Help AZTESOL expand our grants and awards offerings by joining our summer ad hoc committee! The committee will look at adding to the types of grants and awards that AZTESOL awards to its members. This short-term commitment is a great way to be actively involved in AZTESOL and have your voice heard. All meetings will be virtual unless a face-to-face meeting is required. This commitment will end on August 31. The committee is chaired by Tory Hunziker, AZTESOL’s southeast regional representative. Please send an e-mail message to this address by June 20 if you want more information or to sign up for the committee. This committee is limited to 7 people.
AZTESOL has an opportunity to nominate up to 5 professionals to participate as delegates in the Summit on the Future of the TESOL Profession in Istanbul, Turkey on February 9-10, 2017. For this event, TESOL is seeking leaders who influence English language education policy in their countries or regions, and decision-makers from teacher education institutions, binational centers, English teacher associations, non-governmental organizations, and companies serving the profession. (Click on the underlined link above for more information.) In August 2016, finalists will be selected to attend the summit and are expected to pay their own expenses. If you are interested in participating as a Summit Delegate, please fill out an interest form at this link by June 17, 2016. It will also be possible to participate online via live-streaming and pre- and post-summit conversations. Registration for online-only Summit Participants will be in November and is free; for more information, see the official Summit website.
Due to a postal service miscommunication, AZTESOL’s post office box in Yuma was not accepting mail during the months of April and May this year. If you sent us any snail mail during that time and it was returned to you, please send it again (or contact us through our website). We are now able to receive mail again normally at our PO box address. We apologize for any inconvenience.
In November 2016, the University of Arizona will hold its first annual conference on Classroom Assessment for Language Teaching (CALT), sponsored by the Center for English as a Second Language. Proposals for presentations are being accepted through August 1. For more information, please click here to visit the CALT 2016 website.
TESOL International is currently seeking submissions for its forthcoming volume New Ways in Teaching with Music. The deadline for contributions is June 30, 2016. If you would like to submit an article for consideration, please click here to see the guidelines and send your article to Jean Arnold and Emily Herrick of TESOL.
Congratulations to Aileen Angulo, a student in the SEI II class at Kofa High School in Yuma, for her winning entry in AZTESOL’s contest to design a poster based on the theme of this year’s state conference, “Literacy Across Ages and Languages.” Click here to see Aileen’s complete poster. Runner-up entries were submitted by Yulissa Aldana, Monica Guzman, Edwin Macias, Manuel Manriquez, and Arletter Franco, all students at Kofa High School (in the Yuma Union High School District). Thanks to Kofa High principal Michael Sharp for encouraging participation in this contest with AZTESOL.
Congratulations to the following AZTESOL members who have each received a free one-year membership to our affiliated parent organization, TESOL International Association:
Check our website again early next year for the announcement and invitation to apply for these complimentary memberships that TESOL International makes available to us annually as their official affiliate for the state of Arizona.
The AZTESOL Board has proposed several revisions to the organization’s Constitution and By-Laws. These updates will help the document more accurately reflect how AZTESOL currently operates. All AZTESOL members who attend our State Conference in October will have the opportunity to vote on whether to accept or reject these changes. We are posting the proposed changes here on the website so that the membership has ample time to consider the revisions and, if desired, provide feedback. Click here to see or download the suggested revisions. Text that is struck through represents language that will be deleted, and replacement or new provisions are highlighted in blue or yellow.
The AZTESOL 2016 State Conference will take place in Yuma on Saturday, October 22 this year. Proposals for presentations are now being accepted. The theme of this year’s conference is Literacy Across Ages and Languages. Click here to submit your proposal. The deadline for proposals is August 1, 2016.