March 2017

 MATSOL - Massachusetts Educators of English Language Learners 

Table of Contents

  1. MATSOL News
  2. Community News
  3. Links & Resources
Submission Welcome
Submit an item for publication in the monthly MATSOL E-Bulletin. Details... 

MATSOL 2017 Conference

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

The 2017 Online Conference Program is posted! Search and view session schedule.

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

  • Mar 3: MA English Learner Leadership Council (MELLC) Meeting
  • Mar 6: Private Language Schools SIG Winter Talk
  • Mar 13: Low Incidence SIG & SLIFE SIG Meeting
  • Mar 15: Nominations due for MATSOL Board of Directors
  • Mar 21-25: TESOL International Convention and Language Expo
  • Mar 24: Cape & Islands SIG Meeting
  • Apr 15: Submissions due for MATSOL Currents

View MATSOL Event Calendar - information & registration

MATSOL Best of Affiliates Session at TESOL Convention
MATSOL is proud to announce the inclusion of Bilingualism is a Gift (BIG) ESL/SPED Collaborative Campaign as a Best of Affiliates session at the TESOL International Convention and Expo Center in Seattle WA. The presentation by Jean Fitzgerald, Lauren Harrison, Maryann MacDougall and Yvonne Endara of Watertown Public Schools will take place on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 10:30 AM in Room 210. Best of Affiliate sessions are submitted by the affiliates to 
showcase the ‘Best of’ professional learning and research that has been presented at local conferences, and are selected by the TESOL Affiliate Leadership Council.

MATSOL Open Registration Courses
This spring, MATSOL is offering regional open registration courses. These courses are open to teachers and administrators through registration on the MATSOL website. Courses start in April and May in locations around the Greater Boston Area. View MATSOL Course Catalog ...

  • Massachusetts SEI Administrator Endorsement Course
  • Implementing English Language Development Standards in Massachusetts Classrooms (An Introduction to the WIDA ELD Standards)
  • Building Academic Language and Competencies of ELLs in Non-Core, Elective and Specialty Subjects
  • Early English Language Development (E-ELD) for PK-K Teachers

Call for Nominations - MATSOL Board of Directors
The MATSOL Nominations Committee is charged with developing a slate of qualified candidates to fill open positions on the MATSOL Board of Directors. We invite your participation in this important process.  Help us identify competent, energetic, committed members of MATSOL to take a leadership role, work on behalf of the organization, and represent MATSOL members and stakeholders. Members may self-nominate or be nominated by a colleague. Deadline: Tuesday, March 15, 2017. View Call for Nominations...

Call for Nominations/Proposals: MATSOL Awards
View the Call for Nominations/Proposals...

  • MATSOL Teacher of the Year - recognizing excellence in the education of English language learners
  • Anne Dow Award for Excellence & Creativity: For creative and innovative academic language instruction that promotes student achievement in the content areas.
  • Linda Schulman Innovation Awards: Grants of $500 to $1,000 to fund one or more pedagogical projects to benefit English Language Learners by improving their language skills or increasing their understanding of American culture.

Submit to MATSOL Currents
Members are invited to submit to the association's biannual newsletter MATSOL Currents. We welcome articles on many topics, including successful practices in your school or classroom, important issues of concern to our field, and reviews of books or other resources. Submission deadline April 15, 2017. More...

MATSOL Statement on Immigration Executive Order
The MATSOL Board of Directors voted unanimously on February 1, 2017 to endorse and adopt TESOL International Association's statement on the recent immigration executive order. View statement...

Legislative Update
The legislation supported by the Language Opportunity Coalition is moving forward Massachusetts state legislature, and the bills have been assigned to the Joint Committee on Education. We are waiting to receive the hearing schedule for the bills.

  • Seal of Biliteracy: H.285/S.311 An Act to promote global trade and economic development through biliteracy
  • English Learner Education: S.232 An Act for language opportunity for our kids 

We came very close in the last legislative session and are hopeful that the bills will pass in this session. Visit the Language Opportunity website for updates.

Community News

Attorney General's Advisory on Equal Access to Education Regardless of Immigration Status
Attorney General Maura Healey released an advisory reminding local public school districts of their obligation under state and federal law to provide all students with equal access to primary and secondary education, irrespective of citizenship or immigration status. The advisory provides three bullet points for what school leaders statewide must do: 1) allow all students to attend; 2) avoid asking for information that might discourage or deny access based on race, national origin, or immigration or citizenship status; and 3) protect all students from bullying and harassment. View Advisory...

