December 2014


Table of Contents

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

Registration is open!

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

Pre-Conference Institutes 
Teachers of ELLs as Learning Specialists
Ken Pransky, Collaborative for Educational Services

We have all been trained to be teaching and content specialists. Yet much more important than our teaching on our students’ “outside” is what is going on in their “inside!” But how many of us have been trained as learning specialists, so we can plan and teach more in-sync with the brain? More...

From Awareness to Best Practice: Tiered Instruction, Intervention, and the Special Education Referral Process for ELLs
Claudia Rinaldi, Lasell College

As districts in the state continue to adopt and implement the Massachusetts Tiered System of Support (MTSS), this institute will provide guidance on the role of the ESL teachers in data-driven collaborative teams, professional learning communities, and instructional leadership teams. More...

See the MATSOL 2015 Conference webpage for more information!


Thank You Members!
Thank you to the more than 60 members who attended the Fall Social in November. It was wonderful to see so many long time members, and to welcome many new members to MATSOL! 

Dec 5: English Language Educators of the Cape & Islands
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Dec 8: MATSOL Low-Incidence SIG Meeting
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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!

Community News

Resources on Administrative Relief
On November 20, President Obama announced his Immigration Accountability Executive Action. Please share these links for resources and information:

Cultural Survival Bazaar: A Festival of Native Arts & Cultures
Cultural Survival Bazaars are a series of cultural festivals that provide Indigenous artists, cooperatives, and their representatives from around the world the chance to sell their work directly to the American public. More information...

  • December 5-7 - The Arsenal Project (Arsenal Mall), Watertown
  • December 12-14 - CambridgeSide Galleria, Cambridge
  • December 19-21 - The Shops at Prudential Center, Boston 

Links & Resources

TESOL Connections
MATSOL members receive free access to TESOL Connections, TESOL's monthly online newsletter.  The latest issue includes articles on Tech Gems for Writing: 5 Ideas for Your Teaching Toolbox, Teaching Talk: The Essence of Lesson Prep, and Academic Writing: Scaffolding for Beginning ELLsRead the latest issue...

Essential Actions: 15 Research-based Practices to Increase ELL Student Achievement
In this article written by Kristina Robertson (2014) 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...

Digging Deeper Into Executive Action: A Further Examination of the Impacts 
December 3 from Migration Policy Institute. With President Obama’s November 20 announcement of executive action on immigration, as many as 5.2 million unauthorized immigrants who are parents of U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents or who were brought to the United States as children are potentially eligible for relief from deportation and work authorization under new and expanded deferred action programs. View webinar...

International Migrant Population by Country of Origin and Destination
Based on estimates from the UN Population Division, this map shows the immigrant and emigrant populations by country of origin and destination. Select a country from the drop down menu. If 'immigrants' is used as the population indicator, population bubbles will display over countries of origin for the immigrant population based on estimated population size. If 'emigrants' is selected, then the population bubbles will appear over countries of destination for the emigrant population, sized according to the estimated emigrant population in each country. View map...

Immigration in Massachusetts
From the Immigration Policy Institute, an interactive map The Economic and Political Impact of Immigrants, Latinos and Asians State by State. View map...

Math Scores Add Up for Hispanic Students: States and School Districts Notable for Recent Gains by Hispanic Students in Mathematics
This report shows significant gains in math achievement by Hispanic fourth- and eighth-graders across the nation—the equivalent of one grade level in the last ten years (2003-3013). Using data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, Child Trends reviewed and compared fourth and eighth grade math scores in the nation, states, large cities, and select school districts. The report highlights those regions with top scores and the largest increases. View report...

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