Connecting Iowa K-12 ELL Classrooms with Iowa Senator Charles E. Grassley, Part 2

by Adrienne Johnson James Rice shares his reflections on his visit to Iowa K-12 ELL programs In preparing to write this follow-up to Mr. Rice’s visit in October of 2016, MIDTESOL reached out to Mr. Rice to ask him to share what he learned and experienced on his visits to West Des Moines Community Schools and Johnston Community School District. ... Read More »

Connecting Iowa K-12 ELL Classrooms with Iowa Senator Charles E. Grassley, Part 1

by Adrienne Johnson If you are an ELL teacher, a good portion of your job is spent trying to explain the diverse needs of your students to others as well as trying to dispel the many misconceptions that surround the education of language learners. This educational process takes place daily as ELL teachers work to ensure that ELLs’ needs are ... Read More »

Empowering International Programs Across Campus

by Sarah Springsteen Trumble Making connections between IEP students and the larger university is always important, especially with current enrollment issues (Allen, 2017). We do not want to just integrate our students into campus but also within our departments across campus. Our connections, as well as campus-wide familiarity with our function, aids our work, our funding, and thus, our students. ... Read More »

Online Conferences: Virtual Professional Development Opportunities (Part 2)

by Katie McClintic Ed Tech IS Co-Chair Review of k12online Conference Session Session Title: Social Annotations: Collaborative Online Reading Link to Session: https://goo.gl/eTnK1p (transcript available here) Presenter: Paul Allison Date: October 22, 2015 Session Description: For this conference session, the presenter, Paul Allison, used content collected from his weekly webcast called “Teachers Teaching Teachers.” The content was related to his ... Read More »

English for Refugees Fellowship Info Session

Thanks to a partnership with the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), Marlboro College is able to offer the English for Refugees Fellowship for educators interested in teaching English to help people build independent and dignified lives. English for Refugees Fellows will be embedded in a community working directly with refugees and immigrants at USCRI Field Offices where they will practice ... Read More »

MIDTESOL Matters Spring 2017 Issue Published

The Spring 2017 issue of MIDTESOL Matters, our affiliate newsletter, is now available. This issue includes: #TESOL17 Social MIDTESOL Essay Contests Review: TESOL Summit State and Interest Section Updates Top Posts in TESOL Click here to download your PDF copy. For back issues of newsletters, click here. Read More »

Announcing MIDTESOL 2017 Student Essay Awards

MIDTESOL is pleased to invite teachers to announce and submit student essays for the Best K-12 ESL Student Essay Award and Best ESL Student Award. Topics reflect this year’s conference theme: Crossroads of Cultures. Eligibility Best K-12 Essay Award – The student must be a K-12 school student in good standing who is enrolled—or was enrolled formerly—in an ESOL/ELL program in ... Read More »

Awards Announcement: Four Win TESOL Membership

Congratulations to MIDTESOL members Mary Christensen, Erica Clements, Tara Friga, and Gretchen Meinhardt who have each been awarded a free year-long membership to the TESOL International Association. Mary Christensen, Associate Professor, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa Mary always knew that her passion was bridging cross-linguistic and cross-cultural communication gaps. At 12, she was telling teachers that her dream was ... Read More »

Webinar: Including English Learners in ESSA State Accountability Plans

When: Thursday, March 9, 2017 1:00 P.M. ET (New York, D.C.) 12:00 P.M. CT (Chicago) 11:00 A.M. MT (Denver) 10:00 A.M. PT (San Francisco) Where: MPI Webinar Click here to register. Speakers: Delia Pompa, Senior Fellow for Education Policy, MPI Susan Lyons, Associate, National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment Moderator: Margie McHugh, Director, National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy, ... Read More »

2017 Summit on the Future of the TESOL Profession – Part 2

by Deborah J. Osborne The first article in this series presented a brief summary of the first two themes, Futurology and English in Multilingualism, with this article addressing Reimagining English Competence and the Profession as a Change Agent. Reimagining English Competence Inquiry: Anne Katz teaches online courses for the MA TESOL program at The New School in NYC. Her presentation ... Read More »