August 2015

MATSOL - Massachusetts Educators of English Language  Learners  

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  1. MATSOL News
  2. Community News
  3. Links & Resources
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Happy Summer MATSOLers!


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

MATSOL Member Group Meetings
Please look for announcements this month about MATSOL Special Interest Group meetings for the 2015-16 school year.

  • MATSOL English Learner Leadership Council (MELLC): Meeting dates are set and registration will open in August. See the MELLC webpage...
  • Special Interest Group: Meetings are being planned for the upcoming year for the following groups: Low Incidence Programs, English Language Educators of the Cape & Islands, Community College Faculty, Teacher Educators, SLIFE, Private ESL Institutes (new!). Please look for announcements later this month!

Join a MATSOL E-List
Connect with your colleagues online about issues of common interest. E-Lists are open to all current MATSOL members. Join a MATSOL E-List -- See instructions and a video tutorial!

Community News

TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit
MATSOL Board member Jennifer Lancaster represented our members at the summit in Washington DC in June. Read the TESOL article about the summit, and look for Jennifer's article in MATSOL Currents!

Participate in the TESOL Employment Survey
To streamline communications and enhance efficiency, the TESOL International Association is refining its organizational structure. As part of this restructuring, the Employment Issues Standing Committee (EIC) has been asked to provide advice to the TESOL Board of Directors on how best to continue addressing work-related issues of English language teachers worldwide, including those of Nonnative English Speaking Teachers. 

To provide the best information possible to the Board, the EIC is sending out a survey of TESOL members. This survey will have two primary goals: first, to better understand ESL and EFL teachers needs throughout the world, and second, to gather input on how TESOL as an organization can continue to address these needs under the new administrative structure. 

We in the EIC hope you will take a few minutes to complete this important survey. The survey will remain open until August 15. If you have questions, concerns, or suggestions, please email EIC chair Amy Pascucci at [email protected] Complete the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TESOLEmploymentSurvey

Links & Resources

TESOL Connections
MATSOL members receive free access to TESOL Connections, TESOL's monthly online newsletter.  The latest issue includes articles Teaching Interaction: Is It possible? Is It Useful?, 10 Activities That Create a Positive Learning Environment, and Tackling Unintentional Plagiarism. Read the latest issue...

U.S. Department of Education Releases Fourth Chapter of English Learner Tool Kit for State and Local Agencies 
Tools and Resources for Providing English Learners Equal Access to Core Curricular and Extracurricular Programs, the fourth chapter of the English Learner (EL) 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 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 web page, and will be announced in Nexus and on the NCELA website. 

First National Study on Foreign Language Learning in More Than 30 Years
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences announced the formation of the Commission on Language Learning, a national effort to examine the current state of U.S. language education, to project what the nation’s education needs will be in the future, and to offer recommendations for ways to meet those needs. The Commission will work with scholarly and professional organizations around the country to gather available research about the benefits of language instruction at every educational level, from pre-school through lifelong learning, and will help to initiate a nationwide conversation about languages and international education. View press release... 

2nd Annual EdCamp Malden: ELL Success
Please join us at the 2nd annual EdCamp Malden! Our theme is ELL Success. This event, like all EdCamps, is completely free. All are invited--not just ESL teachers. This event follows the EdCamp ethos: an unconference where the enthusiastic participants create the sessions on the spot. You will help make a grid, attend sessions, vote with your feet if that topic is not for you, make new friends, trade teacher tips, and learn a lot in a stress-free environment! It's a day focused on your learning. There will be breakfast foods and free, easy parking. The day ends with raffle prizes! Afterward, walk to Malden Square for optional lunch with your new friends! Lots of great restaurants!  View web site...

Latinos in Massachusetts Public Schools
Reports from The Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy provide a snapshot of current educational outcomes for Latino students in Boston, Chelsea, Everett, Framingham, Lynn, Revere, Salem, Somerville, and Waltham, including demographic shifts, MCAS performance, and graduation, dropout, and college enrollment rates. Additional reports on Latinos in Massachusetts Selected Areas provide descriptive snapshot of selected economic, social, educational, and demographic indicators pertaining to Latinos in the same communities. View reports... 

Interviewing Massachusetts Middle/High School Teachers!

I am a clinical psychology PhD student at Clark University. The goal of my study is to increase the understanding of ways in which the school experiences of Massachusetts foster youth can be improved. I am looking to phone interview middle/high school teachers in Massachusetts. If you participate, you will have a 1/20 chance of winning a $25 Visa gift card and you will be contributing to the support of foster youth. My study has been approved by the Clark University Institutional Review Board. Please email me for more information: [email protected] or visit my Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/massachusettsfosteryouthinschool. Thank you for the consideration! 

Engaging Immigrant Parents, Families, and Concerned Adults
This webinar—co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI)—explores existing research that consistently shows that higher levels of parental and familial engagement are associated with better educational, behavioral, and adult economic outcomes for their children. Panelists will share current research and promising practices for engaging immigrant communities, to help schools and communities take intentional steps to engage immigrant parents, families, and other concerned adults. The U.S. Department of Education Framework for Family and Community Engagement will be shared. The link will be provided on the webinar series page of OELA’s website, where you can also find materials from past webinars. View website...

Discussing Same-Sex Marriage in ELT: A Survey Approach
A community college instructor's approach to tackling the “hot topics” of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 26 June 2015 ruling on same-sex marriage. From the TESOL Blog. View article...

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