September 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 Courses for EL Educators

MATSOL is now offering regional courses for teachers and administrators who work with English Learners. Visit the MATSOL Course Catalog for information.

  • Introduction to English Language Development Standards in Massachusetts (EL-101)
  • Supporting English Learners in Specialty Subjects and Support Services (EL-103)
  • Early English Language Development for PK-K Teachers (EL-104)
  • Academic Conversations in Classrooms with English Language Learners (EL-105)
  • Academic English for English Learners in Math and Science (EL-106)
  • Massachusetts Sheltered English Immersion Smart Card (EL-107)
  • SEI Teacher Endorsement (RE-600)
  • SEI Administrator Endorsement (RE-601)


MATSOL Calendar

  • Sep 20: Private Language Schools SIG - Fall Workshop
  • Oct 13: MATSOL English Learner Leadership Council (MELLC) meeting
  • Oct 15: Deadline to submit to MATSOL Currents
  • Oct 16: Low Incidence Meeting (location TBA)
  • Oct 21: MATSOL Fall Social
  • Oct 27: Community College ESL Conference
  • Nov 21: Private Language Schools/Intensive English Programs Conference

View MATSOL Event Calendar - information & registration

PK-12 English Learner Directors & Coordinators
Registration is open for the MATSOL English Learner Leadership Council (MELLC), a member group for PK-12 EL directors and coordinators. Meetings will take place during the 2017-18 school year on Friday 
October 13, December 8, March 16, and May 18. Register for MELLC...

Private Language Schools SIG - Fall Workshop
Join the PLS SIG for their fall workshop featuring a presentation on Teaching Advanced Pronunciation by Marnie Reed, Director, TESOL Ed.M. Program, Boston University School of Education. Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at FLS International in Boston. Free for members. Register for the event...

Call for Proposals
Submit a proposal to present at a MATSOL conference:

New Policy Statements from TESOL International Association

LOOK Bill in Conference Committee
The LOOK Bill H.3705/S.2070 An Act for language opportunity for our kids, passed in the House on June 7, 2017 by a vote of 151-2, and the Senate approved the bill unanimously on July 26.  The next step for the legislature is to reconcile the House and Senate versions though conference committee.  In August, the ELL Bill Conference Committee legislators were appointed: Representatives Alice Peisch, Frank Moran and Kimberly Ferguson, and Senators Sonia Chang-Diaz, Sal DiDomenico, and Patrick O’Connor. Work on the bill is expected to begin in September. Visit the Language Opportunity website for updates.

Seal of Biliteracy Pilot Project
This fall the Massachusetts Seal of Biliteracy Pilot Project enters its third year with almost 50 school districts participating at some stage in the adoption process. Last spring, over awards were made to over 700 students who demonstrated proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing in English and an additional language. This summer, the Seal of Biliteracy Working Group made updates to the Toolkit, which will be released later this fall. To find out more about the pilot project and how your school or district can participate, see the Language Opportunity Seal of Biliteracy Pilot Project pages

Community News

Resources for DREAMers and Allies
Please share these resources with DACA recipients and/or colleagues and allies who support DREAMers:

Call for Presenters - Southern New England Regional Dual Language Conference
Massachusetts Association for Bilingual Education (MABE) invites practitioners, scholars, and researchers in the field of dual  language education to submit proposals for presentations at the 2018 Dual Language Conference to be held on March 24, 2018. Conference Location will be at East Somerville Community School, Somerville, MA. Proposal Submission Deadline is January 19, 2018. Notification of Acceptance will be on January 22, 2018. MABE’s 2018 annual Southern New England Regional Dual Language Conference.

ACCESS for ELLs - ELL Update
Advisory on New Exit Criteria, Equivalent Proficiency Levels, and Recommended Amount of Language Instruction from ESE Acting Commissioner Jeff Wulfson. View update...

Links & Resources

TESOL Connections 
MATSOL members receive free access to TESOL Connections, TESOL International Association's monthly online newsletter.  The latest issue includes
Classes That Thrive: Negotiating Classroom Community Values, Grammatically Speaking: Present Tense to be, and Vocabulary in the ESL Classroom: An Activity on Phrasal Verbs. Read the latest issue...

I CAME HERE TO LEARN: The Achievement and Experience of Massachusetts Students Whose First Language Is Not English
Students whose First Language is Not English (FLNE) make up the fastest growing segment of public school students across the country. In Massachusetts, one in five students is classified as FLNE. This report explores their experiences, challenges, and hopes for the future. As part of its three-year collaboration with America’s Promise Alliance through the GradNation State Activation initiative, Pearson is the sole sponsor of this study and its dissemination. View report...

Three Schools Committed to Education for All
From The Boston Globe, an article profiling successful English Learner programs in Brockton, Waltham, and Lowell. "Broad community support for immigrants, parental involvement, and a commitment to excellence for all students are common themes at the state’s most diverse and successful schools." View article...

Moving the Needle on Community College Student Success
From Harvard Education Publishing Group. Brad C. Phillips and Jordan E. Horowitz, the authors of Creating a Data-Informed Culture in Community Colleges, have written a new blog post for Voices in Education. 
In their post, Phillips and Horowitz discuss some of the pitfalls of having too much data to analyze: "Just because data is available on a given metric does not mean it is an appropriate target for improvement. We argue that colleges try to make improvements on too many metrics, and in doing so dilute limited resources across too many activities." The authors provide recommendations for how community college educators can focus their resources and attention on student success.  Read the blog post... 

Early Childhood Programs, DACA Recipients & State ESSA Plans
New reports from Migration Policy Institute

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