March 2015


Table of Contents

  1. MATSOL News
  2. Community News
  3. Links & Resources
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SLIFE Institute
Culturally Responsive Teaching in Massachusetts: Adolescent and Adult English Language Learners with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE) Andrea DeCapua, Ed.D. & Helaine W. Marshall, Ph.D. April 16-17,2015. Registration deadline March 15. Information & Registration...

MATSOL 2015 Conference
May 6-8, 2015, Framingham Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center 

Conference ProgramView the full conference program online...

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


Call for Nominations: MATSOL Board of Directors
Show your commitment to the value of the MATSOL and help to shape its future! The MATSOL Nominations Committee is charged with developing a slate of qualified candidates to fill open positions on the MATSOL Board of Directors. We invite your participation in this important process. Help us identify competent, energetic, committed members of MATSOL to take a leadership role, work on behalf of the organization, and represent MATSOL members and stakeholders. Nominees will be elected by the membership at the MATSOL Annual Meeting during the MATSOL Conference. Nomination deadline April 1, 2015.

MATSOL Calendar View Calendar...

  • Mar 6: MELLC Meeting
  • Mar 9: Low Incidence SIG Meeting
  • Mar 25-28: TESOL Convention in Toronto Canada
  • April 16-17: SLIFE Institute

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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.  The Coalition is 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.

New Start: Supporting Multilingual Young Children and Immigrant and Refugee Families 
Regional Trainings in partnership with Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA Coalition), the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC), and the Office of Refugees and Immigrants (ORI). These full day workshops -- which will be held in Taunton, Worcester, Lowell, and Pittsfield -- are meant for EEC center and family-based childcare providers, Head Start programs, community-based organizations, and other EEC partners, including Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grantees (CFCE), Child Care Resources and Referral Agencies (CCR&Rs), and ORI’s providers and their stakeholders. 
The New Start Trainings includes the following content areas and discussions: Immigrant and Refugee Demographics in Massachusetts and Regionally; ABC’s of Immigration & Refugee Law and Policy; Immigration Status & Access to Public Benefits; Working with Dual Language Learner Children & Families; Cultural Competency & Family Engagement; Being a Resource for Families. More...

Mar 4: Culture, Schools, and Community 
Lasell’s Education Department Spring 2015 Lecture Series presents Dr. Patricia Kelly, speaking about cultural responsiveness and the importance of leadership, community engagement, and parental involvement. March 4th from 5:45 to 7 pm at Lasell College, Rosen Auditorium, Winslow Building. Pre-reception begins at 5:45.

Mar 7: Assessing for Instruction: Important information for your English Language Learners
From Mass Reading Association: ACCESS provides important information for ELL students. The missing piece is the specific diagnostic information that helps inform daily instruction. We will demonstrate a great, quick phonics assessment the QRI, Qualitative Reading Inventory. This information will enable participants to design instructional plans. Please RSVP with name, grade level and a cell phone number in case of bad weather to: [email protected]

Mar 13-14: Democracy School 2015 on Structural Racism and Diversity
Join MIRA Coalition for our 2 day training for community leaders, students, activists and organizers advocating for social justice. Together, we will learn the impacts of structural racism to our democracy and participate in dialogues on how to address with powerful responses, learn and role play effective anti-racism strategies, how to build solidarity  movements and more. Democracy School will be offered with the facilitation of the Union of Minority Neighborhoods and other experts. More...

Mar 21: 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...

Mar 21: Blacks in Boston: Black ... and Immigrant
Last held in 2000, the African & African Diaspora Studies Program (AADS) revives its “Blacks in Boston” conference series. The theme for this one-day event is "Blacks in Boston: Black ... and Immigrant,” and is designed to engage current issues in the US immigration debate, and to explore what black immigrants and immigration bring to this conversation. Boston College, Gasson Hall 100. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. More...

Mar 22: José Antonio Vargas receives 2015 Salem Award
The Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice is given each year to honor those who speak or act for the disenfranchised.  In recognizing them, we publicly acknowledge the powerful significance and practical consequence of their work and join them in fostering tolerance, empathy and reconciliation within our community. They embody the integrity and courage of those who dared to support the men and women jailed or executed as witches in 1692. Vargas is receiving the award for his tireless advocacy for immigration rights. 3:00 Salem Town Hall, Salem, MA. Reserve a seat...

Links & Resources

TESOL Connections
MATSOL members receive free access to TESOL Connections, TESOL's monthly online newsletter.  The latest issue includes articles Lesson Plan: Making Family & Community Connections and 10 Time Saving Tips for Teaching English Online. Read the latest issue...

United We Dream - National Institutions Coming Out Day
To be an unafraid, student, educator and or ally means that we consistently advocate for our right to education through leadership and advocacy. Join United We Dream’s Dream Educational Empowerment Program on April 7, 2015 for National Institutions Coming Out Day (NICOD)! On NICOD we will uplift the schools/organizations who are working with and for undocumented students and those who want to begin. Information...

Early Literacy eBooks with Multilingual Narration
CLiC, Douglas County (CO) Libraries and Unite for Literacy have partnered to provide access to more than 100 ebooks (more information on the project). These early literacy ebooks:

  • are all original -- books carefully crafted to connect with young children and their families.
  • have narrated audio support with an initial goal of supporting the 300 languages that are spoken in U.S. homes.
  • offer photographs and illustrations to authentically depict a child's-eye view of the real world.
  • are structured to reflect the most current research on the specific features that impact success for beginning readers of all ages.

Unite for Literacy is a Colorado-based publisher funded by sponsorships to ensure free ebook content remains free. View the Unite for Literacy library...

Human Rights and Linguistics
Webinar on Making the Connections Between Human Rights and Linguistics, hosted by The Linguistic Society of America and the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition. Topics: Advancing the right to benefit from scientific progress, Assisting linguists whose human rights have been violated, Ensure the respect of the linguistic rights of all communities that speak local languages, Ethical linguistic practices in the context of field research, Case studies of human rights advocacy in the linguistic sphere, and work so that more speakers of local languages can have access to quality education in their native languages. Co-Facilitators: Jessica M Wyndham, Associate Director, Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program, American Association for the Advancement of Science and Michel DeGraff, Professor of Linguistics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. March 20, 2015 at 12:00 - 1:00 pm ET. A recording of the webinar will be freely available online to anyone who cannot participate in the "live" event. Information & registration...

Through an Immigrant Lens: PIAAC Assessment of the Competencies of Adults in the United States
This report uses PIAAC data to describe the English literacy and numeracy of adults in the United States and explore how these skills are related to key outcomes such as labor market participation, income, and health status. The detailed analysis reveals a number of findings regarding immigrants and their U.S.-born adult children, which taken together underscore deep social inequalities. Roughly 40 percent of immigrant adults lacked basic English literacy and 48 percent lacked basic numeracy in English. The authors point out that the PIAAC competency tests are administered in English, leaving non-English speakers at a disadvantage—regardless of their skills in their native language. View report...

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