Integrated Digital English Acceleration (I-DEA) is holding a training that the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges will be hosting in Sacramento, CA in March of 2019. Click here to read an I-DEA overview.
If you’re going to the International TESOL Convention in Atlanta this March, then make sure you stop by the Rocky Mountain TESOL Mixer at the Park Bar on Wednesday, March 13 from 7-9:30pm.
This will be a great opportunity to network with new and familiar faces from TESOL affiliates CoTESOL (Colorado), NMTESOL (New Mexico), and Intermountain TESOL (Utah, Idaho, & Wyoming).
Governor Ducey signed SB 1014 into law in mid February granting more control to school educators in deciding how best to facilitate English Language Learners in their studies. Read the full press release here:
Did you know that AZTESOL provides funding support for professional development in the form of grants and awards to ESL professionals and students?
The Cheryl Walsh Professional Growth Awards are given each year to eligible candidates who will be attending the International TESOL Convention. This year the convention will be held in Atlanta, Georgia from March 12-15, 2019. The deadline to apply for AZTESOL funding is Tuesday, January 15th, 2019. Click here or on the Grants & Awards tab to find out more and apply.
Online registration has ended for the AZTESOL 2018 State Conference at Mesa Community College’s Red Mountain Campus on October 12-13. On-site registration will be available at the door on both Friday and Saturday.
The online program for this year’s AZTESOL State Conference, held October 12-13 at Mesa Community College Red Mountain Campus, is available now. You can browse sessions, learn more about presenters, connect with other attendees, and add events to your own personal calendar. Simply go to https://aztesol2018.sched.
Sign into https://aztesol2018.sched.com on the day of the conference for the most up-to-date information and the ability to give feedback on each session.
Sched is mobile friendly! Save the URL in your smartphone’s browser for easy access during the conference. We’re looking forward to seeing you soon!
Click here to view the preliminary conference program and schedule. You can download the program as a PDF file and save it to your device.
Jayme Adelson-Goldstein, Author of the Oxford Picture Dictionary and Consultant with Lighthearted Learning
- Dr. Shane Dixon, Instructor and MOOC Developer with Arizona State University Global Launch
- Kelly Neckels, 2017 Arizona ELL Teacher of the Year
- Kate Van Roekel, Teacher Education and Training Coordinator, Literacy Connects
Mesa Community College, Red Mountain Campus
7110 East McKellips Road
Mesa, Arizona 85207
Campus Map– If you click on the room you are looking for it will light up on the map. Free parking is available in Visitor Parking and Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6.
[Click on the name of either resort below to be taken to its website]
1. Arizona Golf Resort & Conference Center
425 South Power Road
Mesa, Arizona 85206
Accommodation Available for Friday, October 12, 2018.
Reservation listed under “AZTESOL – 2018 Annual Conference.”
Special conference rate (Single or Double): $109.00 plus Tax
Directions from Arizona Golf Resort to Mesa Community College – Red Mountain Campus: Link to Google Map (or see below).
2. Westgate Painted Mountain Golf Resort
6302 East Mckellips Road
Mesa, Arizona 85215
Accommodation Available for October 12 & 13, 2018.
Special conference rate:
- $116 (Studio) plus Tax
- $145 (1 Bedroom Suite) plus Tax
Reservations may be made by phone at 1-877-502-7058. Please be sure to use Group Code 64-30. Reservations must be received by the resort no later than September 12, 2018.
Directions from Westgate Painted Mountain Golf Resort to Mesa Community College – Red Mountain Campus: Link to Google Map (or see below).
AZTESOL has released a position statement in support of state legislative bills HB 2281 and HB 2435, which would allow English learners to spend two hours of their school day focusing on learning English and enroll in dual language programs. Despite passing nearly unanimously in the House and receiving bipartisan support from the entire Senate Education Committee, the Senate President is single-handedly refusing to let the bills come to the floor of the entire Senate for discussion or a vote. Click here to read our official position statement and sample drafts of e-mails that you can send to your state senators to let them know that you are paying attention to this important issue.
Michael Karas, a PhD student at Western University, is investigating English language teachers’ confidence in their abilities to complete various English teaching tasks (self-efficacy) and invites you to complete an anonymous 20-30 minute online survey. At the end of the survey, you can also volunteer to be interviewed over Skype, but this is completely optional. If you are currently teaching English, or are enrolled in a teacher education program and wish to participate, please access the survey using this link:
If you have any questions, please contact Michael Karas or Dr. Farahnaz Faez (click on the name to open your e-mail client and get their e-mail address).
AZTESOL is converting photos of its past events to an all-digital format and posting them online. You may remember flipping through our photo albums at a table in the lobby at many of our state conferences. To better preserve these images and make them available to the entire AZTESOL community, we are scanning those old snapshots and adding them to our Flickr page. We don’t have pictures of every conference, and some of the photos are showing their age (you may see parts of sticky labels that won’t come off anymore without damaging the images), but various board members and volunteers have helped us amass an impressive visual record over the years, and we want to share our long history with you. Check out our conferences going back to 1976 by clicking on the links on our Past Conferences page. We’ll be posting more photos over the next several months, so be sure to revisit our site soon.
AZTESOL has released a position statement on the recent Executive Order that restricts immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries. You can read the full text of the statement on the Sociopolitical Issues page of our website.