December 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

Deadline extended to 11:59pm on Monday, December 16. 

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 16, 2019. View the Call for Proposals...

Watch our webinar: Submitting a Proposal to the MATSOL Conference - Click here!

Call for Conference Proposal Reviewers

Proposal reviewers play an important role in ensuring that presentations at the MATSOL Conference reflect the best practices in the field and needs of the MATSOL audience. We look for reviewers with expertise in all audiences and presentation topic areas so that all proposals receive fair peer reviews.

Who can apply?
You may apply to review proposals if:

  • You are a MATSOL member in good standing
  • You have internet access and can use online proposal management system.
  • You are able to review proposals between December 20, 2019 and January 15, 2020

Note: You may review proposals if you have also submitted a proposal to present. 

How to apply?
Submit the online reviewer application form by Wednesday December 11, 2019: Proposal Reviewer Application

You will be notified by email if you are selected and will receive information on how to conduct the reviews.

MATSOL Calendar

  • Dec 6: MELLC Meeting #2
  • Dec 6: Instructional Coaches SIG Meeting
  • Dec 6: Educators of Color SIG Meeting
  • Dec 16: Teacher Education SIG Meeting
  • Dec 16: Proposals Due - 2020 MATSOL Conference
  • Jan 3: Instructional Coaches SIG Meeting
  • Jan 14: Family-School Partnership 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. 

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

Bring MATSOL's SLIFE Course to Your District
Learn how to access and support the talents and potential of your Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE). 
This 15 PDP course from MATSOL focuses on SLIFE and provides a hands-on learning experience to unlock your students' potential (EL-109 Flyer)
Any school educator or leader who works with or oversees a newcomer/SLIFE population of English learners at the secondary level will find this course useful! For more information on this or other courses, please contact [email protected] and visit our course catalog too. 

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

Advocate for Federal Legislation to Support ELs
You can take action by contacting legislators to support two important bills: The SPELL Act provides much-needed financial relief to English language teachers. The Reaching English Learners Act creates a grant to fund the development of teacher preparation programs that train future teachers to instruct ELs. Support these bills by sending e-mails, tweets, and sharing a call-to-action using the TESOL Advocacy Action Center!

New MATSOL Resource Forum
MATSOL is introducing our new Resource Forum. One simple location for our members to easily access all information from their SIG meetings or MELLC meetings, get information from MATSOLworks job postings or share PD offerings.
To view or post in the forum, look for the "Community Forum" link in the "Quick Links" menu on the right at www.matsol.org, or follow this direct link. Member login is required to access the forums. You can subscribe to the topics in the forum and get any new messages directly to your inbox. 

MATSOL IEP & Community College Conference
Thank you to presenters and participants for the successful Intenstive English Programs and Community College Conference on November 9, with more than 100 participants, 36 presentations and 9 exhibitors. A special thanks to the Private Language Schools and Community College Special Interest Groups for organizing the event, to EC Boston for hosting the conference, and to National Geographic Learning for sponsoring the lunch.

MATSOL at the MIRA Annual Meeting!
MATSOL continues our proud advocacy partnership with MIRA by attending their annual member meeting. We received updates on MIRA initiatives, heard from a panel of elected officials, and represented our membership in break out meetings on the Safe Communities Act and federal immigration policy. Thank you all for hosting such a great meeting!
From left to right: MATSOL staff Jason Fei and Helen Solorzano with MIRA staff Margalit Tepper, Joel Rivera, and Amira Al-Subaey. 

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 Safe Communities Act
MATSOL joins MIRA and the Safe Communities Coalition in support of the Safe Communities Act, which aims to restore community trust in public institutions by avoiding entanglement in immigration matters, and protect due process for all. MATSOL members can voice your support by contacting your state legislators and asking them to support the bill. Follow this link to find out more about the bill and how to take action!

The Economic and Social Return on Investment for ESOL Programs in Greater Boston
Recognizing the importance of immigrants to Greater Boston and the value of English proficiency for immigrants’ advancement both economically and socially, the Boston Foundation and the Latino Legacy Fund commissioned a study to explore the region’s ESOL landscape and calculate the “return on investment” (ROI) of teaching English to speakers of other languages. ESOL programs are an important component of adult education and a key piece of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act—but what are the extent and effectiveness of ESOL offerings in Greater Boston? The study’s findings are shared in a report, and panelists from across key stakeholder communities will discuss its analysis and the issues and opportunities it may bring to the region’s economic, social and civic landscape. Hosted by The Boston Foundation on a date TBA (the original event was cancelled due to snow). For more information click here.

