Category Archives: Advocacy

Eight Lessons Learned from the 2017 TESOL Advocacy Summit

by Adrienne Johnson How do you advocate for your English language learners? Maybe you speak up at your school or organization when decision makers have not considered the impacts of rules or practices on your language learners. Perhaps you have created a program in the community that meets an unfilled need for ELL parents or adult learners. It is possible ... Read More »

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 »

Talking About the Election with ELLs

By Zach Spiering In the culmination of an historic campaign, Donald J. Trump captured the most electoral votes to win the presidency of the United States this past November. Trump’s campaign promises cover a wide array of topics, but few are more polarizing than his statements about immigration. Most notably, Trump proposed building a wall on the Mexican border and ... Read More »

Advocacy for English Learners

by Adrienne Johnson While in the classroom, I remember many conversations with colleagues about how politicians seem not to understand what it is like to teach and work with high-need students. We discussed how frustrated we were, but we never felt as if we could create change at the state and national levels – we thought that was beyond our ... Read More »

Every Student Succeeds Act

by Lindsey Jackson In December 2015, President Obama signed into law an act that replaced No Child Left Behind (NCLB). That law was the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which is not only a replacement of NCLB but a continuation of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act put into place by President Lyndon B. Johnson back in the 1960s as ... Read More »

DACA and DAPA: An Update on the DREAM Act

by Lindsey Jackson The topic of immigration is particularly important for educators, especially in regards to undocumented minors. These children and teenagers, brought to the States at a young age, have no paperwork and no legal status. Although all children in the United States have a legal right to a free, appropriate, public education up through high school, undocumented students ... Read More »