Help revise National Board Certification

You may be interested to know about how your members can help shape the future of National Board Certification. As you may be aware, the process for achieving certification isbeing revised. These changes will retain the rigor while making certification accessible to more teachers and incorporating the latest research on best practices in teaching.

To help validate the proposed changes, we must recruit thousands of teachers in most subject and developmental areas across PreK-12 to participate in the field tests. The Content Knowledge field tests have started on April 20 and run throughAugust 1. We would greatly appreciate your help in ensuring we recruit the required number of teachers for this component in particular. Click here for more information and the link to sign up.

The field tests offer a rare chance for teachers across the country who may be considering certification to experience the revised assessment, which are more flexible, affordable and efficient. In addition, the National Board is pleased to be able to offer three incentives for participation in the Content Knowledge field test:

  • Participants who complete any portion of the Content Knowledge Phase II field test will be entered into a drawing for a $3,000 award! For a complete list of sweepstakes rules click here.
  • The choice of receiving a $25 Gift Card to either or Powell’s Books upon successful completion of each online testing appointment.
  • Additionally, participants may be eligible to receive up to two Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
  • Finally, all participants will receive a letter of commendation from the National Board.

Thank you in advance for your support. As always, we are always interested in hearing of ways to support your work.


Best regards,


Andrea Hajek, NBCT | Director of Educator Engagement

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

1525 Wilson Blvd., Suite 700 | Arlington, VA 22209

O: (703) 465-8868 | C: (703) 217-6929


October SLIFE Institute in Vermont



The link above is for a flyer that advertises an October institute on Students with Limited or Interrupted Schooling (SLIFE). Registration is starting now…
Confused about SLIFE?

Here’s an explanation from the Michigan ELT blog:
English language learners (ELLs) are students learning English as a second or additional language.  There is a neglected and growing subpopulation of ELLs, who, in addition to lacking English language proficiency, also lack basic literacy skills and grade-level content knowledge. Equally important, this population has not (fully) participated in Western-style education, making them generally unfamiliar with classroom behaviors and pedagogical practices that high school teachers take for granted their students will know and understand. Moreover, SLIFE have cognitively different ways of understanding the world around them. All of these factors, combined with the fact that SLIFE frequently hold cultural values, beliefs, and assumptions that are often at odds with those of mainstream U.S. education, leads to “cultural dissonance” when they try to participate in the school system. – See more at:

TESOL Advocacy Summit June 21-23


21–23 June 2015


Hilton Crystal City, Arlington, VA  – minutes from Capitol Hill in Washington, DC

Why Should I Attend?

By attending the TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit, you will

  • learn from experts and insiders about the latest federal education policy
  • enhance your leadership skills with hands-on advocacy training
  • share a powerful message with your members of Congress
  • join your colleagues from across the United States to make a difference

In short, you should attend to make a difference!

See the Top 10 Reasons to Attend according to past participants – See more at:

$ for Research!

TESOL just posted an announcement for a call for research proposals —projects that partner classroom practitioners with administrators and/or outside researchers are highly valued.  Full details on the website above.  Proposals are due July 15.

Deadline for Proposals is May 15

The deadline for submitting proposals for our November conference is next week!

Come share your ideas with your colleagues! DEADLINE IS MAY 15!!!

NNETESOL invites proposals for our upcoming conference on November 7th. Please consider sharing your expertise with your fellow colleagues and present at our annual NNETESOL Conference. Please submit a proposal application at our conference page.

When: Saturday, November 7th

Where: University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH

Proposal Deadline: May 15, 2015


Please peruse our grants page for a list of grants and awards given by NNETESOL.

Hope to see you at the November conference. For more information about NNETESOL please visit our website.


Cynthia Reyes

President-Elect NNETESOL


Deadline extended for TESOL task forces

TESOL International Association is now accepting applications for volunteers to serve on two new task forces: the Affiliate Task Force and the Interest Section Task Force.

The task forces are charged, respectively, with conducting research on affiliate organizations and knowledge-based member communities, then reporting back to the Board of Directors on possible models and structures for these programs within the association.

The deadline is has been extended to 4 May 2015.

For more information, please read the full call for volunteers.

– See more at:

Free online conference! Yup. Free.

Screen Shot 2015-04-22 at 1.27.05 PMEducation on Air, sponsored by Google, is a free online conference taking place May 8-9, 2015. Today we released the schedule of sessions. We’ll emphasize innovation — 44% voted for this — as well as how to empower students and use Google tools effectively. It was clear from our second poll that teachers also want practical examples, so our speakers will go beyond theory and share their specific advice for enacting change.

Register here: 


WIDA goes to Las Vegas

On behalf of the WIDA National Conference planning team, we are thrilled to announce that registration is now open! We  hope you will join us October 15-17, 2015, at the Tropicana in Las Vegas, NV. We are especially pleased to have retained the rate of $595/person, and again offer a $100 discount to those who register by May 31st.
Creating Language-Rich Academic Learning Environments
Pre-conference and post-converence workshops also are scheduled. Please visit WIDA’s conference website to learn more about sessions and keynote speakers: Dr. Pauline Gibbons, Dr. Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy, and Drs. Manuel and Kathy Escamilla.

You may register yourself or multiple participants using either the paper form or online registration. As a reminder, online registration may be completed only by paying with either Visa or MasterCard. WIDA requires a mailed paper registration form to accompany payments by check. Both are available on the conference website.
We look forward to welcoming you to the 2015 WIDA National Conference in October!

Registration questions? Send an email to

Remembering James Alatis

The International Research Foundation (TIRF) Trustees established the James E. Alatis Prize for Research on Language Policy and Planning in Educational Contexts, as a way of honoring Jim Alatis. As you may know, he was one of the founders of TIRF (as well as founder of TESOL), and had a life-long interest in language planning and policy.

TIRF is seeking nominations for an outstanding article or chapter on this topic. The prize carries with it a $500 award. Submissions must have been published in 2014 or 2015. The deadline for nominations is November 16, 2015. For more information, please click here or paste this URL into your browser:

Become a Reviewer

Become a Reviewer for 2016 Session Proposals!

The 2016 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo is expected to be one of the largest in recent memory. TESOL will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, 5-8 April (Tuesday- Friday), 2016.

TESOL is looking for session proposal reviewers to review what may be a record number of abstracts. More qualified reviewers will help ensure high quality sessions at the 2016 Convention.

If you would like to contribute to TESOL 2016 in this capacity, please complete the online application by 27 April 2015.


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