Kentucky ESL Professionals: Call for Proposals for the 2012 KYTESOL Annual State Conference


KYTESOL 2012 proposal


TESOL Elementary Education Section Chair Dr. Broady


About TESOL’s Elementary Education Interest Section (EEIS)
TESOL’s Elementary Education Interest Section (EEIS) was established at the 1977 TESOL convention in Miami, Florida, in the United States. When the TESOL Legislative Assembly decided to create three new groups (Elementary, Secondary, and Higher Education), the TESOL Executive Board asked Fay Pallen and Nancy Dunetz to serve as chairs. They accepted the responsibility and helped the group (changed to IS in 1982) to stabilize. In 1984, with the acceptance of EEIS Governing Rules, the section changed its name to EEIS to reflect more clearly its scope of interest and its constituency (pre-K-8).

EEIS offers the Swap Shop, IS hospitality rooms/areas, and annual IS Convention Guides that highlight specific program offerings. A special book/author session focusing on children’s literature, started in 1984, has become an annual program feature. In 1987, an historian was appointed to develop the IS’s archives, containing a full set of newsletters, program guides, minutes of meetings, and other pertinent documents.

Accomplishments since 1992 include the formation of new committees and task forces to enhance the work of the IS and to increase involvement of its members. The four committees are Hospitality, Art, Sociopolitical Concerns, and Special Projects. The five task forces are Research, Membership, International Concerns, Special Education, and Literacy. These groups joined two others, the Editorial Board and Nominating Committee, already in place.

Statement of Purpose

EEIS has adopted the following statement of purpose, as set forth in the Governing Rules: Throughout the world there are millions of children who enter school (pre-K-8) with a need to acquire fluency in English. As the professionals charged with the responsibility of assuring that children from non-English-speaking backgrounds receive the necessary ESOL instruction to enable them to function effectively in English both interpersonally and academically, we have come together in this interest section with the following objectives:

  • to foster recognition of English as a second or other language (ESOL) as an academic discipline in elementary education
  • to document the manner in which children are being educated in English
  • to serve as a vehicle of communication for ESOL educators in elementary education
  • to educate the public, government officials, and other educators on the need for ESOL instruction at the elementary level, the nature of such instruction, and the need for hiring qualified people to deliver such instruction
  • to develop and establish standards of achievement and performance of students
  • to stimulate relevant research in the field
  • to stimulate development and adaptation of appropriate materials at the elementary level
  • to assure an adequate pool of qualified personnel by encouraging more programs for professional development
  • to advocate the training and certification of ESOL elementary teachers
  • to make the organization more responsive to the needs of ESOL in elementary education

Do you have an innovative idea? Publish it!!!


Innovations for English Learners


NCELA is pleased to present our new online monthly series Innovations for English Learners, highlighting innovative practices from the field which show promise for advancing the education of English learners. The purpose of this series is for the community of EL educators to have a platform to exchange ideas and connect with other educators who have met similar challenges.


Our first innovation is the Seal of Biliteracy program in California, a recognition initiative which provides certificates to students who graduate from high school bilingual and biliterate.


We welcome submissions from schools, districts, universities or colleges, community or parent organizations, and students. Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of NCELA staff.


To submit an Innovation, please provide the following information:


What is it?

Describe your innovation

  • Text of 300 words or less
  • Video of less than 5 min
  • Slideshow of 15 slides or less


Who are you?

What is the name of your organization? Where are you located?


Who are your students?

Describe the student population that this innovation has been used with—which grade level, which language background—any information which will help other educators judge whether your innovation is likely to be useful in their setting.


Where can I find more information?

Provide information on where more information about this innovation can be found.


Contact details: For NCELA staff use only (will not be circulated)—please provide an email address and telephone number where we can reach you.


For inquiries or submissions, please contact NCELA’s Assistant Director for Professional Development, Keira Ballantyne, at



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