February 2018

 MATSOL - Massachusetts Educators of English Language Learners 

Table of Contents

  1. MATSOL News
  2. Community News
  3. Links & Resources
Submission Welcome
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MATSOL 2018 Awards

MATSOL Teacher of the Year
For an exemplary educator of English Learners - Nominations due April 4

Anne Dow Award for Excellence and Creativity
For leadership in empowering English Learner student and/or parent voices in education policy and decision-making - Nominations due April 4

Linda Schulman Innovation Grant Awards
For an educator in need of funding for a pedagogical project that benefits English Learners - Proposals due March 26

MATSOL 2018 Conference registration is open!

New four-day format
Another conference day added! Register for one, two or three days of the conference. 

  • Pre-Conference Institutes: Tuesday, May 29
  • Conference: Wednesday May 30 - Friday June 1, 2018
Keynote Speakers Pre-Conference Institutes 
  • Co-Teaching for English Learners: Collaborative Planning, Instruction, Assessment, and Reflection, Andrea Honigsfeld, Ed.D. and Maria G. Dove, Ed.D. 
  • Speech and Language Issues Among English Language LearnersDr. Li-Rong Lilly Cheng
  • The Six Standards for Effective PedagogyDr. Annela Teemant


MATSOL Calendar

  • Feb 26: Teacher Educator SIG Meeting
  • Mar 5: Low Incidence SIG Meeting

View MATSOL Calendar - information & registration

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 seek competent, energetic, and committed members of MATSOL to take a leadership role, work on behalf of the organization, and represent MATSOL members and stakeholders. Candidate may self-nominate or be nominated by someone else. View the Call for Nominations...

Community News

Feb 28: EL Summit: Leading for English Learners
Presented by Harvard Graduate School Of Education, the EL Summit: Leading for English Learners will spur a conversation around what it truly takes to lead for this group of students. Join us for Ted-talks style presentations from EL leaders (including MATSOL Board member Dr. Christine Leider, Professor of Education at Boston University), a follow-up panel discussion, and a FREE dessert reception with community partners (including MATSOL). As we believe advocacy for ELs should happen from multiple angles, our panelists and partners represent diverse perspectives, from policy to practice. We hope that it is both an informative and thought-provoking evening. Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM in Cambridge MA. Register for this event...

Mar 8: Umass Lowell Annual College of Education Symposium on Teaching & Learning 
Dr. Bettina L. Love will be the keynote speaker at the UMass Lowell College of Education Annual Symposium on Teaching and Learning, followed by break-out sessions on exploring Social Justice in the Community, K-12 Schools, and Institutes of Higher Education

When: Thursday, March 8, 4-7:00 PM 
Where: UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center
Cost: None (but you must register)  
To register: uml.edu/teach&learn

You are encouraged to invite colleagues and students. Refreshments will be served. If you are unfamiliar with Dr. Love’s work, please see her Ted Talk:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkZqPMzgvzg

Mar 10: Semantics 2018: Looking Ahead
Free workshop on Saturday, March 10 at Umass Amherst (ILC S211). The workshop is part of the March 9 & 10 Angelika Fest celebrating the retirement of Angelika Kratzer from the Linguistics Department(check here for updates or download updated and enhanced versions of the program from here.) It will be a fast-paced, forward looking, celebration of Semantics, not a retrospective or homage. It’s not your usual workshop: Most talks will be Lightning Talks (5 minutes) or Flash Talks (10 or 15 minutes) with slides sent in ahead of time to be presented in a single stream for each session. With this talk format, traditional discussion sessions make little sense. The talks are meant to inspire small-group discussions over coffee, lunch, and beyond, and curiosity to know more about the topic. Presenters might have supporting materials on their personal websites. View event information...

Harvard University DACA Seminar
The DACA Seminar at Harvard is an effort we are engaged in—in service to opening up a space of learning and dialogue to our campus and the larger community—around questions related to the termination of DACA and TPS, deportations, the current state of immigration policy and practice and its implications for young people, parents, families, communities, scholars, artists, workers, policy makers and practitioners. We see this wind-down period of DACA as a window through which to discuss not only DACA but also a host of immigration-related issues that impact a wide range of the American public. Through a series of events on campus, set to run between late January and early March, 2018, it is our hope to bring together a diverse set of stakeholders in an effort to gain a better understanding of the issues at hand, while engaging various viewpoints. View event information...


  • Mar 24: 7th Annual Southern New England Conference for Dual Language Programs More...
  • Mar 27-30: TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo, Chicago More...
  • Apr 6: Mass Coalition for Adult Education NETWORK 2018 More...
  • Jul 23: 2018 International Systemic Functional Congress More...

Links & Resources

TESOL Connections 
MATSOL members receive free access to TESOL Connections, TESOL International Association's monthly online newsletter. The latest issue 
includes 7 Ways to Overcome Coteaching Challenges, PACE: Teaching Grammar Through Storytelling, and Teaching Pronunciation: Simplicity Is the KeyRead the latest issue...

Rennie Center 2017 Condition of Education
Using a set of school performance indicators, we examine the state of education in MA each year, identifying areas for improvement and providing recommendations for reform. The interactive Data Dashboard is searchable by student group, including English learners. View report...

Our Nation's English Learners: Interactive Data Map
Information about the characteristics and location of ELs in the story map may help inform decisions about the provision of instructional supports and services for these students. These figures represent the latest look at ELs across the country, primarily using publicly available data for the 2014–15 and 2009–10 school years. From US Department of Education. View resource... 

The National Shortage of ELL Teachers Has Caught the Eye of Congress
A group of Democrats in Congress has introduced a bill designed to remedy the national shortage of teachers who work with English-language learners. The Reaching English Learners Act would create a grant program under Title II of the Higher Education Act, the part of the law that governs teacher preparation, to pave the way for colleges and school districts to develop curricula for aspiring ELL teachers. From Education Week. View blog post... 

BBC Forum on Multilingualism
The Forum explores whether it make a difference to a child’s development if they speak one language at home and another at school, how the brain is affected by juggling between different languages and what effect being bi-lingual or multilingual has on the way people feel about their identity? Bridget Kendall talks to writer and academic Gustavo Perez Firmat, developmental linguistics academic Antonella Sorace, and cognitive neuroscientist Ellen Bialystok. View resource...

What Anti-Racist Teachers Do/Qualities of Anti-Racist ELA Curricula
From National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE): This November, the Committee Against Racism and Bias in the Teaching of English created a set of resources to be shared with attendees at the NCTE Annual Convention. These resources were so popular, we received 
many requests for them to be available for download. We reformatted them from the large poster size and all can now be downloaded as PDFs when you click the images below and printed from your own computer. View resource...

The Complete Guide to Lecture Capture
Lecture capture has come a long way over the last few decades. What once involved a multi-camera video production setup now can be done with a single integrated lecture capture solution — no video crew necessary. In an era of reduced budgets, fewer grants, and faculty cutbacks, this is important for many colleges and universities. A guide for instructors from TechSmith. View resource...

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