Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE)

The SLIFE Special Interest Group (SIG) Is for educators in PK-12 districts and adult education programs serving students with limited or interrupted formal education. 

Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE) "are English language learners who have experienced interrupted education due to war, civil unrest, migration, or other factors; who have never had the opportunity to participate in any type of schooling before entering school in the United States; or who have experienced limited education in their home countries due to lack of resources or trained teachers, the type of schooling they participated in, or other circumstances." (DeCapua & Marshall, 2010)

Evolving from a former SLIFE working group, the group's goal is to improve the education of SLIFE students in their own programs and in the state by sharing information, expertise, and common goals for programming, advocacy, and professional development. 

In response to our members' requests for professional development in working with SLIFE students, MATSOL offered two SLIFE Institutes in the 2013-14 school year presented by Andrea DeCaupa and Helaine Marshall. Participants requested that MATSOL establish this special interest group as a platform to continue collaboration in the development of SLIFE education programs.


Meetings are open to current MATSOL Members at no charge. 


Meeting take place on Mondays from 10:30-12:00 pm in Shrewsbury, MA.

Meeting dates for the 2017-18 school year will be announced soon!

See the MATSOL Calendar to register for upcoming meetings.


The SLIFE E-List is open to current MATSOL members. Read instructions for subscribing to an E-List.


SLIFE resource page curated by the SLIFE SIG

Organizing Committee