English/Multilingual Learners with Disabilities: Teaching and Learning Remotely

Online Open House

Thursday, May 7, 3:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m.

Co-presenters: Dr. Jenny Jacobs, Boston Public Schools and Joni Magee, Lasell University

Please join the Coalition for Equity, Diversity, and Disability (CEDD) for an open house meeting to discuss teaching and learning remotely with students who are linguistically and culturally diverse students with disabilities. The Coalition for Equity, Diversity, and Disability (CEDD) promotes interdisciplinary collaboration to address the needs of linguistically and culturally diverse students with disabilities and their families.

During this open house, a diverse community of practitioners will meet to discuss:

  • Practices that are working well in remote teaching with this student population
  • Challenges that present as we teach remotely with this student population
  • Resources for teaching remotely with linguistically and culturally diverse students with disabilities and their families
  • Opportunities to share experiences from the field and higher education

Please register here for this open house. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting in Zoom.

Co-sponsored by MATSOL, MABE & Lasell University

LOOKing Forward to a New Era

In 2019, it’s a whole new world for teachers of English Learners in Massachusetts.

LOOK ActWith your support, the LOOK Act passed in 2017. This groundbreaking law:

  • Restored bilingual program options for ELLs
  • Established a new dual language endorsement for teachers
  • Created ELL Parent Advisory Councils
  • Established a State Seal of Biliteracy to reward high school graduates who are proficient in a language in addition to English.

What new opportunities has the LOOK Act opened up for educators? What can we do now to help our ELL students as a result of the new law?

To find out, register for the MATSOL 2019 Conference. Our theme is “LOOKing Forward to a New Era.” We will hear from keynote speakers, and attend workshops and poster sessions, designed to make sure we are all ready to do the most we can for our students under the new law.

Register now so that we can enter this new world together.

Helen Solórzano
Executive Director

P.S. If you have already submitted your registration, we look forward to seeing you in May!

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

Resources for National Hispanic Heritage Month


National Hispanic Heritage Month takes place from September 14th through October 15th. Here are some selected teaching resource links for your perusal: