Job Posting: MATSOL Director of Professional Learning (P/T)

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MATSOL is seeking candidates for the position of Director of Professional Learning (part time) to oversee the successful development, planning, and delivery of high-quality professional development programs and services for educators of English Learners in alignment with MATSOL’s mission, vision and values.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Professional Development

  • Manage MATSOL’s professional development courses and consulting services.
  • Recruit, supervise, and evaluate instructors and consultants.
  • Oversee customer and consultant contracting.
  • Identify emerging needs and opportunities for professional development and create new offerings and services in face-to-face, online and hybrid formats.
  • Develop PDP and credit options for PD offerings.
  • Oversee responses to grant/contract opportunities: Evaluate RFPs and RFRs, prepare and submit responses/bids; oversee planning and management of awarded grants/contracts.
  • Collaborate with staff to develop registration processes, publicity, communications, site logistics, online course management, and other tasks related to PD activities;
  • Develop budgets for PD services and activities.
  • Ensure record keeping and documentation of PD activities to meet legal and financial requirements as a nonprofit and Massachusetts PD provider.
  • Communicate with the Board of Directors about professional development activities.
  • Perform other duties as needed or as directed.

Member Programs

  • Assist with planning of annual conference and other member-led programmatic activities.
  • Plan and facilitate MA English Learning Leadership Council meetings, with assistance of volunteer steering committee.
  • Attend the annual conference and selected other programmatic activities, and interact with members, key speakers, presenters, etc.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Master’s degree in TESOL or a related field required; 5+ years experience in English learner education. Background and/or training in course and curriculum development a plus.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Deep knowledge of English learning education policy and practices in Massachusetts public schools (ESL, SEI, and dual language).
  • Strong organizational and managerial capabilities with experience in hiring and supervision.
  • Excellent analytical and decision-making skills. Must be able to handle situations in a confidential manner.
  • Experience planning and overseeing professional development courses, events and other activities for teachers and school administrators.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills; Experience with presentation and facilitation, both online and in person.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and work collaboratively.
  • Technical skills including but not limited to using Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite, online meetings and webinars programs, and online learning management systems.
  • Bilingual in any language is a plus!

WORK LOCATION AND SCHEDULE

  • Work takes place MATSOL’s office is in Stoughton MA and remotely.
  • Must be available during the school day with occasional evening and weekend duties.
  • Occasional travel required within Massachusetts.

SALARY & BENEFITS

  • MATSOL offers flextime and remote work options.
  • Paid vacation, sick time, and holidays.
  • Salary $41,400 annually (24 hours per week)

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MATSOL is a professional association of educators of English language learners in Massachusetts. Our members include EL/ESOL educators in PK-12 schools, adult basic education, workplace programs, and institutions of higher learning, as well as pre-service and in-service teacher educators.

MATSOL’s mission is to promote equity and excellence in the education of English Learners.

www.matsol.org

Call for Nominations Extended – MATSOL Board of Directors

logo-matsol_181007_400x192Deadline extended to April 1, 2019!

Show your commitment to MATSOL and help shape our future! MATSOL seeks competent, energetic, committed members to take a leadership role, work on behalf of the organization, and represent MATSOL members and stakeholders.

By serving on the Board of Directors, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Provide leadership for achieving MATSOL’s mission to promote equity and excellence for English Learners;
  • Help shape development of member activities, professional learning opportunities, and conferences;
  • Participate in advocacy at the local, state, and national level;
  • Encourage engaged and active MATSOL membership;
  • Build on our affiliate partnership with TESOL;
  • Ensure that MATSOL continues to operate as a healthy and vibrant non-profit organization.

In return, you will have the opportunity to expand your professional network, learn new skills, build your resume, and make a positive impact in our field.

Candidates may self-nominate or be nominated by a colleague. Deadline extended to April 1, 2019.

Find out more!

MATSOL Presentations at #TESOL19

We asked MATSOL members presenting at the 2019 TESOL Convention in Atlanta GA to share their presentation schedules. Congratulations to all MATSOL members presenting at TESOL!