New! MATSOL Community Calendar
A listing of events in the community of interest to MATSOL members. Members may submit items for consideration to include in the calendar and MATSOL ebulletin. Email [email protected] with a short description and event details, plus a link to an event webpage (plain text please - no attachments). View Community Calendar... 

Mar 8: Preparing Excellent Teachers for All Language Learners (PETALLs) Conference 2017
Keynote Speaker: C. Patrick Proctor, Associate Professor, Lynch School of Education, Boston College with an interactive break-out session to follow. When: Wednesday March 8, 2017 4-8 p.m. Location: UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center, 50 Warren Street, Lowell, MA 01851 (Parking available). A partnership between the University of Massachusetts Lowell and the Lawrence Public Schools. Funded by the U.S. DOE (T365Z120232). Registration Required. Registration Fee Paid by PETALLs - RSVP: [email protected] with your name and school affiliation. More...

Mar 17: Grad Nation Community Summit: Language of Excellence
Join the Latino Education Institute of Worcester State University and America's Promise Alliance for Grad Nation Worcester. Language of Excellence is an afternoon of discussion and planning on the importance of valuing and leveraging our cultural and linguistic assets to build America's next generation. Friday, March 17, 12:30 PM – 6:00 PM in Worcester. More...

Mar 25: 6th Southern New England Region Conference for Dual Language Programs
Making Connections From Early Childhood to High School Graduation in Dual Language Programs, sponsored by Massachusetts Association for Bilingual Education (MABE). Saturday, March 25, 2017, 7:30 am - 4:00 pm in Willimantic CT. More...

Mar 30: Dos Idiomas, Una Comunidad/Two Languages, One Community: Film & Panel
Join the BU’s School of Education and the BU Alumni Association for a screening of the film, “Dos Idiomas Una Comunidad” presented by Linda Nathan and by Steve Blossom, an alumnus of BU's College of Arts & Sciences (CAS '73). This film explores the racial and political challenges of bilingual education in the United States, and the role that Margarita Muñiz (CAS ‘72) played within the dual bilingual language program in the city of Boston and the state of Massachusetts. The film begins by shedding light on the fight for better bilingual education programs during the Boston Public Schools’ desegregation case of the 1970’s and introduces Margarita as an advocate for the children who depended on it to succeed. A panel discussion with the filmmakers will follow the screening. Thursday, March 30 at 6:00 PM, Kenmore Classroom Building, Boston University. More...

Links & Resources

TESOL Connections 
MATSOL members receive free access to TESOL Connections, TESOL's monthly online newsletter.  The latest issue includes Collaborative Writing: An Alternative Vocabulary Assessment, Grammatically Speaking: Dummy Pronoun "it"; and Meet Rawia Hayik: 2017 TESOL Teacher of the YearRead the latest issue...

Guides for Hiring Translators/Interpreters
Free mini-guides on translation & interpreting from American Translators Association.

We Dream Together: Resources for Supporting Immigrant Students and Families
Boston Public Schools has launched a new website containing educational resources, also searchable by language, including Educational Resources with useful links for school leaders, teachers, and support staff to support students and families when conversations arise about immigration and diversity; Student Resources to assist students with understanding their rights and how to navigate their everyday lives as immigrant or refugee students; and Additional Resources to assist families and students identify non-profit organizations and legal assistance that can help them understand their status and immigration options. View resource...

Lead with Languages Campaign
A diverse group of private and nonprofit partners spanning the education, business and foundation sectors will launch Lead with Languages, an unprecedented, multi-year campaign aimed at reversing the nation’s language skills gap and making language learning a national priority. The campaign seeks to build awareness across the U.S. about the growing importance of language skills to a wide array of careers – and to our nation’s economy, national security and international standing – with the ultimate goal of supporting a new generation of Americans competent in other languages and cultures and equipped to compete and succeed in a global economy. View announcement...

America’s Languages: Investing in Language Learning for the 21st Century
In 2014, a bipartisan group of members of Congress asked the American Academy of Arts and Sciences to undertake a new study of the nation’s language education needs, addressing the following questions: How does language learning influence economic growth, cultural diplomacy, the productivity of future generations, and the fulfillment of all Americans? What actions should the nation take to ensure excellence in all languages as well as international education and research, including how we may more effectively use current resources to advance language attainment? In response to this request, the Academy created the Commission on Language Learning. The Commission’s final report, America’s Languages: Investing in Language Learning for the 21st Century, offers concrete recommendations to improve access to as many languages as possible, for people of every age, ethnicity, and socioeconomic background. More...

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