among refugees resettled in the U.S. - Arabic, Burmese, Karen, Nepali, Somali and Spanish. Includes resources on the topics of family life and parenting, early childhood, the U.S. school system (K-12), children's books, and health/mental health. 

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