April 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... 

New Massachusetts Seal of Biliteracy Web Site

The Language Opportunity Coalition has a launched a new website at www.SealOfBiliteracyMA.org with resources developed during the SoBL pilot project from 2014-18. The site includes:

  • Criteria and certificates for the Language Opportunity Coalition (LOC) Biliteracy Pathway Awards, a compliment to the State Seal of Biliteracy that can be awarded to students at lower grade and language proficiency levels. 
  • Links to criteria and regulations for the MA State Seal of Biliteracy on the DESE website: http://www.doe.mass.edu/ell/biliteracy/
  • Implementation resources that can be used for the state and/or LOC awards, including timelines, best practices and exemplars.


MATSOL Calendar

  • April 29: Teacher Ed SIG Meeting 
  • May 2: Spring Talk with Private Language Schools SIG
  • 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


MATSOL 2019 Conference 
Excitement is building for our conference at the end of May! The Pre-Conference Institutes and Thursday, May 30 are sold out, but space is still available on Wednesday May 29 and Friday May 31. Visit the MATSOL 2019 Conference page to view a list of concurrent sessions and preview the publishers and vendors exhibiting at the the conference.  

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, but other MATSOL members may also register and attend (and please let us know if you do to coordinate legislative visits!). June 17-19, 2019 in Washington DC. View more...

Community News 

New EL Guidance & Resources from DESE
The OLA office has posted updated EL guidance reflecting changes under the LOOK Act, including:

Links & Resources

TESOL Connections 
MATSOL members receive free access to TESOL Connections, TESOL International Association's monthly online newsletter. The latest issue includes 6 Models of Flipped Learning Instruction, Growing an ELT Side Hustle: The Power of Online Tools, and Mindful ESOL: A Speaking and Listening Self-Awareness Project. View the latest issue...

Supporting Multilingualism in the Classroom: Teachers Generating Knowledge through Innovative Practice
TESOL Virtual Seminar presented by Jim Cummins. Wednesday, 8 May 2019 from 10:30 am–12:00 pm ET. Free for TESOL members. Register...

Free Spanish Language Texts

CommonLit is a free collection of fiction and nonfiction for 3rd-12th grade classrooms. Search and filter our collection by lexile, grade, theme, genre, literary device, or common core standard./CommonLit es una colección gratuita de lecturas con actividades que ayudan a practicar la comprensión lectora desde el 3er grado de primaria hasta la educación secundaria. Puedes buscar y filtrar nuestra colección de textos por trimestre, temas, grados, género y figura literaria. View resource...

SYMPOSIUM (Livestream)
Multiliteracy Symposium: Celebrating the Diverse Linguistic and Cultural Assets of All Our Students

US Department of Education invites you to join them in
 exploring this important topic with national leaders in research, practice, and policy who will share their perspectives on why developing language and literacy skills in English plus other languages is critical in today’s learning environment. Featured speakers will include leaders from federal agencies, Congress, educators, parents and students. Monday, May 6, 2019 from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM. Register...

Culturally Responsive Teaching: A 50-State Survey of Teaching Standards
New America analyzed professional teaching standards in all 50 states to better understand whether states’ expectations for teachers incorporate culturally responsive teaching. To support this analysis, we identify eight competencies that clarify what teachers should know and be able to do in light of research on culturally responsive teaching. Our research finds that while all states already incorporate some aspects of culturally responsive teaching within their professional teaching standards, the majority of states do not yet provide a description of culturally responsive teaching that is clear or comprehensive enough to support teachers in developing and strengthening their CRT practice throughout their careers. Note: Massachusetts is cited in this report in "Excerpts from Excellent Teaching Standards Documents" for Standard 3 (“Family and Community Engagement”) which calls on teachers to engage “in regular, two-way, and culturally proficient communication with families about student learning and performance." View report...

Credentials for the Future: Mapping the Potential for Immigrant-Origin Adults in the United States
As the U.S. workforce ages, baby boomers retire, and birth rates decline, the United States is facing an estimated shortfall of 8 million workers between now and 2027. At the same time, the U.S. economy is becoming ever more knowledge-based. Having a marketable postsecondary credential, whether an academic degree or a professional certification or license, has become more of a necessity to secure a job that pays a family-sustaining wage. With companion report 
Immigrant-Origin Adults without Postsecondary Credentials: A 50-State Profile. From Migration Policy Institute. View report...

Frequently Requested Statistics on Immigrants and Immigration in the United States

This Migration Policy Institute Spotlight offers in one accessible resource the most authoritative, unbiased, and current data available about the 44.5 million immigrants resident in the United States as of 2017. View reports...

Massachusetts Latino Population: 2010-2035
The Latino population in Massachusetts continues to grow at a rapid rate. From 2010 to 2017, the Latino population increased by 28%. This represented about 60% of all population growth in the Commonwealth. Using a cohort-component methodology, the Gastón Institute projects that by 2035 the Latino population will grow to over 1.15 million and represent nearly 15.3% of the population. This growth will be due more to future Massachusetts births than to international migration. Thus, Latinos already living in Massachusetts will have more impact on the future population than will future immigrants. From Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy. View report...

Addressing Health Equity through Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Health Services
From Office of Head Start. Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 3–4:30 p.m. ET. Register here...


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