TESOL International’s Statement on the Administration’s Federal Budget Proposals

14/04/2017

– See more at: http://www.tesol.org/news-landing-page/2017/04/12/statement-on-the-administration-s-federal-budget-proposals#sthash.pbo0fyjZ.dpuf

TESOL International Association is greatly disappointed by the administration’s proposed cuts to numerous federal programs in the FY2018 federal budget and the remainder of the FY2017 federal budget. If implemented, these significant reductions would undermine many key programs that serve students, teachers, and English learners throughout the United States and around the world.

Of the many proposed cuts, TESOL International Association is particularly alarmed at the reductions suggested for the current fiscal year. The administration’s proposal to cut funding for both the Striving Readers Grant and the Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) would be a significant step backward for both programs, especially as states are developing their education plans under the new law. The Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants under ESSA Title II provide crucial support for states to build instructional capacity by developing evidence-based strategies for teacher development and leadership.

TESOL is equally alarmed at the proposed cuts for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) at the U.S. Department of State. ECA programs play a critical role in public diplomacy efforts with a focus on education, culture, and language. Particularly in the field of English language teaching, ECA programs provide vital support for educational and cultural development around the world, with the majority of funds benefiting U.S. institutions, universities, and nongovernmental organizations. Moreover, ECA programs provide significant educational and cultural experiences to students, scholars, and developing professionals, and they contribute an estimated $22 billion to the U.S. economy.

TESOL strongly opposes these proposed cuts, and urges Congress to maintain current levels of support for these and other important federal education programs. TESOL also strongly urges the administration to reconsider the proposed cuts to these programs before issuing their final budget proposal next month.

– See more at: http://www.tesol.org/news-landing-page/2017/04/12/statement-on-the-administration-s-federal-budget-proposals#sthash.pbo0fyjZ.dpuf


Need Professional Training? TESOL International Association’s Got You Covered

04/04/2017

TESOL International Association provides the TESOL Conference Calendar as a service to TESOL members and the field. The information provided in the Conference Calendar comes from the sponsoring organizations. For more information, please contact the sponsoring organization. The listed events are not sponsored or endorsed by TESOL International Association.

April 2017

May 2017

June 2017

July 2017

August 2017

September 2017

October 2017

November 2017

February 2018


Call for Public Comments on Proposed TESOL Teacher Training (CAEP) Standards Revisions

17/02/2017

To all ESL teacher educators and ESL teachers. You are invited to provide feedback to the draft of the new TESOL teacher ed standards. This is time sensitive and must be completed before 3/1. Please access the link for the materials and survey here: http://www.tesol.org/…/call-for-public-comments-on-proposed

The TESOL/CAEP P–12 Teacher Education Program standards address the professional expertise needed by ESL educators to work with language minority students. The Commission for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) uses these performance-based standards for national recognition of teacher education programs and can be used to assess programs that prepare and license P–12 ESL educators, as well as other teacher educator programs. The current set of TESOL/CAEP Standards for P–12 Teacher Education Programs were last revised in 2009 and are currently being updated.

CAEP requires that these standards be revised every 7-8 years. TESOL now invites your feedback on the current draft of proposed standards. Below, you will find some background information on the standards, a copy of the proposed standards to review, and a link to a survey where you can submit your comments online. The questions asked in the survey are also available to download for your consideration prior to submitting your feedback online.

Comments must be submitted through the online survey (link below) by 11:59 pm EST on 1 March 2017

Resources to Assist Public Feedback

TESOL Connections: TESOL Initiates Revision of P-12 Professional Teaching Standards

TESOL P-12 Professional Standards Revision Draft for Public Comment

Downloadable copy of questions asked in the online feedback survey

Online Survey to Submit Public Feedback and Comments

All comments must be submitted through this online survey by 11:59 pm EST on 1 March 2017

– See more at: http://www.tesol.org/advance-the-field/standards/tesol-caep-standards-for-p-12-teacher-education-programs/call-for-public-comments-on-proposed-caep-standards-revision#sthash.EXJVnHHA.dpuf


A Message from TESOL

31/01/2017

31 January 2017

Dear Christel,

“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

These words by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., sound more relevant than ever to the TESOL community, as we witness with increasing dismay the impact of the Trump administration’s latest decisions. Friends and colleagues, we cannot and must not be silent.

