May 2015


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

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

MATSOL Members are invited to join us for the following Member Sessions - conference registration not required for these events:

MATSOL Annual Meeting
Thursday, May 7, 5:30 pm
Annual report and election of the Board of Directors

MATSOL Social and Awards Ceremony
Thursday May 7, 6:30 pm. 
Network with colleagues and celebrate the MATSOL 2015 Award Recipients:

  • MATSOL Teacher of the Year: Theresa Castagnetti, Medford Public Schools
  • Anne Dow Award for Excellence and Creativity: Sara Hamerla, Framingham Public Schools - for fostering a professional, supportive collegial environment for educators of English language learners in today’s challenging environment.
  • Linda Schulman Innovation Awards: Alicia Pattison Serafin, Everett; Karen Malley, Holyoke; Dianne Norton, Oak Bluffs; Gerardo DeLauri, Revere; Grace Harris, Springfield; Brenda McGinnes & Kathleen Sundstrom, Worcester; Daniel Gay, Worcester

Reception generously co-sponsored by National Geographic Learning/Cengage Learning and Educational Solutions, Inc.

Conference Links:
The MATSOL Conference is sold out. Pre-registration is required for attendance. There will be no on-site registration.


Working Session: Preparing All Educators to Teach English Learners
The urgent need to adequately prepare all pre- and in-service teachers to effectively teach English learners has important implications for teacher preparation programs across the region. In this working session faculty from Institutes of Higher Educator will discuss successes, challenges, and recommendations for preparing all teachers to teach ELs. This pre-conference working session does not require conference registration -- but please RSVP for the meeting here so that we know how many people to expect. Wednesday, May 6 at 3:30 PM, Framingham Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center. Sponsored by the MATSOL Teacher Educator SIG. RSVP for the meeting...

MATSOL Board of Directors - 2015 Slate of Nominations
The Nominations Committee presents the following slate of nominations to the Board of Directors, for election by the membership at the Annual Meeting on May 7. View the slate and nomination statements...

  • Jennifer Lancaster, ELL Program Director, Milford Public Schools
  • Melissa Latham Keh, Assistant Professor, Bridgewater State University
  • Allison Rainville, ELL Consultant, Applewild School and Self-Employed Editor/Consultant
  • Mary Clark, Faculty Emeritus of Linguistics, University of New Hampshire at Durham (renewing term)
  • Rhoda Webb, English Language Learner Director, Northboro-Southboro Public Schools (renewing term)

MATSOL Calendar 
View calendar and registration links...

  • May 18: Low Incidence SIG Meeting
  • May 29: MELLC Meeting
  • June 5: Cape & the Islands SIG Meeting

2015 TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit
The only event of its kind in the United States, the TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit is an unparalleled professional development opportunity for educators to learn about U.S. federal education issues and advocate for policies that support English learners and the field of English language education. June 21-23 in Washington DC. View webpage...

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Connect with your colleagues online about issues of common interest. 
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Community News

Language Opportunity Coalition
The hearing before the Joint Committee on Education on the for the LOOK Bill and the Seal of Biliteracy Bill is scheduled for Tuesday, May 12. If you are interested in testifying, contact Helen Solorzano at [email protected] See the MATSOL Advocacy pages and the Language Opportunity Coalition website for more information on the legislation.

Youth at Risk Conference
Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 8:00am - 3:30pm in Beverly, MA. Youth at Risk (YAR) is an annual all-day conference for youth service providers, featuring keynote speakers, over 20 workshops in morning and afternoon breakout sessions, program exhibitions and networking opportunities. Sponsored by the Essex County Community Foundation. View website...

Give Liberty a Hand 2015
MIRA Coalition Annual Gala at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, Wednesday, June 3 at 6pm. Support immigrants and refugees and honor those who make a difference in their lives. Purchase tickets or make a donation here!

Links & Resources

TESOL Connections
MATSOL members receive free access to TESOL Connections, TESOL's monthly online newsletter.  The latest issue includes articles TESOL 2015: Convention in Photos, All About TESOL 2015 (In Case You Missed Out)! and Tech Trends at TESOL 2015 and BeyondRead the latest issue...

Women in China Today
Primary Source 2015 Global Perspectives Dinner Series. Family-style Chinese meal and global conversation with scholars Weili Ye, University of Massachusetts Boston and Cathy Yeh, Boston University, moderated by Melissa Ludtke, Author & Producer. 
Monday, May 11, 2015, Joyful Garden, Brighton, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. View website...

English Learner Tool Kit for State and Local Education Agencies

The U.S. Department of Education released the Third Chapter of English Learner Tool Kit for State and Local Education Agencies, Tools and Resources for Staffing and Supporting an English Learner Program, the third chapter of the English Learner Tool Kit, has been published online by the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA), U.S. Department of Education (the Department). The Tool Kit is intended to help state and local education agencies (SEAs and LEAs) in meeting their obligations to ELs. It should be read in conjunction with the joint Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) on "English Learner Students and Limited English Proficient Parents" from the Department's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), published in January 2015, which outlines SEAs’ and LEAs’ legal obligations to ELs under civil rights laws and other federal requirements. More Tool Kit chapters will be made available in the coming months on the OELA English Learner Tool Kit webpage, and will be announced in Nexus and on the NCELA website.

A semimonthly e-newsletter from the National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition to share new resources, upcoming events, and other announcements, and provide links to opportunities for jobs, education, and funding related to the education of ELs and the EL community. Nexus subscribers may also receive occasional, time-sensitive announcements from OELA and NCELA. Subscribe...

Unaccompanied Children in Schools—What You Need to Know
A fact sheet with tips from the American Federation of Teachers and Colorín Colorado, offering useful, basic information about unaccompanied children and what schools need to know to best meet their needs. View Resource...

In International-Student Recruitment, Questions About Integrity Persist
Analysis of a recent recommendation by a commission named by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) on payment of commissions to international-student recruiters. From Chronicle of Higher Education. View article...

Immigrant and Refugee Workers in the Early Childhood Field: Taking a Closer Look
The face of the young child population in the United States is rapidly changing. Today, children of immigrants account for one in four of all those under age 6, and represent all the net growth in this population since 1990. With research consistently showing the importance of early learning experiences in setting the stage for children's healthy development and academic success, it is increasingly clear that these demographic changes point to the need for a diverse, well-qualified early childhood education and care (ECEC) workforce to deliver linguistically and culturally competent care. From Migration Policy Institute. Vew report...

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