  • Investigating Novice ESL Teachers’ Advocacy Beliefs and Practices, Stephanie Garrone-Shufran – Wednesday, March 13, 12:00
  • PMAERA at TESOL: Talking back: Preparing TESOL teachers well while working to transform educational policies with research-based responses, Ester De Jong, Guofang Li, Hayriye Kayi-Aydar, Laura Schall-Leckrone, Manka Varghese, Yasuko Kanno – Wednesday, March 13, 3:00 PM
  • Demystifying the Academic Publishing and Review Process (a panel of affiliate journal editors), Lubie Alatriste, Margi Wald, Mary Clark, Scott Douglas – Thursday, March 14, 3:00 PM
  • Being a Reflective Practitioner and Scholar in TESOL: Methodological Considerations, Judy Sharkey, Megan Madigan Peercy, Laura Schall-Leckrone, Ana Solano-Campos, Maggie Hawkins – Thursday, March 14, 4:00 PM
  • Building Knowledge: Scaffolding Informational Text for SLIFE, Nicoleta Filimon & Christi Cartwright – Thursday, March 14, 5:00 PM
  • Engage Your Long Term ELLs for Language Success, Stella Dubish and Nereida Cheney – Thursday, March 14, 5:00 PM
  • Academic Language: A Developmental and Contextual Perspective in B-MEIS & SLW intersection session, María Estela Brisk – Friday, March 15, 11:30 AM
  • Organizing a Successful and Sustainable State-Wide English Learner Leadership Group, Ann Feldman & Yvonne Endara – Friday, March 15, 1:00 PM
  • Fostering Communication during Service-Learning: Goals, Strategies, and Outcomes, Ilka Kostka and Lucy Bunning – Friday, March 15, 3:00 PM
  • Alliances with ELs: Goal setting as a tool for empowerment, Leah Richardson, Tracey Spence, Sara Hamerla – Saturday, March 16, 11:00 AM

Conference Networking Sessions – Call for Proposals

The MATSOL Conference Committee is seeking proposals from members to plan and facilitate networking sessions at the MATSOL 2019 Conference.

networking_session2019Networking sessions are informal facilitated sessions that provide opportunities for members to connect and share ideas with other members around areas of common interest. The sessions take place each day of the conference for 30 minutes after the lunch and keynote. A networking session may be repeated on two or three days, to allow conference participants to attend a different session on each day. Networking sessions may have more than one facilitator.

See the 2018 Networking Session list for topic ideas, but we welcome other topics and formats that encourage connection between members, discussion, and sharing.

Find out more!

Call for Nominations – 2019 Awards

MATSOL awards and grants recognize excellence, creativity, and innovation in our field. Awards are presented at the annual MATSOL conference.

Nominations and proposals are due Monday, March 25, 2019. View MATSOL Awards…

MATSOL Teacher of the Year

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2018 MATSOL Teacher of the Year Nicoleta Filimon with President Vula Roumis

The MATSOL Teacher of the Year Award was established to recognize excellence in the education of English language learners.

  • Successful teaching of English language learners as shown through evidence of best instructional practices and incorporation of students’ linguistic and cultural backgrounds within the classroom.
  • Long-term commitment to the education of ELLs.
  • Leadership roles at the school, district, and/or state level on behalf of English language learners.
  • Mentoring and supporting of new teachers to the field through both informal and formal induction programs.
  • Strong relationships with the community and (for K-12) parents of ELLs.

The Anne Dow Award for Excellence and Creativity

The Anne Dow Award for Excellence and Creativity is given annually to a professional who has made outstanding efforts that reflect enthusiasm and creative, energetic, independent thinking. This professional displays the ability to take risks, solve problems, support colleagues, and model ethical behavior. Specific criteria vary from year to year, to reflect the many facets of Anne’s career and interests. The 2019 award will be granted for culturally and linguistically responsive teaching. The award includes a $1,000 honorarium

Linda Schulman Innovation Grant

The Linda Schulman Innovation Fund welcomes proposals for projects that promote English language learning and embody a spirit of creativity, sensitivity and community. We give grants of approximately $500 – $1,000 for pedagogical plans that benefit English language learners by improving their language competency or increasing their understanding of American culture.

