The 2020 MATSOL Conference brings together educators of English learners from across Massachusetts to learn, network, and share expertise.
Submit a proposal to present at the conference!
MATSOL encourages engaging, interactive presentations that make the theory to practice connection. Successful proposals include practical classroom activities informed by current research and pedagogy, demonstrations of successful instructional practices, examinations of current issues in education, and research that informs educators in the Massachusetts context. Presentations should engage the audience through hands-on or interactive activities when possible.
Presentations may address audiences from all program types including PK-12 schools (public, charter and independent), adult and workplace education, community college ESL, Intensive English Programs (IEPs), private language schools, and pre-service and in-service teacher education.
Academic Language in the Content Areas
Bilingualism and Biliteracy
Co-Teaching and Collaborative Practices
Culturally Responsive Teaching
Data and Assessment
Listening, Speaking and Pronunciation
Digital Learning & Technology
Family and Community Engagement
Policy and Advocacy
Program Administration and Evaluation
Professional Development and Teacher Education
Reading, Writing and Literacy
Vocabulary and Grammar
Presentations take place on Wednesday, May 27 – Friday May 29, 2020.
Proposals due by 11:58 PM on Monday, December 2, 2019.
The MATSOL PLS/IEP and Community College ESL Special Interests Groups (SIGs) are proud to present the 2019 Intensive English Program & Community College Conference!
Please join us in downtown Boston at EC English Language School on Saturday, November 9, as presenters from the world of private language schools, intensive English programs, and community college ESL programs converge from all over Massachusetts and New England to share their insights and experiences of the ESL industry.
Session topics include: intercultural communication, test prep, lesson planning, and professional development, just to name a few. This is a great opportunity to network and share your knowledge with others who love the ESL industry as much as you.
We look forward to seeing you there! Register soon as space is limited!
MATSOL is hiring a Program & Member Engagement Coordinator to support MATSOL board members and volunteers in planning, organizing and facilitating engaging and informative activities and events for educators of English learners.
Coordinate development of activities that promote member development, networking, professional learning, and advocacy. Oversee MATSOL volunteer initiatives. Do outreach to MATSOL members to join and lead member groups and committees. Assist volunteers in innovating new activities; Work with board and staff to increase member engagement and volunteer opportunities.
Support leaders of MATSOL special interest groups. Provide training on MATSOL resources and policies. Assist members in planning in-person and online meetings and events including agenda planning, site logistics, registration, communications, technology use, and publicity. Facilitate meetings if needed.
Coordinate communication with members and the public about MATSOL’s activities, positions, and strategic priorities. Create and disseminate information and publicity through MATSOL communication channels including email, MATSOL publications, and social media.
Coordinate development of regular webinars, blog posts, and other content presented/created by members and experts.
Work collaboratively with the board and staff to plan and deliver programs. Contribute to developing strategic objectives, planning activities, and evaluating programs. Take the lead in coordinating innovative programs and events.
Contribute to annual conference planning and management, and work on-site at the conference. Coordinate volunteer opportunities related to the conference.
Attend MATSOL events, meetings, and conferences to oversee or assist with site logistics, facilitation, and other tasks.
Perform other tasks as needed to support programs and member engagement.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including written communication, in-person and online presentation/facilitation, and social media.
Demonstrated project management skills with the ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
Demonstrated event management skills.
Strong technical skills including MS Office Suite, Google Suite, WordPress, ZOOM, Survey Monkey, WordPress, and social media platforms. Ability to learn new systems including the MATSOL association management system (member database, website, and event registration).
Ability to travel within Massachusetts to MATSOL member meetings and events. Occasional overnight travel required. Ability to attend evening and weekend meetings and events (in-person and online).
Three to five years of experience leading and
managing in a collaborative environment.
Experience successfully recruiting, training,
and supporting volunteers.
Experience planning and facilitating meetings
(in person and online), events, webinars and professional learning activities.
ADDITIONAL PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
Experience working with teachers or in
educational or nonprofit settings.
Understanding of and experience with English
learner programs in PK-12, adult and university settings.
At the 2019 MATSOL Conference, you will find multiple workshops to help you use student strengths, building on their own funds of knowledge. You will learn strategies for recognizing and celebrating student identity and culture and explore social-emotional learning; trauma-informed practice; impact of poverty on learning; and creating physically and emotionally safe environments.
