October 2019


Table of Contents

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

MATSOL Fall Social

Join the MATSOL Board of Directors for our annual fall social!

Saturday, October 26, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Union Street Restaurant, Newton 

  • Get an update on MATSOL activities and initiatives
  • Meet our new staff members 
  • Network with colleagues
  • Enjoy a buffet lunch

Free for MATSOL Members! Register now...

Do you have a colleague who is interested in learning more about MATSOL? Bring them along as a guest (free)! 

MATSOL Calendar

  • Oct 7: Low Incidence SIG Meeting
  • Oct 15: Deadline to submit to MATSOL Currents
  • Oct 25: MA English Learner Leadership Council (MELLC) Meeting
  • Oct 26: MATSOL Fall Social 2019
  • Oct 28: Teacher Education SIG Meeting 
  • Nov 9: Intensive English Program & Community College Conference
  • Nov 18: Low Incidence SIG Meeting
  • Nov 25: Teacher Education SIG Meeting

Save the Date: 2020 MATSOL Conference - Tuesday-Friday, May 26-29, 2020

View the MATSOL Calendar for information and registration.


New MATSOL Staff Member 
Jason Fei has joined our staff as the Program and Member Engagement Coordinator. Jason will be supporting MATSOL member groups and volunteers, and contributing to development of MATSOL programs. Please join us in welcoming Jason to the staff! 

2019 Intensive English Program & Community College Conference
The conference brings together English language educators and administrators in private language schools, community colleges, and university IEPs from across Massachusetts. Saturday
, November 9, 2019 at EC Boston English Language School. Register now...

Bring MATSOL Courses to Your District!
Be your district’s hero and suggest bringing in one of these great MATSOL 15 PDP courses to your district: 

  • Early English Language Development for PK-K Teachers (EL-104)
  • Promoting Academic Conversations for English Learners (EL-105)
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners with Special Needs PK-2 (EL- 113)
  • Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE): Programming, and Scaffolding in ESL and Content-Area Classrooms (EL- 109)
  • New! Socioemotional Learning for English Learners (EL- 115)

Contact MATSOL at [email protected] and get off to a great start!

2020 Conference Call for Proposals
We invite our members to submit a proposal to present at the 2020 MATSOL Conference. MATSOL encourages engaging, interactive presentations that make the theory to practice connection. Successful proposals include practical classroom activities informed by current research and pedagogy, demonstrations of successful instructional practices, examinations of current issues in education, and research that informs educators in the Massachusetts context.  All proposals are due by 11:59 pm on Monday, December 2, 2019. View the Call for Proposals...

Spring/Summer 2019 Issue of MATSOL Currents
Read the new issue

Submit to MATSOL Currents
There’s a lot going on in the world of TESOL and EL education, and we’d like all of it to be reflected in MATSOL Currents! We welcome reviews of books and materials, reports on meetings and events, personal experience accounts, and articles on everything of interest to MATSOL members. We also want to support our members to develop an article for publication, so the editors can give you feedback on a draft article or on an idea for an article you are thinking about writing. The submission deadline for Currents is October 15. Find out more...

Community News 

State Seal of Biliteracy & Biliteracy Pathway Awards
The Massachusetts State Seal of Biliteracy program is entering its second year, and the Biliteracy Pathway Awards program overseen by the Language Opportunity Coalition continues. Check the website and sign up for the Google group to connect with other educators administering the awards. www.SealofBiliteracyMA.org

Oct. 5: Democracy School: Boston, MA
A workshop for new and emerging community organizers to build up their knowledge and skills and make new connections. Whether you’re a young activist just getting started, a seasoned community organizer delving into immigration matters for the first time, or a service provider interested in getting involved in advocacy, Democracy School offers a chance to build your skills, connect with like-minded people in your community, and tap into MIRA’s upcoming advocacy campaigns. Hosted by MIRA: Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition. View the event...

Oct 23: Dual Language Special Education Network
Topic on Practice: Key Components of Bilingual Language Assessment
Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 4:30 – 7:30 pm in Ashland, MA. $25.00 (includes dinner). Presented by Multi-state Association for Bilingual Education (MABE). More information...

Links & Resources

TESOL Connections 
MATSOL members receive free access to TESOL Connections, TESOL International Association's monthly online newsletter. The latest issue includes Current Best Strategies for Working With Content Specialists, Creating Academic Lectures to Assess Listening, and 7 Best Practices for Teaching PronunciationView the latest issue...

New Developments in Federal Immigration Policy: Implications for TESOL Educators and their Students
From the immigration "public charge" regulation to the DACA program, recent changes in federal policy are affecting adult English learners and the educators who serve them. Get an update on the latest developments in these policies, and what educators can do to support English learners and immigrant students. Bring your questions! 
Presented by TESOL International Association and National Skills Coalition. Wednesday, Oct 16 from 2:00-3:00 PM 2019. Free for members and nonmembers. Register...

MIT Online Platform
The MIT-Haiti Initiative, with support from MIT Jameel World Education Lab & MIT Open Learning, has just launched a “Platfòm MIT-Ayiti pou yon lekòl tèt an wo” at http://MIT-Ayiti.net . This online platform will function as a digital library / repository for the crowdsourcing, exchange and sharing of teaching materials in Haitian Creole (“Kreyòl”) in all disciplines at all grade levels. View resource...

Supporting English Learners Through Technology

A new study from the U.S. Department of Education’s Policy and Program Studies Service found that 85 percent of teachers reported using various types of educational technology when instructing their English Learner (EL) students. The study collected data during the 2016-17 school year through a nationally representative survey of districts that enrolled EL students, a teacher survey that included both mainstream teachers and EL specialists, and case studies of six districts to provide more in-depth information about district and teacher practices. Findings cover how districts and teachers identified digital learning resources (DLRs), how teachers used DLRs, supports for and barriers to DLR use, and suggestions for improving the usefulness of DLRs in instruction of EL students. View report...

Upcoming Art & Cultural Events 

  • UNSETTLED, a feature-length documentary revealing the untold stories of LGBTQ refugees and asylum seekers who have fled intense persecution from their home countries and who are resettling in the U.S. Oct 5, Brattle Theater. More...
  • Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at Boston Children's Museum with Hojalata Workshops Oct 7-10. More...
  • Crossing Cultures: Family, Memory and Displacement. Oct 30-31. Artist Talk Oct 26. Cambridge Art Association. More...
  • Indigenous Peoples' Day. Oct 14 - Enjoy free admission and special events at the MFA for Indigenous Peoples’ Day. More...
  • International Book Fair 2019/Feria Internacional del Libro 2019. Dedicada a Peru. Oct 18-20, Lawrence MA. More...
  • The Boston Asian American Film Festival, Oct 24-27. More...


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