New Course! Expeditions in Collaborative Practice: The Collaboration Tool and Multilingual Learners

This new course Expeditions in Collaborative Practice: The Collaboration Tool and Multilingual Learners draws on the deep and practical knowledge and experience of educators of multilingual learners across our Massachusetts school districts, and the emerging body of research and evidence-based collaborative practices that undergird high-quality, coherent and connected curriculum, instruction and assessment of multilingual learners. The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is generously sponsoring 4 different opportunities to take the course this Spring! See the registration flyer!

Cost: Free!

DESE will sponsor the participation of each registered team.

DESCRIPTION

This course provides active engagement and exploration of two important aspects of teaching multilingual learners. First, for language and content teacher teams who participate, the course builds competency around collaborative pedagogical practices and tools that create shared knowledge of students, and coherent curriculum (written and taught) across or within classrooms, given different teachers may provide different components or hold different teaching roles for students who are multilingual learners. Second, the course provides participants with more in-depth knowledge of both academic language development and integration of language and content standards, for purposes of strengthening and sustaining curriculum, instruction and assessment of multilingual learners and creating coherence across classrooms. The course is set up as a series of collaborative expeditions (in class, in your school and online) using the evidence-based Collaboration Tool as a central guide. These expeditions draw on your knowledge and current classroom contexts, build collaborative experiences of your team, leverage and expand your language and content knowledge, and strengthen your shared responsibility for the educational progress and success of multilingual learners in their grade or schools. See the registration link for more information and all course dates.


New EL Course for School Leaders

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Schools: Leading for English Learner Equity and Achievement

Sponsored by MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Schools: Leading for EL Equity and Achievement is a leadership course for decision-makers serving English language learners in our increasingly diverse schools. School leaders will hone their skills in developing collaborative relationships and practices to better identify, evaluate and plan improvements to build equity and achievement for English learners.

This course is designed to build upon the understandings presented in the Massachusetts Sheltered English Endorsement Administrators course through an update on current responsibilities and expectations of leaders, research related to promising practices, and the application of current tools to support educator inquiry and school improvement. This course features interactive tasks and discussions, review of current research, connections to other state initiatives, action planning, text/video analyses and the application of deepened understandings of promising instructional and collaborative strategies to leadership roles and responsibilities.

This course will provide leaders with opportunities to deepen their knowledge base, reflect, plan, and act on their school’s policies and systems in order to implement school and district improvement plans and initiatives that ensure equitable and achievement opportunities for English learners.

AUDIENCE

This specific course is reserved for school leaders in pairs or teams that include a principal (or vice principal, superintendent, etc.) and an EL director. This workshop is designed for administrators who are responsible for school-level policies, leading school improvement planning and data analysis processes, and making decisions about programs and professional development. Preferred Qualification:  SEI Administrator Endorsement Course Completion

Cost: Free!


Course Schedule

Option #1: Two Days
Thursdays, March 21 & March 28, 2019 ● 8:30 AM-3:30 PM
New Bedford, MA

Option #2: Four Afternoons
Mondays, April 8, 22, 29 & May 6, 2019● 4:00-7:00 PM
Hudson, MA

Option #3: Two Days
Fridays, May 10 & May 24, 2019● 8:30 AM-3:30 PM
Andover, MA

Information & Registration…

Poster Session: Call for Proposals

PosterSession2018MATSOL invites currently matriculated students in teacher preparation programs to submit a proposal to present a poster session on a topic related to English learner education at MATSOL 2019 Conference.

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Posters should contain a summary of an academically sound scholarly or creative project presented in a visually engaging format, highlighting work through charts, graphs, maps, etc. Proposals should include the main topic(s) and description of the visual display. Presenters should plan on short, informative discussions with convention attendees throughout the entire poster session.

Proposals due March 1, 2019 — View the Call for Proposals…

MATSOL Comment on Proposed Public Charge Rule Changes

logo-matsol_181007_400x192MATSOL recently submitted comments regarding the public charge rule changes being proposed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. MATSOL’s comments focused on the negative effects of the proposed change on immigrant students and their families. View MATSOL’s comments

TESOL International Association also submitted comments that highlighted a number of concerns with the proposal’s plan to use English language proficiency to determine if immigrant applicants are likely to ever utilize certain public benefits, which would cause their requests for green cards or visa changes to be denied.  View TESOL’s comments