November 2014


Table of Contents

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

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

  • Conference proposals due midnight December 1.  
  • Registration opens December 1.

View the MATSOL 2015 Conference website


Nov 15: MATSOL Member Social 
Please join the MATSOL Board of Directors to network with your colleagues and get an update on MATSOL' recent activities. Saturday, November 15, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at Union Street Restaurant in Newton Center (across from the T). Buffet lunch included.  Free to current MATSOL members! Register...

Dec 8: MATSOL Low-Incidence SIG Meeting
For educators in low incidence districts. More information...

Join a MATSOL E-List
Join a MATSOL E-List to connect with your colleagues about issues of common interest. Current Special Interest Group (SIG) E-Lists include:

  • English Language Educators of the Cape & Islands SIG
  • Community College ESL Faculty SIG
  • Low Incidence Programs SIG
  • Teacher Education SIG.
E-Lists are open to all current MATSOL members. Join a MATSOL E-List -- see instructions and a video tutorial!

Multilingual Literacy Resources for Parents
November is Family Literacy Month in Massachusetts! In honor of this event, MATSOL has created a resource page of Multilingual Literacy Resources for Parents, with links to tip sheets and guides in twelve languages, and online libraries with digital books in 50+ languages. Please share these multilingual resources with parents!  For more information about Family Literacy Month activities, see the DESE Family Literacy Month web page.

Community News

Nov 6: Creating Pathways to Success for Opportunity Youth: Lessons from Three Massachusetts Communities
Today, 6.7 million youth in the United States between the ages of 16 and 24 are neither enrolled in school nor employed. Representing 17 percent of all young people in the age band, this crisis continues to grow as, each year, over one million additional youth become disconnected from the schools and systems intended to prepare them for their future. Educators and youth advocates have dubbed this disconnected population “opportunity youth” to reflect their unrealized potential and the opportunity we have as a society to strengthen communities and boost the economy by ensuring sustainable life success for all young people. This event introduces the Rennie Center's newest policy brief about enhanced pathways for opportunity youth. Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in Back Bay, 8:30 to 10:30 am. More information...

Nov 12: Invisible Minority No More: Exploring stress, coping, and mental health amongst Asian and Asian-American students
Panel discussion sponsored by the Asian Coalition for Education (ACE), Harvard Graduate School of Education. 7:00-8:30 pm, Gutman Library Conference Center. More information...

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
MATSOL members receive free access to TESOL Connections, TESOL's monthly online newsletter.  The latest issue includes articles on Intercultural Skills in the ESL Classroom, Tips From a Recruiter: Applying for International Teaching Jobs, and Confessions of a Digital Neanderthal. Read the latest issue...

Supporting Unaccompanied Children in U.S. Schools 
With the new school year underway, communities nationwide will begin to notice a new population of undocumented children within their schools and may be perplexed at how to assist these children and their families. This Webinar provides an overview of current humanitarian crisis and information regarding school enrollment including some of the challenges and best practices. Finally, since many of these children have experienced some type of trauma prior to coming to the U.S., an introduction to trauma-informed education is provided. Co-sponsored by Bridging Refugee Youth & Children's Services (BRYCS) and USCCB's Children's Services. Audio recording with PowerPoint / PowerPoint Presentation. View list of BRYCS archived webinars.

For-Cost SEI Endorsement Courses
The EDCO Collaborative has been approved to offer for-cost SEI Endorsement courses. These for-cost courses are designed to accommodate the overflow of educators who need to get the SEI Endorsement by July 1, 2016. Educators should first check with their district to see if a no-cost course will be available for them.

EDCO will be offering a Long Bridge Course starting on November 12 in Lincoln, a Short Bridge Course starting in March in Bedford, and an Administrators Course, starting in April in either Newton or Brookline (tbd). Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis, so early registration is strongly recommended.

For dates, costs and exact locations, please click on the links below. For more information, please contact Dana Mullaley: [email protected], 781-259-3445

English Learner Curriculum Library
Southern Connecticut State University's Training for All Teachers Program maintains an online curriculum library of at least 250 teacher-modified curriculum units across all subjects for English learners in grades K-12, as well as adult ESL. The library is searchable by grade and by subject (science, math, history/social studies, language arts, etc.). Each unit (PDF) contains the following information: author, date, unit title, lesson overview, content and language objectives for three levels of English language proficiency, and lesson content. View webpage...

Dissolving Boundaries: Understanding Undocumented Students’ Educational Experiences
The Harvard Educational Review (HER) is seeking papers from researchers, practitioners, families, and youth for an upcoming Special Issue on Undocumented Students and Education. HER is seeking research articles or essays, as well as articles for Voices: Reflective Accounts of Education, written by students, teachers, parents, community members, and/or others involved in education, whose perspectives can inform policy, practice, and/or research. Submission deadline January 15. More information...

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