Special Interest Group:

Adult Education

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

March 2017 Updates

A message from your SIG Leader,

Casey Thelenwood:

Hello Colleagues,

The past couple months have certainly been eventful for educators of immigrant and refugee students as we have prepared for and responded to changes at the federal and state level. I hope you will find these updates and resources helpful 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!

Share Your Expertise

Public Comment Period Open on Michigan’s ESSA Plan

Michigan’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan draft is open for public comment until March 16, 2017. Review the draft plan and supporting documents and submit your feedback via email or mail! Click here for more info.

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 in July 2017. More information is available here.


English Language Proficiency Standards for Adult Education

“The English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards for Adult Education (AE) are intended to address the urgent need for educational equity, access, and rigor for adult English language learners (ELLs).”


Teaching Tolerance – School Climate Resources

“These materials contain tools, protocols and practical advice for making your school more open and welcoming to all students. Like all of our materials, these resources are FREE to download, print and use in your school. Each has an on-demand professional development webinar.”


Books to Help Kids Understand What It’s Like to Be a Refugee

List by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich for ReadBrightly.com

“Stories can facilitate dialogue and promote healthy communication on this difficult topic, help to foster empathy and understanding, and even inspire young readers to take action to ensure safe and welcoming environments in their own communities.”

Upcoming Events

WIOA Bidder’s Conference

March 8, 2017 - Michigan Library and Historical Center, Lansing, MI from 9:30am to 12:30pm

Requests for Applications Announcement

Michigan Workforce Development Agency

Michigan Association of Community and Adult Education (MACAE) - Advocacy Day

March 15, 2017 - Lansing, MI

More information here.

Michigan ESL Professional Advisory Committee - Transformative Teaching: Innovate, Integrate, Initiate Spring 2017 ESL Conference

March 17, 2017 – A+ English Language School, 1120 S. Harrison Rd., East Lansing, MI

Click here.


National Geographic Learning/ Michigan State University Learning Symposium

April 8, 2017 - East Lansing, MI

Click here.


TESOL Advocacy and Policy Summit

June 18 – 20, 2017 - Alexandria, Virginia

“An unparalleled professional development opportunity for educators to learn about U.S. federal education issues and advocate for policies that support English learners and the field of English language education.”

Click here.

News and Articles

Updated Bilingual and English as a Second Language Education Standards

The Michigan State Board of Education approved updated teacher preparation standards for Bilingual and English as a Second Language Education at its February 2017 meeting. The new standards are available on this page. Educator Preparation Institutions will have until March 2018 to submit applications to align existing programs with the new standards.


English Language Learners: How Your State Is Doing

Article by Claudio Sanchez for NPR

“About 1 out of every 10 public school students in the United States right now is learning to speak English… and educating them — in English and all the other subjects and skills they'll need — is one of the biggest challenges in U.S. public education today.” Click here.


A Plan for the Kids In Case Mom is Deported

Article by Jennifer Guerra for Michigan Radio

“Miguel and Angel are brothers and they pretty much disagree on everything: TV shows, music, games, even the way they dress. But that stuff's all pretty minor compared to the big disagreement they have over where they should go if their mom is deported back to Mexico.” Click here.


ICE Raids in Ypsilanti, Detroit Cause Anxiety among Some Immigrants

Article by Niraj Warikoo for Detroit Free Press

“Federal immigration agents arrested four undocumented immigrants this week in Ypsilanti, the latest action that has unnerved immigrant communities in metro Detroit.” Click here.


Ten Practical Steps for Immigrants Post 2016

By Carolina Ramirez and Alonzo Mendoza for UnitedWeDream.org

Click here.

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