January 2017

 MATSOL - Massachusetts Educators of English Language Learners 

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  1. MATSOL News
  2. Community News
  3. Links & Resources
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MATSOL 2017 Conference

Registration is open!

May 31-June 2, 2017
Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center

Keynote Speakers

  • Jeff Zwiers
  • Jean-Michel Dissard

Pre-Conference Institutes - Wednesday May 31

  • Transforming the Classroom Dynamic with Academic Conversations - Sara Hamerla
  • Learning, Language and Literacy: The 3Ls Approach-From Remediation to Acceleration - Maryann Cucchiara
  • Using Progress Monitoring Tools to Guide Instructional Planning for English Learning with Disabilities - Dr. Claudia Rinaldi

Visit the conference website for information and registration...


MATSOL Calendar

  • Jan 23: Teacher Educator SIG Meeting
  • Jan 25: Dual Language Special Education Network Event* - Topic on Practice: A dialogue with health care professionals on assessments of dual language learners

View MATSOL Calendar...

MATSOL Currents Fall/Winter 2016 Issue
The latest issue of MATSOL Currents has been published, featuring articles, opinion pieces, material and book reviews, as well as updates on MATSOL Actives. View the Fall/Winter 2016 Issue... 

*The Dual Language Special Education Network is a collaboration between MATSOL, Massachusetts Association for Bilingual Education (MABE), and Massachusetts Council for Exceptional Children (MCEC)Find out more...

Community News

MATSOL Discount for new Bilingual/English Learners with Disabilities (ELL/SPED) Certificate program
Through a partnership with Lasell College, MATSOL and MABE members can take advantage of a special discount to enroll in Lasell’s Bilingual/English Learners with Disabilities (ELL/SPED) Certificate program. 
This new online program starts January 2017. The program offers four six-week courses with either PDP's or academic credit. The discount pricing applies for the PDP option. View information and registration links.

Jan 19: Condition of Education Report Release
Join the Rennie Center for their annual review of the Condition of Education in the Commonwealth, featuring the release of our 2017 Data Report and Action Guide. The Condition of Education provides a "state of the state" on key education trends, bringing together a wide-ranging set of indicators to illuminate areas of success and areas for continued improvement across the education pipeline. This year's Action Guide looks at the concept of student-centered learning and how, as a state, we can move toward a comprehensive vision of education that makes students the unit of change. 8:00 a.m. Thursday, January 19, 2017, Omni Parker House, Rooftop Ballroom, Boston. More...

Jan 27: Call for Presenters - MCAE Network 2017
Mass Coalition for Adult Education Network 2017 Conference takes place Friday, May 12 in M
arlborough, MA. This year's conference will continue a long tradition of high quality workshops that help a wide range of adult basic education practitioners meet their on-the-job challenges. NETWORK 2017 will highlight new information and feature best practices in critical areas, including ESOL instruction at high, intermediate and low levels. Proposals due January 27. More...

TESOL Signs Joint Statement Calling for Quality Teacher Recruitment Efforts
TESOL International Association, along with 24 other organizations, has issued a joint statement affirming their strong support of high standards in education and calling for united efforts to recruit quality and diverse candidates into the teaching profession. More...

Links & Resources

TESOL Connections 
MATSOL members receive free access to TESOL Connections, TESOL's monthly online newsletter.  The latest issue includes 
5 Steps for Managing Your Multilevel Classroom, The GO TO Strategies: Teaching Tools for Outstanding Educators, and 5 EdTech Tools to Try in 2017. Read the latest issue...

Jan 27: Cultural Competence and College and Career Readiness
Join the Massachusetts Institute for College and Career Readiness (MICCR) for a national conversation on the application of culturally sensitive practice in education and its impact on youth’s college and career readiness. You will hear how districts in Massachusetts and neighboring states are integrating this work into their classrooms and administrations in order drive whole school change and transform school climate. Presentations will provide both examples from research and practice. To foster discussion, we encourage attendees to submit questions for our speakers through the registration link below. Friday, January 27, 2017, 1-2 PM EST. Register...

Next Generation ESL Project: Model Curriculum Units (ESL MCUs)
New on the DESE webiste! Two new ESL Model Curriculum Units (ESL MCUs):

  • Grade-band 3-5, Language of Language Arts (LoLA), ELP 2-3: The Language of Newspaper Interviewing and Reporting
  • Grade-band 6-8, Language of Math (LoMA), ELP 2-3: Using Data to Advocate for Change

To access the units, visit DESE's Model Curriculum Unit page. You will be asked to register. Access is free and granted immediately. Scroll down to find "ESL Units."

Massachusetts Educator Preparation Reviewers
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) recruits and selects education professionals to serve in cohorts for the Educator Preparation Formal Review Process. Reviewers are responsible for reviewing, analyzing, and evaluating evidence of educator preparation program effectiveness. Applications due March 5, 2017. More...

TESOL's New Ways in Teaching Grammar
TESOL Press is seeking contributors with engaging and effective lesson plan ideas for teaching grammar in the English language classroom for inclusion in New Ways in Teaching Grammar, 2nd edition. Deadline February 17, 2017. More...

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