Special Interest Group:

Adult Education


Includes those involved with Adult Basic Eduation (ABE), community/church/work-based English instruction programs.


June 2017 Updates

A message from your SIG Leader,

Casey Thelenwood:


Hello Everyone,

Happy June! I hope that the summer is off to an excellent start for each of you! With summer courses underway for many educators, I wanted to share some updates and resources that I hope will be useful in your work.


If you have any suggestions or information to include in the next Adult Education SIG Update, I would love to hear from you! Please contact Casey Thelenwood at thelecas@gvsu.edu. Keep up the good work in support of TESOL students across the state!


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MITESOL 2017 Call for Proposals


Michigan Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages invites professionals involved with English learners to submit proposals for our annual conference, to be held October 20 & 21, at Oakland Schools in Waterford, Michigan. The theme of this year’s conference is Promoting Equity and Excellence.


MITESOL 2017 invites proposals related to all aspects of ESL/ELL/EAL in diverse contexts, including recent research, best practices, standards-based instruction, assessment, language policy & advocacy, CALL, program administration, and professional development. In keeping with this year’s theme, we are seeking proposals which focus on ensuring equity for English learners and promoting excellence within the field of English language learning.

Proposals must be submitted through MITESOL’s online conference proposal system, which will become available in June. The deadline for submissions will be July 15, 2017. More information is available at http://www.mitesol.org/MITESOL-Conference-2017.


Resources


Stories of Young Immigrants and Refugees

List of books by Sandip Wilson for the International Literacy Association

https://literacyworldwide.org/blog/literacy-daily/2017/06/05/stories-of-young-immigrants-and-refugees

Social Justice Books by Teaching for Change

Website to promote multicultural and social justice books

https://socialjusticebooks.org/

Guide for Selecting Anti-Bias Children’s Books

Written by Louise Derman-Sparks for Social Justice Books

https://socialjusticebooks.org/guide-for-selecting-anti-bias-childrens-books/

Best Practices for Serving English Language Learners and Their Families Guide

Published by Teaching Tolerance

http://www.tolerance.org/publication/best-practices-english-language-learners

 

Supporting Students from Immigrant Families

Resources from Teaching Tolerance

http://www.tolerance.org/features/immigration_support_for_students


Professional Development Opportunities 


Ferris State University Lighthouse Symposium

“Taming the Verbal Terrain: Unraveling the Teaching of Listening and Speaking”

July 21-22, 2017 in Big Rapids, MI

Registration Fee: $100

http://mitesol.org/resources/Pictures/2017%20Lighthouse%20Card.pdf


News and Articles


Immigrant Advocates Speaking Out against Bills Opposing ‘Sanctuary’ Policies

Written by Ryan Stanton for MLive

http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2017/06/immigrant_advocates_speaking_o.html

Column: Immigrants Revitalize Detroit

Written by Steve Tobocman for The Detroit News

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/opinion/2017/06/06/detroit-immigrants/102535188/

Linguistic Prejudice and the Ultimate Public Good

Written by Robert Meyer for the National Council of Teachers of Education

http://blogs.ncte.org/index.php/2017/05/linguistic-prejudice-ultimate-public-good/

A New Marker of Success at Graduation: The Seal of Biliteracy

Written by Donna St. George for The Washington Post

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/a-new-marker-of-success-at-graduation-the-seal-of-biliteracy/2017/06/02/240c79ce-46da-11e7-bcde-624ad94170ab_story.html?utm_term=.7e521922fc01

Mother Language Dictates Reading Strategy

Written for Language Magazine

https://www.languagemagazine.com/2017/06/mother-language-dictates-reading-strategy/#.WTQQ1rmxUdE.twitter

ACLU, Nearly 300 Michigan Attorneys Urge ICE to End Immigration Arrests at Courthouses

Written by ACLU of Michigan

http://www.aclumich.org/article/aclu-nearly-300-michigan-attorneys-urge-ice-end-immigration-arrests-courthouses?platform=hootsuite

Report: Boost Immigration to Aid Michigan’s Economy

Written by Johnathan Oosting for The Detroit News

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2017/05/31/report-boost-immigration-aid-michigans-economy/102366306/

Joint Statement Regarding Funding Levels for Adult Education

Written by Education and Evaluate Adult Education

http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1112004712009&ca=85327d17-d0aa-4aad-bc46-e505dca43ed5

Fewer Refugees Arrive in U.S., with Declines in 46 States

Written by Phillip Connor for Pew Research Center

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/05/25/fewer-refugees-arrive-in-u-s-with-declines-in-46-states/

U.S. Sees Sharp Dropoff in Refugee Arrivals in Past 6 Months; Michigan Mirrors National Trend

Written by Sarah Cwiek for Michigan Radio

http://michiganradio.org/post/us-sees-sharp-dropoff-refugee-arrivals-over-past-6-months-michigan-mirrors-national-trend

Feds Use Anti-Terror Tool to Hunt the Undocumented

Written by Robert Snell for The Detroit News

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2017/05/18/cell-snooping-fbi-immigrant/101859616/

Immigrant Attorneys Say Activist Group is Giving Dangerous Advice to Immigrants

Written by Kathleen Davis for Michigan Radio

http://michiganradio.org/post/immigration-attorneys-say-activist-group-giving-dangerous-advice-immigrants

Researchers, Advocates Divided Over Reclassifying English Learners

Written by John Fensterwald for EdSource

https://edsource.org/2017/researchers-advocates-divided-over-reclassifying-english-learners/582175

How America’s Idea of Illegal Immigration Doesn’t Always Match Reality

Written by Hansi Lo Wang, Alyson Hurt, and Camila Domonoske for NPR

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/03/08/517561046/how-americas-idea-of-illegal-immigration-doesnt-always-match-reality?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20170308


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