AG Warns About For-Profit Schools

Some for-profit schools engage in predatory recruitment practices that mislead and/or coerce prospective students into enrolling in high-tuition programs that cost on average much more than public schools or private, non-profit schools. These for-profit schools frequently target vulnerable populations of prospective students who are typically from lower income families and/or eligible for federal aid programs, such as Pell Grants and GI Bill benefits, as a way to maximize revenue for the school via a federal funding stream.  Students who attend for-profit schools have significantly higher incompletion rates and nearly half of these students end up defaulting on their loans.

Attorney General Martha Coakley has launched a campaign to educate prospective students (and the teachers who advise them) about this issue.  The AG’s web site has information descriptions of the deceptive practices and questions to ask before enrolling in a for-profit school, as well as a list of resources for post-secondary school planning. Teachers are encouraged to share this information with their students.  Multilingual posters are also available.

Also see this recent article in The Boston Globe.

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Congratulations MATSOL Award Recipients!

 Awards were presented at the MATSOL 2013 Conference. 

Anne Dow Award for Excellence and Creativity
Cynthia Soo Hoo, Josiah Quincy School, Boston
For leadership in developing collaboration that promotes the academic and linguistic achievement of English language learners.

MATSOL Teacher of the Year
Sima Kirsztajn, Edith C. Baker School, Brookline
For excellence in the education of English language learners.

Linda Schulman Innovation Award Grants
Recipients received grants to support pedagogical projects that benefit English Language Learners by improving their language skills or increasing their understanding of American culture.

  • Tiffany Probasco, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, Boston: “History’s Ballad: Telling America’s History through Music”
  • Jim Meyer, Josiah Quincy Upper School, Boston: “Guided Inquiry into Topics In American Culture”
  • Patricia Bagnell, Braintree High School: “Using technology to accelerate learning for older ELLs with little or no English”
  • Ellen Feldman, Bunker Hill Community College: “Greening ESL in the Classroom”
  • Janis Sokop, McMahon School: “The McMahon Café: Coffee and Conversation about Books for Kids”
  • Caitlin Shelburne, Francis M. Leahy Elementary School, Lawrence: “iPods for Innovation”
  • Erin Shimala, Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School: “Increasing Understanding of American Culture through Art”
  • Anna Bashmakova, M. L. Donovan Elementary School, Randolph: “Empowering with Words: Vocabulary Workshop for English Language Learners”
  • Jessica Farmer and Elisabel Calcano, Chandler Magnet School, Worcester: “Our Celebrations!”
  • Abby Wagner, Chelsea High School Bridge Academy, Chelsea: “On-Site Research and Observation”

 

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TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit

TESOL_affiliate_vert_RGBThe only event of its kind in the United States, the TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit is 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. The summit will feature policy experts, leadership training, and an opportunity to network with advocates and colleagues from across the country.  June 16-18, 2013 in Arlington, VA. (Formerly TESOL Advocacy Day)

View flier  |   View TESOL registration page.

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TESOL Survey: Credit for ESL/ESOL courses

Does your institution offer credit for ESL/ESOL courses? TESOL International Association is conducting research into policies at postsecondary institutions in the United States and Canada regarding academic and degree-granting credit for ESL/ESOL courses. If you work at a college, university, or other type of higher education institution, you are invited to complete a brief survey of the ESL credit policies at your institution.

The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete, and your participation will help us learn more about ESL students’ experience in higher education.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ESLCreditSurvey

Responses are being collected through 15 February 2013.

To help TESOL gather as much information as possible, you are encouraged to share this information with your colleagues at other institutions.

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Outgoing Brockton school superintendent will replace Paul Reville as education secretary.

The Boston Globe reports that Matthew Malone, the outgoing superintendent of Brockton Public Schools, will replace Paul Reville as Education Secretary.  See the Boston Globe article.

