July 2015


Table of Contents

  1. MATSOL News
  2. Community News
  3. Links & Resources
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MATSOL Calendar 
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  • August 3-8: MATSOL Coaching: Integrating SEI into Literacy Coaching

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  • October 1, 2015: From Awareness to Best Practice: Tiered Instruction, Intervention, and the Special Education Referral Process for ELLs (repeat offereing of the sold out Pre-Conference Institute)
  • December 3-4, 2015: SLIFE Institute (repeate offering due to popular demand)
  • May 4, 2016: SLIFE Institute (Advanced)
  • May 4-6, 2016: MATSOL 2016 Conference
  • Summer 2016: SLIFE Training-of-Trainers

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Community News

Change in Definition of Low-Income Students in Massachusetts
Massachusetts has scrapped a decades-old method for defining low-income students in public schools, resulting in a dramatic decline in the number considered to be living in poverty, according to a Globe review of state data. Now, less than half of Boston school students are regarded as being from impoverished homes, compared with the previous figure of about three-quarters. Chelsea, Lawrence, and other cities also saw big drops. Statewide rates dropped, but less dramatically. View article from The Boston Globe...

Volunteer for Voter Registration
MIRA Coalition is holding voter registration drives this summer around the state and needs volunteers to help register new voters. The first registration drive is on July 9 in Boston. See the MIRA Coalition calendar for dates and details on how to volunteer.

Links & Resources

TESOL Connections
MATSOL members receive free access to TESOL Connections, TESOL's monthly online newsletter.  The latest issue includes articles Do-It-Yourself ELT Professional Development, 5 Easy Steps for Creating an Online PLN, and Grant Writing: Show Me (How to Get) the Money! Read the latest issue...

Some summer reading ideas from across the web...

Alternative Measures of Socioeconomic Status in Education Data Systems
A new report from the National Forum on Education Statistics that evaluates the pros and cons of different systems of measuring socioeconomic status of students. It notes that the system based on free- and reduced- meal eligibility “is largely a measure of economic status and does not incorporate other components understood to be relevant to the measurement of [socioeconomic status], such as parent/guardian occupation and education.” View report...

Immigrant Student Success: Models and Tools for K-12 and Adult Educators
A free online workshop geared toward educators seeking to encourage the progress of their immigrant students for the benefit of the entire classroom. Through interactive webinars and live exercises with experts from the Internationals Network for Public SchoolsEmbrace Diverse SchoolsWorld Education and more, participants will learn about asset-based models and techniques for capitalizing on classroom diversity. They will also gain ideas for classroom activities and lesson planning that can bring out the best in their immigrant students and benefit the whole classroom. This interactive online workshop is free of charge. It takes place July 8 and 9 from 11 am to 2 pm EST. Certificates of participation are available. Click here to register.

Immigrant Heritage Month 
Throughout the month of June, Welcome.us, a new non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating a United States that is fueled by immigrants from around the world, celebrated the first-ever Immigrant Heritage Month by encouraging Americans to tell the story of how they first felt welcomed to the American experience. View website...

States and Districts with the Highest Number and Share of English Language Learners

While English Language Learner (ELL) students are spread throughout the United States, their density, or the share they represent of total public school enrollment, varies greatly by state. Western states have the largest shares of ELL students in the nation. This fact sheet, drawing upon data from the U.S. Department of Education, examines the states and districts with the highest shares and populations of ELL students and offers a detailed breakdown of some key statistics. Note: Massachusetts is on the list of 15 states with the greatest ELL populations. From Migration Policy Institute. View Fact Sheet…

The Integration Outcomes of U.S. Refugees: Successes and Challenges
The U.S. refugee resettlement program is the world's largest, accepting two-thirds of the 98,000 refugees who were permanently resettled in 2013. Because of the scale of the program and the growing diversity of resettled refugees, service providers face an increasing range of challenges. To better understand these challenges, this report analyzed previously non-public State Department admissions data to gain insight into the characteristics of arriving refugees, including native-language proficiency and education. View report...

When Labels Don’t Fit: Hispanics and Their Views of Identity
A report from Pew Research Center that focuses on Hispanics’ identities, behaviors, views about social issues, and language use. View report...

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