May 2019

Massachusetts Association of Teachers of Speakers of Other Languages

Table of Contents

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

Member Events at the MATSOL 2019 Conference

All members are welcome to these events at the MATSOL 2019 Conference, whether you are registered or not. All events take place at the Framingham Hotel & Conference Center

MATSOL Annual Meeting
Wednesday, May 29 at 4:30 PM, Ashland Room
Join the Board of Directors for a report on MATSOL's activities over the past year, and vote to elect a new slate of directors. 

Massachusetts State of the State
Thursday, May 30 at 4:30 PM, Grand North
Paul Aguiar, Director of the DESE Office of Language Acquisition, updates members on state policy and initiatives concerning PK-12 EL programs. 

MATSOL Social and Awards Ceremony
Thursday, May 30 at 5:30 PM, Worcester Room
Celebrate with the Board of Directors as we honor award recipients and network with colleagues. Hors d'oeuvre and pasta station with cash bar. The reception is generously co-sponsored by National Geographic Learning and Educational Solutions.

The conference is sold out! Visit the MATSOL 2019 Conference page to view a list of concurrent sessions and preview the publishers and vendors exhibiting at the the conference. 


MATSOL Calendar

  • May 6: Low Incidence SIG Meeting  
  • May 15: Currents Submission Deadline
  • May 17: MELLC Meeting 
  • May 20: Teacher Ed SIG Meeting 
  • May 28-31: MATSOL Conference

View the MATSOL Calendar for information & registration


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 May 15. Find out more...

2019 TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit
The only event of its kind in the United States, the TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit is an unparalleled professional development opportunity for educators to learn about U.S. federal education issues and advocate for policies that support English learners and the field of English language education.  MATSOL will be represented by President Juanita Brunelle along with several other MATSOL members. Any TESOL member may also register and attend (and please let us know if you do to coordinate legislative visits!). June 17-19, 2019 in Washington DC. Please contact the MATSOL office at [email protected] if you plan to attend. View more...

Community News 

Biliteracy Pathway Awards
Language Opportunity Coalition (LOC) Biliteracy Pathway Awards are designed to encourage and reward long-term, sustained language learning, and can be given in addition to the State Seal of Biliteracy to students in lower grades and proficiency levels.

The award is available in three levels:

  • LOC Bilingual Participation Award (ACTFL Novice-High): For preschool and elementary school students and students with disabilities (all grades)
  • LOC Bilingual Attainment Award (ACTFL Intermediate-Low): For elementary and middles school students.
  • LOC Bilingual Achievement Award (ACTFL Intermediate-Mid): For middle and high school students.

Districts must register with the LOC if they intend to make the pathway awards and commit to following the requirements for the award program. Registration will also will allow the coalition to contact you with updates and information, and will give you access to certificates for all three levels of the award.

Find out more about the LOC Biliteracy Pathway Awards on our website at 

Links & Resources

TESOL Connections 
MATSOL members receive free access to TESOL Connections, TESOL International Association's monthly online newsletter. The latest issue focuses on the recent TESOL Convention, and includes TESOL 2019 Brings Together More Than 5,000 in Atlanta, 5 Free Recorded Sessions From the TESOL Convention, and TESOL 2019 Trends and Top Sessions: From the Source. View the latest issue...

Supporting Multilingualism in the Classroom: Teachers Generating Knowledge through Innovative Practice
During the past two decades, there has been a significant shift in orientation among applied linguists from endorsement of largely monolingual approaches to English language teaching towards multilingual approaches that position learners’ home languages as legitimate cognitive tools and as resources for learning. The webinar will discuss the evolution of this perspective, its theoretical and empirical rationale, and future directions. A central theme in the presentation is that the legitimacy of multilingual approaches has been established by teacher-initiated instructional innovations in which teachers have assumed the role of knowledge-generators rather than simply transmitters of curriculum content. May 8 - Free for TESOL Members, $50 for Nonmembers. Register by May 6...

The Unintended Consequences for English Learners of Using the Four-Year Graduation Rate for School Accountability
The high stakes attached to the four-year graduation rate can have unanticipated and undesirable consequences for English Learners (ELs), as this report demonstrates, because these students are more likely than their peers to graduate after a fifth or sixth year. Among the most concerning: some high school administrators may turn away those who arrive as older teenagers, despite their eligibility to attend free public school, for fear that their enrollment could damage the school’s graduation rate. And while research shows the importance of giving ELs access to grade-appropriate content while they learn English, some schools may feel pushed to accelerate newcomers' learning to maintain a four-year graduation trajectory, even when an extended timeline and additional support might be a better fit. View report... / View webinar...

How Many Unauthorized Immigrants Graduate from U.S. High Schools Annually?
This fact sheet provides the most up-to-date estimates of this population for the United States overall and for top states, drawing upon a unique MPI methodology that assigns legal status in U.S. Census Bureau data. View fact sheet...

New Research Examines the Economic Benefits of Bilingualism
Helping students retain and strengthen their home language affords them many cognitivesocial and even health benefits. Research shows that multilingualism can have many economic benefits, too. According to a report published by the New American Economy, the demand for multilingual workers more than doubled from 2010 to 2015. Specifically, demand for bilingual employees who speak Spanish, Chinese, and Arabic has increased, particularly in the finance, healthcare, legal services, and customer service sectors. 
View report...


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