Here are some (just some!) of the workshops you can choose to participate in:
Incorporating Story Books into Culturally Responsive ESL Teaching
A Culturally Responsive Classroom Looks Like…
There is no L without SEL: Social-Emotional Learning in ESL
Practical Use of Translanguaging and Multiliteracies in the Classroom
Empowering ELs by Turning the Tables: Students Teaching Teachers
Telling Our Stories in Pictures and Words: Creating Identity Texts
Walking in the Footsteps of Asian Students and Their Families
The Dos and Don’ts of Family Engagement in Early Childhood
Break (dancing) through cultural and communicative barriers
To Teach Them, You Must Know Them – Brockton to Cape Verde
Enacting Social Justice Principles in K-12 ESL Instruction
Engaging Haitian Students and their Families
There is a lot to look forward to at the 2019 MATSOL Conference. See you there!
Jake Scott remembers a time when he had an immigrant student who was exceptionally good at math. Jake sent the student to a higher-level math class, but he soon heard the student was not doing well.
The student came back and told him, “There’s nobody who looks like me in that class, and I feel like I don’t belong.”
“I realized,” Jake told MATSOL, “that if I was going to send minority students to learn in that class, I had to be willing to raise my hand and go teach it.”
We will hear Jake, a decorated educator, wrestling coach, Math rapper, and author, give the keynote address “Empowering the Next Generation of ELLs,” on the closing day of the 2019 MATSOL conference, Friday, May 31.
Jake reminds us that the demographics of this country are changing. Educators need to prepare ourselves to show the emotional sensitivity, the flexibility, the welcoming tone, and the celebration of success that an increasing number of ELL students is going to require from us.
Jake is looking forward to being inspired by you and your work. (And if you want to hear what a Math rap on the quadratic formula sounds like, just click here!)
Who are the migrants in your classroom? Could one of them be you?
At the MATSOL conference, hear Adam Strom’s keynote address: “Re-Imagining Migration: Educating Youth for a World on the Move,” on Thursday, May 30.
Adam Strom wants us to think about migration as what unites us. It’s not only the story of the 26% of school-aged children in the U.S. who are immigrants or the children of immigrants.
Migration is how many African Americans came to Massachusetts from the South. It’s how many of our grandparents got here.
It may be how you got here, too.
At root, Adam says, migration is a “good news” story. It’s vital to democracy to teach the immigrant experience, from Irish immigrants during the potato famine to Chinese immigration on the West Coast. We also want to hear from today’s migrant families about the challenges they face and how they are overcoming them.
Come hear from Adam Strom how we can provide ELL students with the social emotional supports and the learning experiences that will build their potential for leadership.
For the past fifteen years, school districts in Massachusetts have operated under restrictions that inhibited bilingual education, despite growing evidence that native language instruction supports English language development and academic achievement for English Learners.
With the LOOK Act on the books, we are entering a new era in EL education. What possibilities does this open up for educating EL students in their native language? And what can we learn from the experience before and after Question 2 restricted bilingual education in Massachusetts?
At the MATSOL conference, we will all find out!
Maria Estela Brisk
Keynoter Maria Estela Brisk will speak on “Learning from the Past, Moving to the Future: The LOOK Act – An Opportunity for Quality Education,” on the first day of the conference, Wednesday, May 29.
“I’ve worked with MATSOL a long time, and many members are my students,” she says. “In all those years without bilingual education, MATSOL members have been amazing advocates. You have kept the flame alive.”
In the new environment since the LOOK Act passed, Professor Brisk believes, ESL teachers can lead the way—and ELL students will benefit.
MATSOL members, you are a dedicated bunch. Not only have you registered for the 2019 Conference in record numbers, but you’ve signed up for two Pre-Conference Institutes on Tuesday, May 28, to become even better teachers.
Here’s what you can look forward to.
Teaching and Learning Content-Based Literacies:
Systemic Functional Linguistics in Action
Presented by Meg Gebhard, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
This interactive session will help you explore how language works in different ways to construct content-specific meanings in the types of texts or “genres” your students are routinely required to read, write, and discuss.
The morning session will guide participants in analyzing personal and literary narratives using multicultural children’s literature. The afternoon session will focus on scientific explanations and arguments using authentic texts written by middle schoolers.
Co-Teaching for English Learners: Collaborative Planning, Instruction, Assessment, and Reflection
presented by Andrea Honigsfeld, Ed.D. and Maria G. Dove, Ed.D.
Are you an ESOL teacher who works with content-area teachers (or vice versa)? Do you want to improve your co-planning, co-instruction, co-assessment, and reflection processes—all for the benefit of your EL students?
In this pre-conference institute, these four key components will be illustrated using authentic video clips of both novice and experienced co-teaching teams. The presenters will guide you as you develop short-term and long-term plans to support the language, literacy, and content skills of ELs in your integrated classroom.