November 2019


Table of Contents

  1. MATSOL Calendar
  2. MATSOL News
  3. Community News
  4. Links & Resources
Submission Welcome
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2020 MATSOL Conference Proposals Due

By 11:59pm on Monday, December 2. 

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...

Join us for a webinar: Submitting a Proposal to the MATSOL Conference - Thursday, Nov 14 at 4pm. Register here!

MATSOL Calendar

  • Nov 8: Instructional Coaches SIG Meeting
  • Nov 9: Intensive English Program & Community College Conference
  • Nov 13: Family-School Partnership SIG Meeting
  • Nov 14: Webinar on Submitting Proposals 
  • Nov 18: Low Incidence SIG Meeting (2 separate locations!)
  • Nov 25: Teacher Education SIG Meeting
  • Dec 2: Proposals Due - 2020 MATSOL Conference
  • Dec 6: MELLC Meeting #2
  • Dec 6: Instructional Coaches SIG Meeting
  • Dec 16: Teacher Education SIG Meeting

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

View the MATSOL Calendar for information and registration.


MATSOL's new Special Interest Groups (SIG)
Join all the SIGs relevant to you! Use this form to sign up. 

  • Instructional Coaches SIG
  • Family-School Partnership SIG
  • Low Incidence SIG (Southern MA)
  • Coming Soon:
    • Advocacy SIG
    • Educators of Color SIG
    • Emergent Bilinguals and Special Needs SIG

If you have any questions about joining, or you'd like to learn more about the SIGs, you can click here or email Jason at [email protected]

TESOL 2020 International Convention & Language Expo
Registration is open for the TESOL 2020 Convention, taking place March 30 - April 3, 2020 in Denver Colorado. Click here for more information.

Support the SPELL Act
Tell Congress to pass the SPELL Act and provide much-needed financial relief to English language teachers by sending e-mails, tweets, and sharing a call-to-action using the TESOL Advocacy Action Center!

New MATSOL Forum for Community PD Offerings
MATSOL is introducing a new resource for our members: the Community PD Offerings forum, a space for members to post and view information about local professional development opportunities. 
To view or post in the forum, look for the "Community Forum" link in the "Quick Links" menu at www.matsol.org, or follow this direct link. Member login is required to access the forum. You can subscribe to the topics in the forum and get any new messages directly to your inbox. 
Please note that the courses and services posted in the forum are not reviewed or endorsed by MATSOL, and we advise that you research any PD providers before engaging them. 

Success and Syncopation at the Social!
Thank you to everyone who came to the MATSOL Fall Social! We hope you had a great time and enjoyed the company, the food, an
d the drumming activity. We really came together as a drumming group! If you couldn't make it this year, please remember to join us next time - whether in person or online! Yes, we live-streamed the presentation and the activity, and we kept a live-video feed going the whole time. Thank you to the pioneering members who logged in and chatted with us online at the social. We hope to see you all next year!

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

Massachusetts World Languages Updates
Read the first ever issue of "Massachusetts World Languages Updates" with a report on MA Seal of Biliteracy awards last year. Thanks to Andy McDonie, World Language Specialist in the DESE Office of Language Acquisition, for creating the newsletter! Volume 1, Issue 1: Fall 2019

Bilingual Education Endorsement 
DESE recently published a memo on the requirements for educators to receive a Bilingual Education Endorsement, and the memo also contains other information that may be helpful to school districts that are offering or planning to offer a bilingual education program. Topics in the memo include pathways for obtaining the Bilingual Education Endorsement, information on waiver applications, the endorsement’s relationship to previous Transitional Bilingual Educator credentials, and where to go for more information. Find out more...

MIRA: Our Shared Table
Every year, to kick off the holiday season, MIRA hosts a luncheon at the State House for newly sworn-in U.S citizens and other immigrants and refugees. Elected officials, MIRA members, and supporters join us to celebrate our Commonwealth’s rich diversity, share personal stories and make new connections. Join MIRA for this festive event...

Supporting Immigrant Students
The obligation not to discriminate based on race, color, or national origin requires public schools to take affirmative steps to ensure that limited English proficient (LEP) students, now more commonly known as English Learner (EL) students or English Language Learners (ELLs), can meaningfully participate in educational programs and services, and to communicate information to LEP parents in a language they can understand. From MATSOL Resources: Rights of Immigrant Students and Rights of English Language Learners.

Links & Resources

TESOL Connections 
MATSOL members receive free access to TESOL Connections, TESOL International Association's monthly online newsletter. The latest issue includes Making Reading Visible: Graphic Novels in the EFL Classroom; "Teacher, it's me!!": Teaching Formal Email Writing; and Virtual Reality: Don't Just Learn English. Experience ItView the latest issue...

Monitoring Educational Equity
Disparities in educational attainment among population groups have characterized the United States throughout its history. Education is sometimes characterized as the “great equalizer,” but to date, the country has not found ways to successfully address the adverse effects of socioeconomic circumstances, prejudice, and discrimination that suppress performance for some groups. "Monitoring Educational Equity" proposes a system of indicators of educational equity and presents recommendations for implementation. View report...

'English-Only' Laws in Education on Verge of Extinction
Just 15 years ago, bilingual education was banned in three states—Arizona, California, and Massachusetts—which altogether educated 40 percent of the nation’s English-language learners. Now, amid the national embrace of biliteracy and dual-language education, those statewide English-only laws are on the brink of extinction. MATSOL is proud of helping to make this headline a reality! View article...

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...

Free webinars from Regional Educational Laboratory (REL)

  • Nov 6: Workshop Series: Supporting a Culturally Responsive Approach to Data Literacy in the Preparation of Teachers
  • Nov 20: Measuring Students’ Social and Emotional Learning: A Review of Instruments and Implications for States and Districts

Register here

Upcoming Art & Cultural Events 

  • Diwali Cultural Fest 2019As every year's tradition, ISW will be celebrating the Festival of Lights Diwali - a celebration for Joy, Happiness, and Prosperity on Nov 9, Shrewsbury MA. More...
  • 2019 Scandinavian Fair. Norumbega Lodge, Sons of Norway, will hold it’s annual Scandinavian Fair on November 16th at the Acton Boxboro Regional High School. More...
  • The City Talks: Collective Power. Join Boston-area thinkers, entrepreneurs, activists, city officials, and artists for a discussion inspired by “Women Take the Floor.” Nov 20, MFA Boston. More...
  • API Arts Network Presents: 140 LBS: How Beauty Killed My Mother, Experience 140 LBS, a theatrical, autobiographical solo dramedy written & performed by Susan Lieu. Nov 21-23, Boston More...
  • The Invisible Presence, Art Opening. The French Cultural Center presents the work of local visual artist A’Key. Originally from the Ivory Coast, A’Key paints scenes inspired by daily life in West Africa using recycled materials. Nov 22 - Dec 16, Boston More...
  • Cultural Survival Bazaar, a family-friendly festival featuring art, crafts, and other ethically made cultural products created by Indigenous artists from dozens of countries. Dec 6-8, Boston. More...


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