Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE)

The SLIFE Special Interest Group (SIG) Is for educators in PK-12 districts and adult education programs serving students with limited or interrupted formal education. 

Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE) "are English language learners who have experienced interrupted education due to war, civil unrest, migration, or other factors; who have never had the opportunity to participate in any type of schooling before entering school in the United States; or who have experienced limited education in their home countries due to lack of resources or trained teachers, the type of schooling they participated in, or other circumstances." (DeCapua & Marshall, 2010)

Evolving from a former SIFE working group, the group's goal is to improve  the education of SLIFE students in their own programs and in the state, by sharing information, expertise, and common goals for programming, advocacy and professional development. 

In response our members' requests for PD in working with SLIFE students, MATSOL offered two SLIFE Institutes in the 2013-14 school year presented by Andrea DeCaupa and Helaine Marshall.  Participants requested that MATSOL establish this SIG as a platform to continue collaboration in the development SLIFE education programs.

For the 2014-15 school year, MATSOL is offering another session of the SLIFE Institute in the spring. See the Institute & Workshops page for information.


Meetings are open to current MATSOL Members at no charge. 


Meetings scheduled for the 2015-16 school year in Milford, MA:

  • September 28
  • November 9 - Online
  • January 11

See the MATSOL Calendar for registration links.


The SLIFE E-List is open to current MATSOL members. View instructions for subscribing to an E-List.


SLIFE resource page curated by the SLIFE SIG

Organizing Committee

Rebecca Daigle, Framingham Public Schools
Jennifer Lancaster, Milford Public Schools
Stephanie Scerra, Boston Public Schools