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Commissioner’s update on RETELL

Memo Dec 7 2012: The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (the Department) has received questions from districts about the new Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) endorsement and associated professional development requirements, and their relationship to licensure, license renewal, and continued employability within school districts. The purpose of this memorandum is to address these issues as well as the related question of whether districts or individual educators are responsible for the costs of the professional development necessary to meet these new requirements.  Read the memo…

 

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National ELL Graduation Rates

The U.S. Department of Education released data today on state 4-year graduation rates for 2010-2011, including a breakdown of graduate rates for English Language Learners.  The graduation rates were calculated using a “new, common metric can be used by states, districts and schools to promote greater accountability and to develop strategies that will reduce dropout rates and increase graduation rates in schools nationwide.”

The Boston Globe headline today lamented that “Mass. isn’t in top 10 for high school graduation rates.” With a 83% graduation rate, Massachusetts falls just short of making the top ten. However, looking at the Mass graduation rates for ELLs, our ranking sinks lower.   With a 56% graduation rate for ELL students, Massachusetts is behind 28 other states, tied with New Mexico.  Here are the state LEP Graduation Rates:

  1. VERMONT, SOUTH DAKOTA 82%
  2. WEST VIRGINIA 79%
  3. MAINE  78%
  4. ARKANSAS  76%
  5. INDIANA, NEW HAMPSHIRE  73%
  6. TENNESSEE  71%
  7. IOWA, KANSAS 70%
  8. ILLINOIS, NEW JERSEY, RHODE ISLAND 68%
  9. MISSISSIPPI 67%
  10. WISCONSIN 66%
  11. DELAWARE 65%
  12. PENNSYLVANIA 63%
  13. MISSOURI 62%
  14. WYOMING, MICHIGAN, SOUTH CAROLINA 62%
  15. NORTH DAKOTA 61%
  16. HAWAII, CALIFORNIA 60%
  17. CONNECTICUT 59%
  18. TEXAS 58%
  19. MONTANA 57%
  20. MASSACHUSETTS, NEW MEXICO 56%
  21. VIRGINIA 55%
  22. MARYLAND 54%
  23. OHIO, COLORADO, FLORIDA, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 53%
  24. NEBRASKA, MINNESOTA, OREGON 52%
  25. WASHINGTON, BUREAU OF INDIAN EDUCATION 51%
  26. NORTH CAROLINA 48%
  27. NEW YORK 46%
  28. UTAH 45%
  29. LOUISIANA 43%
  30. ALASKA 41%
  31. ALABAMA 36%
  32. GEORGIA 32%
  33. NEVADA 29%
  34. ARIZONA 25%

The data is available on the Ed.gov web site: http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/states-report-new-high-school-graduation-rates-using-more-accurate-common-measur

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Mass to offer in-state tuition to undocumented students

Governor Deval Patrick will direct state colleges and universities Monday to allow young illegal immigrants to pay the lower resident rate for tuition and fees as soon as they obtain work permits through a new federal program, a senior administration official said Sunday.

From the Boston Globe: http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2012/11/19/state-widen-tuition-breaks-include-immigrants/yr5I7kRaklLsFRnbrRbZxM/story.html

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REPORT: MEPA Statewide Results Spring 2012

Massachusetts English Proficiency Assessment (MEPA) Statewide Results: Spring 2012 from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

  • 67,000 ELL students (95%) participated in the spring 2012 MEPA tests.
  • 63% of ELL students made progress in attaining English proficiency.
  • 22% of ELL students performed at Level 5, the highest performance level.

http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/mepa/results.html

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Nominations for the MATSOL Board of Directors

The following candidates have been nominated to serve on the MATSOL Board of Directors: Mary M. Clark, Esta Montano, Stephanie Scerra and Genevra Valvo.  The election by MATSOL members will take place at the MATSOL Fall Social & Annual Meeting on October 18 at Union Street Restaurant in Newton Centre. You can view the candidate statements at the MATSOL website.

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