2020 Condition of Education Report Release
Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 8:00 AM
Omni Parker House, Rooftop Ballroom
Please join The Rennie Center for the release of the 2020 Condition of Education in the Commonwealth report. This annual series provides a "state of the state" on key education trends in Massachusetts, bringing together a wide-ranging set of school performance indicators to illuminate areas of success and areas for continued improvement. This year's report will focus on measuring student success. View event...

Your Input is Needed on Early Childhood Programs and Services
The Massachusetts Partnership for Infants & Toddlers invites families with children up to 5 years old to share their ideas and advice through a survey that will help inform a plan for early childhood programs and services. The survey is available in English and Spanish and will be open through Tuesday, December 31. 

Links & Resources

TESOL Connections 
MATSOL members receive free access to TESOL Connections, TESOL International Association's monthly online newsletter. The latest issue includes 5 Ways to Get Your Adult ELs Speaking in the Real World; Quick Arts-Based Activities to Enliven Your Classroom; and ELT Resource Roundup: December CelebrationsView the latest issue...

TESOL and IIE Statement on 2019 Intensive English Program 
According to the 2019 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, while the overall number of international students in the United States increased to 1,095,299 during academic year 2017/18, the number of international students enrolled in intensive English at higher education institutions continues to decline, although it is notable that the rate of decline has slowed. IEP programs are susceptible to changes, both positive and negative, as student enrollment turns over annually, unlike that of the overall international student enrollments in multi-year degree programs. Read statement...

Colleges Adding Second Language Sections to English-Instructed Courses
What happens when college students discuss lab work in Spanish, philosophy in Chinese or opera in Italian? A new movement has colleges adding second language sections to English-instructed courses. From The Hechinger Report. View article...

A podcast that's enthusiastic about linguistics by Gretchen McCulloch (All Things Linguistic) and Lauren Gawne (Superlinguo). A weird and deep conversation about language delivered right to your ears the third Thursday of every month. Recent episodes include "Many ways to talk about many things - Plurals, duals and more" and "The verb is the coat rack that the rest of the sentence hangs on." Listen to podcast...

Mindful of Equity
Research shows that mindfulness meditation can reduce anxiety, improve emotion regulation and increase compassion—benefits that account for its rising popularity among K–12 educators. But some culturally responsive educators worry that using mindfulness meditation in the classroom can send a dangerous message to students struggling within an inequitable education system. View article...

Upcoming Art & Cultural Events 

  • African Twilight: Vanishing Ceremonies of the African Continent, For the last forty years American born Carol Beckwith and Australian Angela Fisher have journeyed over 300,000 miles travelling through 44 countries and recording over 150 cultures on the African continent. Their recently published double volume book, African Twilight, the subject of this lecture, is the magnum opus of these two pioneering documentary photographers of African tribal cultures and ceremonies. Dec 5, Harvard University. More...
  • For The Culture: Showcasing The South Asian Diaspora, For The Culture amplifies creative voices within the diverse South Asian diaspora in the Greater Boston area. Entering its second year, this showcase highlights artists unapologetically disrupting static perceptions of South Asian art and identity. This show is a place we can feel safe, seen, and express our identities the way WE see fit. For us. By us. Open to ALL! Dec 7, Dorchester. 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; Dec 14-15, Cambridge. More...
  • stART at the Station, Browse through 100 artists and crafters in the Grand Hall, and visit the Concourse to shop with 35 more local creators. As with all stART events, all items are hand crafted by the person selling them. Wares range from textiles, pottery, stained glass, and fine jewelry to photography, pet goods, holiday cards, ornaments, terrariums and so much more. Dec 8, Worcester. More...
  • Needham Winter Arts Festival 2019, Fifth Annual Winter Arts Festival – Local artists display and sell their crafts. Free Admission! Live music by local band, Jam Sandwich, Indian Classical Dance (Bharatanatyam) performance and lots of beautiful and unique crafts to see and purchase! Dec 14, Needham. 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. Open until Dec 16, BostonMore...
  • Winter Magic: A Quality Antiques Show, A full-scale antiques show will feature known and esteemed dealers from Cape Cod and beyond the bridges. Antiques will include country furniture, nautical items, samplers, Canton China, Chinese Export, cut and pressed glass, folk art, paintings, chocolate molds, prints, hooked rugs, baskets, stoneware, decoys, Bennington pottery, and more. Dec 28, South Yarmouth. More...


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