Last week, the President of the United States issued a series of executive orders that have a direct impact on TESOL professionals, their students, and their communities. One set of executive orders authorizes constructing a U.S.-Mexico border wall, eliminating federal grant money to sanctuary cities, hiring 5,000 more border patrol agents, and ending “catch-and-release” policies for undocumented immigrants. Another executive order imposes a 120-day suspension of admissions to the United States for people who have been granted refugee status and visas, and a 90-day ban on travel to the United States from citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries: Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, and Sudan.

The immediate effect of these orders has been devastating to the populations we serve, in particular international students, immigrant students and their families, and our own TESOL community. The spirit of these orders goes against the core values that guide our work as an organization:

  • Professionalism demonstrated by excellence in standards, research, and practice that improve learning outcomes
  • Respect for diversity, multilingualism, multiculturalism, and individuals’ language rights
  • Integrity guided by ethical and transparent action
  • Commitment to life-long learning

TESOL International Association has issued a public statement strongly opposing these executive orders. Although the impetus for this statement has been the events unfolding in the United States, we recognize that policies aimed at marginalizing immigrants and excluding refugees are becoming increasingly commonplace worldwide. To help you respond to and learn about these issues, we have  provided a comprehensive list of tools and resources on the TESOL website, that you may use or adapt to ensure equitable treatment of your students and their families.

Please rest assured that TESOL International Association will actively oppose any proposed policy that seeks to discriminate, diminish, or weaken our communities of English language learners and educators.

To this end, the association is taking the following steps:

  1. We have set up a special discussion group in myTESOL called “Impact of U.S. Travel and Immigration Changes,” where we encourage you to share stories about how these recent executive orders have affected your ability to promote quality English language teaching. We also hope that you will use this group as a venue for sharing constructive actions teachers can take.
  2. We are exploring possibilities for joint action with other organizations serving English language learners and educators, including the filing of an amicus brief as part of lawsuits challenging the executive orders.
  3. We are organizing informational events as well as discussion forums as part of the upcoming TESOL International Convention in Seattle, 21-24 March. These events will address this unacceptable climate of hostility and celebrate Seattle as a sanctuary city. More information will be forthcoming in the myTESOL groupmentioned above, and on the Convention website.

We encourage you to speak up whenever possible about these issues through public forums, blog posts, online comments, and opinion pieces. We also encourage you to become involved locally and support organizations that defend equal treatment under the law. It is important that we as professionals not be “silent friends” to those we serve and work with.

Dudley Reynolds
TESOL President
Rosa Aronson
Executive Director
TESOL International Association
1925 Ballenger Avenue, Suite 550 | Alexandria, VA 22314-6820 USA
+1 703.836.0774 | Email | Website

TESOL International Worldwide Calendar of Events

02/12/2016

TESOL International Association provides the TESOL Conference Calendar as a service to TESOL members and the field. The information provided in the Conference Calendar comes from the sponsoring organizations. For more information, please contact the sponsoring organization. The listed events are not sponsored or endorsed by TESOL International Association.

December 2016

January 2017

February 2017

March 2017

April 2017

May 2017

June 2017

July 2017

August 2017

September 2017

October 2017

November 2017


TESOL Releases New ESSA Resource Kit and Webinar, Free Download

22/11/2016

Find it at:  http://www.tesol.org/news-landing-page/2016/11/04/tesol-releases-new-essa-resource-kit

Free presentation can be accessed here:  http://eventcenter.commpartners.com/se/Meetings/Playback.aspx?meeting.id=662321


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