The Latest from WVTESOL
Authenticity, Credibility, and Collaboration: Real World ESL
WVTESOL 19th Annual Spring Conference
INTO Marshall University, Huntington, WV
Saturday, March 5, 2016
Hosted by: INTO-Marshall
Update: English as the Official Language Bill in WV
(March 4, 2016) Efforts to stop the WV Legislature from passing an English Only law were ultimately unsuccessful. Governor Tomblin has signed the bill into law. Read more here.
International TESOL Convention in Baltimore
This year's TESOL convention will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland, USA from 5-8 April, 2016. Don't miss the chance to attend this fantastic event when it's so close to home! For more information, visit http://www.tesol.org/convention2016
WVTESOL Position Statement on Access to Higher Education for Immigrant Students
West Virginia law and higher
education policy bar discrimination on the basis of national origin in our colleges.
We are proud that our state recognizes that promoting higher education and
encouraging all students to strive for it benefits everyone. Unfortunately, WVTESOL has recently found
that existing WV law and policies are not always followed, probably because some
educators are unaware of WV law and policy regarding immigrant students who are
not citizens or may not be lawful permanent residents. This includes students who have federal DACA
(Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) status. Read more here.
Please visit our Advocacy page to learn more about the rights of English Language Learners (ELLs), how schools can communicate with their parents/guardians, and the civil rights obligations of schools to ELLs.
Please visit our Advocacy page to learn more about access to higher education for immigrant students, resources for educators advising those students, and obligations of school districts under federal law regarding such students.
Amine Oudghiri-Otmani, WVTESOL Higher Education Representative, attended the 2014 TESOL Advocacy and Policy Summit in Arlington, VA and Washington, DC from June 22-24. The Summit is a 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 featured policy experts, leadership training, and an opportunity to network with advocates and colleagues from across the country. Amine is pictured here with Congressman Nick Rahall (3rd District).