March 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... 

Call for Nominations & Proposals

MATSOL is excited to share these opportunities for our members to get involved, share your expertise, and honor our colleagues. Please check them out! 

  • Networking sessions Call for Proposals to plan and facilitate networking sessions at the MATSOL 2019 Conference. Due March 18
  • MATSOL Awards Call for Nominations & Proposals for MATSOL Teacher of the Year, Anne Dow Award for Excellence & Creativity, and Linda Schulman Innovation Grant. Due March 25.


MATSOL Calendar

  • Mar 12-15: TESOL 2019 International Convention and English Language Expo
  • Mar 18: Low Incidence Meeting
  • Mar 18: Networking Session Proposals Due
  • Mar 22: MELLC Meeting #3
  • Mar 25: Teacher Ed SIG Meeting
  • Mar 25: MATSOL Awards Nominations/Proposals Due
  • May 15: Submissions due for MATSOL Currents
  • May 28-31: MATSOL 2019 Conference

View the MATSOL Calendar for information & registration


MATSOL 2019 Conference 
Registration for the conference is filling up fast!

  • There are seats available in the Pre-Conference Institute Learning Content-Based Literacies: Systemic Functional Linguistics in Action, but the PCI Co-Teaching for English Learners is sold out.
  • Due to the snow day on Monday, MATSOL is extending the date to upload group registrations until the end of the day Tuesday, March 5.

View the MATSOL 2019 Conference page...

We look forward to see our MATSOL colleagues at the TESOL Convention next week in Atlanta GA. 

  • MATSOL will hold our annual [email protected] get together on Thursday night. Please watch your email for the time and location, and invite any former MATSOL members who have moved to other locations.
  • Congratulations to all MATSOL members who are presenting at TESOL Convention in Atlanta GA. View presentation list... 

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 wants 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...

SLIFE Course
Seats are still available in the MATSOL course Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE): Identification, Programming and Scaffolding in ESL and Content-Area Classrooms. Developed and taught by MATSOL 2018 Teacher of the Year Nicoleta Filimon, this 15 PDP course focusing on SLIFE provides a hands-on learning experience to unlock your students' potential. Course dates: May 4 & 11, 2019 in Somerville. Register now...

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 

Mar 23: 8th Annual Southern New England Conference for Dual Language Programs
Making Connections Between Language, Content and Culture. Pawtucket RI. View information...

Brockton teachers plan trip to Cape Verde
MATSOL Past President Kellie Jones is leading a trip with Brockton school staffers to Cape Verde during the April vacation. The Brockton group will tour the University of Cape Verde, and will visit urban schools in the capital city Praia, and rural schools on the island of Fogo, where many of Brockton’s Cape Verdean families are from. The goal of the trip is to teach the teachers about the educational and cultural traditions that shaped a large segment of Brockton’s students. More...

Links & Resources

TESOL Connections 
MATSOL members receive free access to TESOL Connections, TESOL International Association's monthly online newsletter. The latest issue includes The Pedagogy of Partying: Party Games for the ESL Classroom, Neuroscientific Breakthroughs: Implications for ELT, and Meet Tünde Csepelyi: 2019 TESOL Teacher of the Year. View the latest issue...

MCAS Accommodations for ELs

New accommodations for English learners participating in next-generation tests and high school retests: This year, English learners will have access to several English learner accommodations that were not previously available. See pages 27–29 of the Accessibility and Accommodations Manual at http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/accessibility/ for a list of these accommodations and their descriptions.

Free Multilingual Online Stories
World Stories is a growing collection of short stories including retold traditional tales and new short stories from around the world. The stories are free and can be read and listened to online, or downloaded. View resource...

TESOL Statement on the Reaching English Learners Act
TESOL International Association is proud to affirm its support of the bipartisan Reaching English Learners Act (H.R. 1153, S. 535). Amending the Higher Education Act, this bill establishes a competitive grant program for institutions of higher education to partner with high-need school districts to develop teacher preparation programs to help close the achievement gap experienced by English learners. Read statement...

Language Learning with Netflix
Netflix can be a great study resource for intermediate and advanced learners, but there are some difficulties (poor subs, no translations, dialogues go by too quickly etc.). This chrome extension gives you superpowers over Netflix that makes learning with films/series more effective and enjoyable. After installation, you will have an additional panel with language learning features when you watch videos on the Netflix website. View resource...

Applications Open for Language Access Fellowship 
The Language Access Fellowship program, which provides medical interpreter training and job placement to low-income bilingual women, is accepting applications for the 2019 class. The program is completely free, includes common-sense supports such as on-site childcare, transportation assistance, and mentoring, leading to jobs that pay $25+/hour entry-level. Our admissions process is highly competitive; in the Class of 2018 there were 37 women selected from over 250 applicants. To be eligible for our program, an applicant must self-identify as a woman, be fluent in English and another language, be eligible to work in the United States, and be considered low income. View more...

Creole Languages and Caribbean Identities

The materials and video recordings of the course “Creole Languages and Carribbean Identities”, taught by Michel DeGraff in spring 2017, have been made available publicly (for free) at MIT OpenCourseWare. You can find them at https://ocw.mit.edu/…/24-908-creole-language-and-caribbean…/

Implementing the Dual Language Learners Program Assessment
This new series from Office of Head Start offers a closer look at implementing the DLLPA. Explore implementation, management systems, and program service delivery strategies that reflect the coordinated approach required in Head Start. Register here...

  • Thursday, March 7, 2019, 3–4:30 p.m. ET: Partnering with Families of Children Who Are Dual Language Learners
  • Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 3–4:30 p.m. ET: Addressing Health Equity through Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Health Services

True Size Interactive Map

A drag and drop interactive map that allows you to compare the size of countries. View resource...


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