October 2014


Table of Contents

  1. MATSOL News
  2. Community News
  3. Links & Resources
Submission Welcome
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MATSOL 2015 Conference

The Call for Proposals is open for the MATSOL 2015 Conference. Proposals are due by December 1. View the Call...

Registration will open December 1.


New SLIFE E-List
Join the SLIFE E-List to connect with your colleagues about working with students with limited or interrupted formal education (SLIFE). Open to all MATSOL members. Join the E-List...

Nov 15: MATSOL Meet-Up - MATSOL Member Social 
Meet up with your MATSOL colleagues to network and get an update on our recent activities. Saturday, November 15 at Union Street Restaurant in Newton Center (across from the T). Find out more...

Community News

Oct 11: Student Immigrant Movement - Dare to Dream Conference
Hear from the personal experiences and perspectives of undocumented and immigrant youth, as well as of educators, administrators and guidance counselors who have experience in our schools; Learn about the obstacles and barriers faced by undocumented and immigrant youth and the solutions to tackle them; and Commit to the vision and creation of the Massachusetts DREAM Network, a cohort of undocumented-friendly schools across the state. More...

Oct 15-18: See the World at the Arlington International Film Festival 
Films range from Wednesday's 7:00 p.m. showing of Botso: The Teacher from Tbilisi, a documentary about a revered musician from the Republic of Georgia who emigrates to the U.S., to Saturday's 9:00 p.m. showing of The Rocket, a feature that captures the rituals and culture of Laos through a story about a boy attempting to redeem his reputation by wining a rocket-building competition. More...

Oct 18: Free Workshop for Teachers of ELLs: Qualitative Reading Inventory (QRI) and Quick Phonics Survey (QPS)
Learn to use:  Qualitative Reading Inventory (QRI) and Quick Phonics Survey (QPS). The QRI and QPS are valuable tools for providing information on the specific skills students need to make progress in reading.  They enable teachers to go behind the numbers provided by standardized tests such as the MCAS and WIDA.  Attendees will receive an instructional planning guide to help them use literacy information to plan daily instruction. This FREE workshop is specifically designed for teachers working with ELLs. Special emphasis will be on students in grades 3 and above. Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 9:30 to noon, Wakelin Room, Wellesley Public Library. This event is sponsored by the Massachusetts Reading Association. RSVP [email protected]

Nov 20: MIRA Coalition's Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon
Thursday, November 20 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Hall of Flags at the State House for MIRA's Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon, Our Shared Table. The Luncheon is free and open to all, but we recommend you reserve a spot!

Links & Resources

TESOL Connections
Free to MATSOL Members. Articles include Grammatically Speaking: Passive Verbs, Scaffolding for Success: Best Practices for Secondary ELLs; and Idioms Are Always Easier in Somebody Else's Class. View this month's issue...

Nutrition and Healthy Shopping Classes for ESOL Participants
Cooking Matters Massachusetts is a nonprofit that provides healthy cooking, shopping, and nutrition education to low income participants to help families feed themselves better on a budget. We offer healthy grocery store tours and have partnered successfully with many ESOL programs in the past. Participants learn about nutrition and get to practice their English in a new setting. (This would only be a good fit for programs that offer ESOL classes to their participants free of charge.) Contact Piper Mount at [email protected] for more information!

Essential Actions: 15 Research-based Practices to Increase ELL Student Achievement

In this article written for Colorín Colorado, Bright Ideas author Kristina Robertson offers an overview of WIDA's new Essential Actions handbook and shares a step-by-step process for using this tool as part of a professional learning community focused on meeting ELLs' academic language needs. View article...

ESL Materials Collection for a New/Beginner Teacher
Free resouces: Grammar lessons, holiday lessons, multiple copies, posters, portfolio material, graphic organizers, games & books. Belmont pick-up. Contact Ruth at [email protected]

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