2019 Conference

Topic Strands

Topic strands and sample topics for the MATSOL 2019 Conference.


Presentation Topics could include:

Academic Language in the Content Areas

Vocabulary development; Systemic functional linguistics; integrating English language development and content area standards

Bilingualism and Biliteracy

Bilingual instructional practices; Seal of Biliteracy; supporting native language development in SEI programs; translanguaging.

Co-Teaching and Collaborative Practices

ESL and sheltered content teacher collaboration; Co-teaching structures and practices.

Culturally Responsive Teaching



Using student strengths and building on funds of knowledge; recognizing and celebrating student identity and culture; social-emotional learning; trauma-informed practice; impact of poverty on learning; creating physically and emotionally safe environments.

Curriculum Development

Curriculum planning; lesson and unit development; standards alignment; ESL MCU Collaboration Tool and resources; selecting materials and texts to support curriculum; Universal Design for Learning (UdL) and Understanding by Design (UbD).

Data and Assessment

Data analysis to inform programming and instruction; evidence-based decision making; using Massachusetts data tools; formative and summative assessments; contingent pedagogy; interpreting ACCESS scores

Listening, Speaking and Pronunciation

Developing and assessing listening and speaking competencies; academic conversations and discourse; teaching pronunciation; grammar and vocabulary in listening and speaking.

Digital Learning & Technology

Online learning and teaching; video and digital media; web 2.0 tools; social media;

Family and Community Engagement

Encouraging family-school partnerships; supporting English Learner Parent Advisory Councils; parent education; forming partnerships with community organizations and businesses;

Policy and Advocacy

Impact of federal, state and local policy (in education, immigration, and other areas); social justice; advocacy for students and programs; developing student agency and advocacy; working conditions and educator rights; advocating for new programs under the LOOK Act.

Program Administration and Evaluation

Leadership development; support and evaluation of teachers; identifying problems of practice; LOOK Act implementation and opportunities; compliance with standards and regulations.

Professional Development and Teacher Education

Pre-service and in-service learning; effective practices for adult learning; building cultural and linguistic awareness; teacher identity formation; instructional coaching; practicums and field learning; mentoring and supervision; Professional Learning Communities (PLCs); peer observation.

Reading, Writing and Literacy

Developing and assessing reading and writing competencies; working with complex texts; writing across the curriculum or in the disciplines; grammar and vocabulary in reading and writing.

Vocabulary and Grammar

Acquisition, development, research, and teaching of vocabulary and grammar to L2 learners.