January 2018

 MATSOL - Massachusetts Educators of English Language Learners 

Table of Contents

  1. MATSOL News
  2. Community News
  3. Links & Resources
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MATSOL 2018 Conference

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 

Register at www.matsol.org/2018-annual-conference


MATSOL Calendar

  • Jan 8: MATSOL Conference Registration Opens
  • Jan 22: Teacher Education SIG meeting

View MATSOL Calendar - information & registration

MATSOL Courses for Teachers of ELs
MATSOL offers a full menu of courses available to school districts to meet their professional learning needs. 

Coming soon:
  • Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE): Identification, Programming and Scaffolding in ESL and Content-Area Classrooms. 

View the MATSOL Course Catalog for a current list of courses.

TESOL Board Approves Final Phase of Governance Restructuring
At its meeting in October 2017, the TESOL Board of Directors approved several changes composing the final phase of governance restructuring for the association. In 2014, the board initiated the governance restructuring as a result of the final report of the Governance Review Task Force. Subsequently, the board initiated the restructuring in two primary phases: changes to the association’s governing documents and creating the Professional Councils that replaced the Standing Committees. With this final phase, the board has created two new Professional Councils and initiated changes to the affiliation program and member groups within the association. Find out more...

Community News

ESE Updates on the LOOK Act
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is working on updated regulations and guidance for implementation of the LOOK act and Seal of Biliteracy. Here are some updates:

Support the Safe Communities Act
MATSOL has joined a coalition of over 100 organizations around the state to support the Safe Communities Act, which protects the civil rights, safety and well-being of all residents by drawing a clear line between immigration enforcement and public safety. State and local police should use their limited resources to fight crime, not on target immigrant community members and their families. The bill would bar police from arresting or detaining a person solely for federal immigration enforcement purposes, or participating in U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) investigations or raids based solely on immigration status. The bill comports with federal law, and would not stop police from doing their everyday work, arresting people in the course of a criminal investigation, or even working together with federal agencies to fight crime. Find out more...

Please contact your state senator and representative to urge them to support the Safe Communities Act! The Massachusetts Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security must take action and refer this bill out favorably by the end of the month! Click here to email your legislators and join the campaign.

Time to ‘turn up the heat’ to pass the DREAM Act
An estimated 122 Dreamers a day are losing their DACA status, which means they are losing jobs and being exposed to arrest and deportation. Email Congress now to demand a DREAM Act now, or use the Fwd.US tool to call Congress. Find out more...

Jan 25: Rennie Center - Condition of Education in the Commonwealth
Join the Rennie Center for their annual review of the Condition of Education in the Commonwealth, featuring the release of our 2018 Data Dashboard 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. January 25, 8:00 AM, Omni Parker House Hotel, Boston. Register...

Multilingual Assistance from Health Care for All
The Health Care for All Helpline is the only statewide phone service that helps Massachusetts residents at all income levels with enrolling in health insurance coverage, answering questions about insurance, and troubleshooting cases. Counselors fully trained in all the state programs are available in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Open enrollment continues in Massachusetts until Jan 23. Please share these fliers with students and families! English / Spanish / Portuguese. Website: https://www.hcfama.org/helpline

Upcoming Events

  • 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 50 Ways to Be a Better Teacher in 2018, Game On in 2018: 2 Grammar Games to Engage ELLs, and 3 Ways to Become a More Mindful Educator This YearRead the latest issue...

New Opportunities? ESSA and Its Implications for Dual Language Learners and ECEC Workforce Development
From Migration Policy Institute: This policy brief analyses the opportunities ESSA introduced for DLLs and the early childhood education and care (ECEC) workforce. It begins by setting out key demographics of the DLL population, then discusses trends in the ECEC workforce and its capacity to meet the needs of DLLs and other children in ECEC settings. It maps the ESSA provisions intended to address these needs through support for ECEC workers. Finally, it highlights opportunities to support the recruitment, training, and ongoing development of a robust and culturally responsive workforce. View report...

To Stay or Not To Stay: The Calculus for International STEM Students in the United States
From Migration Policy Institute: More than 1 million international students were in the United States in 2015-16, a significant share of them in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) fields. While countries increasingly are vying for this population, these individuals face a complex choice upon graduation: to stay or leave? This article examines international STEM students in the United States and the motivations underlying their postgraduation plans. View article...


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