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!

Share Your Expertise

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.


Stories of Young Immigrants and Refugees

List of books by Sandip Wilson for the International Literacy Association


Social Justice Books by Teaching for Change

Website to promote multicultural and social justice books


Guide for Selecting Anti-Bias Children’s Books

Written by Louise Derman-Sparks for Social Justice Books


Best Practices for Serving English Language Learners and Their Families Guide

Published by Teaching Tolerance



Supporting Students from Immigrant Families

Resources from Teaching Tolerance


Past #IamMITESOL Feature

Collin Blair has been an ESL/EFL instructor since 1998, working in several different countries around the globe.  A native of Texas, he has worked domestically with an array of adult learners, immigrants, and refugees in various programs in Texas, California, Louisiana, and Michigan as an IEP/EAP instructor, academic director, student advisor, coordinator, and assessment rater.  A frequent presenter at conferences, Collin especially loves pronunciation, writing for diverse purposes, and sociolinguistics.  With a B.S. in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas and a M.A. TESOL from California State University Los Angeles, Collin has been a member of the dynamic MITESOL community since moving to Michigan in 2011.


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


News and Articles

Immigrant Advocates Speaking Out against Bills Opposing ‘Sanctuary’ Policies

Written by Ryan Stanton for MLive


Column: Immigrants Revitalize Detroit

Written by Steve Tobocman for The Detroit News


Linguistic Prejudice and the Ultimate Public Good

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


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

Written by Donna St. George for The Washington Post


Mother Language Dictates Reading Strategy

Written for Language Magazine


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

Written by ACLU of Michigan


Report: Boost Immigration to Aid Michigan’s Economy

Written by Johnathan Oosting for The Detroit News


Joint Statement Regarding Funding Levels for Adult Education

Written by Education and Evaluate Adult Education


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

Written by Phillip Connor for Pew Research Center


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

Written by Sarah Cwiek for Michigan Radio


Feds Use Anti-Terror Tool to Hunt the Undocumented

Written by Robert Snell for The Detroit News


Immigrant Attorneys Say Activist Group is Giving Dangerous Advice to Immigrants

Written by Kathleen Davis for Michigan Radio


Researchers, Advocates Divided Over Reclassifying English Learners

Written by John Fensterwald for EdSource


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

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


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